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

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Peers alleged to have boasted about influence with MoD officials to secure contracts for private firms

Vulnerable witnesses to pre-record testimony to avoid trauma in court

Move follows death of Frances Andrade who killed herself after testifying against former music teacher Michael Brewer

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Ed Miliband is 'confused over benefits,' claims David Cameron

Comments come after Labour said it would not seek reverse coalition's child benefit cuts

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A journalist who helped expose MPs fiddling their expenses has denied a series of child pornography charges.

Ballpark figures: Mawhinney says football’s business is unsustainable

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Issues with NHS non-emergency line 'unacceptable'

Some of the providers of the new NHS non-emergency advice line have delivered an "unacceptable service", a Health Minister said today.

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The Last Word: One warm gesture said more than all the Fergie hot air

The tributes to Sir Alex were out of proportion, but not his pledge to a more moving retiree

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It is about time the Church became serious about politics. The debacle over its opposition to the Government's welfare reform programme offers the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, a God-given opportunity to totally reshape the role of bishops in the House of Lords.

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

New crisis for Coalition as Nick Clegg vows to block childcare reforms reforms following revolt from parent groups

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

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