Archive of October 2009

Famous green benches await young people

Commons chamber overrun by youth parliament

The House of Commons has been taken over by children aged between 11 and 18 , in a convention-breaking move ending MPs' historic monopoly on the chamber.

  • Gender gap 'totally unacceptable'

    October 30th: The day women stop being paid

    Today is the last day women get paid, if national averages showing a gap between men and women's pay are accurate.

  • Halloween needs extra policing, according to the government

    The government vs Halloween

    The government has launched a full-scale operation to prevent Halloween festivities spilling into widespread teenage Asbo's this weekend by coordinating operations across 69 different areas.

  • Chief drugs advisor sacked

    Johnson sacks chief drugs advisor

    The government's chief drug advisor has been sacked after failing to give the public "clear messages".

  • European Union prepares climate change 'numbers'

    EU 'breakthrough' on climate change offer

    The European Union will make a conditional offer to the rest of the world on its climate change commitment, Gordon Brown has claimed, despite a rift developing over which member states should pay for the assistance.

  • Lords expenses to be cut back

    Peers facing expenses cuts

    Members of the House of Lords will face significant restrictions on their expenses, it has been reported.

  • Skunk: considered more powerful than normal cannabis

    Cannabis row explodes again

    The government's chief drug advisor has gone to war against the Home Office, in the latest episode of a simmering row between experts and the government.

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