Oliver Duggan

Nick Boles gave evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee yesterday. Picture: Getty

Nick Boles attempts to soothe planning critics

13 December 2012 12:00

Planning Minister Nick Boles admitted yesterday that he did not believe his controversial suggestion for Britain to build homes on…

Caroline Spelman told Coffee House the system for appointing permanent secretaries was in desperate need of overhaul. Picture: Getty

Top civil service appointments in desperate need of reform, says former Environment Secretary

12 December 2012 14:15

Civil Service Commission chief Sir David Normington this week rejected plans to allow ministers to pick their own permanent secretaries.…

A fracking site in the US. MPs today took evidence from the company hoping to exploit shale gas in the UK. Picture: Getty

Make up your mind on shale gas, fracking chief tells government

11 December 2012 16:47

The head of the company seeking to exploit shale gas reserves in Lancashire today pleaded with the government to make…

Liam Fox pushed for a stronger position on Europe for the Conservative party today. Picture: Getty

Liam Fox’s attack on Foreign Office peeves former ambassador

10 December 2012 21:53

Liam Fox sparked a row with a former diplomat today after accusing the Foreign Office of an institutional bias towards…