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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.

Hunt 'urged PM over BSkyB decision'

Jeremy Hunt made private representations to the Prime Minister supporting the BSkyB bid before he was given responsibility for deciding the issue, it was revealed tonight.

Jeremy Hunt's (pictured) former special adviser, Adam Smith, will be asked what he told News Corp about Mr Hunt's consideration of its planned £8bn takeover of BSkyB

Tories give Jeremy Hunt's ex-aide Adam Smith Leveson legal advice

Adam Smith to be quizzed over links to News Corp lobbyist and takeover of BSkyB

Political donations rise by £1.9m

Donations to political parties rose to just under £9 million in the first quarter of 2012 - up £1.9 million on the previous three months, Electoral Commission figures show.

Leveson Inquiry: Lord Mandelson denies deal with Rupert Murdoch

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown may have grown "closer than was wise" to Rupert Murdoch, former Labour cabinet minister Lord Mandelson acknowledged today.

Former Jeremy Hunt adviser Adam Smith to appear at Leveson Inquiry

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's former special adviser Adam Smith will give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry next week, it was announced today.

Left: James Murdoch arrives at the High Court in London to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Right, the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Murdoch's evidence shows Jeremy Hunt secretly passed information on BSkyB bid

The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was battling to save his political career last night after it was revealed that his office was secretly passing information to the Murdochs during their £7.5bn bid to take over BSkyB.

Ian Burrell: A relationship with a minister that was too cosy for comfort

The emails present a strong case for taking plurality issues out of thehands of politicians

Leading article: Lords should not be lobbyists

The House of Lords has its defenders, despite being unelected and despite membership being for life. Its ranks include business leaders, scientists, medical professionals, civil servants, judges, military officers and others who might be put off running for elected office, but bring in a rich experience of life outside politics. They are not paid a salary, though they receive generous attendance allowances, so it is accepted that some will have paid outside employment.

The Cayman Islands is one of the few places in the world where there are more registered businesses than people

Tory Lord lobbies for tax haven as he helps write its laws in London

A former Conservative minister with close links to the Government is sitting as a peer in the House of Lords while simultaneously lobbying on behalf of a Caribbean tax haven.

David Cameron, Tory leadership candidate in 2005. Polite but firm and exasperated at the line of questioning

David Cameron pledges Tory councils fight

David Cameron called today for a "flat-out full-throttle fight" by Conservative activists for local council elections taking place on May 3.

Most MPs back lobby register

More than half of Coalition MPs would back the creation of a lobbying register that includes trade bodies, NGOs and charities, according to a new poll.

Leading article: Barely a nod towards a register of lobbyists

Corporate lobbying will be "the next big scandal", David Cameron presciently warned before he became Prime Minister. A statutory register of lobbyists is needed, he said, to "shine a light of transparency" on the dark corners of parliamentary influence.

Andrew Grice: After the 'rich man's Budget', this scandal will hurt Tories

Nick Clegg is well placed to act as an honest broker and to bang heads together

Top Tory resigns over '£250,000 for access to Cameron' boast

A Conservative Party treasurer was last night forced to resign after being filmed offering secret meetings with the Prime Minister in return for annual donations of £250,000.

Army deserters in Syria, which is a prime market for Russian arms

Nick Clegg: We can lead from the front in disarming

Our example as well as diplomacy will make the world safer

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