News Michael Dugher has called for action before the 30th anniversary of the so-called Battle of Orgreave on July 18

Shadow Cabinet Officer minister Michael Dugher calls for action before 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgrave

The regular Army is being cut from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020

Army cuts: Hundreds more soldiers to lose jobs

Gurkha regiment to be heavily hit in latest cuts

It's 'plausible' RBS tipped firms over the edge, says Sir Andrew Large

"Extreme" allegations that Royal Bank of Scotland tipped viable businesses into bankruptcy were described as "plausible" because of its "flawed" structure by a former deputy governor of the Bank of England yesterday.

James Moore: We may pay a high cost for this credit-driven boom

Outlook With the International Monetary Fund having upgraded its forecasts for Britain's economy, the Coalition Government has another arrow to fire at Labour as it revels in the cachet of presiding over the fastest-growing economy in Europe.

Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS

NHS director reveals 'great scepticism' over government's £3.8bn Better Care Fund

Sir Bruce Keogh told the House of Commons Health Select Committee there are fears that funding will be wrongly used by councils

Tom Winsor said that some communities 'from other cultures' choose to police themselves

Chief police inspector's comments on ethnic vigilantism condemned by justice experts

Tom Winsor had said that some communities 'from other cultures' choose to police themselves

A Labour Government would dilute the power of the “big five” high street banks by placing a cap on their domestic market share

Labour promise to limit high street banks is flawed, says Bank of England governor Mark Carney

Canadian defends bonuses and derides Ed Miliband’s plan to give customers more choice by limiting market share

Employers have accused Labour leader Ed Miliband of putting jobs at risk by targeting a 'perfectly legal' loophole used to exploit cheap foreign labour

PMQs: For Miliband, it's no more Mr Quiet Guy

This week's session marked a return to combat as usual

Andy McSmith's Diary: No constituent left behind (as long as they pay for my toilet paper)

“Torridge and West Devon are two of the lowest wage areas in the country,” the local Tory MP Geoffrey Cox told the North Devon Journal last week. His resolution for 2014 was to make sure that those on low wages “are not left behind”.

A veto over EU laws? This can only be a Mandelsonian plot

What the 95 Tory MPs propose is not just unrealistic, it is unrealism on stilts

Frustrated passengers wait in the departure hall of Gatwick's North Terminal on Christmas Eve

Heathrow, Gatwick and the Channel Tunnel hit fresh highs despite Christmas Eve chaos

Record numbers of passengers travelled through London’s two main airports and under the Channel last month in the great Christmas getaway.

Andy McSmith's Diary: David Cameron tussles with ancestors, A-roads and Aziz

Given how sensitive David Cameron is to the accusation that he is a “posh boy”, he is not going to be pleased when he opens the current edition of The Spectator, in which his father-in-law, William Astor, revisits the family link to the old Profumo scandal.

Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers was right choice at the time, says watchdog

The watchdog who waved through the appointment of the "financial illiterate" Paul Flowers as chairman of the beleaguered Co-operative Bank told MPs yesterday that he stood by the decision and insisted it was "not a mistake".

Swinson criticised the fact that MPs do not automatically get maternity leave

Babies and the House of Commons: an impossible juggling act and a bad model for the country

David Cameron wants to make Britain family friendly but Westminster is a notoriously bad place to be a parent – as MP Jo Swinson revealed this week. Sarah Morrison reports

John Biffen’s withering verdict on Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet meetings: 'Miserably disappointing' gatherings full of 'unctuous self-satisfaction'

Cabinet meetings under Margaret Thatcher were “miserably disappointing” gatherings devoid of debate and filled with “unctuous self-satisfaction”, one her most senior ministers said in 1984.

The Prime Minister in 2011 with Greville Janner to his right

Police investigating child abuse search peer Greville Janner’s home

Police investigating allegations of historic child abuse linked to children’s homes in Leicestershire have searched the home of the Labour peer Greville Janner.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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