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The Government has pledged £30 million in funding for actress Joanna Lumley’s vision, as it plans to sell off £20 billion state assets

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Danny Alexander wins bore war and manages to keep dignity intact

The jokes were not much better than last year’s conference, but there were fewer of them

A working lunch for the PM's 'big four' – but what was on the menu?

They normally meet in more formal circumstances, under the Coalition Agreement when there are disputes to settle, rows to diffuse or differences to be thrashed out.

Lord Rennard denies allegations of sexual harassment

Nick Clegg and top Lib Dems 'failed to take tough enough action' over Lord Rennard sex harassment allegations

Nick Clegg and two senior Liberal Democrat colleagues failed to take tough enough action to investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Lord Rennard, the party's former chief executive, an investigation has concluded.

Now trim an extra £2.5bn! Osborne spells out Budget cuts to pay for infrastructure projects

Whitehall departments are to face fresh spending cuts over the next two years, with the money saved spent on infrastructure projects, Chancellor George Osborne told a pre-Budget meeting of the Cabinet today.

Trident replacement 'not realistic'

A Government review will provide "credible" alternatives to the like-for-like replacement of Trident, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

George Osborne goes for growth (by firing 10,000 civil servants)

Chancellor warns he will squeeze departmental budgets so he can find £5bn to boost economy

David Blanchflower: Tyrant King held the Bank in thrall - but they all got it wrong

Economic Outlook: You were either an insider on Sir Mervyn’s good side or you were out

Government's 3p-a-litre rise in fuel duty could cost 35,000 jobs campaigners say

The Government’s 3p-a-litre rise on fuel duty could lead to 35,000 job losses in the New Year and stall economic growth, campaigners warned today. 

Top finance minister in clash with Osborne over credit rating

Fears of blow for Chancellor as deputy plays down importance of credit status

New TUC leader in 'grand alliance' call

The new head of the TUC is calling for a “grand alliance” between employers and unions to help reverse falling living standards and tackle the country's jobs crisis.

Andrew Lansley has been excluded from meeting after objecting to the government's plans to reform the NHS

Lansley 'was shut out of NHS reform meetings'

Andrew Lansley was excluded from key meetings at which the Government's highly controversial plans to reform the NHS were first drawn up, a new book serialised in The Independent reveals today.

Britain warned of economy downgrade

Chancellor George Osborne was issued a pre-Budget warning by an influential credit rating agency last night as it issued a "negative" outlook on the prospects of the UK economy retaining its AAA rating.

Charles Kennedy returns to lead fight against independence

Charles Kennedy is to lead the Liberal Democrat campaign opposing Scottish independence.

The Budget pledge: we'll take from the rich, and give to the poor

Budget talks focus on taking the lowest-paid out of tax and making the rich pay for it

The special tax deal he agreed with the Government will be rescinded immediately, it has been announced

Loan boss's tax dodge received HMRC approval

Britain's most senior civil servant personally signed off on a deal that allowed the head of the Student Loans Company to avoid paying thousands of pounds in tax and national insurance.

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British Library celebrates all things Gothic

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