'No' campaign outspent rivals by 60 per cent in AV referendum

The successful campaign to keep the first-past-the-post system for choosing MPs outspent supporters of electoral reform by more than £1.25m, official figures published yesterday show.

Going for it: inventor Andy Archer in his motorised chair. The road to market can be long and complex

Consumer rights: From brilliant idea to turning a profit

Patents...and setting up a group bank account

Fox faces a second inquiry as he turns his fire on media

Standards Commissioner will investigate whether fallen minister broke rules by letting Werritty stay rent-free in his flat

Banks warn tighter ICB rules will curb lending

Bankers have warned that billions of pounds of lending to business could be put at risk if policymakers press ahead with "uncosted" plans to tighten banking regulations.

John Prescott backs union voting reform

Labour's former deputy leader Lord Prescott today said it was "time for change" in the party's relations with the trade unions.

Half empty? Half full? New report reveals Britain's discontent

More of us than ever have bleak expectations, but Kunal Dutta still finds some reasons to be cheerful

'Very polished' rough diamond Peter Cruddas joins Tory treasury team

New Conservative co-treasurer is a philanthropist who made his fortune brokering deals

Watchdog opens review of Huhne's expenses

Chris Huhne, the Secretary of State for Energy, discovered yesterday that he is not yet in the clear over an allegation that he broke electoral law when he filed his expenses after the last general election.

Australia falls out of love with 'Carbon Cate' over starring role in tax advert

in the eyes of her fellow Australians, Cate Blanchett – Oscar-winning actor, theatre director and icon of female beauty – can usually do no wrong. Yesterday, though, she was branded "Carbon Cate" for taking part in a television advertising campaign promoting the virtues of a carbon tax.

Huhne faces expenses complaint

Under fire Cabinet minister Chris Huhne was under fresh pressure today following the disclosure that he faces a complaint about his general election expenses.

The story of my life: Designer Sebastian Conran allies punk with puns

From punk upstart to establishment sophisticate: Sebastian Conran's home tells us all we need to know about the design scion's love of colour and a good pun

UK needs companies to spend more of their £50bn war chest

Item Club calls on business to invest more of its cash reserves to get the economy moving

'Vote no to AV' group accused of being 'a Tory front organisation'

Leading labour politicians were accused last night of inadvertently providing political cover for a "Tory front organisation" campaigning against electoral reform.

First class school, economy class fees: Reduce the cost of private education with scholarships and bursaries

During a recession, many of us tighten the belt. Perhaps we can forgo the family holiday and new car, pack a lunch. But when it comes to educating children, should our plans change?

John Rentoul: Cameron's position is No but Yes

The Prime Minister can't admit to hoping May's referendum will bring a change in the electoral system
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