Sir Malcolm Rifkind warns against adopting press recommendations for a new system of self-regulation

Don't shy away from tighter press controls, top Tories urge Cameron

More than 40 Conservatives, including four former cabinet minsters, have signed an open letter calling for David Cameron not to shy away from introducing a tougher system of press regulation.

Mark Leftly: Floodgates soon to open on insurance prices

Outlook Images of seawater bursting through New York subway defences and Manhattan Islanders fleeing their homes in search of dry land will hopefully serve as a wake-up call to one of the great follies of this Government. Hurricane Sandy is a horrific, unique event, but flooding is not, particularly if you live in areas like Hull, Tyne and Wear or Tewkesbury. Not if you own one of the 200,000 homes that are considered highly at risk of being washed out as the weather grows increasingly volatile.

Farmers dig in to demand more in milk price row

Dairy producers threaten disruption to supplies during Olympics after emergency talks collapse
Celebrity chefs have called for a boycott of low-paying supermarkets

Can crisis talks deliver an end to the milk dispute?

Ministers are hoping dairy farmers and processors reach agreement at crisis talks today aimed at ending the escalating dispute over milk prices.

Bill aims to open up water industry

The Government set out plans yesterday to reform the water industry, claiming that opening up the sector would save the economy £2bn over 30 years,

Festival are drowning

It's a washout

As the rain deluge continues, can Britain keep its head above water? Jonathan Brown

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announces the U-turn in the
Commons

Plan to sell public forests is chopped down by experts

Controversial plans to sell off England's public forests were finally abandoned by the Government yesterday after an expert panel called for the 637,000 acres of woodland owned by the Forestry Commission to remain in public ownership.

Controversial plans to sell off England’s public forests abandoned by Government

Controversial plans to sell off England’s public forest estate were finally abandoned by the Government today, after an expert panel called for the 637,000 acres of woodlands owned by the Forestry Commission to remain in public ownership.

Caroline Spelman defends flood measures

The Government was forced to defend its spending on flood prevention yesterday as the clean-up from a weekend of more flooding continued.

Government flood defence spending criticised

The Government was forced to defend its spending on flood defences today as the clean-up from a weekend of more flooding continued.

Supermarket customers used 6.4 billion bags in 2010/11

Osborne defies PM and blocks plastic bag tax

We are using more and more, but Treasury puts popularity with shoppers before the environment

Bin collection error fines reduced

Fines for householders who make mistakes over putting their bins out for collection are being reduced from today.

Government to scrap 53 green rules

The Government today insisted it was not rolling back environmental safeguards as it announced it was scrapping 53 "obsolete" green rules and improving 132 more.

The Thames at low tide: 42 rivers and streams that run into it are on the Government's danger list

Water levels in 250 stretches of river are dangerously low

Officials review licensing system that allows farmers and businesses to abstract supplies

Drivers and passengers to face fines for littering

Car owners are to face fines of £100 if anyone throws litter from their vehicle.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee