Hunt in the clear, says Cameron

Jeremy Hunt held on to his place in the Cabinet today, after Prime Minister David Cameron decided not to order an investigation into whether he breached the ministerial code of conduct in his handling of the News Corporation bid for BSkyB.

Amol Rajan: After this morning, Leveson
has to ask Osborne to give evidence

QC reveals explosive new evidence of text messages

involving Hunt, Murdoch and Chancellor

Jeremy Hunt to appear at Leveson inquiry

Beleaguered Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt will appear before Lord Justice Leveson tomorrow in what is expected to be a key day of drama for the inquiry.

James Moore: Shareholder spring? It was just a cynical attempt to keep Vince Cable at bay

Outlook: Companies should put some of the money they give to their executives back where it belongs... in the pockets of shareholders

David Cameron defends Jeremy Hunt BSkyB responsibility

Prime Minister David Cameron has defended giving Jeremy Hunt responsibility for the decision on News Corporation's takeover of BSkyB.

Bosses took '£1m a week' from Christmas savers

Victims of the collapse of Christmas hamper firm Farepak had "no inkling" that "about £1m a week" of their money was being dipped into, as directors of its parent company sought to prop up other loss-making units of the group, according to allegations made in the High Court yesterday.

Simon English: If you're mad now at what financiers make, wait a bit

The phrase "shareholder spring" has already become a cliché that should probably be banned by all self-respecting journals.

Margareta Pagano: Did Murdoch give the game away over BSkyB?

The media mogul's evidence to the Leveson inquiry on his move for the TV company showed reform is vital if future takeovers are to get a fair hearing

Andrew Grice: The Culture Secretary is not ready to go without a fight

Last week, Whitehall whispers suggested that David Cameron would delay his first major cabinet reshuffle until the autumn so he could promote Jeremy Hunt, who could not be moved until after the London Olympics.

Proposed models of cigarettes packs

Cigarette packaging row drags in Cameron

The Prime Minister's choice of an adviser with links to the tobacco industry has raised eyebrows. By Steve Connor

Margareta Pagano: It's a shame more don't share the vision of Vince

Cable's right to care about planning for industry
Richmond’s detached ‘mansions’ may be in Vince Cable’s sights

Cable's constituents: 'It's just another reason not to vote for him. As if I needed one'

Charlie Cooper talks mansion tax with voters in Richmond

The car assembly line at Ellesmere Port

Cable begs US bosses not to shut UK car plant

The Government has made a last-minute appeal to the carmaker GM not to close its Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, in an attempt to prevent the loss of the 2,100 jobs there.

The car assembly line at Ellesmere Port

Vince Cable begs US bosses not to shut UK car plant

More than 2,000 jobs at risk at Vauxhall factory

He says: 'Yes, I am in a hurry. Whether it is too much, we will see.'

Outcry as Michael Gove issues education reform warning

Education Secretary Michael Gove provoked an outcry from teachers today after warning his reforms would lead to fewer pupils passing exams and more headteachers being sacked.

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