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Margaret Thatcher funeral: Political giants pay tribute to former prime minister at St Paul's Cathedral

A “who's who” of the political world past and present packed into St Paul's Cathedral for the ceremonial funeral of one of Britain's most divisive figures.

The Sketch: Mrs Speaker may not like it, but the Tories certainly did

It’s not exactly WH Auden’s famous “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone/Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone/Silence the pianos and with muffled drum/Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come…” But Speaker John Bercow’s gesture to the memory of Lady Thatcher comes pretty close: silencing Big Ben for the duration of her funeral tomorrow.

The statue of Winston Churchill in front of the Houses of Parliament as the Union flag flew at half mast after Baroness Thatcher's death. The bells of Big Ben and the Great Clock at Westminster will be silenced during her funeral for the first time since his in 1965

Big Ben chime will be silenced for Thatcher funeral

Big Ben is to be silenced during Baroness Thatcher's funeral as a mark of respect to the former prime minister, it was announced today.

Home Office to be hit by week of strikes as industrial action escalates

The Home Office is to be hit by a week of strikes in an escalation of a campaign of industrial action in a row over pay, jobs, terms and conditions.

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Claims of impropriety after shortlist includes company where Cabinet Office Minister was non-executive chairman

‘Worst’ civil servants to be named

The worst-performing 10 per cent of senior Whitehall mandarins are to be identified for the first time and put into a programme of “performance management” which could ultimately lead to their dismissal.

Some ministers believe the Cabinet Secretary, and Sir Bob Kerslake, are under attack

Showdown in Whitehall: Sir Humphreys vs ministers

Former mandarins said to be behind attack on reforms to selection of Permanent Secretaries

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The Cabinet Secretary on the motivation behind Whitehall's data crusade

UK's power and water infrastructure 'at risk of cyber attacks'

Britain’s national power and water infrastructure is the target of attacks by foreign computer hackers, government officials have warned.

New government website gov.uk goes live

A government website that will save taxpayers up to £70m by replacing other online public services will go live today.

Whitehall departments to be given power to share details of government debtors

Whitehall departments are to be given powers to share details on people and businesses that owe the Government money, under plans to cut Government losses from unpaid debt.

David Cameron warned of rift with mandarins

David Cameron was warned today that he faces a damaging rift with senior civil servants after a minister accused top officials of blocking Government policies they disagree with.

Government insists 'bonfire of quangos' will save £2.6bn

The Government has insisted its “bonfire of the quangos” is on track to save the taxpayer £2.6 billion.

Leading article: Any resemblance may not be purely coincidental

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life, Oscar Wilde once said. And he reached that conclusion without the benefit of seeing mockumentaries such as the London Olympics spoof Twenty Twelve, the US White House satire Veep or its British inspiration The Thick of It, which is about to return for a new series.

The proposed shake-up would radically change the way policies are processed within Whitehall

Ministers plot end to Civil Service neutrality

Ministers could be given the power to dismiss their most senior civil servants and bring in US-style political appointees to drive through policy, as part of a radical shake-up of Whitehall to be considered by the Government.

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