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

Palace of Westminster reopens after fire alert

Parts of the Palace of Westminster were closed off this morning after smoke detectors in the basement of the historic building were activated.

From London to Edinburgh, Mice are causing chaos

Vermin: Mighty mice are having their moment in the sun

"The mice at this station have been attacking customers," reads a sign at the entrance to Farringdon Tube station in London. "Please place the bottom of your trousers into your socks to avoid being a victim of the Farringdon mice."

Equestrian: 'Unlikely winner' Charlotte Dujardin celebrates double gold

Gold medallists can come from all sorts of backgrounds, but rarely has there been as unlikely a winner as Charlotte Dujardin, who became Britain’s first individual dressage Olympic champion amid joyous scenes at Greenwich Park today.

Gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain riding Valegro celebrates with her gold medal holding a British flag following the Individual Dressage

Dressage: Charlotte Dujardin breaks records with two gold medals for Team GB

A former stable girl broke records this afternoon following a top quality ride which saw her take two Olympic gold medals in the individual dressage.

InterContinental hotel chain offers jobs to war veterans

A leading hotel chain is to create 180 jobs by opening a new site in a former government building, and will offer employment opportunities to British war veterans.

Flames consume the Palace of Westminster in 1834

The Day Parliament Burned Down, By Caroline Shenton

The familiar Palace of Westminster that we know today arose from the ashes of disaster

Leading article: A self-defeating Tory victory on Lords reform

The Coalition has lost a unique opportunity to introduce political change

Syrian athletes carry their national flag

London 2012: Syrian athletes make the most of Games while civil war rages on

Athletes from Syria are enjoying their time in London despite the ongoing civil war in their home country.  

House of Lords reform in tatters as David Cameron withdraws support for Nick Clegg’s ambitious plan

The Prime Minister told Mr Clegg that there was no way he could get enough support to force the measure through the House of Commons

Final countdown to Olympic Games begins with the sound of bells

Britain awoke on its Olympic morning to the sound of bells – lots of bells – as Turner Prize winner Martin Creed’s scheme to herald the arrival of the Games with a national collective bell-ringing was enthusiastically carried out by thousands of people all over the country.

London 2012: Taxi drivers bring forward Olympic traffic lanes protest

London taxi drivers have brought forward a protest over a ban on using Olympic traffic lanes after police imposed restrictions on the demonstration.

Warsi cleared over claims for expenses

The Conservative Party said its co-chairman, Baroness Warsi, had been cleared by a House of Lords investigation of expenses irregularities.

MPs call for evidence of fall in bank standards

The Parliamentary banking commission moved into high gear yesterday with an urgent call for evidence into the collapse in industry standards that has led to a string of devastating scandals and contributed to the worst recession since the Second World War.

Baroness Warsi cleared over Lords expenses

Tory chairman Baroness Warsi has been cleared of abusing expenses by claiming for overnight stays at a property she was using for free.

McFall attacks traders

One of the leading figures on the new committee of MPs and peers which is examining the banking sector has said the City traders behind the Libor and other scandals should be treated as no better than street drug dealers.

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