Life and Style ban would only affect England

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

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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

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Claire Sweeney 'thrilled' at engagement and baby plans

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Coalition hit by 27 rebellions this parliamentary session

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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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