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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.

Labour gets jitters over 'Tory cuts' message

Ministers doubt the Prime Minister's line of attack as critics say party must accept big spending days are over

Economy suffers steepest fall in 50 years

The UK economy recorded its sharpest decline in more than 50 years during the first quarter of 2009, figures showed today.

Darling 'may strip Bank of key powers'

Chancellor Alistair Darling could strip the Bank of England of key powers amid a spat with governor Mervyn King, it was revealed today.

Steve Richards: It's time people knew how their money was being spent

Whoever wins the next election must debate public spending more openly

The 'horseshoe cabinet' where Mandelson is at PM's right hand

Brown hires spin doctor who revived Queen's image in backstage reshuffle

Cabinet presses the reform button again

Public services should be tailored to people's needs and decided at local level, under plans agreed in Downing Street

And finally... <i>The IoS</i> announces its Reshuffle Awards

After an eventful week on the political stage, John Rentoul sums up the highs and lows and hands out some deserved gongs

Cameron vows to get 'more for less'

Tory leader will rally his troops with demand for greater value for money

John Rentoul: Labour's lucky. Michael Gove's a one-off

The Tory Education spokesman scores top marks for stealing Labour's clothes with calls for educational reform

The Sketch: Beautiful, but the show should have gone on

The deeper we look into each other the fewer differences we find. Politics divides us a lot, our daily lives less so, death least of all. There's an equality there, of a sort, in the end. As General de Gaulle said to his wife at the graveside of their disabled daughter: "Come: Now she is like the others."

Andrew Grice: Wilson's jibe may return to haunt Brown

Inside Politics

New law to enforce social mobility

Poor have less chance of finding a good job than their parents, ministers admit

Andrew Grice: Role of the state is defining question for 2009

Inside Politics

Steve Richards: It's taken a crisis for Labour to rediscover its unity

To the amazement of his listeners, Brown said 'Mandelson gets it. He gets globalisation'

Row erupts over &pound;140m pensions blunder

The Government was embroiled in a blame game tonight over pensions that paid out £140 million too much

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