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  1. August 13, 2013

    Alan Duncan warns PM against promoting ‘token women’

    David Cameron should avoid promoting women in the forthcoming reshuffle at the expense of more talented or experienced men,...

  2. August 13, 2013

    Alan Duncan despairs that Syria is ‘insoluble and intractable’

    The conflict in Syria is the most serious and intractable problem in the Middle East, Alan Duncan has said. In comments that...

  1. August 4, 2013

    Alan Duncan attacks EU oil price probe

    A British minister has launched a broadside against the European Commission over its decision to investigate price fixing in...

  2. May 16, 2012

    UK to push for UN arms trade treaty

    Britain is pushing for a wide-ranging international arms trade treaty – the first of its kind – in an attempt to eradicate...

  3. September 5, 2011

    Risky oil supply deal pays off for Vitol

    It started with a phone call from Qatar. “Are you interested in selling a cargo of crude from the Libyan rebels and, in...

  4. FT Alphaville

    September 2, 2011

    Gaddafi vows defiance as scramble for oil heats up

    Muammer Gaddafi vowed to stage a “long fight” for control of Libya that would see it “engulfed in flames” as world leaders...

  5. Westminster Blog

    May 17, 2011

    Fox's letter reinforces "Cuddly Cameron" week

    Many are speculating about the genesis of the explosive Liam Fox letter on the front of today’s Times, a great scoop for...

  6. Westminster Blog

    May 11, 2011

    The misfortune of David Laws

    Even David Laws’ admirers would pause for thought before rushing to his defence before the report into his expenses is even...

  7. Westminster Blog

    May 13, 2010

    Ministerial Appointments (beneath Cabinet level): a fuller list

    Here is the list we’ve been waiting for all day: I’ve added which party they are on the right; C for Conservative, LD for...

  8. September 9, 2009

    Labour revives elitism charge as Cameron appoints Old Etonian

    David Cameron was accused by Labour of packing his shadow cabinet with Old Etonians yesterday after the Tory leader chose...

  9. September 8, 2009

    Labour accuses Cameron of elitism

    David Cameron won Tuesday after the Tory leader chose Sir George Young to replace Alan Duncan, who was demoted for...

  10. September 8, 2009

    Duncan pays for expenses gaffe with demotion

    David Cameron demoted Alan Duncan from the shadow cabinet last night in retribution for the former shadow Commons leader's...

  11. September 8, 2009

    Cameron appoints Young to replace Duncan

    David Cameron has appointed Sir George Young shadow leader of the Commons to replace Alan Duncan, the Conservative Party...

  12. August 20, 2009

    Two top Tories say MPs need pay rise

    Two senior Tories provoked a fresh row over MPs' remuneration last night after suggesting that the controversial...

  13. August 19, 2009

    Tory MPs call for big pay rise

    Two senior Tories provoked a fresh row over MPs’ remuneration on Wednesday night after suggesting that the controversial...

  14. August 17, 2009

    Tory grass roots at odds with their leader

    David Cameron on a visit to Harrogate District Hospital earlier this year. The Tory leader has vowed to ringfence health...

  15. August 17, 2009

    Grass roots at odds with their leader

    A Tory spokesman struggled to hide his irritation yesterday as the row over the NHS gathered pace. "In a broad church there...

  16. August 17, 2009

    Up to 25 seats targeted by anti-sleaze campaigners

    The Lincolnshire constituency of Alan Duncan, the Tory MP, will be among up to 25 targeted by a loose affiliation of...

  17. August 14, 2009

    Duncan hangs on to Commons role

    Alan Duncan appeared last night to have retained his place in the shadow cabinet after David Cameron gave him a public...

  18. August 13, 2009

    Duncan hangs on to Commons role

    Alan Duncan appeared on Thursday night to have retained his place in the shadow cabinet after David Cameron gave him a...

  19. Westminster Blog

    August 13, 2009

    Alan Duncan backed by Cameron

    David Cameron was unable to comment on Alan Duncan’s embarrassment yesterday because he was on a cross-channel ferry. Now...

  20. August 13, 2009

    Tory says expenses whinge was a joke

    Tory maverick Alan Duncan tried to fend off questions over his future by issuing an apology after he was filmed saying that...

  21. August 12, 2009

    Tory says expenses whinge was a joke

    Tory maverick Alan Duncan tried to fend off questions over his future by issuing an apology after he was filmed saying that...

  22. Westminster Blog

    August 12, 2009

    In defence of Alan Duncan

    Am I the only person unimpressed by the man who accepted Alan Duncan’s offer of a conciliatory drink at the Commons – only...

  23. Westminster Blog

    July 28, 2009

    The "Hammond and Osborne" show

    There has been low-level speculation for ages that George Osborne may not necessarily end up as chancellor of the exchequer,...

  24. June 12, 2009

    Scientists fear Mandelson's wider empire

    "The empire of Mandelsonia" was how one backbench Labour wag labelled the new Department for Business, Innovation and...

  25. June 11, 2009

    Scientists fear Mandelson’s wider empire

    “The empire of Mandelsonia” was how one backbench Labour wag labelled the new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills...

  26. May 13, 2009

    Brown and Cameron in clean-up contest

    Gordon Brown and David Cameron yesterday entered a bidding war to clean up the Westminster expenses system, in a dramatic...

  27. May 12, 2009

    Brown and Cameron in clean-up battle

    Gordon Brown and David Cameron on Tuesday entered a bidding war to clean up the Westminster expenses system, in a dramatic...

  28. May 11, 2009

    Brown battered by claims furore

    A flood of revelations detailing the embarrassing expenses claimed by politicians has sparked a furore in Britain and...

  29. May 11, 2009

    Dog food and eyeliner tax voters' credence

    If anyone thought that dubious expenses claims were unique to Labour, they should glance at those of Cheryl Gillan, the...

  30. May 11, 2009

    Dog food and eyeliner tax voters’ credence

    If anyone thought that dubious expenses claims were unique to Labour, they should glance at those of Cheryl Gillan, the...

  31. May 10, 2009

    Auditors to monitor MPs’ expenses

    The House of Commons’ discredited expenses system will be monitored by external auditors under plans to be approved on...

  32. May 10, 2009

    Brown battered by expenses claims furore

    A flood of revelations detailing the embarrassing expenses claimed by politicians has sparked a furore in Britain and...

  33. May 1, 2009

    A vote for reform but the furore continues

    MPs waved through a spring clean of their expenses system yesterday as if they had stumbled into agreement almost by...

  34. April 30, 2009

    A vote for reform but furore continues

    MPs waved through a spring clean of their expenses system on Thursday as if they had stumbled into agreement almost by...

  35. March 24, 2009

    Minister faces possible expenses inquiry

    Labour faced a fresh ministerial probe last night as the parliamentary standards watchdog considered launching an inquiry...

  36. March 24, 2009

    Minister faces possible expenses inquiry

    Labour faced a fresh ministerial probe on Monday night as the parliamentary standards watchdog considered launching an...

  37. January 20, 2009

    Cameron seeks to see off 'toff' charges

    David Cameron moved to bolster the experience and populist appeal of the Conservative team to fight the general election,...

  38. January 19, 2009

    Cameron seeks to boost team’s appeal

    David Cameron on Monday morning moved to bolster the experience and appeal of his shadow cabinet, bringing back Ken Clarke...

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