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Britain’s most senior civil servants should no longer be asked to investigate accusations of ministerial misconduct because they do not have the “powers” to get to the truth, the former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Robin Butler, has suggested.

Conservatives dodge expenses scandal to come out on top

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MoD loses soldiers' rights appeal

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UK 'plays to its strengths' as economic downturn threatens regular troops

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Urgent action must be taken to tackle the growing problem of troops with mental trauma, said the Shadow Defence Secretary as the Conservative Party joined the coalition campaigning for better care for the armed forces.

Matthew Norman: Soldiers suffer contempt from all sides

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Give veterans mental health checks every year, say Tories

Growing numbers coming home from war are suffering post-traumatic disorders

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Conservatives would rein in aspirations of international development department

Labour and Tories in 'tax cuts war'

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It's barely a week since Peter Mandelson was welcomed back to the Government top table and already the Prince of Darkness has stirred up a delightful storm, the sort of which Fleet Street hacks have been missing all those years he's been gone.

Iraq trauma is a time bomb, says ex-SAS author

Andy McNab, the former SAS soldier turned author, has warned that Britain faces a social crisis because of the mental trauma suffered by veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars.

Cameron's first 100 days

Preparing for Power - Starting Out & Europe: In the last of our series, Andrew Grice, Political Editor, examines how the Tories plan to hit the ground running after winning an election and whether divisions over Europe will return to haunt the party

Military 'should have preferential NHS treatment'

Military families should get preferential access to public services such as the NHS, schools and dentistry under proposals backed by the head of Britain's armed forces.

Whitehall bans the removal of laptops

Whitehall staff have been banned from removing laptops containing sensitive information from their offices after the Defence Secretary, Des Browne, admitted that two more computers had gone missing, following the loss of data from his department last week.

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Rugby union has not heard the last of yesterday's postponed Guinness Premiership match between London Irish and Saracens at a waterlogged Madejski Stadium in Reading, partly because the game will have to be repositioned somewhere in a horribly crowded programme and partly because of widespread dissatisfaction at the way the fixture was called off.

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