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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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