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A third of parents said they did not see enough of their children because of work

Paul Sykes has promised to do 'whatever it takes' to help UKIP top the polls in the European elections according to the Daily Telegraph

Paul Sykes: Former Tory supporter backs Ukip with multi-million pound pledge

One of the country's wealthiest businessmen has announced a multi-million pound boost to the UK Independence Party.

The Princess Royal and former eventing champion was speaking at the World Horse Welfare Organisation

Princess Anne urges Britons to consider eating horsemeat

Princess Royal has argued that a shift in attitudes could help improve the treatment of the animals.

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Want to dodge the queues at UK passport control? The Home Office says you may soon be able to... for a price

Hollidaymakers and business travellers could soon skip arrival hall delays by paying an extra fee

Atos and G4S pay no corporation tax despite profiting from billions pounds worth of public sector contracts, as auditors warn of ‘crisis of confidence’ over private contractors

National Audit Office says there are 'worrying examples of contractors not appearing to treat the public sector fairly'

The Big Six energy firms have been accused of using consumers as 'cash cows'

We’re all in it together: Last of Big Six energy companies to announce price hikes even as Ed Davey says customers are not ‘cash cows’

Energy Secretary warns firms they are now no better than 'greedy bankers' in public eye

Pope Francis

Pope Francis corruption fury: Tie them to a rock and throw them in the sea

Impassioned sermon condemned corruption from those who donated to the church but stole from the state

Naomi Campbell won substantial damages and an apology from The Daily Telegraph in January

Defamation cases brought against media companies fall sharply

The High Court drama of the big libel hearing is becoming a rarity. New research shows there has been a sharp fall in the number of cases for defamation brought against media companies, despite a succession of press scandals and Parliament's demand for a new regulator of the newspaper industry.

Former prime minister, Sir John Major

Sir John Major attacks 'truly shocking' privilege of privately educated elite

A former Conservative Prime Minister has attacked the “truly shocking” privilege of the privately educated elite.

Developers have been warned by the government that they must not hoard land

Build homes or lose planning permissions, developers warned by government

Developers have been stripped of the ability to “roll forward” planning permissions as part of government efforts to encourage more housebuilding.

Government's attempt to save salary-linked pensions could eat into other retirement schemes

A Government attempt to save salary-linked pensions could see private sector workers’ retirement funds eaten away by inflation and the loss of payments to the spouses of deceased policyholders, it was reported last night.

Tory MP Brian Binley

MP on taxpayer-funded Maltese trip jokes to party host: ‘See, we are totally corrupt’

Tory member Brian Binley warns partygoers to beware of politicians – saying ‘they’ll scrounge you all the time’

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard denies breaking the House of Commons code of conduct

Mark Pritchard investigation: New allegations fuel debate on MPs’ jobs on the side

Senior Tory Pritchard is under investigation by Commons standards committee

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard denies breaking the House of Commons code of conduct

Tory MP Mark Pritchard denies offering to use political contacts to set up foreign business deals

Mark Pritchard, a prominent Conservative MP, has reported himself to the parliamentary standards watchdog after being caught in a newspaper sting operation seemingly offering to use his political contacts to secure highly lucrative business deals.

Members of the media gathered outside the News International building last year

Papers ready to defy MPs on regulation

Newspapers and magazines plan to set up a rival organisation to the royal charter prepared by politicians

Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker labels the majority of the FA's commission members as 'utterly pointless' and says he expected better appointments from chairman Greg Dyke

Former England captain expressed his concerns via his official Twitter account to criticise those on the task force apart from Glenn Hoddle

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