Pressure is growing from influential Conservatives outside the coalition over a reduction to the 50p top tax rate.
Rocketing demand for university places has added an extra layer of tension to this year's A-level results.
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As the next general election begins to loom over the horizon, the debate over Britain's future energy policy mix is starting to hot up - and nothing seems guaranteed.
There won't be a final decision on Britain's long-term aviation strategy until after the 2015 general election - but an aggressive national debate is already underway.
We speak to Europe minister David Lidington about the trials and tribulations of life in one of the coalition's toughest jobs.
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