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Health ministers to vote against abortion plan

Health ministers will vote against calls to change the advice given to women considering an abortion in an attempt to defeat a move aimed at reducing terminations.

Government move to relocate terror suspects

The Government is planning emergency powers to forcibly relocate terror suspects, months after pledging to scrap the existing measure.

Cameron opposes abortion amendment

David Cameron will not support backbench efforts to strip abortion providers of their role in counselling women considering a termination, it has emerged.

PM accused over police riot costs

Police have been abandoned by the Government as forces struggle with unprecedented costs from the summer riots, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said today.

The Darling version: King and Balls savaged by ex-chancellor

Alistair Darling confirms that Gordon Brown tried to prise him out of the Treasury in 2009 to put Ed Balls in his place

Recriminations fly as ministers head home early from their holidays

Senior politicians from all political parties were scrabbling to cancel their holiday plans and find return flights to London yesterday in time for a symbolic emergency debate in the House of Commons on the London riots.

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