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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 beset by divisions over Lamont and Europe: Tory turmoil continues in the aftermath of election setbacks

A SPLIT in the Conservative Party over the future of Norman Lamont, and a fresh outbreak of disunity over Europe yesterday, look set to ensure a prolonged period of instability for John Major in the wake of Thursday's shattering election defeats.

Letter: Bosses binge in a classless society

MAY I thank Russell Hotten for his article 'Largesse from the boardrooms' and Richard Thomson for 'Ten ways to say pay rise', (Business, 2 May).

Thatcher roasting for Major on Maastricht: Prime Minister 'put his head in the fire' by signing treaty

BARONESS Thatcher yesterday accused John Major of 'putting his head in the fire' by signing the Maastricht treaty.

Maastricht: this one will run and run

HERE'S a tale of two kinds of political debate. Yesterday afternoon in the Commons, we had a bravura performance by Douglas Hurd as he smoothly led pro-government MPs away from certain defeat on a Maastricht amendment. It was witty, complex and abstract, highly entertaining for the Commons in-crowd.

Leading Article: Parliament's own goal over Maastricht

THE PUBLIC could be forgiven for thinking that the Commons debates on the Maastricht treaty have concerned some great principle, such as British parliamentary sovereignty. Many people no doubt assume that all-night sessions and days of debate must indicate an issue of great significance. They might be disappointed to learn that in reality most of the proceedings have been futile and trivial.

Scuffles as Powell berates EC

THE chances of Julian Davidson, the Conservative candidate holding Newbury for the Tories in tomorrow's poll, receded yet further last night after more than 500 people indicated they would vote for his Anti-Maastricht opponent, Dr Alan Sked.

Maastricht choice: retreat or defeat: Government likely to accept amendment on Social Chapter opt-out as Speaker agrees to allow Commons vote

The Government last night faced a stark choice between retreat or defeat - on the eve of the Newbury and county council polls - after Betty Boothroyd, the Commons Speaker, agreed to allow a crunch vote on the Social Chapter of the Maastricht treaty.

The bluffer's briefing: Maastricht

Meaning of Maastricht: Ford over the river Maas (or Meuse).

Social Chapter 'cannot be resisted': Labour discussion paper puts Europe at 'heart of its policies'. Patricia Wynn Davies reports

THE Government will be powerless to resist pressure to implement the Social Chapter of the Maastricht treaty in Britain, a paper to be examined by the first meeting of Labour's National Policy Forum next weekend predicts.

EC circus comes to town(s): Belgium's move towards federalism could make for a confusing Community presidency, writes Sarah Lambert in Brussels

PICTURE the embarrassment: Europe's march to unity blocked not by recalcitrant Britain but by that most enthusiastic EC member, Belgium - a country potentially unable to agree with itself.

EC 'could grind to halt' as more countries join: There is concern that a 'super-state' could emerge after Maastricht treaty is approved, writes Leonard Doyle

THE dark clouds of pessimism that have hung over the European Community for months are starting to part. There are signs that Denmark will vote yes in the Maastricht referendum in three weeks, to be followed by ratification in Britain and the probable defeat of a constitutional challenge in the German courts.

EC 'will extend role to race relations': Delors seeks to assure anti-racist groups and adds immigration to social affairs portfolio

THE European Commission is extending its role to cover race relations and immigration, Jaques Delors, EC Commission president, has assured MEPs, according to the head of a European group for migrants.

Danes accuse Hurd of intimidating voters

BRITAIN was yesterday accused of joining a campaign to intimidate Danish voters into backing the Maastricht treaty in their 18 May referendum.

Even ombudsman make mistakes

MISTAKES happen to the best of us, even those appointed to correct the errors of others. A leaflet explaining the Insurance Ombudsman's job proves just that point.

Major lambasts Tory 'defeatists' on Europe: Prime Minister dismisses centralised EC as 'grandiose doodle'

THE CENTRALISERS of Brussels and the domestic defeatists who believed that Britain was always going to lose the European Community argument were taken on by John Major last night.
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