EU budget veto threat is 'absolutely ludicrous', says Ken Clarke

It is “absolutely ludicrous” for the UK to go to Brussels intending to veto the EU budget, Ken Clarke said today.

David Cameron is being warned that millions of 'strivers' face a grim decade of stagnant living standards

Average income stagnant for twelve years – and it won't improve for at least eight more

A typical low income family in 2020 is set to have an income 15 per cent lower than in 2008

Editorial: Locking up gang leaders is only the beginning

Evidence that the arrest of more than 200 street gangs' leaders in the aftermath of the riots in August 2011 produced a spike in violence makes for depressing reading. With so many of the "elders" now behind bars, younger and wilder subordinates not only jostle, often brutally, for position, but the codes of behaviour enforced by the old leadership are relaxed.

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Iain Duncan Smith: The welfare warrior with a hotline to the Tory Right

Iain Duncan Smith was midway through a brief and unhappy spell as Conservative leader when he visited Glasgow's Easterhouse estate 10 years ago. Friends say the experience – witnessing generations locked into poverty, joblessness and addiction – was the defining moment of his political career. A year later he had been forced out of the leadership and could have become little more than a minor footnote in Tory history.

Labour slams 'chaos and confusion' in Government's higher education policy following report stating there was a £1 billion a year black hole' at its heart

Labour today hit out at the “chaos and confusion” in the Government’s higher education policy in the wake of a report saying there was a £1 billion a year “black hole” at the heart of it.

Labour today hit out at the “chaos and confusion” in the Government’s higher education policy in the wake of a report saying there was a £1 billion a year “black hole” at the heart of it.

Labour slam 'chaos and confusion' in Government's higher education policy following report stating there was a '£1 billion a year black hole' at its heart

Student numbers may have to be cut or loan repayments drastically increased after miscalculations. Tuition fees for which Nick Clegg sacrificed reputation may cost more than old system

Mervyn Barrett’s team resign en masse after question marks are raised over funding

Is police candidate a Trojan horse for right-wing American think-tank?

Mervyn Barrett's team resign en masse after question marks are raised over funding

Think-tank Civitas urges cuts in tax and energy costs

Cutting energy costs, assistance to some industries as well as slashing corporate and personal tax are essential if the UK is to boost economic growth, according to a new report published today by Civitas.

A study based on satellite data of the Earth's atmosphere has shown there is a complicated interaction between the varying amounts of radiation from the Sun and the amount of ozone in the atmosphere

Climate change denial is a right-wing conspiracy

Drought and temperatures hot enough to stop corn having sex have not convinced Americans of human-caused climate change, as a new study shows that the US population are more skeptical of man's impact on global warming than they were ten years ago, despite scientific consensus on the matter.

David Cameron sets out First World War centenary plans

The date 4 August 2014 has been marked down as the beginning of a huge programme of commemorative events to mark the centenary of the great war, David Cameron announced today.

Almost 1.2m low paid people could see benefits reduced under new government scheme

Almost 1.2m low paid people could see the state handouts which top up their wages reduced unless they work longer hours, according to report published today.

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Police arrest seven crew members after Hong Kong ferry collision leaves 38 people dead

Police arrested seven crew members involved in a ferry collision in Hong Kong that left 38 people dead and has raised questions about safety on one of the world’s busiest harbours.

David Cameron warned of rift with mandarins

David Cameron was warned today that he faces a damaging rift with senior civil servants after a minister accused top officials of blocking Government policies they disagree with.

George Osborne: Chancellor “We should never take our eyes off the prize: a British economy freed from its debts”

Don't know your debts from your deficits? You're not alone

Public, MPs and even headline writers are confused, reports Andrew Johnson

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