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Health campaigners say ban could protect nearly half a million children who are exposed second-hand smoke every week

Tanni Grey-Thompson has been recommended as the new chair of Sport England

Peers try to block 'political' Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson

Gold medalist's welfare policy criticism blamed for delay in Sport England appointment

Margaret Thatcher's ended her days quietly, but friends say she never lost her spark

The image that the greatest number of people have of Margaret Thatcher’s declining years is that powerful screen portrayal by Meryl Streep in the 2011 film, The Iron Lady.

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Conservative MP Mary Macleod to launch effort to end discrimination against women in the aristocracy

Conservative MP Mary Macleod is to launch a bid to end discrimination against women in the aristocracy.

Lords reject George Osborne's plan for employees to sign away their legal rights in return for receiving shares in their companies

George Osborne suffered an embarrassing rebuff last night after peers threw out his plan for employees to sign away their legal rights in return for receiving shares in their companies worth as little as £2,000.

Retirement? It's a shocking waste of a life

We should follow the example of our ancestors

Simon Read: Older people have most to fear from George Osborne

This year's Budget could prove to be the Coalition's biggest betrayal of older people yet. It's considering cutting universal pensioner benefits as a way to shrink the financial deficit.

Date set for Queen's Speech

The Queen's Speech will be on Wednesday May 8, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said today.

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Anger rises over 'secret justice' Bill

Changes to plans for some cases to be heard behind closed doors are not enough, say MPs

Claire Sweeney 'thrilled' at engagement and baby plans

Former Brookside star Claire Sweeney said she is "thrilled" after getting engaged to her toyboy fiance who is 14 years her junior and says the pair plan to tie the knot in the House of Lords.

Coalition hit by 27 rebellions this parliamentary session

The Coalition has been hit by 27 rebellions this parliamentary session – and the scale of dissent would have been higher but for the abandoning of moves to reform the House of Lords.

We’ll have to work longer and live on less in old age, warns top civil servant

The head of the Civil Service has warned that the public will have to cut costs and work for longer to fund their retirement.

Some ministers believe the Cabinet Secretary, and Sir Bob Kerslake, are under attack

Showdown in Whitehall: Sir Humphreys vs ministers

Former mandarins said to be behind attack on reforms to selection of Permanent Secretaries

Cameron urged to 'go into battle' to save City's status

David Cameron and George Osborne will today begin a rearguard action to stop the City of London's status as the world's leading financial centre being threatened by plans for banking union inside the eurozone.

UK gets set for battle to defend City from EU bank union

David Cameron and George Osborne will today begin a rearguard action to stop the City of London's status as the world's leading financial centre being threatened by plans for banking union inside the eurozone.

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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

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Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
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British Library celebrates all things Gothic

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Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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America’s new apartheid

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