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%

Another dark day for Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown suffered a wounding double blow to his authority as he abandoned moves to sell a stake in Royal Mail and was defeated by Labour rebels over plans to clean up the Commons after the expenses scandal.

Clarke's 'No' to EU vote

A Conservative Government would not seek to reopen negotiations on the Lisbon Treaty if the controversial document has been ratified by all 27 EU states by the time it comes to power, shadow business secretary Kenneth Clarke said yesterday.

Clarke back in line on inheritance tax cut policy

Shadow Business Secretary's comments on Tory pledge a 'cock-up, not a conspiracy'

Is this the end of the line for trainspotters?

Rail enthusiasts face ban from platforms

Stand-up at Radio 4? You must be joking

Comic Relief has persuaded BBC presenters to try to make us laugh for charity – with mixed results

Business leaders condemn Darling's response to crisis

Business leaders have delivered an overwhelming vote of no confidence in the Government's efforts to prevent recession-hit small firms from going bankrupt.

Complete nationalisation of Lloyds not on table, says No10

Downing Street insisted today that there were no plans for the outright nationalisation of Lloyds Banking Group as shares in the company continued to struggle.

Voters lose faith in bailouts and VAT cut

Tories extend lead to 15 per cent as economic turmoil causes Labour collapse, 'Independent' poll reveals

Business turns against Labour on economy

Businessmen are warming to the idea of a Conservative government and think that Gordon Brown's measures to revive the economy are failing.

Leading article: A big beast at home in the jungle

It is not hard to imagine the agonising that has gone on in the upper echelons of the Conservative Party about whether to bring back Kenneth Clarke. The former Chancellor warrants the description "big beast" simply by virtue of his positions in governments past. But he is not one of those whose distinction has been frozen in time; the description remains valid, more than a decade after he retired to the backbenches.

Tories want 'big beasts' back

David Cameron is under pressure from Tory activists to bring back "big beasts" including Kenneth Clarke and David Davis to give his Shadow Cabinet more gravitas.

Arrested MP accused of 'grooming' mole

The Conservative MP Damian Green was accused by police of "grooming" a Home Office mole. The accusation came during nine hours of questioning by police investigating at least 20 leaks of secret documents from the department. As details of the investigation emerged, the shadow Immigration minister told friends he was livid that detectives resorted to "provocative" language used to describe sex offenders and suicide bombers.

Clarke warns of 'deepest recession'

Britain is probably facing the "longest and deepest recession" for more than 60 years, Tory former chancellor Kenneth Clarke warned today.

Conservatives win demand for report debate

The Tories were today granted an emergency three-hour debate on the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Report tomorrow.

VAT: Conservatives will vote against rate cut

Conservatives last night vowed to vote against Alistair Darling's plans for a 2.5 per cent temporary cut in VAT, as ministers faced claims that the centrepiece of the pre-Budget report would not do enough to kick-start Britain's weakening economy.

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