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Robert Halfon is described as one of the best campaigners in Parliament

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Hundreds of thousands of carers will be promised new rights in the Queen’s Speech as the number of elderly and vulnerable people being looked after by family members continues to soar

The Government has no idea how cuts are impacting on disabled people - and no intention of measuring

Today Labour's Liam Byrne is demanding that the Government carry out a cumulative impact assessment to find out how welfare reforms are really affecting families

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Pay and Parliament: Ipsa chief says ducking decision on MPs' wages risks another expenses scandal

Sir Ian Kennedy ridicules politicians' objections to Ipsa plans after they wanted to be relieved of setting own pay

Boris Johnson has called for an amnesty for illegal immigrants

Boris Johnson backs illegal immigrants amnesty as he hints he may run for third term as London mayor

Boris Johnson put himself at odds with the Conservative leadership today as he backed giving an amnesty to illegal immigrants who have been in Britain for 12 years.

Nadhim Zahawi said illegal immigrants should be given a one-off amnesty allowing them to remain in Britain

Grant all illegal immigrants an amnesty, says Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi

One-off gesture designed to make Tories more attractive to ethnic minorities

Spending Review: Wait for benefits could backfire, warns Tory ally

Bright Blue, a think-tank which supports David Cameron’s drive to rid the Conservatives of their 'nasty party' image, warns Government’s latest crackdown could damage party

The Chancellor has suggested that after the next election, the Tories would make further welfare cuts rather than raising taxes

Spending Review: Chancellor George Osborne hints Tories would make further welfare cuts rather than increase taxes after next election

While respected fiscal think tank criticises George Osborne's decision to continue the freeze on council tax

Only £5 per head is spent on transport in the North-east

London gets 520 times more transport cash than the North

The Government was last night accused of opening up a fresh "North-South divide", after new figures showed Londoners were being allocated more money per head on transport spending than all of the other regions combined.

Ministers get new powers to hire and fire Civil Service advisers

Civil Service mandarins are to be put on fixed-term contracts and ministers given the power to hire teams of political advisers paid for by the taxpayer, in the biggest shake-up of how Britain is governed for decades.

The Pawnbroker logo hangs outside a pawn shop in Walthamstow in London, England

Austerity to last until 2020: expect hard times for a decade, say think tanks

'We are still as far away from the target of balancing the deficit as we were in 2010'

Postgraduate studies 'only for the rich'

Postgraduate education has become like an "exclusive golf club" that is open only to the very rich, new research will warn on Wednesday.

William Hague urges EU 'red card' system for nation states to block unwelcome laws from Brussels

William Hague today called for individual nation states to be given powers to block unwelcome laws from Brussels.

UK is lagging in fight to curb the fat cats, think-tank warns

Britain is failing to tackle excessive pay and falling behind rival countries, a damning report has claimed.

EDL stirs up hatred and makes risk of attack ‘more likely’, says poll

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