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MoD supply reform hits problems

Doubts grow over business case for bringing private sector into military procurement
Some ministers believe the Cabinet Secretary, and Sir Bob Kerslake, are under attack

Showdown in Whitehall: Sir Humphreys vs ministers

Former mandarins said to be behind attack on reforms to selection of Permanent Secretaries

Whitehall: Another 10% hammering for some departments

Autumn Statement

We're turning Britain into the most open and transparent and country on earth. Here's how you can benefit too

The Cabinet Secretary on the motivation behind Whitehall's data crusade

Head of Britain’s civil service in call to make UK Government the "most open" in the world

Exclusive: In an article for The Independent Sir Jeremy Heywood admits civil servants have been far better at collecting information than they have been at releasing it to the public

Government's Work Programme only helps one person in three find a job

The Government will today order private firms running its schemes to help the jobless find work to “raise their game” as official figures show its £5bn Work Programme has made a disappointing start.

Editorial: A lesson from London's new In and Out Club

Pity Roberto Di Matteo. Having earned his confirmation five months ago, when he took Chelsea to victory in the Champions League, he learnt yesterday that long-termism has no place in Roman Abramovich's world view. He was out on his ear after a diminished team looked doomed to an early Champions League exit this season, the eighth manager to be found wanting in as many years.

Taxpayer will not foot Olympic bill as sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise helped Locog meet £2.4 billion cost

The taxpayer will not have to make up any Olympic budget shortfall as sponsorship, ticket sales and merchandise helped organisers Locog meet the £2.4 billion cost needed to stage the Games.

MPs warn Gove of low morale in department

Urgent steps should be taken to improve staff morale in Education Secretary Michael Gove's department, an all-party committee of MPs warns today. They accuse the department's Permanent Under-Secretary Chris Wormauld of "complacency" in telling MPs that he was not "dealing with a disaster situation".

The Queen meets Dame Helen Ghosh at a reception for winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace in 2010

Top female civil servant: PM has got a problem with women

It’s tricky for female MPs to break into ‘Old Etonian clique’, Whitehall figure says

Government's migration cap is a 'big barrier to growth', says Lord O’Donnell

The Government’s migration cap is a “big barrier to growth”, Britain’s former top civil servant has said.

The Thick of It cast

Tucker's no more - but the Coalition's still in the thick of it

As the BBC's political satire ends, Westminster's real-life farce carries on

Lord Bichard said older people had to make 'a more positive contribution'

Outrage as former head of benefits agency Lord Bichard says the retired should take up community service or have their pensions docked

Lord Bichard said older people had to make 'a more positive contribution' to reduce the burden they place on the state

German mill papers over UK cracks

Government files have to be shipped abroad to be recycled, reports Mark Leftly

Mary Dejevsky: Top jobs now are too big for anyone

When the BBC Director-General, George Entwistle, called a news conference to present a belated response to the Jimmy Savile affair, the new face of British public broadcasting looked in dire need of media training. He did not know where to look; he assumed some strange expressions; he snapped at his own Corporation's reporter; his glasses were odd. Referring to his time as head of "Vision" – which, as he deigned to translate, meant overall responsibility for television – he seemed to suggest he would have breached his remit if he had been too curious about Newsnight's forward planning.

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Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

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In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

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Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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