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%

Labour's tax cut gamble

Government will borrow almost &pound;200bn in desperate bid to boost flagging economy<br/>Chancellor to slash VAT to 15 per cent as he tries to revive high street for Christmas

Kenneth Clarke: The once and future Chancellor?

Kenneth Clarke made his name clearing up after Black Wednesday. Now Britain's elder statesman of finance is back with a plan to save the country

UK economy grinds to a halt

After 16 years, longest period of growth ends

Livingstone blames Johnson for scandal involving deputy mayor

Ken Livingstone, the former London mayor, has accused his successor, Boris Johnson, of failing properly to vet his deputy, Ray Lewis, because he was "desperate" to hire him quickly.

'English votes for English laws' plan by Tories

Plans to ban Scottish MPs from voting on laws for England will be published by the Conservative Party today.

Peter Thurnham: Tory turned Lib Dem MP

Peter Thurnham had that combination of a social conscience with free market instincts which characterised an important strand of 20th-century Conservatism, but which could be found also in parts of the Liberal Party. It can be no great surprise, therefore, that he found himself able to join the Liberal Democrats in 1996 when he decided that the Conservative Party lacked decency; and there were many who shared his dismay over the activities which led to the Scott and Nolan reports and which seemed to be exemplified in the Neil Hamilton affair.

Hamish McRae: A price boom redistributes wealth destructively

On Friday Alistair Darling told reporters in Washington that there would not be a house price crash in Britain. Aargh!

Tussauds give Brown the wax for being too obscure

He may be Britain's Prime Minister, but Gordon Brown has been deemed too obscure to merit a place in Madame Tussauds.

Clegg loses frontbenchers in protest at EU treaty stand

Nick Clegg was the surprise main casualty of a heated battle over Europe last night, as the House of Commons rejected calls for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

Concern at Rock's off-balance-sheet vehicles

Confusion arose last night over whether the nationalisation of Northern Rock could result in the Government running its own offshore, off-balance-sheet vehicle – an arrangement ministers have lambasted private sector firms for using.

MPs face tougher rules as Commons expels Conway

MPs are likely to be able to carry on employing members of their families at the taxpayers' expense in spite of the scandal over the disgraced Tory MP Derek Conway, who was expelled from the Commons for 10 days yesterday.

Rebound in public finances helps give Brown a buoyant beginning to the year

Gordon Brown was given his best start to a fiscal year since he became Chancellor yesterday, according to official figures showing the public finances unexpectedly swung into the black in April.

The Alternative Flower Show

The Royal Horticultural Society's annual gardening extravaganza opens next week. But you don't have to go to Chelsea to find original ideas. Terry Kirby and Rebekah Curtis report

Tory leadership: it's Cameron v Davis

Younger man romps through while Liam Fox is squeezed out before the Conservatives' national membership vote
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

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Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
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Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

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