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#ScotlandDecides - Voting begins with 97% of electorate registered to vote

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

The Scottish people decide their future today in the historical Scottish referendum.

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SNP storms past UKIP and Lib Dems to become Britain’s third largest political party

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

The Scottish National Party may not have been successful in its bid to see Scotland become an independent state, but a side effect of the referendum has been a huge swelling in support for the party.

Miliband at the Labour Party Conference

Your 60-second digest of the Labour Party Conference

Mon, 22 Sep 2014

You might have missed it, in among, you know, the fact that our country was on the verge of changing forever last week, but the Labour Party Conference started on Saturday.

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Fit for work? NHS chief urges tax breaks for companies tackling obesity

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

Businesses in the UK could be encouraged to help tackle rising obesity in the UK with tax breaks for firms introducing slimming clubs and health activities for employees.

The Saltire and Union Jack flags are raised on Arthur's Seat with a view of Edinburgh Castle ahead of the Scottish Referendum 17 Sep 2014

They said NO! So now what for businesses across the UK?

It is not time for celebration, but time for deep reflection

Money, wealth, funds

Robyn Vinter: MPs are about to get a 10% pay rise. Here’s why it can't happen

In April next year MPs will get a massive pay rise. It was decided by an independent body, not the public or MPs themselves, so it must be fair, right?

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Shock and awe: 10 years of UKIP scandalsVideo

More than a decade of UKIP’s most unbelievable misdeeds

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Sketch-a-Etch: We will remember them

Where words fail us, there’s always photoshop

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Sketch-a-Etch: It's a no-brainer for David Cameron

Where words fail us, there’s always photoshop

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Not sure where you stand on fracking? These three videos will help you decideVideo

Fracking is an enormously divisive issue in the UK, and the debate is only set to heat up from today, as the government has opened up the bidding process for fracking licences in the UK.

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

Where words fail us, there’s always photoshop

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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

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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