Archive of October 2006

Climate change bill plans come under fire from Tories and Lib Dems

Opposition sceptical over environment bill pledge

Opposition parties have warned the government's forthcoming climate change bill must be more than rhetoric if it is to make any impact.

  • Tessa Jowell hosts gambling summit but says no ban on online betting

    Jowell rules out banning online gambling

    Banning online gambling would only drive the industry "underground" and there is no question of the government taking such a move, Tessa Jowell has said.

  • David Mills to face corruption trial alongside Silvio Berlusconi

    Mills faces corruption trial

    David Mills, the estranged husband of culture secretary Tessa Jowell, is to face trial for allegedly perverting the course of justice, a judge ruled yesterday.

  • Medical expert system faces reform

    Medical expert system faces reform

    A radical shake-up of the system for providing medical expert witnesses in court has been announced today, to address fears that current witnesses are not reliable.

  • Lord Falconer launches guidance into interpretation of Human Rights Act

    Human rights 'as British as beer'

    Human rights are "as British as bitter beer" but people have to understand them better, the lord chancellor has said.

  • Police forces get limited compensation for merger plans

    Police pay price for govt U-turn

    Police authorities will face a final bill £2.5 million after the government's botched attempt to introduce force mergers this summer.

  • Lord Warner publishes data on NHS job cuts

    900 NHS job cuts 'regrettable'

    A total of 900 NHS staff have lost their jobs in the last five months because of financial problems and reorganisations in healthcare trusts, new figures show.

  • The government has denied that nicer neighbourhoods will be subject to higher council taxes

    New quality of life council tax mooted

    The government is planning to introduce a new system of council tax based upon the quality of life and crime levels within the area, the Conservative party claims.

  • Support for Gordon Brown trails behind Tory leader David Cameron

    Another poll blow for Labour

    Almost half of voters would back a Conservative government under David Cameron if Gordon Brown was leading Labour, a new survey finds.

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