Archive of January 2010

Clarke is being challenged about his support  - or not - for a VAT cut.

Clarke challenged on his VAT-cut history

Ken Clarke is facing questions about his views on the VAT cut after he insisted during an interview yesterday that he had never promoted.

  • Polls show many are turning their backs on Labour

    Tory lead steady in January poll

    The Conservatives are holding steady on 40% for the fourth Guardian/ICM poll in a row, as Labour continues to struggle to reduce its deficit below ten points.

  • More Tory support; but Britain is voting less

    Britain drifts to the right

    Britain is drifting steadily to the right, according to a government-backed survey.

  • The merging of police forces could help defend against cost cutting demands in the future

    Cuts 'may lead to police mergers'

    The Home Office may have to consider authorising the merger of police authorities in a bid to cope with future spending cuts, MPs have warned.

  • Seeing red? Lords fought back against government amendments yesterday

    Lords defend religious exemption

    The Lords have voted down three amendments to the equality bill, which campaigners said would prevent churches from denying jobs to gay people.

  • The view from Stormont - not so sunny at present

    Crunch time for NI talks

    Northern Ireland's leaders will meet with Gordon Brown and Irish taoiseach Brian Cowen in Belfast later as the final attempts to save the province's powersharing arrangement get underway.

  • ... but Tories better at getting message across on Twitter

    Labour winning Twitter war

    Labour campaigners have the edge over the Conservatives when it comes to followers on Twitter, a report has found.

  • Unemployment has had pervasive impact on Britain, CIPD says

    Unemployment 'deep impact' highlighted

    Better headline unemployment figures mask the much deeper effect unemployment has had on recessionary Britain, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

  • Sarah Payne. The law her mother has campaigned for is to be rolled out across England and Wales

    Sarah's Law to be rolled out

    Sarah's Law, which sees parents given information about sex offenders in their area, may be rolled out across the country, ministers have suggested.

  • Vince Cable wants to break up the banks

    Lib Dems plot to break up the banks

    The Liberal Democrats are the only party willing to adopt Barack Obama's stance towards the banking sector in the UK, Vince Cable will say today.

  • Older people have role in workplace, EHRC says

    Call to scrap retirement age

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has called for the state retirement age to be scrapped as part of "radical change" helping older people keep working.

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