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Savers will be offered pensions “with expensive, and confusing fees”, following a dramatic climbdown by the pensions minister, Steve Webb, over charges.

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Andrew Grice: Plenty of talk about cracking down on lobbying – but still there's no action

The political parties may talk tough – but they are happy to take the lobbyists' money

Lobbyists to be made to register

The Government will publish plans for a statutory register of lobbyists later this month, MPs were told yesterday.

The shady world of lobbying

The funding of political parties is only one aspect of the way money can corrupt the political system.

Andy McSmith: Corridors of power are full of mysterious middle men

It was as difficult to walk through parts of Manchester earlier this month without bumping into a lobbyist as it has been for Liam Fox to visit a foreign capital without meeting up with Adam Werritty. Literally thousands of lobbyists took the trip north for a week's social networking and deal-clinching at the Conservative Party conference. There were more of them there than Tory representatives.

Cameron faces calls to crack down on network of secretive lobbyists

David Cameron faces growing pressure to introduce a law that requires political lobbyists to reveal who they are and whose interests they are promoting, as the Metropolitan Police yesterday confirmed it was considering whether to open a fraud investigation into Adam Werritty, a friend of the former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, pictured together below.

Philip Hensher: Werritty had a priceless commodity that others could mine– he had Access

Towards the end of a lifetime of networking, someone asked that glacial charlatan-genius Andy Warhol if there were anyone left he still had a desire to meet.

Spin doctors step in to try to save Tories

Despairing conservative-minded public relations executives and lobbyists, worried by what they see as the party losing touch with grassroots supporters and struggling to articulate traditional Tory values, have formed a new group which will give "unofficial" policy advice to the party.

Boxing: Juergen Braehmer pulls out of Nathan Cleverly title fight

Nathan Cleverly's world title challenge on Saturday has been scrapped after WBO light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer pulled out today.



Osborne: we've got a plan for growth as well as cuts

At least 10 "enterprise zones" will be set up by the Government as it seeks to reassure people and business leaders that it has a "growth strategy" as well as a "cuts strategy".

Lobbyists' register to be published

A voluntary register of lobbyists is to be published today amid accusations from transparency campaigners that it only features a small proportion of the controversial industry.

The Hacker: To be Frank, it's a slice of bad news for high-handicappers as we fail to see the points

A mix-up at our club last weekend led to many high handicappers walking around with satisfied smirks. Sadly, they were to be cruelly wiped from their faces.

More funds for Pakistan flood victims

Nearly half the $459m needed to fund initial relief efforts following Pakistan's worst-ever flooding has been secured after days of lobbying donors and warnings that the country faces a spiralling humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations said yesterday.

Councils face ban on lobbying

Councils are to be banned from hiring lobbying companies amid accusations that they are using public money to run political campaigns.

MPs paid £10.5m 'golden goodbye'

MPs who retired or lost their seats at last month's general election are to receive "golden goodbyes" totalling almost £10.5m.

Triesman deserved to go, says head of League Managers Association

Lord Triesman showed "very poor judgement" as chairman of the Football Association and England 2018 and should be replaced by someone from the world of business, according to League Managers Association chief executive, Richard Bevan.

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