News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

Top energy adviser walks out over 'Treasury meddling'

The essential overhaul of Britain’s energy system has been thrown into disarray by the resignation of one of its architects – just as Energy Secretary Ed Davey prepares to escalate his drive to stamp out doubts about the existence of climate change.

Tobacco lobby told Government: branding ban will cost you millions

Department of Health civil servants met lobbyists from the cigarette manufacturer Imperial Tobacco before the Government shelved proposals to introduce plain packaging laws this week, it can be revealed.

The IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, was responsible for rail as Finance Minister

Former aide to Christine Lagarde ‘shifted route of TGV to avoid mother’s garden’

A former aide to Christine Lagarde has put himself on the fast track to a criminal charge after allegedly trying to shift the route of a new TGV train line 1.8 miles away from his mother’s garden in south-western France.

Money from health and education budgets could be 'reclassified' to protect defence spending from cuts

Hundreds of millions of pounds from ring-fenced Whitehall health and education budgets could reportedly be “reclassified” to protect Britain’s Armed Forces from the next wave of Treasury spending cuts.

Firms are raiding the Treasury to figure out how they can beat it

The heat is being turned up on tax avoiders and it was only a matter of time before the  accountancy profession was caught in the line of fire.

HMRC shows “continuing weakness” in the “never-ending game of cat and mouse” with the Big Four, which earn a total of almost £2bn a year from their UK tax work, the committee’s chairwoman, Margaret Hodge, said
Osborne and the Treasury could potentially veto politically sensitive fraud inquiries without public scrutiny

Revealed: George Osborne’s secret veto on fraud inquiries

Chancellor writes SFO cheques - so is there a conflict of interest?

'No guarantee' that independent Scotland could reach currency deal, Osborne warns

Scotland would be left with three options - keeping pound, creating Scottish currency or joining euro

Lagarde will be questioned over an arbitration payment

IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, in inquiry into misuse of public funds

The International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde will be questioned by a magistrate in May over an arbitration payment made to a wealthy supporter of the former President Nicolas Sarkozy, her lawyer said.

Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's former chief of staff

Tony Blair's former chief of staff Jonathan Powell compares civil service culture with 'monastic order'

Powell says officials 'lacks the skills for coping with a modern society'

Margaret Thatcher's impact on the NHS

It is often said that the current NHS reforms, implemented from this month, are the biggest in its history.

Angry voters deluge MPs with air tax complaints

Ministers have received more than 12,000 complaints from constituents opposing today's hike in air passenger duty (APD), although the Government still opted to push through the rise.

Cypriots outside a branch of Laiki Bank last week

Savage terms for Cyprus depositors

Some savers may face losses of up to 60 per cent in deal designed to avert bankruptcy

West Ham confirmed as future tenants of Olympic Stadium - now the £160m revamp begins

Owners deny they will seek to cash in after club are unveiled as tenants

Mark Leftly: Whitehall battle of egos could make our energy strategy blow a fuse

Outlook Forget for a few minutes whether you are extremely pro-new nuclear or utterly against it. Just look as objectively as possible over the negotiations between EDF and the Government on building the first civil nuclear plant since 1995 and the sole conclusion is that politics, not concerns over the environment or energy, will decide whether or not £14bn will be spent at Hinkley Point.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee