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.

Cars may have to pay pounds 1 toll to use the M25

PLANS TO charge motorists at least pounds 1 a time to use the M25 are being considered by the Government as a part of its policy to cut congestion. The proposal to introduce pricing on Britain's busiest motorway emerged yesterday as one of several options for John Prescott's anti-pollution policy.

Romanians' bid for freedom ends in jail

"WE CAME for a better life," wept the small gypsy woman in the rough wool skirt and green headscarf. "We did not even know where we were going, but we were promised the life would be good."

Obituary: Les Lilley

A NAME virtually unknown outside the cartooning profession, Les Lilley was admired and respected within the art, not only for his work as a scriptwriter of literally thousands of strip cartoons and gags, but as a man who spent many years of his life endeavouring to promote that Cinderella of the comic arts in the public consciousness. Not only did he initiate the Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain and chair it efficiently for many years, he became President of the Federation of European Cartoonists' Organisations, a thriving multi-cultural body representing humorous artists of many nationalities.

Judo: Bryant confirms her heavyweight talent to keep title

THE BRITISH heavyweight Karina Bryant proved that she is one of the country's greatest prospects by retaining her world junior title in Cali, Colombia, the first time that any Briton has won a world junior gold twice in a row.

Protection for rare birds' habitats

Protection for rare birds' habitats

Ebbsfleet, gateway to Europe

Fast track to Europe: Government finds extra pounds 140m for high-speed scheme and promises new services from north and Midlands

Racing: New racecourse planned for east of London

PLANS for a new racecourse to the east of London could be unveiled within weeks. Graham Parr, chief executive of Arena Leisure, owners of Lingfield and Folkestone, announced yesterday that his company is close to securing a site north of the Thames and close to the M25.

Sex and the single dancer

The perfect tango demands a powerful erotic chemistry, so when the stars of Tango Por Dos split up, their act foundered too.

Dance Review: Tasty morsels

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Government unveils list of 50 public sector PFI projects

The Government has identified 50 public sector projects with a capital value of pounds 5bn as priorities for completion under the Private Finance Initiative.

Two die as gales ravage Britain

Fierce gales caused chaos across Britain yesterday, causing widespread flooding, power cuts and bridge closures. Sports events and ferry services were also disrupted.

Music: Dartford: the suburb where no Stone was left unturned

Dartford is not a pretty place, but a generation ago it offered life-changing opportunities for Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Andy Bull revisited their old stamping-ground.

Pub lottery syndicate pulls a double

A pub syndicate was yesterday toasting a mistake that netted them pounds 10.8m in the weekend's double roll-over lottery draw. The four men beat odds of 196 million to one to hit the jackpot twice after syndicate leader Kevin Papworth accidentally wrote down the same winning line twice.

Tarmac faces uphill task

Tarmac has been restructuring for most of the 1990s. Brick making went in 1995 and housebuilding was swapped for Wimpey's aggregrates and construction businesses in a pounds 600m deal last year. The results are now starting to come through in spades.

Dance: A rather rude awakening

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'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

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