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One of Britain's biggest councils is to scrap controversial proposed parking charges, it said today.

Police clear protesters from Parliament Square

Police moved in on the protest camp of anti-war campaigners and their tents in Parliament Square to clear the pavement last night.

Parliament protesters face action

Protesters camping in Parliament Square could finally have their tents removed under a new by-law being introduced by Westminster City Council.

Letters: The War On Drugs

Take law out of use of drugs

Pedestrian crossing may spell the end for Westminster peace camp

Previous attempts to evict the camp have failed because it has not been deemed to be causing an obstruction

Letters: Can we be sure census information will be safe?

Sunday 27 March, Census Day, is now rapidly approaching. The Office of National Statistics is preparing a big propaganda campaign starting with TV adverts. The total cost of the census to the taxpayer is estimated at over £450m.

Court threat to Parliament Square protesters

Parliament Square peace protesters were threatened with court action today unless they clear their makeshift camps from the pavement area by the end of the working week.

Royal wedding details revealed

Details about the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton were released today - including the route the bride will travel to the Westminster Abbey service and confirmation that the Archbishop of Canterbury will marry them.

Tents to be banned in Parliament Square

Loudhailers and tents will be banned from Parliament Square as Home Secretary Theresa May pledged to clear the area of protesters ahead of the royal wedding next spring.

Letters: Housing benefit reform and landlords

Landlords must accept reality

It's hardly surprising that landlords would lobby so hard in relation to the proposed cap on housing benefit ("Landlords claim housing benefit sums are 'fiddled' ", 3 November). Many have benefited enormously from a flawed system which has undoubtedly driven up rents.

London boroughs study 'super council' merger

Radical proposals to create the UK's first 'super council' were revealed today.

Government rules out Council Tax revaluation

There will be no revaluation of council tax bands in England during the current Parliament, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced.

Referendum plan for big council tax rises

The public will be given the power to veto excessive council tax rises, the Government said today.

Defeated in the courts, protesters leave without a fight

They battled hard in the courts, but in the end the inhabitants of the Democracy Village put up little resistance when the bailiffs finally moved in.

Parliament Square sealed off after protesters evicted

London's Parliament Square Gardens was sealed off today after anti-war protesters were forcibly evicted by bailiffs.

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