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The firm carrying out the Government’s controversial “fitness for work” tests on disabled benefit claimants is a “disgrace” and should be stripped of its contract, Labour will say on Monday.

Disabled in benefits cuts protest

Thousands of disabled people and their supporters marched past Parliament today to protest against the Government's spending cuts on welfare benefits.

MPs' expenses repayments revealed

Full details of MPs' expenses repayments - and how dozens had their overall bills cut - can be revealed today.

MPs handed £3.2m expenses payout

MPs were paid £3.2 million in expenses from the final two months of 2010, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) disclosed today.

We can't sit around over Quangos, says Maude

The Government today defended its plans to axe scores of quangos after MPs warned it had "botched" the process.

Miliband appeals to disaffected Lib Dems to join in policy review

Ed Miliband tried to widen the divide inside the Liberal Democrats yesterday by inviting disaffected members to play an important role in Labour's root-and-branch review of its policies. The Labour leader sought to exploit the tensions inside Nick Clegg's party after the Government's decision to raise university tuition fees, saying that Liberal Democrats could work closely with Labour without leaving their own party.

Miliband appeals to Lib Dems to work with Labour

Labour leader Ed Miliband today appealed to disenchanted Liberal Democrats to work with him against the coalition Government.

Prime Minister unveils 'happiness index'

David Cameron launched his "happiness index" yesterday as he announced that the Government would measure people's quality of life as well as economic growth. From April, the Office for National Statistics will seek to establish the key areas that matter most to people's wellbeing – such as health, levels of education, inequalities in income and the environment.

Cameron defends wellbeing measure

Measuring the nation's "wellbeing" as well as its wealth will make it easier for the Government to help British people attain "the good life", David Cameron said today.

Axe Wednesday: The future starts here

Today's cuts are about more than just today's problems. Hamish McRae on why they signal a new era of lower ambitions for government and a shrinking public sector

Stay-at-home mothers may get more support, says David Cameron

David Cameron today held out the prospect of greater financial support for stay-at-home mothers as he sought to justify the abolition of child benefit for high-earners.

Who is numerate enough to shadow Osborne and Cable?

Yvette Cooper or Ed Balls could be shadow Chancellor, while Liam Byrne wants Business

Stick with me, pleads Nick Clegg after conference defeat

Nick Clegg pleaded for Liberal Democrat activists to "stick with" him today after he suffered a major rebellion over key coalition school reforms.

Milan Jovanovic: 'Even Vidic found the English game tough'

Serbia's World Cup hero Milan Jovanovic was Benitez's parting gift to Anfield. He speaks to Tim Rich about the new challenges ahead

Lib Dems fear guilt by association with Osborne

Liberal Democrat ministers have warned that the Conservatives will inflict lasting political damage to Nick Clegg's party if voters think the coalition Government is relishing the task of cutting public spending.

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