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Following the fatal incident in Woolwich on Wednesday 22 May the Prime Minister asked the Home Secretary Theresa May to hold a meeting of the government’s emergency co-ordination group, COBR (Cabinet Office Briefing Room).
As part of the Government’s efforts to agree concrete action to tackle tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance during the G8, the Prime Minister has today written to the leaders of crown dependencies and overseas territories about their role in getting the UK house in order.
Jeremy Hunt accused of demoralising GPs and causing fear among patients before speech attacking ‘inaccessible’ doctors.
Commons committee says new ‘crime tsars’ are more expensive than traditional police authorities.
A man suspected of staging a terrorist attack that left a British soldier dead near a military barracks in London, was caught on camera clutching a meat cleaver and knife in hands apparently covered in the blood of his victim, as he justified the violence as part of a jihadist-inspired fight against the west.
One dead and two injured in what is feared to be a terror-related attack in Woolwich.
Bectu general secretary says £50 hike to pay rise for staff earning less than £60,000 a year is an insult.
John Kerry seeks support for British-led move as means of pressuring Bashar al-Assad to enter into peace negotiations.
Union sends ballot papers to 112,000 postal workers calling on them to back stance against selloff and consider industrial action.
Eric Schmidt rejects Ed Miliband’s criticisms of tax affairs, saying firm fears being ‘double or quadruple taxed’ under any changes.
Eric Schmidt says search giant follows international rules after Labour leader criticised company over tax practices.
The fuel could become a ‘new North Sea’ energy business, and create more than 70,000 jobs, according to a new report.
Building society warns of ‘challenges to short-term profitability’ but says its financial position is ‘strong and robust’.
Bailed out banks attempt to reassure City they will not need to tap investors – or taxpayers – for fresh capital.
No 10 says it will not anticipate what IMF will say but insists government has right economic approach.
Fund says disposal of £65bn bank stakes should be priority as Lloyds shares reach level considered as break-even for taxpayer.
Study by Prudential finds many people are facing a bleak financial outlook, with 14% relying solely on state pension.
Liberal Democrat schools minister tells Michael Gove, the education secretary, the proposal is a ‘non-flyer’.
Fall in UK consumer prices index gives incoming Bank of England governor room to manoeuvre.
Opponents of bill say peers have every right to oppose it because it was not in coalition agreement or any party manifesto.
Military lawyers tell last hearing before trial they have dropped one of 22 counts but will still press most serious accusation.
Sir David Nicholson, who came under intense pressure after Francis report, tells ‘surprised’ Jeremy Hunt he plans to retire.
Hospitals face rising threat of mortality as shortage of beds poses substantial risk to vulnerable patients, warns expert.
Scottish & Southern Energy predicted to announce profits of up to £1.4bn at a time when many are struggling to pay their bills.
Annual profits rise to £324m as the government prepares to sell the 497-year-old postal service.
Following a review, some of the 13,500 customers told to expect a rise in the cost of their loans have had a reprieve.
Conservative Judicial Watch group suit denied as appeals court says US government right to classify pictures.
Burberry, Tesco, Vodafone and BAE Systems join CBI chief in lobbying PM to stop moralising on tax ahead of G8 talks.
Revenue and Customs is investigating fresh lines of inquiry after interviewing whistleblower who gave evidence to Whitehall.
UK space businesses set sights on £1bn orders as Major Tim becomes first British astronaut chosen to visit ISS.
Glencore and Vitol among those receiving ‘request for information’ as part of cross-border investigation
Spokesman refuses to be drawn on whether Cameron will question Schmidt, who is attending a meeting of PM’s business advisory committee.
FCA chief Martin Wheatley says attempt to cap bonuses of those earning above €500,000 will lead to pay rises.
Transport select committee examining scale of whiplash payouts told 10-60% of claims were probably not entirely genuine.
Chris Grayling’s ill-thought-out plans could devastate confidence in our legal system.
Despite impact on household budgets, Item Club said Bank of England was right to stick to its guns by allowing inflation to overshoot.
Survey reveals British employees’ concerns over pay and their lack of control in the workplace.
Finance and banking jobs in Scotland would be at risk if major firms opt to pursue larger markets in England, warns Treasury.
CEO Marissa Meyer risks blowing the blogging platform’s cool – but the deal could rejuvenate the tech giant’s ad business.
Party board’s involvement likely to dismay No 10, which has spent weekend rubbishing reports in Times and Daily Telegraph.
PM urges havens to ‘get our own houses in order’ before G8 summit in June, where he claims tax avoidance will be a priority.
After independence Scottish banks may have trouble matching the Financial Services Compensation Scheme’s guarantee.
Price rise stokes fears of a new house price bubble being fuelled by cheap mortgages and coalition schemes to revive market.
Outgoing Bank of England governor blames regulatory failure for banking crisis and not individuals.
Rising private rents, lack of affordable housing, benefit cuts and low levels of home-building force costly short-term solution, investigation finds.
Exclusive: Retailer accused of scheme in which goods shipped to Europe from UK are invoiced to Irish subsidiary at lower rate.
Move to ensure olive oil is served in non-refillable bottles condemned as weirdest decision since curvy cucumber ruling.
The Prime Minister has used talks with President Obama at the White House to discuss using this year’s G8 summit at Lough Erne to help spur strong and sustainable global economic growth.
Anger over the financial affairs of multinationals such as Google, Amazon and Starbucks is gathering momentum in Westminster. Now the UK is poised to lead the debate about international tax reform at next month’s G8 summit.
At Google we aspire to do the right thing. So we welcome a debate on international tax reform | Eric Schmidt
The chairman of Google responds to criticism that companies such as his are not paying their fair share of taxes.
Banks may increase salaries to compensate for EU plans bringing 10 times more London bankers within pay net.
The government has published a Queen’s Speech based around backing people who work hard and want to get on in life.
Homeowners wishing to sell may find buyers are not prepared to take over Green Deal loan attached to the property’s energy bill.
The Prime Minister spoke to Nawaz Sharif earlier today to congratulate him on his party’s success in the recent Pakistani elections.
Conservative co-chairman taking legal advice following online rumours that he made remark about party activists.
More than 25,000 people applied for DHP to help cover April rent, compared with 5,700 in same month last year.
Team to examine deals with Serco and G4S for electronic tagging and monitoring of offenders which have cost £107m over past year.
Former senior official John Ashton attacks government for ‘spooking potential investors’ in energy infrastructure.
Marina Litvinenko speaks out after coroner agrees to exclude material suggesting Russian agencies were involved in killing.
SNP leader accuses Farage of touting obnoxious policies after Ukip leader labels protesters ‘fascist scum’.
Meeting follows row over Google’s tax affairs but No 10 denies multinational tax arrangements are on agenda.
Fire services could slash costs by sharing stations with police and ambulance crews, says former chief adviser.
Nigel Clarke launches Please Press 1 website, which provides key codes to menus for hundreds of UK companies.
Public Administration Select Committee chair says ministers have not provided ‘effective leadership’ within departments.
Margaret Hodge, chair of public accounts committee, signals company interview to come on tax arrangements.
Google and Amazon face fresh attack over claims that their multibillion-pound UK-facing businesses should not be taxed.
Ministry of Justice says move will free up magistrates courts, where half a million motoring cases a year are heard.
IPCC says it can no longer stand by report that cleared officers over death of Sean Rigg after review finds series of mistakes.
António Horta-Osório, CEO of 39%-taxpayer owned bank, makes pledge after shareholder demanded to know why bank was the seventh biggest user of such facilities.
Alcohol Concern survey of 150 MPs from all parties finds one in four believes parliament has an unhealthy drinking culture.
Survey finds Chinese optimistic about their retirement years, while French, Germans and Spanish are pessimistic.
Pontiff says politicians need to be bold in tackling the root causes of the economic crisis.
PM confident of finding way forward over plans to relax child-to-staff ratios, also denying bias against stay-at-home mums.
Party leader takes shelter in police riot van as demonstrators chant: ‘Ukip scum off our streets’.
Eonomists at the IMF found the Bank of England could sustain losses of anything up to 5.5% of GDP, or almost £80bn, when it sells the government bonds back into the market.
IPCC says it can no longer stand by report that cleared officers over death of Sean Rigg after review finds series of mistakes.
Users face growing threat from 200-plus synthetic drugs in circulation across UK, says government’s chief drugs adviser.
Revenue & Customs says up to 5.5 million taxpayers paid too much or too little in 2012-13.
Doctors’ union report condemns austerity drive that hits most vulnerable and drives inequality, poverty, and ill health.
MPs react with incredulity to claims the company did not carry out advertising sales in the UK, despite £3bn a year in revenues.
Royal Mail said it has conditionally appointed Equiniti to set up £300m employee share scheme, as postal service moves step closer towards privatisation.
Everything you need to know about the moves to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership in 2017.
No 10 confirms that Tory MPs will be instructed to vote for bill but will not have the support of their coalition partners.
Vice-president stands by evidence given to Commons committee last year after he is told whistleblowers have contradicted him.
Regulator’s proposals could spark privacy row and may have data protection and human rights implications.
Royal Bank of Scotland cuts 1,400 jobs in its high street banking arm.
UK PM says final meeting of UN panel on development after 2015 agreed to focus on ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Owner of Currys and PC World says half its like-for-like sales growth in last quarter came from former Comet customers.
Judge rules deal was not unlawful but criticises former tax boss for taking into account potential embarrassment to Osborne.
Home secretary proposes suspects should have right when arrested but should be named if and when they are charged.
Chancellor says he will stick to economic policy as Bank of England forecasts better growth and lower inflation.
Prime minister describes allegations as ‘very serious’ and says those who manipulate prices will feel ‘full force of law’.
Applications to become judges double as squeezed barristers and solicitors head for the ‘purple lifeboat’ of the judiciary.
Guardian investigation shows key role of British-based staff in pushing tax rulebook to its limits.
Journey of new novel shows how book printed and published in Britain – and bought on Amazon – is taxed in Luxembourg.
MP condemns ‘farcical’ government business case amid concerns over whether regions will benefit economically.
A shortage of private rented sector housing is putting pressure on living standards, according to a new report.
Tech giant’s new service, unveiled at Google I/O developer conference, will be available for $9.99 a month in US.
PM’s comments fuel speculation that ministers might consider British Gas-style sell-off of government’s share in bank.
Steve Webb says there may be ‘no point trying to apply electrodes to the corpse’ but a version could be saved.
Surely when a company employs staff in the UK to conduct trade with UK customers it is doing business in the UK – if HMRC thinks its hands are tied it had better explain why.
Online retailer’s tax charge brings to £6m the total corporation tax raised from Amazon.co.uk in a decade.
Number of people out of work increased 15,000 in the first quarter of the year as jobless rate pushed up to 7.8%.
Maverick backbencher says other Tory Eurosceptics could seek Ukip endorsement as a way of ‘healing the rift on the right’.
Foreign office official suggests Syrian opposition has insisted on getting access to arms before agreeing to enter talks.
In the US, more than five million people have lost access to health care.
Report rejects existence of targets but accepts action is taken against jobcentres that sanction benefits less than others.
Salford among councils invoking legality that stops housing benefit for nights spent by claimants in emergency shelters.
Leaked papers show UK rejects proposal to classify oil from tar sands as highly polluting, a label that would deter EU countries from importing it.
Congressional committee holds hearing into murder of Belfast solicitor after British government went back on inquiry promise.
This isn’t a uniquely French problem – EU nations of various political hues are in trouble because of a fixation on austerity.
Hikma Pharmaceuticals moves to avoid ‘unintended purposes’ for drugs amid growing European boycott on sale to the US.
Liberal Democrat leader says it is matter of ‘when, not if’ plebiscite on UK’s future relations with EU will be held.
Deputy prime minister backs European commission in its action against alleged oil market manipulation.
London Finance Commission says capital should be able to raise levies on sales, betting, alcohol and tourists.
In a strategy update, bank shifts focus to fast-growing markets and considers bigger dividend payouts to shareholders.
UK unemployment has started to rise again. See how the national claimant figures have changed and get the numbers in each parliamentary constituency.
Tories step up pressure on Lib Dems to agree to draft bill citing ‘hypocrisy’ of party’s abandoned 2010 pledge.