Tory party needs more people who have worked in Morrisons says minister

Tory party needs more people who have worked in Morrisons says minister Conservatives’ message on social mobility has been diluted, warns Justine Greening as she sounds election warning.
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Letters: Thameslink contract needs full review

I was surely not the only one who was optimistic that Patrick McLoughlin’s appointment as transport secretary might offer a glimmer of hope to Bombardier (Doubts raised over Siemens Thameslink contract, 31 October). As a fellow Derbyshire MP, I presumed he would better understand how damaging the government’s decision not to award the £1.4bn Thameslink […]
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UK firms up plans to cut £280m aid to India

International development secretary Justine Greening wants Britain’s relations with India to focus on trade rather than aid Britain is intensifying plans to make substantial cuts to its aid budget to India on the grounds that it is difficult to justify spending £280m a year in one of the world’s fastest developing economies.Justine Greening, the international […]
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Rwandan minister is leader of Congo rebels, UN says

Leaked report names General James Kabarebe as de facto commander of militia accused of rape and other atrocitiesPressure on Britain to halt aid to Rwanda is increasing after one of the closest allies of the president, Paul Kagame, was named as the de facto leader of a violent uprising in the Democratic Republic of the […]
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How the west coast mainline bid process was derailed

In a series of late-night calls, the new transport secretary made a drastic move that would cost taxpayers £40mIt was on Tuesday afternoon that Department for Transport officials realised they were defending the indefensible.The DfT was preparing to hand over a dossier of evidence to the high court that would explain its decision to shunt […]
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Development’s fat cats have been gorging on private sector values | James Meadway

Greater transparency in aid payments is welcome, but the culture of excessive reward also needs rooting outDevelopment secretary Justine Greening’s emergency audit of her department’s spending could be a welcome effort to bring some transparency to the grey world of development consultancy.A small group of mostly UK organisations have been taking millions from the public […]
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Zac Goldsmith has a surprise for Boris

But Bozza doesn’t seem to keen to accept the gift just yet. Meanwhile, Cams and Ozzy are getting Britain back in its tennis shoesZac Goldsmith: I’ve had enough of all those planes flying over my house …Justine Greening: Me too! Especially as I’ve now been made to hand out loose change to a bunch of sponging […]
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Treasury prepares to abandon chief fiscal target

High borrowing and low tax receipts reduce chances of reducing net debt as proportion of national income in 2015-16The Treasury is preparing to abandon its chief fiscal target for this parliament in the autumn statement on 5 December if its retention would mean imposing further swingeing spending cuts before the next election.Current high borrowing figures […]
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