MPs have voted for a bill to restrict 'vulture funds' – companies that buy up poor country debts cheaply, and then sue for massive profits. However, the Conservative Party has been criticised for slowing down the Bill's progress.
Right-wing campaigners and journalists reviving denial of human-made climate change are facing strong criticism from scientists, academics and NGOs. They are accused of trying to derail the Copenhagen climate summit.
Politicians of all parties are coming under pressure to reduce the Civil List in the light of the recession. The Civil List, which consists of public money awarded to the royal family each year, currently stands at around £7.9million.