Defence: Anger over armed forces review leak

A DISPUTE over the controversial leak of the Government's Strategic Defence Review erupted yesterday when George Robertson, Secretary of State for Defence, accused the Tories of failing to co-operate with the official inquiry to identify the culprit.

Blair backs tax perk for actors

TONY BLAIR has overruled Gordon Brown to give a tax break to actors by enshrining in law an anomaly under which they get preferential treatment.

Leading article: Private decisions on public funds

DECISIONS are being taken - today, tomorrow, over the next few weeks - which affect not only the way government will impact on the people of Britain in the early years of the new century but the very identity of Tony Blair's administration. They are part of the so-called Comprehensive Spending Review which was announced by the Treasury last July and is intended to produce, this July, a programmatic statement on the size and distribution of public spending over the rest of this parliament. That will give us the sharpest picture to date of what New Labour stands for.

A club whose name is worth pounds 450m

THE remarkable rise and rise of the RAC continued yesterday. Founded by the prolific inventor Frederick Simms more than a century ago, it has risen to become a distinctly British marque at the end of the millennium.

A few spanners short of a Prime Ministerial toolkit

The Cabinet Secretary is conducting a crucial review. He's asking if Tony Blair has enough power

Where are the volunteers?

The Me First generation apparently doesn't do it for others. Richard D North reports on a recruiting drive by VSO

Eighteen feet in the grave

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Blair braced for trouble in fall-out over poll

Tony Blair today flies off for his summer holidays in Tuscany leaving behind a backlash among party activists over Labour's defeat in the Uxbridge by-election, with a 5 per cent swing to the Tories.

Mandarin charmer takes top Civil Service posts

Sir Richard Wilson, who was former home secretary Michael Howard's favourite civil servant, was yesterday appointed by Tony Blair as Cabinet Secretary and head of the home Civil Service. The appointment confounds speculation in Whitehall that Labour would either split the two jobs or appoint someone less obviously a clone of the retiring incumbent, Sir Robin Butler.

Portillo goes through the keyhole for BBC series

Michael Portillo, whose last major television appearance gladdened the hearts of many, has landed a new, sadly temporary, job as a TV presenter and architecture pundit.

Abbey National shamed by corrupt boss

Building societies were once considered pillars of propriety. The drive to become banks is changing that, writes Chris Blackhurst

Failing British sit-coms in search of new Friends

Has Anyone Seen My Pussy? could only be a Channel 4 documentary. This one is about the use of innuendo in the British situation comedy and is the centrepiece to a weekend-long celebration of the much-maligned television genre to be shown at the end of this month.

Election `97: A leader for all of Britain

Tycoons and ex-miners alike voted for Blair, the man of many friends who won a country over

Election '97: '24 hours to change the country'

Steve Boggan aboard 'Blairforce One' reports on the last day of the Labour campaign

Row over fees set to silence TV's golden-voiced stars

A number of Britain's leading actors may become embroiled in a dispute between Equity, their union, and the advertising industry over rates of pay for voice-overs.
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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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8 best workout DVDs

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable