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A handful of retired constituents delivering their local MP a petition might not sound the most terrifying of prospects, but it prompted one Tory politician to call for police protection.

Huge barrage plan makes estuary shortlist

A 10-mile barrage across the Severn is among five projects on a shortlist for potential schemes to harness the tidal power of the estuary published by the Government today.

Opponents vow to fight plan for third runway

Coalition of opposition parties, protesters and green groups warn Brown over 'unwanted' airport expansion

Britain tries to block vital GM safeguard

Britain is this week single-handedly setting out to sabotage a vital safeguard against farmers unwittingly growing GM crops, a secret document seen by The Independent on Sunday reveals.

Doubts raised over Scottish council tax pledge

The Scottish government's pledge to householders that their council tax bills would be frozen for a further year was under threat just hours after it was made today, as councils said that a substantial amount of extra money would be needed to fund the measure.

Ministers in the dock as Britain's elderly face soaring winter fuel bills

Charities will tomorrow take the Government to the High Court in an attempt to embarrass it over its record on fuel poverty. Help the Aged and Friends of the Earth will press for a judicial review to lay bare ministers' failure to rescue millions of vulnerable people who face a struggle to heat and power their homes this winter.

Listings: things you ought to know about

Finding your way, hearing them play and feeling OK

Planning reform rebels appeased by concessions

Gordon Brown has conceded ground in his controversial proposals to reform the planning system in order to head off a major rebellion by Labour MPs today.

Boris challenges carbon omission

London Mayor Boris Johnson, the telecoms group BT and 40 MPs have demanded that Gordon Brown introduces legislation to make big companies report their carbon emissions.

Secrecy law change to save pensioners from fuel poverty

The Government is planning to reform data protection laws so pensioners in fuel poverty can be contacted directly and offered help, it was announced today.

Professor Graham Higman

In his obituary of Graham Higman [8 May], Michael Collins captured the otherworldliness of the mathematician beautifully, writes Don Manley.

Freedom Of Information: Businesses must disclose what they tell ministers

Secret deals between industry players and politicians have long been part of government business. Now, says Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, they will be subject to scrutiny

Ministers' attempt to cut fuel poverty 'inadequate'

Ministers have been accused of doing too little to cut the bills of 4.5 million people suffering fuel poverty despite promising extra help for the most needy households.

Freedom Of Information: Should policy discussions be kept under wraps?

The Government argues that policy decision-making requires 'space to think' and should remain safe from prying eyes. Is this in the public interest? asks Maurice Frankel

Tony Juniper: Conditions for life on Earth are changing

On the first day of the new Millennium, 1 January 2001, the first record in the log book at Wicken Fen nature reserve in Cambridgeshire was from my nine-year-old daughter: she wrote "large white butterfly".

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