News The refurbished residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst in Limburg, Germany

As a concession to belt-tightening, the decision by a sybaritic German bishop to take a budget airline flight to Rome, is looking like too little, too late.

Major admits fears on Maastricht vote

JOHN MAJOR yesterday admitted how close Conservative anti-Europeans came last year to bringing down the Government over the creation of the European Union.

Obituary: Rob van Gennep

Rob van Gennep, publisher: born Amsterdam 5 May 1937; married; died Amsterdam 13 April 1994.

Tory leader's 1991 view

IN 1991, John Major said that he was opposed to referendums on the Maastricht summit and a European single currency.

Extract from Portillo interview

THIS is an edited extract from the GMTV interview:

Britain's European Crisis: Major's authority in question: If Britain accepts the compromise plan

IF THE Cabinet accepts the 'compromise' today, it will not alter the fact that John Major will emerge from the latest European dispute with his authority as Prime Minister and Conservative leader badly damaged and his party as split as ever.

92 Group chairman survives challenge

SIR George Gardiner, the Tory MP snubbed by the Prime Minister, yesterday survived a challenge for the chairmanship of the Thatcherite 92 Group.

Major supporters hope for revenge

JOHN MAJOR'S supporters will be hoping for revenge today in a battle for the chairmanship of a Conservative backbench group.

Letter: Government abandons British Steel

Sir: British Steel was fined under Article 65 of the European Coal & Steel Treaty, which was signed 43 years ago in 1951 ('Tebbit in torment over EC move to fine British Steel', 17 February).

The Westminster Scandal: Ardent defender of Tory 'ideals': The MP

FEW government tears are likely to be shed if Tory activists in Milton Keynes South West decide to dump Barry Legg as their MP, writes Patricia Wynn Davies.

View from City Road: Scene set for fun and games

France's new central bank council could prove a body with real clout, far more influential than Kenneth Clarke's seven wise men who advise but do not decide.

Maastricht rebel deposed from 1922 executive

MODERATE TORY MPs succeeded in deposing only one of their selected targets in last night's key elections for the executive of the backbench 1922 Committee.

Britain excluded from European talks on works council

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Plea for loyalty infuriates Tory right-wingers: 'Witch-hunt' before backbench elections

ANGER among right-wing Tory MPs that they are being targeted as 'disloyal' to John Major has spilled over in public in the run-up to next week's key elections for the 1922 executive and other backbench committees.

Decision day for popular rebel on Major's 'barmy' list: Patricia Wynn Davies reports on the fate of Sir Richard Body

WEEKS OF speculation over whether the maverick Tory Sir Richard Body will relinquish his seat will end tonight with a crunch meeting of his Holland with Boston constituency association executive.

By-election looms as resignation considered

THE prospect of a damaging by-election loomed yesterday as a Tory maverick, Sir Richard Body, recently labelled 'barmy' by the Prime Minister, declined to dampen speculation that he will resign his seat.
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