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Debate: Russell Brand has called David Cameron a ‘filthy, dirty, posh w****r’. Has he gone too far?

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David Cameron at the G20 summit

Panel discussion with Steve Richards... How do the Conservatives win the next General Election?

The Conservative conference begins this weekend and with it continues The Independent's series of fringe meetings sponsored by the RSA Group. After interviewing Vince Cable and Ed Balls in the previous two events, our political columnist Steve Richards will be chairing a panel discussion, featuring the Conservative MP Michael Fallon, columnist and former David Cameron speech-writer Ian Birrell, and journalist Anne McElvoy, on the topic of what the Tories can do to assure electoral victory in 2015.

Britain's recovery driven by spending, not trade

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Ed Balls makes his speech to the Labour party's annual conference

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Announcement marks a significant change of policy

James Moore: Lloyds sale could stand alone without these silly accounting tricks

Outlook On the face of it, yesterday's sale of Lloyds shares was an unalloyed success, perhaps beginning the final chapter of the financial crisis.

House-price bubble fears over 95% mortgages

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'Hubris and complacency': Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of over economy and living standards

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Chris Blackhurst: It's time we paid attention to Nev and his call centre, not the huge corporations

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Told you so: George Osborne says new figures show economy is turning corner and that he has proved Labour wrong

Chancellor argues that the Government’s strategy has worked, but Miliband will cast it as a ‘recovery for the few’

David Cameron, George Osborne, and Mark Carney arrive at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg

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Ben Chu: Builders are part of the problem

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Academy chain to break Government pay ceiling in bid to lure ‘best teachers’

One of the country’s biggest academy chains is busting the Government’s pay ceiling for public sector workers by offering all its teachers a 1.5 per cent pay rise.

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