Archive of 2005

Last push for EU budget deal

Tony Blair will today begin two days of talks with European leaders at Downing Street to try to secure their support for Britain's proposals for the EU budget.


    Kennedy slams 'centralised' Labour

    Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy today launched an attack on the government for making Britain one of the most centralised countries in the democratic world.


    Thatcher admitted to hospital

    Margaret Thatcher is due to return home this morning after a health scare saw her admitted to hospital last night.


    Conservative policy groups unveiled

    The first of six new Conservative policy groups has today been set up to help decide the direction of the party under its new leader, David Cameron.


    NHS 'ill-equipped' to deal with reforms

    One in five NHS hospital trusts is likely to report large budget deficits in the near future, with a "real risk" that many of them will fail, a new report warns.


    Unions 'stuck in the past'

    The militancy that governs the words and actions of trade union leaders threatens to make the organisations "irrelevant", a former TUC economics chief warns today.


    David Cameron's speech in full

    Read David Cameron's speech on winning the race to become Tory leader.


    Brown to continue Blair's reforms

    Gordon Brown has today said he would carry on Tony Blair's policy of reform if he became the next prime minister.


    Cameron crowned Tory leader

    David Cameron has today been named leader of the Conservative party after taking more than two thirds of the votes of grassroots members.


    Chancellor accused over property tax breaks

    The chancellor has been accused of performing an embarrassing "climbdown" after he scrapped plans to give tax breaks to people investing in property as part of their pension.


    Tax credit reforms welcomed

    Plans to reform the tax credit system to make it more flexible and reduce the scope for overpayments have been broadly welcomed by campaigners.

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