Archive of 2007

Former prime minister Tony Blair converts to Catholicism at London ceremony.

Blair converts to Catholicism

Former prime minister Tony Blair has converted to Catholicism, a statement from the head of Britain's Catholic congregation confirms.

  • Official figures reveal almost £1/2m spent by government departments on Christmas festivities since 2002

    Whitehall Xmas costs revealed

    Official figures show almost half a million pounds has been spent by government departments on Christmas festivities in the last five years.

  • Prostitution ban 'would cut' demand for trafficking

    MPs back prostitution ban

    There is all-party support for criminalising men who buy sex, a former Europe minister said last night.

  • Labour 12 points behind Tories

    Brown ends years on all-time low

    Gordon Brown has continued his political slide into the parliamentary recess, with the latest opinion poll putting his personal approval rating at an all-time low.

  • The Schengen agreement expands to include 24 countries

    EU Schengen agreement expanded

    The EU's Schengen agreement allowing passport-free travel for non-EU citizens has been expanded to include nine more countries from today.

  • Jack Straw pledged a review at the 2007 Labour conference

    Straw backs have-a-go heroes

    Justice secretary Jack Straw has revealed the government's review of self-defence legislation, saying the law should back those who forcefully deal with criminals.

  • Clegg does not believe in god

    Clegg: 'No' belief in God

    Less than two days into the Lib Dem leadership, and Nick Clegg has won most media attention for his comments on religion rather than his policy proposals.

  • Gordon Brown has come under attack from the Tories over the failures

    PSA target systems 'flawed'

    Only half the data systems used to measure progress on the government's public service agreement (PSA) targets are fit for purpose, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

  • Court rulings say treatment should be available abroad within the EU

    EU healthcare proposals delayed

    Plans to allow EU citizens to travel abroad for operations have been delayed.

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