Francis Maude

Petrol farce turns to tragedy

Minister urged to resign as woman is badly burnt in jerry can accident. Industry chief blames ‘self-inflicted insanity’ as panic-buying continues

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.

Thousands walk out over pensions

The biggest strike for five years closed thousands of schools and disrupted courts, driving tests and jobcentres today, with warnings of fresh industrial action to come.

PM seeks to relaunch Big Society idea – again

David Cameron will attempt to relaunch his idea of the Big Society for the fourth time today, after a senior cabinet minister admitted that the Government had still "failed to articulate" what it stood for.

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