Archive of June 2008

Even local government can sometimes seem imposing

Govt wrongheaded on community empowerment, SMF warns

Efforts to make citizens feel more involved in politics are doomed to fail, a thinktank has said.

  • Ms Smith may find herself embroiled in the controversy

    Home secretary pulled into police race row

    The row over racism in the police force became notably more political today when the president of the National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP), Zaheer Ahmad, wrote to home secretary Jacqui Smith asking her to order a 'critical review' of racism on the police.

  • The amendment could protect sibling from inheritance tax

    Parliament forced to debate inheritance tax

    A change to the law allowing elderly siblings who live together the same protections from inheritance tax as married couples or civil partners will be debated in the Commons this week.

  • Wendy Alexander resigned over the donations row

    Alexander steps down as Labour leader

    Wendy Alexander has announced her decision to step down as leader of the Scottish Labour party following controversy over donations.

  • Gordon Brown has a lot to ponder on his first anniversary as PM

    Brown - the first year

    It all started so well. The people were sick of spin and image, the commentators said. Tony Blair had let us all down. One second he was "a pretty straight kind of guy" and the next he was promising everyone they were 45 minutes away from annihilation.

  • The decision made in here may not even be that important

    Analysis: What happens next year?

    Two of the country's top analysts offer their suggestions for the year ahead. Sunder Katwala, general secretary of the left-of-centre Fabian Society trades opinion with Anthony Brown, director of the right-of-centre Policy Exchange.

  • A big by-election win for the Tories

    Labour drop to fifth in Henley

    Labour have dropped to fifth place in the Henley by-election, with the Tories safely retaining Boris Johnson's old seat.

  • David Davis faces new by-election threat from rape victim

    Rape victim to challenge Davis

    A rape victim angry at David Davis' alleged lack of interest in sexual violence is to challenge the former shadow home secretary in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election.

  • Newspapers under fire in Lords report

    Newspaper 'secrecy' attacked by peers

    A group of peers has launched a stinging attack on the newspaper industry, accusing owners and editors of hypocrisy on the way they conduct their work.

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