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Forget the nostalgia for British Rail – our trains are better than ever

There is a weary predictability to the political choreography. Once again, it's revealed, commuter rail fares are rising above the rate of inflation, squeezing the cost of living still further for hard-pressed families. Ministers claim they checked bigger increases; the opposition pretends it would …

Church of England in 'fracking land-grab'

The Church of England has begun legal action to claim ancient mineral rights beneath thousands of homes and farms, prompting fears the church could seek to cash in on fracking.<p>Residents across England have started receiving letters from the Land Registry, informing them that the Church is seeking …

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Top A-level grades fall as pupils pick tougher subjects

The number of pupils being awarded top A-level grades has dropped for the second year running, as sixth-formers opt for more challenging subjects …

Heresy of the Week: Middle England is a different place from the Tory heartlands

Andy McDonald, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough, has an article in the <i>New Statesman</i> about Britain’s economic divide. It's pretty partisan stuff, but …

BoE rate vow set to fuel buy-to-let mortgage boom

Low interest rates and government policies are helping to resurrect a buy-to-let boom with lending to landlords surging to a near five-year high, …

Ed Miliband seeks help from Lynton Crosby's adversary

Ed Miliband has been consulting the most longstanding political Australian adversary of Lynton Crosby to understand the techniques and weaknesses of David Cameron's strategist.<p>The Labour leader held private talks in April with Bruce Hawker, another Australian elections adviser, and they have …

Will there be another Con-Lib Coalition? The reasons to think not outweigh the reasons to think so

Reasons to think that there WILL be a Con-Lib Coalition after 2015<p>Nick Clegg. I’ve said this plenty of times before and I still believe it: Nick …

Money lenders invited back into temple

Church volunteers offering loan applications from behind a trestle table are an unlikely rival to the UK’s controversial payday lenders, but plans …

George Osborne: growth figures show Britain is holding its nerve

George Osborne has said that Britain is “holding its nerve” and that the economy is “on the mend” as growth doubled to 0.6 per cent.<p>The Chancellor hailed the latest growth figures but cautioned that there is “still a long way to go”.<p>It was the first time since 2011 that the UK has seen back-to-back …

Osborne claims UK economy healing

George Osborne claimed yesterday the British economy was “on the mend” after growth in the second quarter accelerated to 0.6pc, with the recovery …

Cameron challenged over Lynton Crosby's business links after plain cigarette packaging is shelved

Labour and Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston argue that the Tory strategist, whose company has close links to the tobacco industry, is to blame for the …

Revealed: The 'three bees' badge fed-up Tory MPs and ministers will wear to show they have been 'Bol****ed By Bercow'

• Backbench MPs planning extraordinary show of defiance in last PMQs<br>• Badge for the 'BBB Club' - in reference to those 'Bol****ed By Bercow'<br>• Conservatives …

Royal Mail privatisation will not affect postal delivery – Vince Cable

The Royal Mail's duty to deliver to all 29m homes in the UK will survive privatisation, the government has said, as it unveiled plans for the most …

MPs pay: 10pc pay rise but less generous perks

MPs are expected to be offered a 10 per cent pay rise in exchange for smaller pensions and expenses, under plans to be announced.<p>The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority will say that their pay should increase by more than £6,500 after the next election, following claims that political …

Ed Miliband and David Cameron get personal in PMQs

When Ed Miliband began at PMQs by asking about Egypt, it looked like he was going to do six high-minded questions on foreign affairs and thus dodge the political attack the Tories had lined up for him. But that wasn’t Miliband’s plan, after a couple of questions on Egypt he shifted to education. I …

PMQs verdict: Dave wields his shoehorn – but why did Ed accept the premise of his attacks?

Only two days ago I was sitting in a field in Glastonbury. To say that the last 48 hours have been a long time in the Labour Party would be an epic …

David Cameron taunts Ed Miliband over links to union

David Cameron and Ed Miliband have been involved in some of their bitterest exchanges after the prime minister seized on a Labour parliamentary …

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In education, Michael Gove has shifted the centre ground

Labour MPs support the Education Secretary for the simple reason that they know he's right, says Gavin Barwell MP.<p>Ask any MP and I suspect they’ll tell you there’s things about their job they love and other things they find frustrating, or even infuriating.<p>One of the best things about my job is my …