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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.

Tories claim Brown is 'poisoning wells' for government

Gordon Brown was accused by a senior Tory today of deliberately pushing the UK into "as much debt as possible" in an effort to make life tough for any incoming Tory government.

Show me your cuts, Darling tells Cabinet

Chancellor wants ministers to help with hit list designed to outflank Conservatives

John Rentoul: The biggest loser from this election will be positive politics

We are in the run-up to an anti-politics election. It is a dismal, life-denying prospect

John Rentoul: Labour must unleash its tarantulas

Only a series of unexpected setbacks can stop the Tories taking power. But stranger things have happened

Record number of companies go bust

27,000 firms forced to close during economic crisis, Conservatives say

Liam Byrne: It is time to get serious, Mr Osborne

George Osborne admits that he devotes more time to politics than to economics, and on Wednesday we saw the proof.

Cameron's lead bounces back to 17 per cent

Voters say Tory leader’s background does not bother them, as Brown slump takes Labour to just three points ahead of Lib Dems

John Rentoul: Liam Byrne for Labour leader?

This question, asked by Daniel Finkelstein on the basis of a single plausible performance on a difficult brief on the aforementioned Newsnight last night, is of course number 193 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No.

Steve Richards: Size should not be everything in Cameron's vision of a modern state

I have no doubt that he is genuinely interested in redistributing power

Steve Richards: Who will be toughest on the banks?

Behind Osborne's speech was a tentative ambivalence shared by the Government

Cameron: 'This is my DNA: family, community, country'

Trust me to be Prime Minister, Conservative leader urges

Cameron vows 'to put Britain back on her feet'

David Cameron today promised to "put Britain back on her feet" as he set out his case to be Prime Minister.

Tories: tax break will boost small firm jobs

Conservatives today announced tax breaks worth £250 million to new businesses, as the party's leadership sought to put a lid on internal discontent over Europe at their annual conference in Manchester.

UK economy shrinks 0.8%

Britain's economy shrank more than twice as fast as expected in the second quarter of 2009 to register its biggest annual decline on record, dashing hopes of a speedy recovery from the worst recession in nearly 30 years.

Quangos 'to be more accountable' under Tories

A Conservative Government would make quangos more democratically accountable, David Cameron announced today as he unveiled a review of publicly-funded independent bodies to determine which should be scrapped or slimmed down.

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