The News Matrix: Tuesday 22 January 2013

Merkel's party loses in bellwether state

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BBC's Marr 'on the mend' after stroke

Pictures of president-elect Hugo Chavez at an altar in Caracas yesterday

Chavez ally to head National Assembly

If the Venezuelan President succumbs to his illness, a Chavista will take over as caretaker

Coalition heads for storms as parties diverge before election

Civil Service will need to defuse rows over public spending review, think-tank warns

House construction at 90-year low

House construction is set to plunge to its lowest level for 90 years as councils have cut their home-building targets by more than 270,000 in the past two years, a report warns.

Health service 'is only going to get worse', says respected health policy think tank

Respected health policy think tank warns “treacherous waters” lie ahead

Don't overdo the austerity measures, warns OECD austerity measures,

Eurozone nations should be prepared to ease up on deficit reductions to avoid pushing the single currency area into a deeper slump, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development argued yesterday.

OECD urges eurozone to put brake on deficit cuts if outlook worsens

Eurozone nations should be prepared to ease up on deficit reductions to avoid pushing the single currency area into a deeper slump, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development argued yesterday.

There are now more adults in poverty from working households than from homes where no one works

The modern face of hardship

There are now more adults in poverty from working households than from homes where no one works

Pensions saviour slams retirement reforms

The man who saved Boots' pension scheme has attacked "serious flawed" claims by the Government that the state will reap huge savings by cutting the pension benefits of teachers, nurses and civil servants.

England played Spain the day after Armistice Day last year, with the team wearing poppies

Poll released backs support for special sport-free day to mark Remembrance Day 2014

Remembrance Day will be widely observed across British sport this weekend, with a minute's silence at all Premier League grounds and at the three rugby union internationals, as a poll released today backs support for a special sport-free day to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War two years from now.

Labour MP Denis MacShane was awarded £32,500

Shamed ex-MP Denis MacShane says sorry to Rotherham constituency

Shamed ex-MP Denis MacShane has said sorry to his former constituents in Rotherham, saying: “I have let this wonderful town, its terrific people and my constituency down so very badly.”

By-election to replace disgraced MP Denis MacShane to be held in three weeks

A by-election to replaced disgraced MP Denis MacShane will be held in three weeks.

Former Labour MP Denis MacShane right to resign, says Ed Miliband

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane was “right” to step down from Parliament after being condemned for abusing expenses rules, the party's leader Ed Miliband said today.

Tom Hodgkinson: How allotments could save us £23bn

Think-tanks seem to spend their time working on proposals on how to get the feckless working class back into jobs. Liberal do-gooders of the Tony Benn stripe wax lyrical about the joys of full employment, and how "work" will return dignity and meaning to empty lives. Right-wingers attack scroungers, and declare they will "crack down on the workshy", bringing to mind Himmler's "Operation Work Shy" of 1938, when persistent idlers were rounded up and put into concentration camps. They were identified by a black triangle sewn on to their shirts.

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