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Three cheers for Brian and eight Tory triumphs

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

No it won't hurt, no it won't work

Poor economic results may prompt Kenneth Clarke to fuel a pre- election consumer boom. Yvette Cooper explains why he shouldn't

Euro-sceptics give Major a final chance

Tory Euro-sceptics have called off the dogs of war to give John Major a free run through to the election, giving a much-needed fillip to the Prime Minister.

From Dorneywood, the sound of options closing

INDUSTRY VIEW

Revealed: what I pay my MP friends

It has been quite an inspiration to us to watch the way MPs have come forward to declare their sources of income, and the way they have unhesitatingly given just about as much information as they think they can get away with. But I don't see why MPs should be the only ones to have to do this, so as a public duty I am going to come clean today myself and reveal just how much money I am paying Members of Parliament on a regular basis, and what I am paying them to do.

Tories fall out over MPs' cash

Some of the Tory party's highest-earning MPs were under attack from their colleagues last night for refusing to disclose all of their outside income in the new Register of Members' Interests published yesterday.

NAPF chief proposes end to tax-free nest eggs

Anne Robinson, director general of the National Association of Pension Funds, yesterday courted controversy by suggesting that the Government scraps the 25 per cent tax-free lump sum paid to millions of people on retirement, in exchange for restoring tax breaks previously enjoyed by the pension fund industry, writes Nic Cicutti.

Conservative MPs attack public finance initiative

A Conservative-dominated committee of MPs yesterday launched a scathing attack on the Government's Private Finance Initiative and called on the Chancellor to re-think the cornerstone of the scheme - that no capital spending projects be approved unless they have been considered for PFI funding.

Long and rocky road from nowhere to Knaresborough

Norman Lamont stood on the staircase of the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, last night looking like the cat that had got the cream, writes Colin Brown.

Disraeli has a lot to answer for

It started in the 19th century. Now you can't move for MPs flogging their fiction. Roger Clarke looks at the sad state of the 'Westminster novel'

Has Norman Lamont finally found a perch?

Harrogate, once a true-blue constituency, is looking for a morale- boosting candidate. By Paul Routledge

Birmingham Six scientist sues law firm

STEPHEN WARD

LEADING ARTICLE : Truly blue and deeply disunited

Could the Conservative Parliamentary Party really be set on "political suicide"? Michael Mates, the former Northern Ireland Security Minister, certainly seems to think so writing in the Mail on Sunday yesterday. With speculation growing about other potential defectors from the Tory backbenches, John Major's call for an end to internal squabbles on BBC television's Breakfast with Frost yesterday rang hollow. Just six months after he called a leadership campaign supposedly to unite the party, the internal bickering between the left and right wings is as virulent as ever.

The ghost in the Tory machine

Five years on, the spirit of Margaret Thatcher can be detected in the conformism of the Major era

Dynasty that climbed mountains to claim the Savoy

Forte takeover: Behind Granada's pounds 3.1bn bid for a hotel group bathed in success lies a family's rise from humble origins
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Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

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Chilly Christmas

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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He's behind you, dude!

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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