News Mourners visit the home of Margaret Thatcher in April 2013; her Belgravia house will go on sale after major refurbishment

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

Cabinet divided over 'class war' attacks on Cameron

Ministers blame Ed Balls for pushing Gordon Brown to draw class divisions between the two main parties

Leading article: Not a class act

David Cameron may well be wishing he had never made a commitment to repeal the 2004 ban on fox-hunting. A bone thrown to the Tory right, a section of his party whose concerns he has often ignored, the pledge is in danger of coming back to haunt him.

Review of the Year 2009: Brown vs Cameron

Locked in deadly combat on Westminster's high wire

Tories are a party for the rich, say voters

New poll shows Conservative lead slipping and finds they offer 'unappealing' alternative

Are you just dying to pay the taxman?

As the Chancellor tightens his grip on inheritance tax, simple steps can slash your liability. By Chiara Cavaglieri and Julian Knight

Alan Watkins: Anyone else apart from the chiefs?

Parties are putting the spotlight on their leaders – perhaps because the talent stops there

Beginner's Guide To: Inheritance tax

This week's pre-Budget report won't go down as one of the most enthralling, but one point worth picking up on is the freeze on Inheritance tax (IHT). This tax may hit some of us in the future, but there is some confusion as to what it is and how it may affect us. We take a look.

Adrian Hamilton: Policy and elections just don't mix

After a succession of massive majorities, we've forgotten what tight elections are like

Leading article: The glaring hole in this pre-Budget report

Alistair Darling has not explained how he would cut the structural deficit

Tax and NI: Middle classes must stump up to cut the deficit

Triple whammy targets families earning above the national average

Tax rich now – and the rest of us later

National insurance rate up, 40p tax threshold frozen; Cap on pay rises for five million public-sector workers

Pre-Budget report: Pain postponed

The Chancellor's electioneering budget yesterday put off difficult questions about cutting debt. Will it work?

'Growth, jobs and fairness' to shape pre-Budget Report

"Growth, jobs and fairness" will be the key elements of today's pre-Budget Report, Chancellor Alistair Darling told a special meeting of Cabinet today.

Tax hikes expected for the better off

Chancellor Alistair Darling is widely expected to announce a raft of tax increases for the better off when he delivers his Pre-Budget Report on Wednesday.

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The male exhibits strange behaviour

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