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Cameron and Boris tennis match

Cameron urged to return £160k tennis match donation from Russian ex-minister's wife

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

The Tory party received a whopping £160,000 donation for a Tennis match played by David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

David Ward tweet

Lib Dem MP under fire for tweeting "I would fire rockets at Israel"

Wed, 23 Jul 2014

Liberal Democrat MP David Ward is in hot water for sending out controversial tweets about the Israel-Gaza conflict.

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How Tony Blair got so rich: a £25m property empire, and more

Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, time and again, has said he doesn’t want to be a “billionaire with a yacht” and that he doesn’t identify with the super-rich.

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Police carry out controlled explosion of suspect package outside Parliament

Mon, 21 Jul 2014

Police have carried out a controlled explosion of a suspect package outside the Houses of Parliament.


Sketch-a-Etch: Where's our Middle East envoy Tony Blair?

Where words fail us, there’s always photoshop


Sketch-a-Etch: David Cameron unveils his new cabinet

Where words fail us, there’s always photoshop

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Nick Hurd MP: Collaboration & innovation to tackle social challenges

Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, on how government, social enterprise and the private sector can work together


Sketch-a-Etch takes on William Hague's India trip

Where words fail us, there’s always photoshop

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Secure your data

Harry Cockburn: Emergency data law introduction is shoddy and undemocratic

A new emergency data law guaranteeing the police and security services access to the British population’s phone and internet data histories is expected to be passed at a Cabinet meeting in Downing Street this afternoon.

Skull and cross-bones

Sophie Hobson: All public health messaging is now officially up for sale. Yes, you should be worried

The government has quietly announced a major change - but you need to know about it

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Brown's beer: Why politicians love beer

It all started with Barack Obama.

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Sophie Hobson: Justin King knows it, and so should you - responsible business is the future

Ethical consumerism is growing fast, and business leaders know it, explains our editor. Are you moving quickly enough?

James Bond gun

Harry Cockburn: Why is the news the government can listen in to live phone conversations so unsurprising?

Not so long ago, tapping a telephone or bugging someone’s house was difficult and dangerous work. During the Cold War, secret agents on both sides of the Atlantic were routinely deployed to particular addresses in order to plant listening devices to obtain information on suspects.

Farage polling station

Harry Cockburn: The outcome of the European Elections should worry British businesses

Nigel Farage is not wrong to say that “the UKIP fox is in the Westminster hen house”. The far-right Euro-sceptic party has made irrefutable gains across much of the UK, after being largely ignored by Westminster and written-off by much of the media as incoherent and racist. Though the final figures are still outstanding, the undeniable outcome of yesterday’s poll is that British politics is being thoroughly shaken up.

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What do the top five parties stand for at the European Elections this week?

We asked them. Tell us what you think on Twitter #llbdebate

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Harry Cockburn: Hooray! We’re all going to be millionaires! Except for the poor

One in five people who gain a university education will end up becoming millionaires, new figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed. Hooray for education. Hooray for money.

Staff gagged

Robyn Vinter: How zero-hours contracts can encourage illegal behaviour

Today the government said jobseekers would lose their benefits if they turn down zero-hours contracts without a good reason.


Harry Cockburn: The government's "forced labour" scheme is flawed

Why are some big charities opting out of the latest employment initiative?

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Sophie Hobson: Cameron has appointed the first Asian man to the cabinet, but it is still dangerously undiverse

The PM must learn from business and rethink his overwhelmingly white, male and Oxbridge-educated cabinet, says our editor

Student protests

Robyn Vinter: The “bobby tax” will massively damage the Met

New police officers must pay more than £1,000 for a certificate before they even start

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What would make Britain better? We ask the publicVideo

…and get some interesting ideas

Redcar steel works

Harry Cockburn: Why is the government letting heavy industry escape green levies?

Manufacturing is recovering in Britain, but our energy problems are mounting

Barack Obama

Robyn Vinter: Why isn’t “Barraco Barner” on the national curriculum?

You have to feel for 20 year-old Gemma Worrall, the British woman who shot to cyber-fame last week after tweeting this:

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Sophie Hobson: There’s much to celebrate in Clegg’s new plans for NEETs, but one glaring mistake

Yes, we must end the “snobbery surrounding vocational education”, says our editor - but some of this is counter-productive

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