Government departments have effectively been banned from promoting initiatives that are not central to the party’s key election themes of crime, the economy, immigration and welfare
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Thursday 03 February 2011
Thursday 03 February 2011
Nearly £2 million intended to be spent helping development in the world's poorest countries was diverted to pay for the Pope's visit to Britain. The Department for International Development gave £1.85m to the Foreign Office to help to pay for the costs of Pope Benedict's visit to England and Scotland last September.
Tuesday 18 January 2011
The last thing Haiti needs right now is the return of Baby Doc, the former dictator whose rule in the Seventies and Eighties is remembered for its corruption and the brutality of his private militia, the Tonton Macouts. The people of the island, and the foreign diplomatic community, have been stunned by the unexpected return of the former playboy-despot Jean-Claude Duvalier to his Caribbean homeland for the first time since he was deposed in a coup in 1986.
Friday 03 December 2010
Donations to charity increased last year but still remain well below their pre-recession levels, research showed today.
Friday 26 November 2010
Excessive, politically driven "ring-fencing" distorts government spending priorities, according to a report on the Comprehensive Spending Review published by the Treasury Committee today.
Sunday 31 October 2010
Thursday 28 October 2010
Hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless by flooding which hit West Africa during its annual rainy season.
Saturday 23 October 2010
Thursday 21 October 2010
The overseas aid budget has been protected and will rise to £11.5bn by 2015. This will enable the UK to reach the UN's target of member states donating 0.7 per cent of national income in aid by 2013.
Tuesday 19 October 2010
The BBC Trust warned the Government today it would fight any move to force it to meet the cost of free television licences for the over-75s.
Wednesday 29 September 2010
Jimmy Carter, the former US president, was taken to hospital in Ohio yesterday after becoming ill while flying there, according to media reports. Mr Carter, 85, who served as president from 1977 to 1981, was on his way to Cleveland for a book-signing event.
Monday 30 August 2010
Part of Britain's £6bn overseas aid budget could be switched to defence and anti-terrorism projects, according to a leaked government document.
Sunday 22 August 2010
Tuesday 10 August 2010
The taxpayers' verdict on the first three months of the Government shows there is still "a lot to be done", campaigners said today.
Monday 09 August 2010
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
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