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One massive tech problem is damaging London’s growth. Here’s how to fix itVideo

Fri, 31 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

London faces a major problem that hardly anyone is talking about.

Pills, is ketamine the new coke in London's workplace?

Rebecca Hobson: The drugs debate is raging in parliament. Here are the facts behind the headlines

Thu, 30 Oct 2014| By Rebecca Hobson

Parliament is debating UK drugs policy right now. Make no mistake, this is a big deal.

Cameron EU at 40

Is the £1.7bn EU top-up bill row overshadowing the government’s even bigger EU bill?

Thu, 30 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Is the the storm over EU demands for £1.7bn for budget contributions overshadowing a massive surge in UK payments to the EU?

UK border controls

Government migration controls could damage talent flows to UK, says Tory minister

Wed, 29 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Nick Boles, the Conservative business minister, has become the first among current Tory ministers to argue that government plans to bring down the number of European migrants could deter skilled workers from applying for jobs in the UK.

Girl summit gender equality

Gender equality will take 81 years, and the UK is behind Rwanda and NicaraguaVideo

Tue, 28 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

The UK is only the 26th most gender-equal country in the world, according to a new index.

Michael Fish, weather forecaster

Sunny spells ahead: Funding confirmed for £97m Met Office supercomputer

Tue, 28 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Obsession with weather is a famously British trait.

Mike Read writer of UKIP Calypso

UKIP Calypso withdrawn by DJ Mike Read following racism complaints

Wed, 22 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has requested that UKIP Calypso, a song he recorded and also performed at the UKIP party conference, be withdrawn from sale following complaints that it was racist.

Ryan Coetzee right leaves meeting

Oops – Lib Dem manifesto leaked after strategy chief photographed with document

Wed, 22 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Ryan Coetzee, right, leaves a meeting. Photo via Twitter

Cameron and Osborne House of Commons

Deficit grows as government spending is up 10%. Is the economic plan still working?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The Tories have defined themselves as the party dedicated to cutting the deficit, and the words “the long-term economic plan is working” have practically become a mantra for David Cameron and George Osborne.

UKIP calypso frankenstein

Here's UKIP’s cringeworthy (but surprisingly catchy) song. We dare you to listenVideo

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Just when you thought UKIP couldn’t get any weirder, this happens.

Great firewall of China

Chinese government hires up to 300,000 online trolls to promote Communist Party

Mon, 20 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

It’s certainly not what Tim Berners-Lee had in mind when he devised the technology that brought on the dawn of the internet age.

Nigel farage upset

How did UKIP lose £1m a year of funding?

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Nigel Farage found his party’s funding slashed by £1m a year this week after a shake-up in Brussels.

Eu migration graph

How much EU immigration is there, really? How is it affecting UK population growth?Video

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

We all know the UK population is growing rapidly, and the strain that it is putting on our national resources, especially jobs, housing, NHS and welfare.

Cameron Stop No

Tories consider “emergency brake” on EU immigration as UKIP gains ground

Thu, 16 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The Conservatives are mulling over the idea of an “emergency brake” on immigration from EU member states, following UKIP’s rapid gains.

Radical Housing Network protests to #StopMIPIM & #BlockBoris

In pictures: Protestors gather to #BlockBoris at massive property conference in London

Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Housing justice protestors have surrounded Olympia to campaign against MIPIM, the world’s biggest property conference.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

Tony Blair may have been target of Mumbai-style terror attack

Tue, 14 Oct 2014

A terror suspect may have been targeting former Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a Mumbai-style terror attack, an Old Bailey jury heard today.

Farage barrage parliament sky ukip

Nigel Farage is invited on to live TV debates as UKIP plans to get 25 seats in the general election

Mon, 13 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

UKIP is planning to win 25 seats at the general election next year, and could even take over from the Lib Dems as the UK’s third party.

Eurostar train

The government is selling its Eurostar stake to raise up to £300m

Mon, 13 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

George Osborne is announcing today that the government plans to sell its 40% stake in Eurostar.

Carswell and Farage

UKIP’s new MP Douglas Carswell – what does he stand for?

Fri, 10 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Last night Douglas Carswell became UKIP’s first MP. The former Conservative member has held the seat since 2005, but defected to UKIP in August.

Douglas Carswell MP

UKIP gains first ever MP

Fri, 10 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Douglas Carswell defected from the Conservative Party in August. Now he’s become UKIP’s first MP following a by-election in Clacton, Essex.

Lego Shell

How this powerful video forced Lego to end its contract with ShellVideo

Thu, 9 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Lego will not renew a long-standing contract with Shell, after a creative intervention by Greenpeace drew attention to Shell’s plans for Arctic oil exploration.

Daniel Todaro, MD of Gekko

Dan Todaro: Labour and the Tories must make a case for business, and soon

Thu, 9 Oct 2014| By Daniel Todaro

The MD of Gekko shares his take on the party conferences as a business owner

Ebola worker

WHO warns of Ebola threat, as Cameron holds Cobra meeting

Wed, 8 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 3,400 people since it began in December 2013, can be expected to spread to developed countries, a World Health Organisation official has said.


“Malicious and defamatory” - Tories deny £1.5bn NHS “sell-off scandal”

Mon, 6 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Private healthcare companies with links to Conservative MPs have won £1.5bn worth of contracts in the past two years.

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg pledges tax rises for the rich

Mon, 6 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has promised to increase taxes for the rich if his party are in government next year.

Cameron crying

Freudian slip much? Cameron said he “resents the poor” yesterdayVideo

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

Oh dear! Cameron has had another foot-in-mouth moment. (Read: Purr-gate: Blunder-struck Cameron’s top gaffes)

David Cameron at party conference

10 important things you might have missed from Cameron’s speech

Thu, 2 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

There were the tax cuts - then there all of these pledges on corporation tax, human rights and the NHS

David Cameron

David Cameron's Conservative party conference speech in full

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

I am so proud to stand here today as Prime Minister of four nations in one United Kingdom. I was always clear about why we called that referendum. Duck the fight – and our union could have been taken apart bit by bit. Take it on – and we had the chance to settle the question. This Party has always confronted the big issues for the sake of our country. And now…England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland…we are one people in one union and everyone here can be proud of that. And we can ...

UKIP logo

Ouch. Ex-Tory donor Arron Banks raises UKIP donation to £1m after Hague calls him a nobody

Thu, 2 Oct 2014| By Sophie Hobson

Oops. Bet William Hague wished he hadn’t called Arron Banks a nobody now.

Farage scary face

Oops! Nigel Farage follows pornographic Twitter account

Wed, 1 Oct 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been tweeting praise about Tory MPs who have defected to UKIP.

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