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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