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George Osborne's Help To Buy Scheme Is 'Crude Attempt To Buy Tory Votes', Say Top Lib Dems

George Osborne's flagship Help to Buy scheme has been dismissed as a "bribe" to win Tory votes by senior Liberal Democrat politicians after the …

George Osborne To Freeze Fuel Duty Until 2015 'If We Can Find The Savings'

George Osborne has pledged to freeze fuel duty until May 2015, provided he can find the money to pay for it.<p>The pledge came as the Chancellor said he …

Tory MPs Urge David Cameron To Make Minimum Wage A Living Wage

Tory MPs are calling on David Cameron to back an increase to the national minimum wage as a way to avoid "subsidising low pay on a massive scale" and …

Farage rebuffed: Hague wants 'pact with the voters' as Ukip threat looms

William Hague has appealed to wavering Conservative voters attracted to Nigel Farage's Ukip to stick with the Tories - because they are the "only" …

The Tories still need a living standards plan

The party must have a blueprint to take on Ed Miliband - not least on gas and electricity<p>Yesterday, George Osborne took something of a gamble – at least by the standards of modern politics. He decided to trust the voters’ intelligence. Where Ed Miliband had made fairy-tale promises about his …

Russian gold medallists kiss on podium in protest at country’s ‘anti-gay’ laws

<b>Update: Russian athletes ‘just kissing, not protesting against anti-gay laws’</b><p>Two female athletes from Russia have kissed on the podium as they …

Vince Cable backs land tax for home owners

Homeowners could be hit with an annual tax on the value of the land on which their houses are built, under radical plans being promoted by the Liberal Democrats.<p>Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, is backing the policy, which he argues would address the unequal “accumulation of wealth” in land and …

Years of scandal and drug cheats have taken the joy out of winning

Well, they say it comes in threes. But even in a week where sport's finger of suspicion has come down with repetitive strain injury, I am shocked to …

How Can Usain Bolt Be Clean? He's the Lebron James and Babe Ruth of Track and Field

<b>The Case Bolt Could be Clean: He’s A Tall Freak Who Was A Child Prodigy</b><p><b>by Robert Johnson, inspired by Chris Lear.</b> <b><br>July 17, 2013</b><p>When you operate a …

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Britain must decide what prison is for before it ditches the European Convention on Human Rights

Do we want prison to punish, or to rehabilitate? Until we decide that, we can't make a decision on the ECHR<p>The European Convention on Human Rights has been a consistent source of anguish for successive governments and, in particular, Home Secretaries. No sooner had Abu Qatada agreed to return to …

Income inequality at its lowest since 1986 – a good result for the Liberal Democrats in Government?

The Office of National Statistics has released information showing that income inequality is at its lowest rate since 1986.<p>From the BBC:<p>The largest …

Royal Mail must modernise to deliver

The Government’s argument that the Royal Mail needs access to outside capital is compelling<p>For Margaret Thatcher, the idea of selling off Royal Mail was a free-market reform too far; she said that she was “not prepared to have the Queen’s head privatised”. But times have changed and necessity …

Welfare reform has collapsed, says Labour as IDS plan stalls

The Coalition’s flagship welfare programme has collapsed, Labour claimed after ministers scaled back the next phase of the reform project.<p>The scheme, called Universal Credit, will now be run at only a few Jobcentres this year, ministers confirmed.<p>Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, …

Workers under 40 lose out in pension reforms

Most workers in their 20s and 30s will lose out under the Coalition’s reform of the state pension and will ultimately receive hundreds of pounds a year less than if they were of retirement age now, the Institute of Fiscal Studies warns.<p>A higher earner born in the Eighties will be almost £2,300 a …

Opinion: Europe is good for business

On Monday a group of business leaders from across the country gathered to launch a manifesto for Europe the main thrust of which said that Europe was …

Tom Watson resigns from shadow cabinet

Tom Watson, Labour's general election co-ordinator, has resigned from the shadow cabinet saying he wants to reunify the party after the splits caused …

Conservative MPs to open Commons campaign for in-out EU referendum

Conservative MPs start the long process of securing an in-out referendum on the EU by 2017 on Friday, amid growing signs Labour may try to trump the …

NHS 65th anniversary: David Cameron celebrates "this great national treasure"

To mark the occasion, the Prime Minister said:<p>Our National Health Service is one of the most precious institutions we have. We all know it, because …

Expenses watchdog reveals 148 MPs claim to cover costs of their children

The Commons expenses watchdog has released figures that show that 148 MPs take advantage of rules that allow them to claim expenses to cover the …

Joss Whedon reveals Avengers 2 plot point

At a screening of his new film, <b>Much Ado About Nothing</b>, BleedingCool got a chance to ask Joss Whedon about the slightly bigger movie on his horizon,</b> …

Movie Review - Man of Steel (2013)

<b>Man of Steel</b>, 2013.<p>Directed by Zack Snyder.<br>Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence …

Abu Qatada extradition battle has cost taxpayers £1.7m, says Theresa May

The Home Office's long legal duel with the radical cleric Abu Qatada has cost taxpayers £1,716,306, Theresa May has told MPs.<p>The figure includes …

Top universities strike deal with DfE to have say in redeveloping A-levels

Britain's top universities will take a permanent role in dictating the design and content of A-levels after a deal with the Department for Education, …