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Tories grab monopoly of posts in the Home Office

Tories have secured all the key posts in the Home Office in a signal that David Cameron is determined not to give ground to his Liberal Democrat partners over law and order and immigration. The day after Theresa May was appointed Home Secretary, it was announced that her three most senior ministers would also be Conservatives. Nick Herbert became the Police minister, Damian Green the Immigration minister and Baroness Neville-Jones the Security minister.

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UK firms flout CO2 ratings for buildings

The drive to cut Britain's carbon-dioxide emissions has been hit by companies' reluctance to obey new rules to reveal how much heat and light their buildings waste.

Fury as housing minister John Healey says loss of home can be 'best thing'

The housing minister provoked fury yesterday after he suggested that the "best thing" for some struggling families would be to have their homes repossessed.

Home repossessions soar to 14-year high

The number of people who lost their home soared to a 14-year high during 2009, as the recession continued to take its toll, figures showed today.

Eco-homes tax incentive is 'shocking failure'

Just 24 homebuyers have taken advantage of a high-profile scheme devised by Gordon Brown to encourage the construction of environmentally-friendly houses across the country.

Long hours blamed as Government's carbon footprint increases

Figures show 10% increase in energy use compared with last year

Fewer Britons to lose homes in recession

The number of Britons whose homes are repossessed this year is likely to be dramatically lower than previously feared, the Council for Mortgage Lenders said yesterday.

Grant Shapps: You Ask The Questions

The Conservative Housing spokesman answers your questions, such as 'How will you cut house prices?' and 'Isn't modern architecture rubbish?'

Grant Shapps: Cleverly designed houses can make better neighbours of us all

Our attachment to the place in which we live is – for the most part – guided by just two factors: the architecture of the built environment, and the sociability, or otherwise, of the people we call our neighbours.

'Postcode lottery' remains for couples seeking help on IVF

One in 70 babies born in the UK are conceived artificially but NHS services cannot keep up

From 15 down to four: eco-towns get go-ahead

Four new eco-towns, designed to meet housing needs while using the highest green standards, were given the go-ahead by the Government today after a two-year selection process which has been mired in controversy and opposition.

'Mr and Mrs Expenses' face having house repossessed

Council claims house has been empty since last November

£500k – what it cost to feed (and water) G20 leaders

When the world's most powerful leaders descended on London last month to tackle the economic crisis, they left Gordon Brown basking in the glory of brokering a deal to pump billions into the world's economy.

Britain's estates are 'social concentration camps'

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