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Ministers are to ban Jobcentres from advertising for strippers, lap dancers and topless barmaids. The Employment minister, Chris Grayling, will tomorrow order government-run agencies not to offer jobs in the adult entertainment industry, after campaigners claimed that such ads validate the idea that "sexually exploitative work is an acceptable career".

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A controversial new system for assessing whether the sick and disabled are capable of working has seen more than three-quarters of benefit claimants either told to get a job or abandoning their claim.

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The part-time workforce reached record levels in the three months to May as people struggled to find permanent jobs in the recession, official figures showed today.

Mark Steel: If only we were all in it together

There's already been one positive outcome of the Budget, which is the pleasure of watching Liberal Democrats squirm as they try to justify the stuff that a few weeks ago they screamed would be a disaster. Tomorrow Clegg will mutter, "Look, when we said the Tories were planning a VAT bombshell, the point we were making was this country needed a VAT bombshell and only the Tories were planning it, but they were too modest in hiding their marvellous bombshell plans, so we were trying to help them. You see."

Paul Birrell: Should we give aid to countries which execute LGBT people?

As the Gay Liberation Front celebrates being a (relatively young) 40 years old, it’s easy to forget how far we've come in such a short space of time. All of the original demands they made have been achieved in some way or another. We have legal protection, civil partnerships (if not marriage) and we have a host of LGBT role models in public life from rugby players to captains of industry. I’m sure the few hundred brave GLF [Gay Liberation Front] members never imagined they’d see much of this in their lifetime.

Jobless total getting close to 2.5 million

The scale of the jobs crisis facing the Government was underlined today when unemployment neared 2.5 million and the number of economically inactive people reached a record high of more than eight million.

Leading article: Invited to No 10

David Cameron is hosting a party at No 10 this week to celebrate Gay Pride season, as Gordon Brown did before him. And in one way this says something positive. The Conservatives, despite all Mr Cameron's efforts to bring the party into the modern world on social attitudes, still have some catching up to do. The withdrawal of the party from the centre-right bloc in the European Parliament aligned it with a coalition of right-wing parties, some of which are openly homophobic groupings. Chris Grayling's comments during the election campaign about gay couples and bed and breakfasts hardly confirmed that the party had changed. And in coalition, Mr Cameron appears to have rejected many of the progressive measures for gay equality put forward by the Liberal Democrats.

Now Cameron invites the gay community to join his coalition

The coalition Government is due to formally commit to its gay rights agenda tomorrow with the Conservatives' first ever Downing Street party for Britain's gay community.

Bid to end 'music hall joke' of safety laws

A former Cabinet Minister spoke today of his ambition to stop health and safety legislation being seen as a "music hall joke".

Government targets reform of health and safety laws

David Cameron has ordered a review of health and safety laws to tackle the "compensation culture" that has mushroomed in Britain in the past 10 years.

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