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A measure in George Osborne’s 2013 Budget which made no headlines outside the financial pages was the abolition of stamp duty reserve tax on UK-domiciled asset management funds. That may not sound like an attention grabber, but it was manna for Britain’s hedge-fund bosses, who by the Government’s estimate saw £145m drop off their companies’ collective annual tax bill.

MPs' reshuffle fever masks the stench of death

London was hot and wet yesterday: the kind of sultry weather when dead things rot quickly. And, as became all too clear in the House, this administration is beyond saving.

Cricket: Pride that transcends division

With their Indian background, Jimmy Irani and Mahesh Patel have perhaps felt even more of a thrill than one might expect of parents whose sons are making their England Test debuts.

'Rage' police free man

A man arrested in connection with the theft of an L-registered Land Rover Discovery - the type of vehicle in which "road rage" victim Stephen Cameron's attacker fled after last Sunday's stabbing - was last night eliminated from the inquiry.

Worshippers find welcome and room at the inn

The congregation of Holy Trinity, the oldest church in Dartford, Kent, has been cast out of their temple while builders work on their place of worship. Luckily, this time round there is room for them at the inn and yesterday they filed into morning service in the upstairs room of their local pub.

Drivers' jam buster takes off

A sophisticated system of conveying messages to motorists on motorways was launched yesterday by the Highways Agency.

Labour's NEC forced to defuse selection rows

PATRICIA WYNN DAVIES

Missing teenager is found safe

Missing teenager is found safe

Fears for teenager

Fears for teenager

Purfleet plotting a surprise reprise

Non-League notebook

Nine cities 'need greater powers'

NICHOLAS SCHOON

Fox beats off the right-wing challenge at 1922 committee

PATRICIA WYNN DAVIES

Fox braced for challenge from hardliner

PATRICIA WYNN DAVIES

REVIEW:Opera The Masque in Dioclesian/ Kent Opera Orchard Theatre, Dartford

'It persuaded a cast of British singers to move with pace and lightness as well as formality'

Choice: the critics

DANCE

Fears over 1,600 jobs as Glaxo swings pounds 500m axe

TOM STEVENSON
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