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Labour support up 14 points after Miliband's energy pledge

Voters in the "squeezed middle" are flocking to the Labour party after Ed Miliband pledged to freeze fuel bills for 20 months if he wins the next general election, according to a new poll that shows a dramatic fall in support for the Liberal Democrats.<p>As energy prices dominated prime minister's …

Universal credit: £120m could be written off to rescue welfare reform

Ministers attempting to put the troubled universal credit welfare reform programme back on track have been presented with a radical plan to restart the scheme and write off £119m of work over the past three years.<p>The proposals would create a much more web-based system, reducing the need for …

Energy Firms Face 'Criminal Sanctions' If They Fix Prices, Says Ed Davey

Energy firms will face criminal sanctions if they fix prices as part of a tightened regime for the market, the energy secretary has …

The slow erosion of democracy and justice – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

The much-criticised Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force on 1 April 2013. LASPO was devised in an effort to cut …

Is Europe's elite ready to do business with Britain?

Business leaders in the UK want a relationship with the EU that is based on trade, not politics, writes Matthew Elliott.<p>The debate on Britain’s membership of the EU has shifted.<p>Where once it was a question of In vs Out, the political and economic events of the past five years – culminating in the …

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New GCSE curriculum to be more demanding, says Gove

The new curriculum for GCSE maths will see pupils in England spending more classtime studying the subject and memorising mathematical formulae, such as Pythagoras's theorem.<p>The revised maths curriculum – which comes into force in September 2015 – expands the range of topics that pupils are expected …

A Better Way to Revolution

I suggested a few days ago that urging people not to vote might not be the most effective way to bring about fundamental political change.<p>You may …

To boost social mobility, we need to make education this country's top priority

Innovation, specialisation and selection on merit can make Britain's education system great again<p>Last month's OECD report showed how urgently we need to make <b>education</b> our country’s number one priority.<p>The UK is no longer just lagging behind countries like Finland, South Korea and Germany, but also …

Opinion: A liberal approach to affordable childcare

Childcare in the UK is expensive.<p>In 2011 the OECD reported the UK having the second highest costs of childcare for any OECD country in terms of …