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Sharon Shoesmith could get £1m compensation

The former child protection boss Sharon Shoesmith is in line for compensation estimated at up to £1m after judges rejected applications to challenge a ruling that she was unfairly sacked following the Baby P tragedy.

Sharon Shoesmith in line for compensation

Former child protection boss Sharon Shoesmith is in line for compensation estimated at up to £1 million after judges rejected applications to challenge a ruling that she was unfairly sacked following the Baby P tragedy.

Kerry McCarthy: MPs should tweet more, not less

A survey published yesterday revealed that MPs spend 1,000 hours a year tweeting. That's all MPs added together, working out at a scandalous not even one whole minute per MP per day. The suggestion is that this is far too much. My response would be that it's far too little.

Coalition splits emerge over 50p top rate of tax

A Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister stoked up Coalition tensions yesterday as he ridiculed calls from the Tory Right to scrap the 50p top rate of income tax for the highest earners as "cloud cuckoo land".

Ed Balls: British jobs depend on the Greek rescue plan's success

A vital European summit. The stability of the global economy at stake. British jobs and wider economic interests hang in the balance. And neither the British Prime Minister nor the Chancellor was at the meeting. Nor do they seem to have made any effort to be there.

Blair attacks Brown's office record

Former prime minister Tony Blair has attacked the record in office of his successor Gordon Brown and warned Labour it needs to avoid any return to its traditional left-wing comfort zone if it is to have a chance of electoral success.

MPs: Gove's obsession with phonics will turn children off reading

Children's reading standards may be damaged by the Government's promotion of teaching phonics in schools, a report by an all-party group of MPs warns today. The Coalition is keen on the use of synthetic phonics – where children learn the sounds of letters rather than whole words – as the best way to improve reading standards among pupils.

Alastair Campbell reveals details of Gordon Brown- Tony Blair rift

Tony Blair's former director of communications Alastair Campbell speaks out on the ex-prime minister's fraught relationship with his chancellor Gordon Brown in the latest extract from his diaries, published by The Guardian today.

Households raid savings as incomes are squeezed

Weak consumer spending is preventing the economy from staging a sustained recovery, data released by the Office for National Statistics suggested yesterday.

The Sketch: Balls trying to turn on the charm is like an elephant trying to foxtrot

It sounded like the Labour backbencher was accusing the Prime Minister of "a New-Turn". She said that after so many New Turns, "It's hard to know which way he is facing". Always towards Disraeli, is the answer; don't confuse the man with the measures.

Ed Balls calls police over papers leak

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has called in police to investigate how personal documents left in his former Whitehall offices were leaked to the press.

Labour accuses Cameron of double standards over 'runaway dads'

David Cameron was accused of double standards after calling for fathers who abandon their families to be "stigmatised", while backing policies which could make it more costly for mothers to pursue them for financial support.

Cameron: 'We should stigmatise feckless dads'

Fathers who abandon their families should be "stigmatised" by society in the same way as drink drivers, David Cameron has said.

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