Archive of 24 May 2005

MPs demand evaluation of New Deal 50 plus

The Government's flagship programme for helping older people into work must be properly evaluated, according to an influential committee of MPs.


    Soaring library use

    In 2003/03 visits to public libraries increased by 14 million according to a new report by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.


    Public 'failed' by Parliament

    The whole system of Parliamentary communications must be modernised if voters are to be re-engaged in politics.


    IRA still recruiting

    The latest Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) report has concluded that the IRA is continuing to train and recruit members and gather intelligence.


    Record political donations

    Political donations in the first quarter of 2005 were the highest ever recorded by the Electoral Commission.


    Top Tories agree new party rules

    The Conservative governing body has agreed on a new draft constitution for a party - including handing more power back to MPs on choosing a leader.


    Lib Dems ponder tax plans

    Charles Kennedy has ordered a complete rethink of his party's approach to taxation in an attempt to persuade the electorate that the "economy is safe in our hands."

  • Further strikes look likely

    ACAS called into BBC dispute

    BBC programme has returned to normal after yesterday's 24 hour strike, but a seems a further 48-hour strike is inevitable.


    'Degrees of homicide' urged

    The murder laws should be reformed with the introduction of "degrees of homicide", according to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  • Brown promises less regulation

    Brown promises red tape action

    Chancellor Gordon Brown today promised that the Government would cut red tape and move to a risk based approach to inspection.

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