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A development company has bought the property and is getting it ready to sell on

Big squeeze hits middle classes and rich

New research reveals the best-off will see their spending power cut by as much as 9 per cent, almost £5,000 a year, the most vicious assault on their living standards in three decades.

Greg Clark: You Ask The Questions

The Tory spokesman on Energy and Climate Change answers your questions, such as 'Are you a red, green, or blue Tory?' and 'Why don't you get a windmill?'

Brown bounce or Cameron crumble?

Labour's 'class war' strategy bears fruit: The gap between the Conservatives and Labour in the polls is closing fast and is now in single figures. Brian Brady and Jane Merrick report

Alan Watkins: Tax tweaks nudge the Tories to No 10

The playing fields of Eton decided the battle of Waterloo, but inheritance tax pulls more punches now

Class is the river that runs right through the English soul

Privilege brought this country to its knees, says Tim Lott. But the day of reckoning is at hand

Darling's fight to keep voters and the credit markets sweet

It's a big ask: how to convince the markets you're tough on the deficit, while staying in voters' good books. Sean O'Grady looks forward to the pre-Budget report

Opening shots in Labour’s class war could backfire

A tape recording of Kenneth Clarke’s speech to a private meeting of the Tory Bow Group on Tuesday was “obtained” by The Times newspaper. It revealed that the shadow Business Secretary warned the Tory leadership not to be too specific about spending cuts before the general election.

Steve Richards: Brown has found his sense of humour

His proposal produced his first good jokes since becoming Prime Minister

Alastair Campbell: He's back!

Labour closes the gap on the Tories in the polls. Gordon Brown is reinvented as a class warrior. David Cameron is given a hiding at PMQs. It can only mean one thing, says Andy McSmith

Class war rages at PMQs as Brown plays Eton card

Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith agrees to give up 'non-dom' status

Steve Richards: Cameron is following in the footsteps of Hague

Both sought to modernise their party. In both cases, the results were mixed

UK heading for a hung parliament, poll shows

Labour closes gap to ten points as economic confidence returns

Tim Luckhurst: The price of press freedom

Since free trade replaced mercantilism, liberals have understood that capitalism can do good even if that is not its first objective.

Few benefits of non-dom status, says Goldsmith

Zac Goldsmith, who advises Tory leader David Cameron on green issues, insisted yesterday that he had derived "very few benefits" from his non-domiciled tax status.

Poll shows success for Tory maginals policy

Tory efforts to snatch key marginal seats in the North needed for a general election victory appeared to be working today as a poll showed they had secured an eight-point swing.

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