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The Italian Premier, Silvio Berlusconi, is set to be hauled back to court on tax evasion and bribery charges after losing the latest battle in his struggle with the country's judiciary.

Tessa Jowell: To win back power we must stick to the centre ground

Class has never been less relevant to how people vote. We are a culturally more cohesive society than we have ever been. From Ikea to Ryanair to X Factor, our way of life is converging

Leading article: The big trade unions show their regressive side

The two biggest parties are divided on the merits of electoral reform, which is a healthy sign

Squatters' rights - and wrongs

As the Housing Minister pledges to shut the door on the "anti-social, undesirable and unfair" practise forever, a fierce debate still rages between property owners and their uninvited house guests

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Buildings and infrastructure costs for the London 2012 Games may go down by £29 million to £7.232 billion, according to official figures released today.

Women's Olympic events cost less to see

London 2012 organisers accused of sex bias

Essex Man: The bonds of Basildon

Twenty years ago tomorrow, the term ‘Essex Man’ entered the language to describe a brash new figure on thecultural horizon. But that was just the beginning of the story, argues Pete May

David Miliband steps aside 'to let Ed lead Labour'

Labour leader Ed Miliband left the door open for his elder brother David to return to the party's front line today after the former foreign secretary dramatically announced he was quitting the shadow cabinet.

MPs to vote on civil service payoffs

MPs will vote today on Government plans to place a cap on Civil Service redundancy pay, which unions claim could leave thousands of low-paid workers out of pocket as they lose their jobs in the coming months.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The stench from the blogosphere

Think of them as the worst end of the press, disreputable and increasingly intrusive, and all in the name of what, exactly

'Big blow for Big Society' as £25m cuts hit volunteers

David Cameron's Big Society just got a little smaller, after £25m funding for volunteering was cut.

Swimmer remembers a frugal London Olympics

Susan Halter escaped the Holocaust to compete for Hungary in the 1948 Olympics. Kevin Rawlinson meets a born competitor

What are we getting out of the Olympic Games?

Culture Secretary doubts if 2012 can provide legacy of encouraging Britons to take up sport – and blames Labour.

Cameron's Big Society attacked as 'a cover for spending cuts'

David Cameron proclaimed the "Big Society" yesterday as the big idea by which people will remember his government in future decades.

Unions blast civil service redundancy pay cap

The Government faced a growing outcry tonight after announcing that legislation is to be introduced as soon as possible to cap redundancy payments to civil servants.

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