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post 16 July 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Osborne claims victory over euro fund row

The Treasury says it's secured a deal that stops the European Commission exposing the UK to potential future costs if Greece defaults on a new bridging loan.

article 15 July 2015 UK
Probation officers picket line
Barristers vote to back legal aid protest

The Criminal Bar Association in England and Wales votes to support solicitors who are on strike over Government cuts to legal aid.

article 14 July 2015 UK
Foxhunting vote cancelled after SNP threat

The government will not hold a vote on altering the law on foxhunting in England and Wales after the SNP said it would oppose the changes.

article 08 July 2015 UK
National living wage: will it be enough to live on?

George Osborne produces a budget surprise with his announcement that a compulsory national living wage will be introduced. But it will be lower than the voluntary living wage that already exists.

post 08 July 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Summer Budget 2015: topsy turvy politics

The chancellor stole some of Labour's policy clothes in his latest budget announcements, but his tendency to favour old over young has not been altered.

post 08 July 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Fox hunting vote: Thursday 16 July

Anti-fox hunting campaigners knew this was coming and have already attacked what they feel is the government trying to overturn a popular law change using the backdoor of a statutory instrument.

post 06 July 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog BBC's new benefits responsibility confirmed

The Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has confirmed the Sunday Times story that the government is handing over responsibility for the free licence fees for the over-75s policy to the BBC.

post 01 July 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Heathrow report 'steaming poo' for Cameron - senior Tory

The pre-briefing on Sir Howard Davies' report on airport capacity focused on the Gatwick caveat - we like Heathrow but Gatwick will do. The final report is written nothing like that.

post 24 June 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Alexis Tsipras has his homework thrown back at him by IMF

The IMF like their emergency economic plans from debtor countries pretty heavy on the spending cuts, light on the tax rises. The Tsipras plan was the very opposite.