Charities 'to face £3bn in cuts' says report

Charities are facing cuts totalling nearly £3 billion over the coming five years due to government spending reductions, according to a report released today.

Miliband 'went to News International parties'

Labour leader Ed Miliband attended a string of News International parties and held talks with former chief executive Rebekah Brooks, records released today showed.

James Lawton: Hoopla cannot hide the humbug and hypocrisy behind the London 2012 circus

The bid, however we dress it, was essentially a fraud. It came with the claim that it would be a gift to youth and that London was uniquely equipped for the task

Key 'Big Society' plan for public services unveiled

The Government will unveil today watered-down proposals to devolve more power over public services to local communities and John Lewis-style "mutual" companies.

Labour must 'learn from the past but not live in it', says Liam Byrne

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said Labour would need policies for a different economy, welfare state and form of government

Pressure mounts on Huhne as wife's driving license details published

Pressure on Cabinet minister Chris Huhne intensified today with the publication of details of his former wife's driving licence.

Tessa Jowell: The rhetoric is fine, but what about the action?

One year into the Big Society, David Cameron's big idea has stalled. Soaring political speeches may get headlines, but in practice this rhetoric is contradicted by his Government's actions.

Berlusconi facing his 'parliamentary Vietnam' over bid to end prosecutions

Silvio Berlusconi's supporters in parliament were last night fighting to push through law changes widely seen as a cynical attempt to save the premier from a bribery conviction.

The Sketch: A crowd of Cleggs, the return of Charlie and the medieval vote

To get to the AV Yes! launch you had to walk through a crowd of Cleggs. For admirers of Nick Clegg that was a happy start. But the many smiling faces weren't all they seemed. Each had strangely lifeless eyes. It turned out they were men wearing Nick Clegg masks. A clever but slightly creepy stunt by the AV people. Their point was that this new voting system would mean men wearing Nick Clegg masks roaming around London shouting "No, No, No!" It may need more thought.

Tessa Jowell goes to court to find out who hacked into her phone

Former cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has begun legal proceedings which could see her name added to the list of public figures suing the News of the World for alleged phone hacking.

Charity praised by Big Society chief loses grant

David Cameron's mission to promote a Big Society was dismissed as mere rhetoric yesterday after a charity that appeared to encompass all of its values lost vital funding.

The politics of opposition: A modern-day survival guide

Ed Miliband will do well to heed a new book warning politicians to stay positive to claw their way out of the wilderness

Big Society tsar tells council staff to cut hours

The Conservatives' Big Society tsar has suggested that councils cut the hours of their staff and ask them to volunteer in the community instead.

Danish pastries all round, advises handbook for first-time ministers

A new manual offering the top ten tips for new members of Government reads like something from The Thick of It. Brian Brady investigates

The last post for Johnson... but will Balls deliver for Labour?

Ed Miliband's drive to revive the Labour Party's fortunes suffered a major setback last night with the surprise resignation of the Shadow Chancellor, Alan Johnson.

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