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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.

Jamie Oliver has been campaigning for years to get decent food into Britain’s schools

Victory for Jamie as school canteens adopt a 'healthy eating' policy

In a victory for everyone from Jamie Oliver to Michelle Obama, the school cafeterias of America are to redesign their menus around strict calorie limits and minimum quotas of healthy food.

Jamie Oliver has been campaigning for years to get decent food into Britain’s schools

Has Jamie won? US school meals to include more 'veg' (like pizza)

Pupils will be offered healthier food in bid to slim down worrying childhood obesity levels

Amol Rajan: Mayor has had a starring role in re-shaping our city

On Tuesday I said that if he is going to be re-elected as Mayor of London on 3 May, Boris Johnson cannot afford for 68 per cent of voters in the inner boroughs to support Ken Livingstone. He needs to court those people vigorously, and explain that he has delivered a better city for them. How should he do that?

Companies pay £1,800 a head to meet ministers

Companies have been paying up to £1,800 a head to meet ministers, senior government advisers and MPs at a series of networking events organised by a private company, it emerged last night.

George Lucas in ranch wars

Not all of the epic battles that George Lucas has created take place in a galaxy far, far away. Nor, necessarily, a long time ago. In Marin County, just north of San Francisco, the Star Wars creator is at war with some of America's wealthiest Nimbys over plans to expand his extensive commercial property empire.

Occupy London protesters take over fifth London site

Occupy London protesters have taken over an eight-storey office building in the City despite warnings it is unsafe.

Oliver Wright: Ten pages of 'consultation' that mean only one thing – it's business as usual

All told, the Government's consultation document on reforming Britain's lobbying industry runs to 30 pages. When you take out the blank pages, the index and the formulaic appendices you're left with fewer than 10 pages.

Leading article: More heat than light on lobbying

The launch yesterday of a 12-week consultation marks the latest stage in halting the advance of Government moves to rein in parliamentary lobbying. On the face of it, the proposals set out by the minister, Mark Harper, would, if introduced, represent a considerable improvement on the current state of affairs, which amounts to a scandalously opaque free-for-all.

David Cameron yesterday backtracked on a plan to curtail the influence of lobbyists like Lord Bell of Bell Pottinger (right)

Anger at Tories over lobbying 'whitewash'

PM attacked for ‘nonsense’ plan to regulate lobbyists

Protesters demonstrate against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act in New York yesterday

Web protest succeeds in halting anti-piracy bills

President Obama had indicated he was unhappy with the wording of the Bills

Jail threat in plans unveiled to tackle disquiet over lobbying

Trade unions and charities could be forced to sign up to a new statutory register of parliamentary lobbyists aimed at cleaning up politics, the Government announced today.

Push to cut VAT in pubs and restaurants

More than two dozen of Britain's top pub and restaurant chains have joined forces to campaign for a cut in VAT to boost the country's ailing leisure industry.

Philip Hensher: Genius is just a matter of taste

Hockney is a fascinating but quirky artist. Some will think his show is horrible
The City of London is spending £120,000 on lobbying

Councils sidestep ban on lobbying

Pickles accuses local authorities of wasting public money when they could talk to ministers directly

Government ready for lobbyists verdict

The Government is to publish long-awaited plans to reform Britain's lobbying industry next week, The Independent has learnt.

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