Voices Labour leader Ed Miliband during a Q&A session at the Standard Life building in Edinburgh, Thursday 7 November

Some Labour figures worry that the party leader is overdoing the anti-business rhetoric

Clarke meets Tory rebels at Heseltine's London home

KENNETH CLARKE and Michael Heseltine have secretly met rebel Euro- MPs at Mr Heseltine's London home to discuss the future of the breakaway Pro-Euro Conservative Party.

Politics: Inquiry plan for civil servants

THE GOVERNMENT should approve plans for top civil servants to be questioned on the performance of their departments by an independent body, MPs urged yesterday.

Hague portrayed as gibbering loner in Europhiles' broadcast

AN ELECTION broadcast that satirises William Hague, the Conservative leader, as a rambling vagrant was unveiled yesterday by two Tory Euro- MPs who oppose his Eurosceptic stance.

Hague defiant as EU Tories split

WILLIAM HAGUE'S problems over Europe deepened yesterday as pro- EU Tories launched a breakaway party and Michael Portillo attacked Michael Heseltine for campaigning for a single currency.

Outlook: Air rage as tour operators go to war

BRITAIN'S SUN and sea package holiday industry has been through some pitched battles in its time, but this one is shaping up to be a very bloody affair indeed. There was First Choice Holidays, trying desperately to squeeze through a cosy agreed merger with Kuoni, and now all hell has broken loose. In an attempt to wrest the market leadership from Thomson, Airtours has piled in. Thomson, for whom size is clearly very important, might bid itself. Already it has launched a spoiling campaign, with an increase in holiday capacity, a new budget brand and a series of low-priced offers.

Blair may pick Goodlad for EU post

THE FORMER Tory minister Sir Alastair Goodlad may be nominated by Tony Blair as Britain's new European Commissioner.

GKN links with Agusta to form helicopter giant

GKN, the industrial group, yesterday announced details of a deal to combine its Westland division with Agusta of Italy to create a new European helicopters group.

Media: Hanging up the peashooter

Anthony Howard, one of Fleet Street's great mischief makers, has retired. His only regret is that he was never made Ottawa correspondent.

Lord Marshall to be leader of euro campaign

LORD MARSHALL, chairman of British Airways and former head of the Confederation of British Industry, is to be the public face of the campaign to take the UK into the single European currency.

Hague threatens to expel party big guns

WILLIAM HAGUE threatened Kenneth Clarke and Michael Heseltine last night with expulsion from the Conservative Party if they support pro-euro rebel candidates in forthcoming European elections.

Parliament The Sketch: On a momentous day for our island race, Blair turns up

WAS IT Tony Blair's presence in the House yesterday that was worthy of note or the absence of his absence?

Senior Tories offer to back Blair on EMU

PRO-EUROPEAN heavyweights in the Conservative Party openly defied William Hague last night by welcoming Tony Blair's announcement of the timetable under which Britain would join a successful single currency.

What is to be done with the helpless and hapless Mr Hague?

Remarkably, it is the Conservatives and not the government suffering from mid-term doldrums

Brown will issue advice to business on trading in euro

GORDON BROWN is due to publish advice next week for British firms preparing to trade in the single European currency, but there were signs at Westminster last night that Britain will avoid any closer commitment to join.

Heseltine tells Blair: join euro

MICHAEL HESELTINE is ready to break Tory ranks and campaign for Britain to join the single currency - if Tony Blair agrees to lead the crusade.
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Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
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Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

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A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
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Philippa Perry interview

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