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Against all odds

BY SOME measure, it was the most spectacular match-sailing series ever and one of the greatest sporting comebacks in history. Down by 8-1 a week …

Energy firms begin lobbying operation against Miliband price-freeze plan

'Big six' will use staff seconded to government, friendly media and public affairs experts to fight proposals, insiders say<p>The UK's big six energy companies have already begun deploying a powerful and multi-pronged lobbying operation against Ed Miliband's pledge of a 20-month freeze on consumer …

Firefighters strike over pensions across England and Wales

Members of Fire Brigades Union set up picket lines, with threat of further action if dispute continues<p>Firefighters across England and Wales have walked out on strike in a row over pensions, with the threat of further action if the dispute is not resolved.<p>Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) …

Labour conference votes to renationalise railways and Royal Mail

Leftwing policy unlikely to find its way onto 2015 manifesto as senior sources dismiss unanimous vote of members<p>Labour party members have called on Ed Miliband to put the railways and postal service back into public hands if the party wins power at the next election.<p>Delegates voted unanimously on …

Lib Dem peer calls on Nick Clegg to reopen party funding talks

Labour welcomes intervention of Lord Oakeshott, who says Clegg should be prepared to override Tory veto if necessary<p>Labour has welcomed a call by a prominent Liberal Democrat peer for Nick Clegg to reopen all-party talks on party funding reforms, saying it was willing to reconvene the discussions …

Cameron rejects Miliband's proposal for £5,000 cap on party donations

Labour leader seeks to regain initiative on party funding at PMQs following last week's taunts over influence of Unite union<p>David Cameron has rejected a proposal from Ed Miliband to impose a £5,000 cap on individual donations to political parties as the UK Labour leader sought to turn the tables on …

Senior Lib Dems call for talks with Labour on party funding

Lib Dem figures believe proposals by Labour's John Denham, including a £5,000 cap on donations, indicate common ground<p>Senior Liberal Democrats are pressing Nick Clegg to reopen talks with Labour on the funding of political parties after Ed Miliband's chief negotiator in cross-party talks called for …