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Ukip support surges as Tories continue to struggle in polls

Nigel Farage

A series of polls this weekend will place further strain on David Cameron’s leadership as they show support around the country for the Tory party remains below 30%, while Ukip is surging. In a ComRes poll conducted for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror, Ukip cemented its third place position ahead of the Liberal […]

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Budget 2013: Osborne ploughs on with austerity as rivals sharpen their knives

David Cameron at the Conservative party spring forum

George Osborne will press ahead with an austerity-first programme in his budget on Wednesday, while gently loosening the Treasury’s purse strings to offset the worst of planned welfare cuts and injecting funds to boost much delayed infrastructure projects. The chancellor, who is likely to concede that growth will be lower and government debts higher this […]

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Leveson: Ed Miliband tells MPs to do their duty for victims of the press

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband has called on MPs from all parties to stop living in fear of retribution and to do their political duty for the victims of media intrusion by establishing a press regulator enshrined in law on Monday. In an interview with the Observer, on the eve of a historic Commons debate and vote on […]

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Hugh Grant: be wise, Mr Cameron, and grasp this historic opportunity

Bob and Sally Dowler with, centre, Gemma, sister of Milly

Sunday will be a historic day for Britain’s newspapers and the nature of their relationship with the public. After the Leveson inquiry into press behaviour, and poll after poll showing that the public wants a newspaper complaints system that is independent of the newspaper industry and independent of the government, it is decision day for […]

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Leveson reforms: No 10 remains hopeful of cross-party deal

George Osborne

Downing Street remains hopeful of a cross-party deal on the Leveson press reforms over the next 24 hours that would avoid a damaging House of Commons defeat for David Cameron, George Osborne has said. In a sign that the Tory leadership may be moving away from its hardline stance, the chancellor said that the government […]

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Rail freight in Britain: shaped by Beeching, despite his reputation

Freight Train

The damage wrought by the Beeching report is an article of faith among rail enthusiasts, not to mention millions of would-be passengers living near branch lines closed down its wake. But among one section of the rail industry, there is a great degree of appreciation for other foundations that Dr Richard Beeching laid even as […]

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Climate change cut from national curriculum for children up to 14

Geography class

Debate about climate change has been cut out of the national curriculum for children under 14, prompting claims of political interference in the syllabus by the government that has failed “our duty to future generations”. The latest draft guidelines for children in key stages 1 to 3 have no mention of climate change under geography […]

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British father and son die in French Alps

Mont Blanc

A British man and his 12-year-old son have died while hiking in the French Alps, the father apparently falling to his death while trying to save his child. The pair, who have not been named, died on Saturday afternoon while exploring a trail on the Couloir des Bossons on the Mont-Blanc range above the Chamonix […]

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Greek footballer given lifetime national ban after apparent Nazi salute

Giorgos Katidis

The AEK Athens midfielder Giorgos Katidis has been handed a life ban from all national teams by Greece’s football federation EPO after he appeared to give a Nazi salute to supporters during a match. Katidis, 20, a former captain of Greece’s Under-19 team, made the alleged salute in celebrating his winning goal in a 2-1 […]

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Brighton’s Leonardo Ulloa blows away Crystal Palace with double

Brighton Crystal Palace

Brighton’s Argentinian striker Leonardo Ulloa dubbed this match a “clásico” and it was he who provided much of the class on a sodden afternoon on the south coast. Ulloa was the club’s only available senior striker following injuries to both Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Hoskins, and the lengthy suspension of Ashley Barnes, yet he revelled […]

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