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

There has been a backlash by groups representing mothers against proposals to relax staff-to-child ratios

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Labour says apparent U-turn was 'yet another example of chaos and incompetence at the heart of government policymaking'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage confirmed he will stand in the 2015 general election

Nigel Farage opens door to Ukip pact with Conservatives - but only if David Cameron is ousted as leader

The party leader also confirmed he will stand in the 2015 general election

Solvency II has caused 'confusion and anger' says Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie

Andrew Tyrie has called European policymakers' attempts to regulate insurers "an object lesson in how not to make law".

Michael Gove has been formally asked to explain his department’s exceptionally poor performance in stonewalling questions from MPs

Michael Gove under fire for Department of Education's stonewalling of Parliament in response to MPs' questions

Education Secretary and his department face possible legal action to force better accountability

Sir Winston Churchill will appear on £5 notes from 2016

Sir Winston Churchill to replace Elizabeth Fry on the five pound note - leaving the Queen as only woman on a British bank note

War leader will replace penal reformer Elizabeth Fry, leaving the Queen the only woman on a British bank note

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Companies may be prevented from suing their critics for libel unless they can show that the comments caused them substantial financial harm, after a U-turn by ministers.

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Energy boss tells MPs that avoidance is  because of 'simple UK accounting rule'

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Tony Blair’s gentle rebuke to Ed Miliband in the centenary edition of the New Statesman magazine has landed him with the problem that anything he says on any subject will be scrutinised to see if it contains another dig at the Labour leader. Over the weekend, he spoke at Judson University, near Chicago, where he was asked how he had managed to get along with President George W Bush, despite their ideological differences.

Margaret Thatcher's body to be moved to Westminster chapel for private family service ahead of funeral

George Galloway and Dennis Skinner object to plans to delay start of Commons, which would cause the cancellation of Prime Minister's Questions

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Ed Miliband tonight hit back at criticism of Labour's direction under him from Tony Blair and his allies, accusing them of being out of date and out of touch with the public.

Blow to freedom of speech as key libel reform the Defamation Bill is blocked

Ministers to water down Defamation Bill, leaving big companies free to gag critics

George Galloway plans to oppose cancellation of Prime Minister's Questions for Margaret Thatcher's funeral and attacks 'canonisation of wicked woman'

Respect MP also plans to disrupt plans to cancel PMQ's to allow MPs and peers to attend service

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Prime Minister's Questions on same day as Thatcher's funeral 'a bit odd'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has suggested it would be “a bit odd” to go ahead with Prime Minister's Questions on the day of Baroness Thatcher's funeral.

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