Sir Bernard Ingham accused campaigners of hypocrisy

Bernard Ingham says Northerners who loathe the Tories are ‘demented’. Perhaps I can put him straight...

Slashing the welfare state and cutting taxes on the wealthy was never going to play well

Conservative MP Brian Binley has attacked banks involved in the Government's controversial privatisation of Royal Mail, claiming the deal had cost taxpayers money

'Somebody has misled the taxpayer': Tory MP Brian Binley slams banks involved in controversial privatisation of Royal Mail

Officials from Goldman Sachs and UBS were given a grilling by MPs amid complaints that company was undervalued

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Old dog Clegg reaches for the Len McCluskey defence

For a man who made a speech in 2010 heralding the “new politics”, Nick Clegg is pretty adept at the old kind. He was harried from all sides about an imminent announcement that cabinet ministers will be able to hire 10 taxpayer-funded “personal advisers” in what the Tory Philip Hollobone decried as “a move towards a US West Wing type of Government”. (If only. Since the  hero of the television series is an idealistic president battling against vested interests this was slightly off target.)

Teacher ‘told to sound less northern’ after southern Ofsted inspection

Union outraged after school bosses set Cumbrian woman ‘target’ of losing accent

Thousands of construction workers on an industry “blacklist” will be offered between £1,000 and £100,000 in compensation

Individual compensation payments for blacklisted construction workers could reach £100,000

Thousands of construction workers on an industry “blacklist” will be offered between £1,000 and £100,000 in compensation.

Vince Cable agreed to a review

The politics of provocation: David Cameron orders review into union activities at Grangemouth

The inquiry will be chaired by Bruce Carr QC into whether trade union laws need to be toughened up

Government will introduce a new criminal sanction for 'wilful neglect', covering any staff suspected of abusing or mistreating patients in their care

'Neglect is unacceptable': NHS staff face jail if patients are abused

Measure was one of the key recommendations of a report into the fallout from the Mid Staffordshire scandal

Bower 2011; she made a passionate speech at this year’s Party Conference

Hetty Bower: Political activist whose membership of the Labour Party stretched back to the days of Keir Hardie

Hetty Bower, who has died at the age of 108, had a life remarkable both for its longevity and for decades of indefatigable campaigning on a range of anti-war and left-wing issues. Despite failing eyesight and hearing, until a few months ago she was still taking part in protest marches, often delivering inspirational speeches. She was not only one of the oldest women in Britain but also one of the country’s oldest political activists.

Protests such as that by the Occupy movement outside St Paul's Cathedral in 2011 could be affected

Councils to be given powers to ban peaceful protests that might disturb local residents

Anger mounts at ‘shockingly open-ended’ Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill that could also see youngsters banned from skateboarding, forbid teenagers from using local parks and prevent demonstrators from gathering outside council offices

Ipsa's chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said the latest revelations will be 'the disinfectant that hurts as it heels' as the details of MPs' office rentals are released

The next MPs expenses scandal: £3.6m of taxpayers’ money spent renting political party offices

Review ordered after MPs on average paid over the market rate for offices in a ‘back-door subsidy’ to their own party

Flybe’s wings to be clipped again despite profits

The new boss of Flybe has set out plans to cut another 500 jobs, reduce routes and review its fleet, despite turning a £13.6m half-year profit.

The number of grammar school pupils went up by 32,000 during the lifetime of the Blair government

Rise in grammar school pupils is selective education ‘by stealth’

Teachers’ union leaders say increasing number of selective places is not best way to raise standards

HMRC will investigate firms advertising for interns - to ensure they pay minimum wage

Enforcement action taken against two employers not paying minimum wage during London Fashion Week

John Cole was respected by the viewing public

John Cole: The most recognisable and respected broadcast political journalist since World War II

John Cole, who died yesterday aged 85, not only did more than any single figure to create popular understanding of the turbulent 1980s, but pioneered the best in modern political broadcast journalism.

PM eyes law against 'industrial intimidation' after Grangemouth

The Government may bring in a new law to prevent "industrial intimidation" following the bitter dispute at the Grangemouth petrochemicals plant in Scotland, David Cameron said today.

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