Property industry welcomes crackdown on hidden charges in the rental market
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Sunday 06 February 2011
Thursday 03 February 2011
Public services such as police, health clinics, fire brigades and job centres should consider moving in with local councils to save money, the Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said yesterday.
Sunday 30 January 2011
Eric Pickles reckons he's got his finger on the pulse of middle England. In Pickles-world, what is the single biggest issue keeping us all awake at night? Rubbish.
Tuesday 18 January 2011
Sunday 16 January 2011
The Conservative Party fought a "gentle" campaign in the first by-election test for the coalition, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said today.
Sunday 16 January 2011
Sunday 09 January 2011
Tuesday 04 January 2011
Communities Secretary Eric "Extra" Pickles has doubtless been described as Churchillian before now, for his considerable size if not his statesmanship. Yet even the great former Prime Minister would be impressed by the number of wars his Conservative descendant has declared, fought and/or finished. Yesterday, Extra called a ceasefire in what he described as "Whitehall's War on the Motorist". In December, he hailed the end of the non-existent "War on Christmas" (his words). He even produced a series of YouTube clips during the general election entitled "Eric Pickles' War Room briefings". Meanwhile, the media has accused Extra of "declaring war" on – among other things – town halls, "street clutter", "council non-jobs" and "bossy bollards". Two questions: should Extra be moved to the MoD (with all that military experience, he's clearly wasted at DCLG)? And could we declare war on the use of "war on ... "?
Sunday 02 January 2011
Sunday 26 December 2010
A legally fraught £500m luxury-flats scheme in west London is set for development after years of planning battles with angry environmental campaigners.
Friday 24 December 2010
The Cabinet has secretly discussed plans to boost the Liberal Democrats' chances of winning next month's by-election in Oldham East and Saddleworth. The Cabinet talks will infuriate Tory traditionalists, who suspect that David Cameron would be happy for the Liberal Democrats to win the contest.
Tuesday 21 December 2010
Monday 20 December 2010
Official figures show cuts to local council funding are on average four times deeper in the poorest areas of the country than the best off, Labour said today.
Saturday 18 December 2010
Nick Clegg has been urged by the leader of the Liberal Democrats' local councillors to "rein in" two senior Tory ministers who he accused of being "a disgrace" for denying spending cuts would lead to town hall job losses and service reductions.
Thursday 16 December 2010
Knowing how much he enjoys rabbiting on about his own personal life given half a chance, I'm surprised my old golfing pal Hugh Grant still hasn't offered his public congratulations to Liz Hurley and her new bit of Antipodean rough, Shane Warne.
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With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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