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John Redwood: bigger tax rule book but lower revenue

Clever and rich people have been able to find ways around tax rules, which has led to a bigger tax rule book and more accountants but less revenue, says John Redwood.<p>The UK guide to tax regulations came in at 5,952 pages in 2001, grew to 9,866 under Labour in 2007, and has been beefed up to 17,795 …

Avaaz online political campaigns targeting MPs

The internet campaigners Avaaz probably make up the biggest political organisation that most people have never heard of.<p>The group has more than 17 million members worldwide who bombard MPs with emails hundreds of times a day.<p>Their targets have included bees in Europe, oil in the Amazon, and women's …

Ed Miliband wants consumer groups to improve uncompetitive markets

Ed Miliband has offered himself as a champion who could stand up to vested interests when he promised that consumer groups would help develop the annual programme of work for the government's new competition authority.<p>Miliband's aides said they were seizing Conservative ground, reminiscent of the …

Facing breast cancer together

Opinion Former Video<p>Facing breast cancer together<p>Breast Cancer Care marks 40 years in existenced with a parliamentary reception where MPs, peers, and …

Benefits 'to be stripped from immigrants who cannot speak English'

David Cameron intends to make the cuts in order to slash the country’s welfare bill, according to reports<p>Benefits will be stripped from immigrants who cannot speak English, it has been reported.<p>David Cameron intends to make the cuts in order to slash the country’s welfare bill, according to the …

Labour would make jobseeker's allowance claimants take skills courses

Labour would force jobseeker's allowance claimants with inadequate maths or English to go on basic skills courses as a condition of receiving their benefit, Rachel Reeves, the shadow work and pensions secretary, will say on Monday .<p>It is estimated that one in 10 of Britain's 250,000 monthly new JSA …

It's the year of the bush – time to rediscover all female body hair

On John Ruskin's wedding night, legend has it, the critic fainted on finding that – unlike the Elysian statues of his fantasies – women had body hair. Monday is the 114th anniversary of Ruskin's death. Who would've predicted that instead of laughing at Victorian prudery, many men still expect their …

NHS patient data to be made available for sale to drug and insurance firms

Drug and insurance companies will from later this year be able to buy information on patients – including mental health conditions and diseases such as cancer, as well as smoking and drinking habits – once a single English database of medical data has been created.<p>Harvested from GP and hospital …