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Labour 'could save schools £2bn'

Sun, 20 Sep 2009 10:42:26 GMT

The Schools Secretary Ed Balls has suggested that he could reduce the education budget in England by about £2bn.

Osborne demands spending details

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 21:57:38 GMT

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne says ministers have denied him access to information he needs in order to decide how to reduce public spending.

Brown: Plans will 'drive growth'

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 18:25:42 GMT

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced the policies which will lead Labour into the next general election.

Tories deny spending cut claims

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 17:58:44 GMT

The Tories have rejected claims that they are planning "massive" cuts after the next election as the party leaders clashed over their spending plans.

PM faces critics within his party

Mon, 08 Jun 2009 21:34:19 GMT

Gordon Brown appears to have seen off his critics in the Parliamentary Labour Party for the time being.

Brown fights on after reshuffle

Fri, 05 Jun 2009 09:53:37 GMT

Gordon Brown has completed his cabinet reshuffle, vowing to "fight on" with his "resilient" team to rescue the economy and clean up politics.

Home Secretary Smith to step down

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 16:09:37 GMT

Jacqui Smith is to stand down as home secretary in the cabinet reshuffle, sources close to her have told the BBC.

Angry MPs target Speaker

Mon, 18 May 2009 21:42:54 GMT

The Speaker of the House of Commons has been challenged by MPs to stand down in unprecedented scenes in the chamber.

Expenses sees Labour and Tory exits

Thu, 14 May 2009 17:50:31 GMT

The parliamentary expenses scandal has claimed its first casualties with Labour's Elliot Morley suspended and the Conservative's Andrew MacKay's resignation.

Payback pledges in MP expenses row

Tue, 12 May 2009 21:45:31 GMT

Tory MPs will pay back "excessive" expenses claims, while Labour's Hazel Blears is to pay £13,332 in tax on the sale of her "second home".

Ministers defend expenses claims

Fri, 08 May 2009 12:56:01 GMT

Ministers have been defending their expenses claims after details were leaked to a newspaper, saying all were within the rules and in good faith.

Brown looks to turn political tide

Tue, 05 May 2009 12:41:40 GMT

Gordon Brown has tried to retake the initiative after a weekend of speculation about his leadership.

Obama calls for G20 global action

Wed, 01 Apr 2009 10:48:29 GMT

US President, Barack Obama, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown have discussed facing the challenges created by the global economic downturn.

Talk of the downturn turning down

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 09:41:47 GMT

Nick Robinson examines what has been a difficult week for Gordon Brown

Sir James Crosby resigns from FSA

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 13:31:29 GMT

Sir James Crosby has stepped down as deputy chairman of the Financial Services Authority.

'Green shoots' remarks defended

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 18:17:09 GMT

A Labour business minister has said she can see some signs of economic recovery, echoing Norman Lamont's "green shoots" blunder in the 1991 recession.

Brown promises action over jobs

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 19:59:43 GMT

Gordon Brown has promised to help 500,000 people into work or training, as the government attempts to stop unemployment increasing further.

Cameron vows tax cut on savings

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 13:52:35 GMT

The Conservative leader David Cameron has said that income tax on savings for basic rate taxpayers should be abolished.

Government backs sell-off of mail

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 07:17:49 GMT

The government has said it accepts a report's recommendation that the Royal Mail should be part-privatised.

Benefit claimants 'must do more'

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 22:43:10 GMT

Claimants could lose some of their benefits if they refuse to take part in government schemes to help them find work.

Arrest row 'overshadowed' Queen

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 18:27:53 GMT

The BBC's Political Editor Nick Robinson analyses the impact of the arrest of Damian Green MP.

Commons row follows Queen's Speech

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 18:27:37 GMT

The annual Queen's Speech was followed by a row in the House of Commons over a police search of the offices of Conservative MP Damian Green.

Tories drop Labour spending pledge

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 22:41:09 GMT

The Conservatives are dropping their pledge to match Labour's spending plans for 2010/11.

PM warns of deflation ahead

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 23:49:44 GMT

The Prime Minister has warned that Britain is facing the threat of Deflation in the year ahead.

Tax cuts back on the agenda

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 18:16:30 GMT

Tax cuts are back on the political agenda with the three main parties setting out different ideas.

Darling calls for banks to act

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 17:27:14 GMT

Chancellor Alistair Darling has called for banks to pass on the interest rate cut made by the Bank of England.

Glenrothes: Site of a political duel

Thu, 30 Oct 2008 20:50:24 GMT

With just under a week to go until the hotly contested Glenrothes by-election in Scotland, candidates are campaigning hard.

Osborne: 'I made a mistake'

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 18:46:42 GMT

George Osborne has admitted it was a mistake to discuss a party donation with a Russian billionaire.

Brown defends 'record' borrowing

Mon, 20 Oct 2008 18:56:58 GMT

Gordon Brown says it is the "right policy" for the government to borrow - as figures show it has reached record levels.

Bank crisis 'a boost for Brown'

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 21:47:17 GMT

Gordon Brown's role in rescue efforts to steady the world banking system has won praise on both sides of the Atlantic.

Brown says rate cuts are 'right'

Thu, 09 Oct 2008 17:22:01 GMT

The prime minister has told the BBC that the UK had taken a ''world lead'' in cutting interest rates to try and stabilise the economy.

UK bank rescue plan announced

Wed, 08 Oct 2008 08:09:13 GMT

The government has unveiled a package of measures aimed at boosting the banking system that makes available £400bn of fresh money.

Bank rescue is 'political gamble'

Wed, 08 Oct 2008 15:41:34 GMT

The BBC's Nick Robinson looks at the politics behind the UK government's response the global financial crisis.

PM: We'll protect bank savings

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 18:17:13 GMT

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told the BBC that he will do "whatever it takes" to protect people's savings.

Cameron: 'We have a plan'

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 21:33:21 GMT

David Cameron has said that a Conservative government would be more responsible about borrowing and debt.

'No time for a novice' - Brown

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 17:36:28 GMT

Gordon Brown has delivered a speech to Labour's conference designed to rescue his fortunes as prime minister.

Darling warns of 'bumpy ride'

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 17:33:07 GMT

Chancellor Alistair Darling has said he will do "whatever it takes" to stabilise the economy.

Brown admits to mistakes

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 14:47:59 GMT

Gordon Brown has admitted he has made mistakes and vowed to do better as the Labour leader.

Clegg: Labour is finished

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 14:41:24 GMT

Nick Clegg lambasted the "zombie government" in his first full conference speech as Lib Dem leader.

Brown begins political fight-back

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 21:30:26 GMT

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has begun his political fight-back with a speech to Scottish business leaders.

Brown defends fuel duty decision

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 12:50:59 GMT

Gordon Brown has defended a decision to postpone a 2p rise in fuel duty.

Cameron warns of higher taxes

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 21:50:06 GMT

Conservative leader David Cameron has admitted taxes may have to rise if he becomes prime minister.

G8 summit in Japan concludes

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 18:00:01 GMT

The G8 summit ends on what leaders say is a "shared vision" on emissions, despite reluctance from developing nations.

MPs vote to keep expenses

Thu, 03 Jul 2008 21:29:33 GMT

MPs have voted to keep their second home allowances, though not to award themselves above-inflation pay rises.

Tories consider voting changes

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 21:35:55 GMT

A Tory taskforce proposes cuts to Scottish MPs' powers over measures only affecting other parts of the UK.

UK to increase Afghan troops

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:59:26 GMT

Gordon Brown has confirmed Britain will send more troops to Afghanistan to keep pressure on the Taleban.

David Davis steps down as MP

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 16:02:36 GMT

The shadow home secretary has quit to force a by-election he will fight on the 42-day terror detention limit.

The arguments over 42 days

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:30:57 GMT

Nick Robinson considers the arguments over extending the time terror suspects can be held without charge.

Iraq withdrawal 'plan by 2009'

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 21:40:37 GMT

Plans to withdraw all UK troops from Iraq may be announced by the end of the year.

Cameron aim to change society

Tue, 03 Jun 2008 21:59:03 GMT

Conservative leader David Cameron has said his ambition is to 'transform society' at a meeting in Harlow.

Brown defiant on terror plans

Mon, 02 Jun 2008 12:29:13 GMT

Gordon Brown has said new anti-terror plans must be implemented, despite backbench opposition.

Labour defeated at by-election

Fri, 23 May 2008 05:24:58 GMT

Labour suffered a crushing defeat at the Crewe and Nantwich by-election as the Tories won by 8,000 votes.

Labour 'to hit Crewe buffers'

Tue, 20 May 2008 05:19:03 GMT

Opinion polls suggest the Conservatives could take their first by-election for 26 years.

Brown defends tax rate cut

Wed, 14 May 2008 12:45:33 GMT

Gordon Brown has defended the chancellor's move to compensate for the abolition of the 10p tax rate.

Cash for basic rate taxpayers

Tue, 13 May 2008 21:28:07 GMT

Personal tax allowances will be increased to compensate for the scrapping of the 10p tax rate.

10p tax row rumbles on

Tue, 06 May 2008 12:49:40 GMT

The chancellor has moved to reassure Labour rebels angered by the abolition of the 10p tax rate.

Tories 'set to win' mayor race

Fri, 02 May 2008 21:52:02 GMT

The Conservatives are set for a landmark election victory, as Boris Johnson is predicted to become London mayor.

The politics of Reading

Wed, 30 Apr 2008 17:57:33 GMT

The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson takes a look at the local election prospects in Reading.

Clegg on unfair Britain

Mon, 28 Apr 2008 17:47:39 GMT

Nick Clegg admits he is still introducing himself to voters as he talks to the BBC's Nick Robinson.

Cameron issues crime warning

Thu, 24 Apr 2008 19:19:22 GMT

The Conservative leader has warned of "a rising tide of crime" despite a fall in crime figures.

Tax revolt prevention talks

Mon, 21 Apr 2008 17:59:15 GMT

Gordon Brown has met with Labour MPs to explain his plans to help those hit by the scrapping of the 10p tax rate.

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Brown meets presidential rivals

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 18:12:49 GMT

Gordon Brown has spent the second day of his visit to the US meeting the presidential candidates.

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Brown: 'Mugabe did not win'

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 22:05:45 GMT

Gordon Brown accused president Robert Mugabe of trying to steal the Zimbabwean presidential election.

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Brown discusses UK economy

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 15:20:26 GMT

In an exclusive BBC interview, Gordon Brown discusses current economy and the Olympic torch protests.

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Quest for 'Entente Formidable'

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 16:53:16 GMT

Gordon Brown spoke of plans to strengthen Britain's ties with France as President Sarkozy visited London.

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London mayoral race begins

Tue, 18 Mar 2008 22:57:32 GMT

Candidates have been setting out their policies as nominations opened for London's 2008 mayoral election.

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MPs' expenses to be published

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:23:01 GMT

Plans to publish MPs' expenses have been revealed, as a list containing what can be claimed came to light.

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Budget sees alcohol tax rise

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 13:20:23 GMT

Alistair Darling has delivered his first Budget, unveiling tax increases on alcohol and high-polluting cars.

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ID card timetable launched

Thu, 06 Mar 2008 22:46:03 GMT

The government have set out their timetable for the introduction of the national identity database.

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MPs reject EU referendum

Wed, 05 Mar 2008 13:42:01 GMT

MPs have rejected proposals to hold a UK-wide referendum on whether to ratify the EU's Lisbon Treaty.

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Child poverty action call

Mon, 03 Mar 2008 22:46:56 GMT

Ministers are indicating there may be provisions in next week's budget to address child poverty in Britain.

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Protests over EU treaty

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 23:31:45 GMT

Demonstrators have campaigned outside Parliament in an effort to persuade MPs to back an EU referendum.

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'Lax' MP rules condemned

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 22:40:48 GMT

The House of Commons has been ordered to provide a detailed breakdown of MPs' second home expenses claims.

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Speaker denies Parliament harm

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 18:46:31 GMT

The Commons speaker has dismissed claims that his review of MPs' expenses is taking too long.

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British citizenship 'test' call

Wed, 20 Feb 2008 13:37:16 GMT

The government wants to make people applying for British citizenship 'prove their worth' to the UK.

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Ministry 'knew of bugging'

Mon, 04 Feb 2008 22:39:52 GMT

The Ministry of Justice and the Home Office were told in December about the bugging of Sadiq Khan.

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MPs suspend Derek Conway

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 22:43:56 GMT

MPs have voted to suspend Derek Conway for 10 days for misusing his parliamentary allowance.

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Police step up stop and search

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 10:55:28 GMT

The government looks set to give the police more powers to stop and search suspects and cut down on the associated paperwork

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Tory MP Conway disciplined

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 17:10:42 GMT

David Cameron has withdrawn the whip from Tory MP Derek Conway over the employment of his son.

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Police rally over pay

Wed, 23 Jan 2008 06:58:41 GMT

Thousands of police officers have protested in London at a decision not to backdate a 2.5% pay rise.

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Government's Rock bid help

Sat, 19 Jan 2008 08:22:30 GMT

The government is to offer much greater financial support to private sector Northern Rock buyers.

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UK seeks Chinese trade boost

Fri, 18 Jan 2008 02:06:48 GMT

Gordon Brown has predicted that "tens of thousands" of British jobs will be created by boosting trade with China.

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Beckham visits Downing Street

Tue, 08 Jan 2008 19:31:10 GMT

England footballer David Beckham visited Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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Tory 'work for benefits' plans

Mon, 07 Jan 2008 22:53:05 GMT

A Conservative government would adopt a US-style scheme to make the long term unemployed to work for benefits.

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Clegg becomes Lib Dem leader

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 16:36:21 GMT

Nick Clegg has won the race to become the next Liberal Democrat leader.

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Police to vote on strike

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 18:56:17 GMT

UK police officers will be balloted over whether to lobby for the right to strike, their federation says.

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Labour cash: Police called in

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 18:30:45 GMT

Concerns over disguised donations to Labour have been referred to police by the Electoral Commission.

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Resignation after donation row

Mon, 26 Nov 2007 19:11:04 GMT

The Labour Party's general secretary has resigned after a donor gave money to the party through other people.

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Call for more military funding

Thu, 22 Nov 2007 22:46:45 GMT

A group of former defence chiefs have criticised the government over military spending.

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Families put on fraud alert

Tue, 20 Nov 2007 17:44:19 GMT

Millions of UK families have been exposed to the risk of identity fraud after an Inland Revenue security breach.

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Terror detentions under review

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 07:46:28 GMT

Proposals to extend the period terror suspects can be detained without charge face opposition from some MPs.

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Security minister denies U-turn

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:54:25 GMT

Security minister Lord West has denied being forced to change his mind on extending terror detention limits.

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Smith denies 'cover-up' claims

Tue, 13 Nov 2007 12:54:19 GMT

The home secretary has rejected charges of 'cover-up' over illegal workers cleared for security jobs.

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Brown stresses US allegiance

Mon, 12 Nov 2007 22:39:53 GMT

Gordon Brown has reiterated the importance of allegiance with the US in his first major foreign policy speech.

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Cash to keep pupils in school

Mon, 05 Nov 2007 19:13:39 GMT

Cash incentives, and fines for drop outs, are expected to be introduced to keep teenagers in school.

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Hain sorry for 'wrong' figures

Mon, 29 Oct 2007 22:49:57 GMT

Peter Hain has apologised after ministers admitted 300,000 more immigrants are working in the UK than first thought.

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Commons clash over Scots poll

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 14:46:29 GMT

There were angry exchanges as Gordon Brown and David Cameron debated failings in Scotland's May poll.

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'Obstacles' in honours probe

Tue, 23 Oct 2007 16:36:44 GMT

The head of the cash-for-honours inquiry says he received "less than full co-operation" from some people.

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Brown defiant on EU treaty

Mon, 22 Oct 2007 18:07:51 GMT

Gordon Brown has said key opt-outs related to the EU Reform Treaty mean UK law will not be over-ruled.

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Sir Menzies on his resignation

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 17:29:38 GMT

Sir Menzies Campbell has said he was "irritated and frustrated" at having to step down as Lib Dem leader.

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