Archive of November 2006

Tony Blair expresses regret over slavery but does not apologise

Blair expresses 'deep sorrow' over slavery

Tony Blair has today expressed his "deep sorrow" about the slave trade and said it was one of the most "inhuman enterprises in history".

  • George Osborne unveils plans for new carbon levy

    Tories woo business with new carbon tax

    The Conservatives have launched plans for a new carbon tax in an effort to ensure their new focus on the environment does not damage their traditional business links.

  • Train operator Network Rail posts profit for first time

    Network Rail makes its first profit

    Network Rail, the train operating company that receives £4 billion in government subsidies each year, has made a profit for the first time.

  • SNP look set to take power in next year's Holyrood polls

    SNP 'set for May victory'

    The Scottish National Party (SNP) is on course to become the biggest party north of the border after next May's Holyrood elections, a new survey finds.

  • David Davis warns of implications of Alexander Litvinenko's death

    Spy death could have 'enormous' implications

    Any involvement by the Russian state in the death of Alexander Litvinenko could have "enormous implications" for UK-Russian relations, David Davis has warned.

  • Green party elects new principal speakers

    Green party gets new speakers

    Derek Wall has been elected as new joint principal speaker for the Green party, after beating the incumbent, Keith Taylor, by 767 votes to 705.

  • SNP leader Alex Salmond receives a stinging attack from Tony Blair

    Blair attacks 'outdated' SNP

    Tony Blair has launched a savage attack on the "outdated, reactionary" views of the Scottish National Party (SNP), saying it cannot provide Scotland with hope.

  • European court rules Treasury can keep charging same excise rules

    EU court upholds booze tax rules

    The Treasury will still be able to charge tax on cigarettes and alcohol bought over the internet or the phone from cheap European suppliers, a court has ruled today.

  • Peers say ministers should champion EU enlargement

    Peers back further EU enlargement

    European Union (EU) enlargement has benefited the UK economy and politicians must make clear their support for allowing more countries to join, peers have argued.

  • The Scottish executuve has backed plans to raise the smoking age to 18

    Scotland gets tougher on smoking

    Ministers in Scotland have backed proposals to raise the smoking age from 16 to 18 after an executive-commissioned report recommended the move.

  • MPs to vote on Trident replacement early next year

    Trident vote set for early 2007

    MPs will have a vote on whether to replace Britain's independent nuclear deterrent early next year, Downing Street has confirmed.

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