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Peter Cruddas has given more than £700,000 to fund the Conservatives

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The Conservatives mounted a rapid operation yesterday to limit the damage done by the boastful indiscretions of their chief fundraiser, Peter Cruddas.

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Senior civil servants are being sent back to school to brush up their management skills as part of a Government overhaul intended to shave £40bn off the cost of forthcoming "major projects".

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said the reforms will improve fiscal sustainability

Pickles' letter to unions puts pensions deal at risk

Government backtracks after claims Communities Secretary tried to impose last-minute conditions

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The Government is to set up a police cyber crime unit as part of a £650m drive to tackle the growing threat of online attacks from criminal gangs, hostile states, "hactivists" and terrorists.

Prime Minister David Cameron installs a badge on a car at a Toyota plant in Burnaston in the East Midlands yesterday

Strikes will lead to more job losses, warn ministers

TUC leader attacks government's 'fantasy economics' as war of words escalates in run-up to next week's public sector walk-out

'We're sticking with doing some difficult things. In the old phrase, no one said it was meant to be easy,' says Francis Maude

Minister threatens strike law clampdown

The case for reforming Britain's strike laws will become "very pressing" if public sector workers push ahead with industrial action later this month, ministers warned yesterday.

Public sector dismisses as 'daft' Maude's 15-minute strike plan

Union leaders have ridiculed a coalition suggestion that public-sector workers could down tools for 15 minutes without losing pay if they cancel plans to strike.

Unions reject 15-minute strike idea

Union leaders today attacked a Government minister for making a "daft" suggestion that public sector workers wouldn't lose any pay if they only go on strike for 15 minutes during a day of action later this month.

Courts, schools and health data opened to all

Ministers hope apps will be created to make the deluge of information accessible and relevant to the public

300 Whitehall staff paid more than PM

Nearly 300 civil servants and quango chiefs earn more than David Cameron's £142,500 salary, the Cabinet Office disclosed last night. The top earner is Tony Fountain, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority chief, on £375,000-£380,000. He also received £147,460 in home and pension-related allowances.

Top civil servant wage bill slashed

The number of civil servants and quango chiefs on salaries over £150,000 has been cut by more than 50 over the past year, at an annual saving to the taxpayer of around £10 million, it was revealed today.

Goverment's cuts save £3.75bn, Maude claims

The Government has saved £3.75bn in less than a year by cutting jobs, axing projects and reining in its spending, it claimed yesterday.

Steve Richards: Rise of the Tory Romantics

Usually there is only a 'feel-good factor' when the economy is doing well enough to make the electorate feel good about itself

David Cameron will open huge data archive to public

People will get a new right to know how well their GPs, hospitals, schools and transport services are performing under ground-breaking proposals to be announced today.

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