Archive of July 2010

Science sector faces major funding cuts

Scientists warn ministers of 'false economy'

The government's proposed cuts in science funding in order to tackle the deficit are a "false economy" and may damage the UK's reputation, leading scientific figures have warned.

  • Council tax referenda could be introduced from March 2012

    Council tax 'vetoes' on offer

    Members of the public could block council tax increases under proposals unveiled by the coalition government.

  • Trident under threat as Osborne stands firm

    Osborne crushes MoD's Trident hopes

    Defence secretary Liam Fox faces being forced to make sweeping cuts to conventional forces after the Treasury repeated its refusal to pay for Britain's nuclear deterrent from its own coffers.

  • Only 153 schools have applied for academy status

    Gove shrugs off academy outrage

    Michael Gove has been forced to defend rushing legislation revolutionising the schools system through parliament after the government admitted only 153 schools had applied to become academies.

  • Pakistan's commitment to the war on terror is in doubt

    Blunt Cameron stands by Pakistan comments

    David Cameron has defended his frank comments about Pakistan, after ruffling diplomatic feathers in Islamabad and beyond.

  • Tory leaders leave the Cabinet Office during coalition negotiations

    Coalition rewrites post-election history

    David Cameron has denied misleading Conservative MPs during coalition talks with the Liberal Democrats, insisting he did not tell them Labour was offering Nick Clegg's party electoral reform without a referendum.

  • Default retirement age will be dropped from October 2011

    Work till you drop?

    Employers will not be able to force 65-year-olds to retire from October 2011, the government has announced, giving older people the opportunity to continue working as long as they like.

  • Politicians were investigated for promoting issues in exchange for cash

    Ex-Blair aide cleared of wrongdoing

    A former aide to Tony Blair has been cleared of wrongdoing after allegations that she would take cash to exercise parliamentary influence.

  • Sayeeda Warsi is now chairwoman of the Conservative party

    Warsi egg-thrower jailed

    A protestor who threw eggs at senior Conservative Muslim Sayeeda WArsi in Luton has been jailed for six weeks.

  • Immigration cap will be introduced permanently next year

    Cable widens immigration divide

    Britain's introduction of an immigration cap is the subject of an ongoing debate within the coalition government, Vince Cable has said.

  • BP's Tony Hayward at an earlier appearance on Capitol Hill

    Senator's anger at Lockerbie 'stonewalling'

    The refusal of key players in the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to give evidence to the US Senate's foreign relations committee is attracting criticism in Washington.

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