Archive of 9 May 2005

Dignitaries gather for VE Day

Dignitaries from around the world are gathering in Moscow today to pay their respects to the 27 million Russians who died in WWII.


    British wildflowers endangered

    Senior botanists have been shocked by a new report which estimates that nearly one in five of Britain's wild flower species is threatened.


    Doctors demand involvement

    The British Medical Association has written to the new Secretary of State for Health Patricia Hewitt calling for doctors to be more involved in decision making.

  • New congestion charging consultation

    Congestion charge could end early

    Consultation on the next phase of London's congestion charge has begun today, with the prospect of the charge ending at 1800 rather than 1830.

  • Yeo leaves frontbench

    Yeo resigns from frontbench

    Tim Yeo has resigned from the Conservative frontbench in the wake of the party's general election defeat.

  • Digby-Jones calls for action on absenteeism

    CBI and TUC clash on absences

    The TUC and the CBI have exchanged sharp words after a new report from the Confederation for British Industry put the cost of public sector absences at £4.1 billion.

  • No change in cost of borrowing

    Interest rates on hold

    There will be no change in the cost of borrowing in May after the Bank of England decided to leave base rate on hold.


    Pressure groups claim scalps

    Pro-hunting and anti regiment closure pressure groups have claimed the scalps of a large number of MPs in the general election.

  • Electoral reform urged

    Electoral reform urged

    Political think-tanks the New Politics Network and Charter 88 are urging the Government to reform the electoral system, claiming that the general election result can not be considered a popular endorsement.


    No regrets for Trimble

    David Trimble today said that he had no regrets about his support for the Good Friday Agreement, but blamed the failure of the Republicans to implement the agreement for his downfall.


    Wales uncertain about Hain's dual job

    The news that Peter Hain will take on the role of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in addition to his role as Welsh Secretary has drawn criticism from opposition parties, despite his instance he can do both jobs.

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