News In a highly unusual move, Ed Miliband has induced the Daily Mail to grant him the right of reply to an article attacking him

In a highly unusual move, Ed Miliband has induced the Daily Mail to grant him the right of reply to an article attacking him. It is a right that  newspapers are understandably reluctant to concede, lest their columns be filled with nothing but the wailing replies from wronged politicians. But there again, it is unusual to attack a politician by going for his dead father.

Steve Richards: Now we see this industry has oversold itself

Cabinet ministers are human beings. They know people. They have friends and former colleagues who are sometimes also friends. Some of their friends and former colleagues become lobbyists. Their closeness to ministers is the reason they secure lucrative jobs.

Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence PM (video)

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One of Britain's largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the "dark arts" to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion.

Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM

Special undercover investigation: Executives from Bell Pottinger reveal 'dark arts' they use to burnish reputations of countries accused of human rights violations

Garment workers in a sweatshop in the 1890s

A new return to Victorian values

Radical plans to make it easier for employers to sack their workers could soon become a reality. Yet they remain hugely controversial

Robin Scott-Elliot: It takes Greenwood and Quinnell to tango on the touchline

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Charles Nevin: Now over to Lord Byron for the weather

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Sarah Sands: We need star-gazers like Hilton to think the unthinkable

It is charming to discover that while George Osborne is peering down at the point noughts of growth, David Cameron's policy adviser Steve Hilton has his head in the clouds. Why the fuss that Hilton's blue-sky thinking includes the abolition of maternity and consumer rights and introduction of everlasting sunshine? If he calls for cautious reform and more team games, the mad monk is out of a job.

Cameron's blue-sky thinker has his head in the clouds, say Tories

Ministers rush to distance themselves from Steve Hilton's idea to scrap maternity leave

John Kampfner: Thinking the unthinkable

Steve Hilton's politics mix US-style hostility towards the state, a belief in bottom-up activism and a geek-led informality of style

Cable dismisses tax cut calls as 'voodoo economics'

Business Secretary Vince Cable today dismissed calls for a tax cut to kick-start the stalled economy as "voodoo economics".

News of the wold: What's the small Cotswold town of Chipping Norton really like to live in?

Oliver Bennett heads to Farrow & Ball country to find out

No 10 discloses salaries of political advisers

With the attention of the British press and public concentrated on the committee hearings at Portcullis House over the phone-hacking scandal, Downing Street chose yesterday to publish the salaries of ministerial special advisers.

Ed Llewellyn: The old school chum in trouble for not communicating

Yesterday was a good day to slip out the news that David Cameron's chief of staff, Ed Llewellyn, is one of three special advisers working in Downing Street on a salary of £140,000 a year.

Cameron faces grilling over Coulson at PMQs

David Cameron is facing more awkward questions about the phone-hacking scandal as Labour steps up the pressure on him over the affair.

Cameron to embark on new round of reforms

David Cameron is set to embark on a fresh round of public service reforms, radically changing the way services for children, patients and the elderly are delivered.

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