News George Osborne sounded warnings ahead of 26 June deadline

Chancellor has demanded £11.5bn in spending reductions, with most Whitehall departments required to find savings of up to 10%

Heseltine and Clarke break silence to condemn 'appalling' vote on constitution

Kenneth Clarke and Michael Heseltine, the two most prominent Tory Europhiles, have criticised Tony Blair for calling a referendum on Europe as the Prime Minister's plans for an all-party "yes" campaign ran into trouble.

Hewitt clears BAT of cigarette smuggling

A four-year investigation by the Department of Trade and Industry into allegations that British American Tobacco (BAT) was involved in smuggling ended yesterday without any action against the company.

Clarke attacks Hague's `mad obsessions'

KENNETH CLARKE launched a savage attack on William Hague yesterday by warning that the failure to create a "credible party of government" would leave the Tories in the wilderness for a decade.

The Tories' latest loss is bad news for politics

`An opposition is only credible if it is capable, or is at least struggling to become capable, of winning'

Business: Tories told to change policy on women

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Clarke vows not to appear with Blair again

KENNETH CLARKE has promised William Hague he will not share a platform with Tony Blair again before the next general election.

Former Tory chief admits election win is `unlikely'

LORD PARKINSON, the former Tory party chairman, has admitted that a Conservative victory at the next general election is "unlikely".

Pre-Budget Statement: Opposition Reply: `Businesses now have to carry this Chancellor on their backs'

GORDON BROWN was accused by the shadow Chancellor, Francis Maude, of doing "nothing to reverse the underlying damage his policies are doing to the economy".

Conservatives' funding list reveals leading fox-hunter as key donor

ONE OF Britain's leading pro-hunting figures was revealed as a major donor to the Tories yesterday when the party published an expanded list of its backers.

Labour Conference: Poll shows euro gaining in favour

PUBLIC opposition to Britain's entry to the single currency would drop dramatically if Tony Blair took a strong lead in promoting entry, according to an opinion poll published on the eve of the Labour party conference.

Hague pressured to adopt hard line on Europe

WILLIAM HAGUE was under pressure to harden his line on the European single currency last night after a commission he set up came out strongly against British membership.

The Independent Archive: 5 August 1987 - Why television may bring the House down

Colin Brown reports on MPs' anxieties over appearing on the box

Monitor: Kenneth Clarke's tube fine

Reaction to the former cabinet minister's fine for not having a correct ticket on the Underground

Special advisers `misusing' taxpayers' money

MINISTERS' SPECIAL advisers are misusing taxpayers' money by providing policy briefings to Labour backbenchers, it was claimed last night.

Eurosceptics hail Blair `victory'

EUROSCEPTICS CLAIMED victory yesterday after supporters of the single currency agreed to tone down their campaign in order to secure the support of Tony Blair.
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