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The 'special relationship' is stronger than it’s ever been

Thabo Mbeki, the former South African President,

Give us access to information on tax havens and tax avoiders, African leaders tell David Cameron ahead of G8 Summit

African leaders will warn David Cameron on Monday that his plans for a global crackdown on tax avoidance may be of little value to the world's poorest countries.

Madeleine McCann pictured at the age of three, left, and as she might have looked aged nine

Home Office to fund new Met operation into Madeleine McCann disappearance

Scotland Yard says it is 'reviewing a significant number of documents'

David Cameron with Stephen Harper following his address to both House of Parliament

David Cameron appeals to Canadian PM Stephen Harper not to block plans to crack down on tax evasion

PM seeks support before G8 summit for global deal to create registers of company ownership 

Commons committee wants training for ministers

Members of the Cabinet should be given “compulsory” training on how to be good ministers, an influential Parliamentary committee has concluded.

Lord Patten of Barnes has suggested that Conservative eurosceptics could be sending the party down the path to political suicide if they show they are unwilling to accept British membership of the EU in any form

Hardline Tory Eurosceptics could set the party on a route to 'political suicide,' says Lord Patten

The former European Commissioner says displays of disunity could sink Conservative chances at the next election

EU referendum: Labour to abstain in crunch vote

Labour will abstain in a crunch House of Commons vote on the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union next month, the party said today.

Anti-capitalist protester in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, ahead of next week’s G8 Summit

Hopes of G8 tax avoidance breakthrough fading fast as Bermuda refuses to sign up to new rules

An international deal to crack down on secretive tax havens is in jeopardy after the British Crown Territory of Bermuda refused to sign up to new transparency rules.

William Hague seeks global action on Syria following talks with John Kerry

William Hague has warned that the international community must be “prepared to do more” to end the Syria crisis following talks in Washington with US secretary of state John Kerry.

The Prime Minister is under pressure to 'put Britain's own house in order'

David Cameron may be forced to water down key G8 aim over public disclosure of shell companies to stop tax evasion

Prime Minister had promised to fight for transparency over the fake firms that exist only to cover up tax evasion and corruption, but the odds could be stacked against him

Culture secretary Maria Miller is calling for the support of arts organisations to make the 'economic case' against further cuts

Andy McSmith's Diary: Give war a chance, says Maria Miller, how else would we have created a strong Europe?

Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary is going through a bad patch. She appeared on Today on Monday to talk about the Government’s plans to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the 1914-18 war.

Editorial: Smart aid feeds the hungry

We have come a long way since Bob Geldof harangued governments for inaction

Scottish Conservative party conference: 'Pull UK together not apart', says Cameron

The United Kingdom should be "pulling together, not pulling apart", the Prime Minister will insist today.

Mr Miliband said the Coalition's 2015-16 budget would be the 'starting point' for a three-year cap on social security spending imposed by the next Labour government

A Labour government would mean benefits squeeze, under Ed Miliband's welfare cap

Breaking the link between benefits and inflation would be highly controversial for the party

The Deputy Prime Minister said there is no real evidence that the scheme would reduce the cost of childcare

Nick Clegg blocks nursery shake-up - and says it could have pushed up costs for parents

Plans to allow nursery staff and child-minders to look after more toddlers are being abandoned following clashes within the Coalition over the controversial policy.

Afghan interpreters for British Army given UK rights

Up to 600 Afghans who worked as interpreters or in other dangerous roles supporting British and allied forces in Helmand will be eligible to resettle in the UK, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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