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  1. June 9, 2014

    One in five children to live in poverty, says official commission

    The coalition’s flagship welfare reform programme is failing to restore momentum to the drive to tackle child poverty,...

  2. April 13, 2014

    Alan Milburn urges Labour party to court business

    Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have been urged by a senior Labour party figure to act and sound as if they support corporate...

  1. March 2, 2014

    The NHS is in an era of opportunity as well as challenge

    Grim. That is the word that best sums up the mood of the National Health Service, which has had to deal with the coalition...

  2. February 27, 2014

    Treasury blocks Duncan Smith plan to alter child poverty measure

    Iain Duncan Smith has been forced to shelve a plan to find a new way of measuring child poverty after the Treasury...

  3. November 15, 2013

    Class barriers keep poor out of professional careers

    The poorest Britons have no better chance of becoming a doctor, lawyer or accountant than they did almost 20 years ago,...

  4. Off Message

    November 12, 2013

    Major discovers that Britain is an unfair meritocracy

    The South Norfolk Conservative Association’s annual dinner sounds like an event made for Alan Partridge but it is that other...

  5. October 23, 2013

    Blair health adviser to run NHS England

    An architect of Tony Blair’s health reforms, which introduced private sector competition into the NHS, has been appointed to...

  6. October 20, 2013

    Milburn the Great

    The curse of unearned poverty that afflicts millions of Britons is both a stain on the country’s conscience and a blot on...

  7. October 17, 2013

    Social mobility ‘risks going into reverse’

    Employers should “step up to the plate” to help tackle stagnating wages, the chairman of a government-appointed commission...

  8. June 17, 2013

    Top universities admitting fewer poor students

    Russell Group universities are admitting fewer poor students than a decade ago despite widespread efforts to increase social...

  9. October 19, 2012

    Plan to give mayor role in London schools

    Boris Johnson is backing a plan that would give him a strategic role in London’s school system as part of efforts to raise...

  10. October 18, 2012

    Universities urged to help poorer pupils

    Universities should cut bursaries and fee discounts for their students and put money and attention towards sponsoring...

  11. May 31, 2012

    ‘Fear of falling’ runs across all classes

    It is the dirty little secret beneath all social mobility drives: for some to rise, others must fall. As Alan Milburn urged...

  12. May 30, 2012

    Employers urged to diversify when hiring

    Employers should monitor the socio-economic background of their employees in order to check whether they are casting their...

  13. May 30, 2012

    ‘Wider access’ to professions needed

    The chance of “a social mobility dividend” will be squandered unless the professions and the government act to widen access...

  14. February 19, 2012

    Limit private hospital cherry-picking, say researchers

    Since Andrew Lansley first unveiled his sweeping reforms to the National Health Service, critics have cast them as an...

  15. February 7, 2012

    Lansley under fire over NHS reforms

    The controversial NHS reform bill will return to the House of Lords on Wednesday, amid fears among Conservatives that it...

  16. September 21, 2011

    Spads seen as vital to government

    Clare Short, the Labour former cabinet minister, famously dubbed special advisers as “the people who live in the dark”, but...

  17. June 16, 2011

    ‘Forces of inertia derail reform’, says CBI

    The government is “no further forward on public service reform” than when it took office, says the CBI employers’...

  18. June 15, 2011

    Milburn brands NHS reforms as ‘car crash’

    The coalition’s NHS reforms have been branded “the biggest car crash” in the history of the service by Alan Milburn, the...

  19. April 25, 2011

    Britain: The fairy-tale fantasy

    It has it all: love, pageantry and palaces; as every fairy tale should. When Kate Middleton and Prince William exchange...

  20. April 4, 2011

    Clegg to launch social mobility initiative

    Britain remains a socially polarised society, with more than half the nation’s judges, FTSE chief executives, senior doctors...

  21. Westminster Blog

    February 4, 2011

    Another Labour figure joins Cameron's GOAT herd

    My colleague Nick Timmins passes on the information that Julian  Le Grand, the former health adviser to Tony Blair, is to...

  22. February 4, 2011

    UK creates task force to aid staff mutuals

    Julian Le Grand, former health adviser to Tony Blair, is to lead a task force aimed at helping public servants quit their...

  23. Westminster Blog

    January 13, 2011

    Adonis turns down government role

    I revealed in this morning’s FT that Andrew Adonis has turned down a post as the government’s fuel poverty tsar – the same...

  24. January 12, 2011

    Adonis rejects Cameron job offer

    David Cameron has made his most audacious attempt so far to bring former New Labour ministers into his “big tent” government...

  25. Westminster Blog

    January 7, 2011

    Former Labour minister turns down coalition job

    David Cameron has proved remarkably adept at drafting former Labour ministers into his “big tent”. It is a device which...

  26. October 15, 2010

    Clegg in pitch to help poorer children

    Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, is to promise a £7bn ($11.2bn) “fairness premium” spread over four years aimed at...

  27. September 13, 2010

    Rose set for private equity after M&S exit

    Sir Stuart Rose is to join private equity group Bridgepoint as an adviser in the first new job for the outgoing Marks and...

  28. September 3, 2010

    Mr Blair: memoirs of a decider guy

    Tony Blair’s memoirs speak at length of his decisiveness. As his premiership went on, he notes: “Being in touch with opinion...

  29. August 15, 2010

    Alan Milburn to be social mobility tsar

    John, now Lord, Prescott, campaigning with Alan Milburn and Gordon Brown in 2005, has led the attack on Labour...

  30. June 28, 2010

    Call to pay interns 'training wage'

    Interns should be paid a minimum £2.50-an-hour "training wage", bringing them into line with apprentices, the Chartered...

  31. June 28, 2010

    Call to pay interns ‘training wage’

    Interns should be paid a minimum £2.50-an-hour “training wage”, bringing them into line with apprentices, the Chartered...

  32. Westminster Blog

    June 1, 2010

    Labour leadership: Whose endorsement matters?

    Several major Labour figures are yet to step out and endorse any of the six leadership candidates: whose backing should make...

  33. Westminster Blog

    May 31, 2010

    When was the last Treasury chief secretary with City background?

    John Redwood argues that the job of chief secretary to the Treasury is more political than financial; and therefore Danny...

  34. May 31, 2010

    Take foundation trusts off NHS books, says regulator

    NHS foundation trusts should be given the freedoms they were originally promised in order to put them on a more equal...

  35. May 31, 2010

    Take trusts off NHS books, says regulator

    NHS foundation trusts should be given the freedoms they were originally promised in order to put them on a more equal...

  36. February 20, 2010

    Blair acolyte to step down as MP

    Labour's ranks of senior Blairites were further depleted yesterday when James Purnell, the former work and pensions...

  37. February 19, 2010

    Labour pains

    A sad straw in the wind. James Purnell, the Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, will not seek re-election at this year’s...

  38. February 19, 2010

    Blow to Miliband as Purnell quits politics

    Labour’s ranks of senior Blairites were further depleted on Friday after James Purnell, the former work and pension...

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