News The Ritz, one of London’s best hotels, faces BBC allegations of not paying corporation tax

The Ritz, perhaps Britain’s most instantly recognisable hotel, is facing the prospect of being targeted by protest groups as early as next month over revelations that it has not paid any corporation tax in the last 17 years.

Fortnum protest charges dropped

Charges have been dropped against 109 protesters accused of storming the luxury store Fortnum and Mason during anti government cuts demonstrations, prosecutors said today.

Activists battle police over right to protest

Anti-cuts campaigners are calling for an end to "political policing" as they launch a new movement backed by MPs, artists and activists to defend the rights of peaceful demonstrators across Britain.

Right to protest 'being undermined by police'

A coalition of campaign groups says the right to hold demonstrations in Britain is being fatally undermined by hardened police tactics, mass criminal trials and pre-emptive arrests.

Deputy mayor defends police action

London's deputy mayor has condemned those involved in yesterday's violence in central London as "fascist agitators" as he defended the actions of the Metropolitan Police.

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Big business continues to snub Tories

THE TORIES are struggling to win back corporate donors, despite a drive to cut their reliance on wealthy individuals such as the party treasurer, Michael Ashcroft, according to figures soon to be published.

Letter: Kubrick's pies

Sir: In his admirable obituary of Stanley Kubrick (9 March), James Kirkup refers to "Terry Southern's Dr Strangelove". It is true that Terry is credited with writing the script, but to my knowledge, both Kubrick himself and Peter George, author of Red Alert, the novel that was the original source of the film, made significant contributions.

Parliament: Members' Interests - Tories attack minister over shareholdi ng

A MINISTER appointed last year holds shares in a telecommunications consultancy, the new Register of Members' Interests revealed last night.

Charge cards that store up your debts

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Parliament & Politics: Blair clashes with Hague over Lords

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Shopping: Check It Out Fortnum & Mason

IF BLACK pudding and rhubarb are your thing, then Fortnum and Mason is your place. For Lancastrian and Michelin-starred chef, Paul Heathcote, will shortly be there to promote such Northern "delicacies" and sign his new, aptly-named book Paul Heathcote's Rhubarb & Black Pudding.

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