Voices Little security: rents are the biggest factor in the cost of living crisis

If we don't like rich landlords then we can raise taxes on the rich generally, but it will be a brave politician who suggests it

Students in national walkout over cuts

University students staged a national walkout today to protest against the Government's plans for higher education.

Police defend private sector plan

The Chief Constables of two police forces today defended the "transformational" changes which could result following a meeting with private sector firms to discuss the possible contracting out of some work by the forces.

Liberal Democrat peer Shirley Williams and deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, ahead of today's vote on the NHS reform bill

Lib Dems refuse to fully endorse controversial NHS reforms

Liberal Democrats refused to fully endorse controversial reforms of the health service today in a blow to party leader Nick Clegg.

Harrison: Resigned last month

Further No 10 link to A4e

One of Steve Hilton's legacies is one he would not want to advertise to his new US friends: how he was personally involved in appointing Emma Harrison as the Prime Minister's back-to-work tsar. She resigned as No 10 adviser and chairman of A4e just over a week ago over allegations of fraud at the company. It is understood that Mr Hilton recommended her to Mr Cameron.

Martin Hickman: Unbridled greed of Big Six cannot be tolerated in hard times

The Big Six exert a far tighter stranglehold on energy than their counterparts in other industries with large calls on household budgets. The results of this oligopoly are over-the-top prices, confusing bills and poor customer service.

Amol Rajan: One bonus that would have offered value for money

Justine Greening, the ambitious Transport minister, said over the weekend that she would turn up at a specially convened meeting of Network Rail's board this Friday, to register a protest vote against the £20m bonus pool its executives had threatened to award themselves.

Bob Crow, leader of the Rail Maritime and Transport union, which commissioned the study, said: 'This latest research shows that the failures of privatisation are costing the UK hundreds of billions of pounds in social value.'

Think-tank claims Britain's railways are 'worst in Europe league'

Britain's railways are at the bottom of the league for fares, efficiency and comfort compared with other European countries, according to a union-commissioned study today.

Ed Davey who has replaced Chris Huhne as Energy Secretary

Ed Davey takes over as Energy Secretary

Ed Davey has replaced Chris Huhne as Energy Secretary, Downing Street announced today.

Royal Mail secures long-term future of Post Office

The Government has secured the future of the Post Office under a 10-year deal giving certainty to postmasters, ministers announced today.

'I tend to get the right answers rather quicker and more often than most': Horton in 1991

Sir Robert Horton: Dynamic and combative head of BP and Railtrack

Sir Robert Horton had a forceful, dynamic management style which in 1990 propelled him to the top of British Petroleum, then the world's third-largest oil company. It was assumed he would develop into a titan of the industry. But his trademark vigour was accompanied by another trademark, that of imperious arrogance, which despite his undoubted talents led to his removal as chairman and chief executive within two years.

His Bill is still staggering through Parliament, but Andrew Lansley is a picture of relaxation in his Whitehall office

Andrew Lansley: 'It would let people down if I just walked away'

It's been a tough year for the Health Secretary, but he maintains that he has no intention of quitting over his botched NHS reforms. Matt Chorley meets Andrew Lansley

Letters: Cameron will make lab rats of us all

It has been announced that David Cameron is to boost the profits of the private sector by relaxing rules so that NHS patient records will be shared with private health-care companies, including firms that test on animals. How is this possible when medical records are supposed to be confidential?

Cameron plans early access to new drugs for patients

Three million patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes or heart conditions are to get hi-tech equipment to monitor their health at home, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today.

George Osborne confirms £50 water bill discount

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed today plans to underwrite a £50 discount on water bills for hard-hit families in south west England.

Transport union leader to step down

A trade union leader is to step down from his post at the end of the year, it was announced today.

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