Osborne"s position is safe, insists no 10, dismissing talk of William Hague replacing him as Chancellor

Osborne's position is safe, insists Downing Street: No 10 dismisses talk of Hague moving in as Chancellor Downing Street guaranteed George Osborne will stay in his job until 2015Some Tories called for William Hague or Philip Hammond to take the positionTory high command is quietly encouraged by positive signs in the economySource said that the more you criticise Cameron's team the less likely he is to change it PUBLISHED: 00:13 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 02:13 GMT, 1 April 2013 Downing Street guaranteed George Osborne will stay in his job until 2015 last night as the Treasury hailed a new corporation tax cut as a way to boost the faltering economy.

Andrew Mitchell launches libel suit against The Sun for breaking "Plebgate" story

Police find 'no evidence' that officers lied in Plebgate row as Andrew Mitchell launches libel suit against The Sun for story that cost him his job Ex Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell issued writ against The Sun yesterdayLawyer says it is to address 'campaign of vilification by the Sun against him'It was claimed he called police 'plebs' in spat as he left Downing St last year 'A number of potential actions being considered' against other newspapers 'Initial papers' regarding the row were passed to detectives yesterday . Those arrested include a 52-year-old from the DPG who was held on December 15 on suspicion of misconduct in public office and bailed until April

Foreign Office goes on the defensive against No10 as it installs plastic "riot shield" to stop Larry the cat from getting into building

Foreign Office goes on the defensive against No10 as it installs plastic 'riot shield' to stop Larry the cat from getting into building Chief Mouser to the Cabinet found his way into the Foreign Office blockedHe and George Osborne's cat Freya are regular visitors to the buildingBut staff with allergies had complained about their presence William Hague came to their aid and ordered the removal of the barrier By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 19:01 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 20:03 GMT, 21 February 2013 As Chief Mouser to the Cabinet, Larry is used to having his run of Downing Street. So he was understandably more than a little perturbed today when he found one of his favourite prowling routes blocked by a plastic shield. It appears the Foreign Office, which installed the clear cover, has gone to extreme lengths to stop the No10 employee from snooping around.

Findus" lasagne has been "contaminated with horse meat since last summer"

Findus lasagnes have been 'contaminated with horse meat since last summer', leaked letter reveals as supermarkets clear YET MORE shelvesLasagne packs manufactured at plant in Metz by French company ComigelConcerns the horse meat contained drug bute – a known human health riskFirm 'was told last week that food had been contaminated since August' Top politicians say they will no longer eat processed beef after scandalComigel could face prosecution for supplying mis-labelled meat are likely to be non-conform and consequently the labelling on finished products is incorrect. The supplier has asked us to withdraw the raw material batches.' Findus could not be reached for comment on Mr Watson's claim. Downing Street described the incident as 'distasteful' but stressed there was no evidence of a health risk and urged consumers to follow the FSA advice

Record breaking 30m Britons now in work: Cheer for Cameron as number hits highest level for more than 40 YEARS

Record-breaking 30million Britons now in work: Cheer for Cameron as number hits highest level for more than 40 YEARSUnemployment falls to 7.7% in 10th consecutive quarterly declineRise in private sector jobs makes up for continuing cuts in public sectorMcDonald's announces it will hire 2,500 more UK staff in 2013 But Lloyds TSB reveals plans to cut 940 jobs as airline Flybe follows suit By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 10:17 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:00 GMT, 24 January 2013 The number of people in work is at a record high of almost 30million. Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the total workforce across public and private sectors last year was 29.7million, the largest number since records began in 1971

Well-off pensioners should donate money to charity

'Well-off pensioners should donate winter fuel allowance to charity', says government minister Charities Minister Nick Hurd says he would welcome decision by pensioners to give money away | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 27 December 2012 Well-off pensioners who do not need their winter fuel allowance should donate the money to charity, a government minister has said. Charities Minister Nick Hurd said he would congratulate any pensioner who chose to give away the allowance to good causes. The benefit is worth 200 for pensioner households and 300 for those over 80

Middle class care bill fiasco: PM backed 35,000 cap on fees – now elderly face paying double

Middle class care bill fiasco: PM backed 35,000 cap on fees… now elderly couples face paying as much as 150,000Couples could face 150,000 care bill under new plansCameron initially backed 35,000 contribution cap, now it could be 75,000Older people face selling their homes to cover costs | UPDATED: 02:44 GMT, 26 December 2012 Support: Prime Minister David Cameron initially backed setting the contribution cap for people who need residential care at 35,000

Parents who want to adopt to get more say on choosing a child

Parents hoping to adopt will get more say on choosing a childOverhaul would see adoption process sped upParents would be able to choose child for first timePrime Minister backs scheme 'as a personal issue' | UPDATED: 09:17 GMT, 24 December 2012 Enlarge Overhaul: David Cameron wants to change the rules so parents who have been approved for adoption no longer have to wait months or even years for social workers to find them a child Would-be parents seeking to adopt will be given a greater say in choosing their child, under new proposals backed by the Prime Minister. David Cameron wants to overhaul the process so that parents who have been approved for adoption no longer have to wait months or even years for social workers to find them a child.

"I stopped eating, I could not sleep", Andrew Mitchell describes toll "Plebgate" row took on him

'I stopped eating, I could not sleep', Andrew Mitchell describes toll 'Plebgate' row took on himAndrew Mitchell has spoken of the pain he underwent as the controversy raged around him'I could not sleep. I also stopped eating,' he said.He revealed he was brushing his teeth when PM told him to quit | UPDATED: 01:09 GMT, 24 December 2012 Stress: Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell has spoken of the torment he underwent as the 'Plebgate' row raged on Andrew Mitchell says he stopped eating, lost a stone in weight and struggled to get out of bed as the ‘Plebgate’ storm raged. He would sit for hours, clutching his BlackBerry and fretting about the crisis in his career, according to his first account of the scandal.

Stop these infantile, grubby power games

Stop these infantile, grubby power games | UPDATED: 00:19 GMT, 24 December 2012 Mr Mitchell, as he accepts, was wrong to have set such a bad example by swearing at the police What an extraordinary – and unedifying – week it has been. Last weekend, the Plebgate saga had appeared all but over. Ex-chief whip Andrew Mitchell – while still denying that he called police officers ‘plebs’ in an altercation at the Downing Street gates – had long since resigned.