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In the papers - Monday 15 October 2007

Ministers are to perform a u-turn by shelving plans for a national road pricing scheme that would have charged motorists up to £1.30 a mile...

The government has bowed to the groundswell of opposition which saw 1.8 million people back a Downing Street petition and a campaign by the Daily Telegraph calling for the proposal to be ditched - Daily Telegraph

Parliamentarians may be forced to decamp to a 1980s conference centre for up to three years under radical plans to allow for vital structural work on the Palace of Westminster, home of the Houses of Parliament. The work, estimated at £250M could take three decades to complete if builders work around MPs and lords – The Financial Times

Teeside power plant, which used to be owned by bankrupt US energy company Enron, has been put up for sale by its private equity owners. Investment bank NM Rothschild has been appointed to carry out a strategic review of the plant which provides England and Wales with around 3 per cent of its electricity needs - Daily Telegraph

Pressure on chancellor Alistair Darling to rethink his sweeping changes to capital gains tax will intensify today after Britain's four main business groups joined forces to warn that the plan risked "serious damage to this country's entrepreneurial culture," according to a letter written by the British Chambers of Commerce, CBI, Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors – The Financial Times

Employers will no longer be able to use schemes that exempt holiday pay from national insurance contributions, after a crackdown in the pre-budget report. Ronnie McCombe of KPMG said the measure would hit the building industry hard and "would have considerable implications for the construction sector as this relief is embedded in various union agreements on working practices" – The Financial Times

A 13th Century church that was rebuilt stone by stone some 50 miles from its original location was opened by the Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday. St Teilo's left Pontarddulais near Swansea in 1985. It has been rebuilt and restored over 20 years at St Fagans national history museum in Cardiff to look as it would in 1520 – The Guardian

Middlesbrough has come top of a poll of worst places to live in the UK, thanks to one of the highest crime rates in the country, drug and health problems, and poor education results. Hull is ranked second-worst, followed by Newham in east London and Nottingham in a list drawn up by Channel 4's Location, Location, Location show – The Guardian

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