David Cameron hints government may bring back 10p tax rate in move that could put 250 in pockets of every British taxpayer By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 02:02 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:26 GMT, 14 February 2013 Change: David Cameron signalled yesterday that the Government may bring back the 10p tax rate axed by Gordon Brown David Cameron signalled yesterday that the Government may bring back the 10p tax rate axed by Gordon Brown. The Treasury is thought to be considering plans that have been drawn up by Conservative MPs for a chunk of taxable income – probably the first 2,500 – to be taxed at 10p in the pound rather than the current rate of 20p.
Unions now provide 81% of donations to Labour as they have given 20million since Miliband became leaderIt marks a steep 22 per cent rise from Gordon Brown's leadershipTories claim Ed Miliband is even further in thrall to union baronsLargest donor is Unite with 7.5 million given over two years | UPDATED: 03:53 GMT, 31 December 2012 Labour has banked more than 20million in funding from unions since Ed Miliband became leader. The money accounts for 81 per cent of donations to the party over the past two years. It marks a steep rise from Gordon Brown's leadership, when unions provided 59 per cent of donations to the party.
Wind turbines 'last for half as long as previously thought' as study shows they show signs of wearing out after just 12 yearsStudy of almost 3,000 turbines in Britain sheds doubt on manufacturers claims that they generate clean energy for up to 25 yearsThe research will fuel criticism of wind farms | UPDATED: 16:49 GMT, 30 December 2012 Wind farms have just half the useful lifespan which has been claimed, according to new research which found they start to wear out after just 12 years.
Labour still can’t face facts on immigration | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 14 December 2012 It was the week when the BBC and the Labour Party – after a decade seeking to crush all public debate on immigration – were finally forced to confront the truth. The Corporation led its bulletins on Tuesday with the extraordinary news from the 2011 census that 7.5million foreign-born residents now live in England and Wales – almost four million of whom have arrived since 2001. Yesterday, Ed Miliband delivered a speech in London (where, according to the census, white Britons are a minority) in which he acknowledged that voters feel ‘profound anxiety about immigration’
Hoots m'lud! Nessie's in McDownton | UPDATED: 23:54 GMT, 12 December 2012 Apparently, the Downton Abbey Christmas Special finds the entire Grantham household transplanted to Scotland. They have decamped to Duneagle Castle, home of the Marquess of Flintshire
TV debates 'sucked the life' out of 2010 election, says Cameron as he hints he's against the platformTories expected to propose a single leaders' debate with a different formatStrategists believe TV debates probably cost the party an overall majorityNick Clegg enjoyed surge of support after he was seen to 'win' first debateTories fear Labour will seek to position Ed Miliband against two established figures in an attempt to emulate Clegg's success | UPDATED: 21:40 GMT, 10 December 2012 David Cameron claimed that TV debates 'sucked the life' out of the general election campaign The TV debates which dominated the last general election are unlikely to be repeated after David Cameron claimed yesterday that they ‘sucked the life’ out of the campaign. The Conservatives are expected to propose a single leaders’ debate, probably taking place before the formal election campaign starts, with a different format to the three that took place in 2010. Tory strategists believe the TV debates, the first to take place in Britain, probably cost the party an overall majority at the last election
Gordon Brown has not spoken for a year in Parliament… but he has jetted off abroad on 28 trips and earned more than 2m in fees and expenses since leaving No 10He ploughs all the money back into his public and charitable activitiesTory MP accuses ex-Prime Minister of 'casual disregard' for his constituents | UPDATED: 16:33 GMT, 9 December 2012 Under fire: Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has not spoken in the Commons for a year Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has not uttered one word in Parliament for a year, it emerged today. Although he has kept his counsel in the House, Mr Brown has been jet-setting around the world over the past 12 months
Now Ramsay's father-in-law tries to shut down his global empire: High Court battle to wind up company that owns restaurantsChristopher Hutcheson has lodged a petition to wind up his son-in-law's restaurantsHe claims he is taking the drastic action in pursuit of a 'significant unpaid debt' | UPDATED: 01:47 GMT, 6 December 2012 Bitter row: Christopher Hutcheson has reignited his bitter feud with son Gordon Ramsey Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law reignited their bitter war yesterday by demanding the High Court shut down the chef’s global empire.
Ahoy me hearty! Jolly Roger flag flown atop Second World War submarine resurfaces – four decades after it went missingGordon Brown, 66, of Gosport, Hants, found the flag, which belonged to the HMS Tantalus in his sister's atticThe flag had been given to his father Jack, a crew member on the submarine, but lost when he died 40 years ago | UPDATED: 20:55 GMT, 2 December 2012 Flying the flag: Gordon Brown with the Jolly Roger from Second World War submarine HMS Tantalus which has resurfaced after 40 years missing A Jolly Roger flag flown atop a World War Two submarine has resurfaced – after going missing for 40 years.
Politicians 'spent too much time courting media': But PM cleared of deal to win Murdoch's backing David Cameron has demanded an apology from Labour and Gordon Brown who claimed the Conservatives were influenced by News Corp Leveson said politicians had 'developed too close a relationship' with press | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 29 November 2012 Britain's political class escaped serious criticism from Lord Justice Leveson – despite extensive evidence to his inquiry that members of it got ‘too close’ to media barons in the hope of securing the support of newspapers. Lord Justice Leveson explicitly rejected Labour claims that Mr Cameron had done a ‘deal’ with Rupert Murdoch in the run-up to the last election in return for the support of The Sun