Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

Magazine article The Spectator

Barometer

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Among the quangos

The government is to axe 177 quangos.

Here are some of the most obscure, and their stated purposes:

Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees 16 regional bodies which hear disputes over tied housing on farms

Commission for the Compact Aids partnership between the government and charities and voluntary groups

Caribbean Board Advises on relations between Britain and the Caribbean

Consular Stakeholder Panel Meets twice a year to discuss issues of mutual interest between the consular service, the tourism industry and human rights groups

Darwin Advisory Committee Advises on grants for endangered species

Labour leadership

Ed Miliband overtook his brother David to win the Labour leadership thanks to votes from unions. The brothers also led among Labour's smaller affiliated groups:

For David Group For Ed

20 Labour party Irish Society 16

194 Christian Socialists 279

200 Black Asian Minority Ethnic 29

193 Lesbian Gay Bi Transgender 136

21 Scientists for Labour 24

37 Jewish Labour Movement 24

Source: Labour Party

Power sources

The world's largest offshore wind farm has opened off the Isle of Thanet. …

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