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  1. July 1, 2014

    Conformist mediocrity from Ed Miliband will not win Labour votes

    We have an England football team of a government, and the reserves are no better. Neither our coaches nor our political...

  2. June 15, 2014

    The real clever cogs in Labour’s machine

    Some of the most influential figures in Labour politics are people the public may not have heard of. They are not, in the...

  1. September 3, 2013

    Lansley defends lobbying bill seen as ‘sinister gag’

    Andrew Lansley has promised that charities will not be silenced by the government’s lobbying bill as he fought off criticism...

  2. August 29, 2013

    Ministers warned lobby bill threatens charities’ campaigning role

    Charities will be severely constrained in their campaigning activities as a result of the lobbying bill which comes before...

  3. August 19, 2013

    David Cameron’s lobbying bill derided as ‘dog’s breakfast’

    The coalition’s lobbying bill has been savaged as a “complete mess” that will fail in its declared aim of shining a light on...

  4. May 15, 2012

    Miliband carries out limited reshuffle

    Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, has put the party’s policy review in the hands of Jon Cruddas, an east London backbencher,...

  5. March 22, 2012

    Tax issue becomes personal one for ministers

    David Cameron will benefit from his chancellor’s decision to drop the 50p top rate of tax, according to allies of the prime...

  6. October 6, 2011

    Miliband in front-bench reshuffle

    Ed Miliband will today make sweeping changes to his front-bench team, promoting several newly-elected MPs but losing some of...

  7. Westminster Blog

    October 6, 2011

    Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle - who is going where?

    Labour’s plan to keep the details of its reshuffle a secret until tomorrow went spectacularly awry on Thursday evening after...

  8. October 2, 2011

    Cameron looks to show his caring side

    David Cameron will this week position himself as a “modern compassionate Conservative” as he seeks to maintain his appeal to...

  9. August 2, 2011

    UK gilt yields hit fresh low

    The drop in Britain’s gilt yields to a new low was hailed by the Treasury on Tuesday as proof that George Osborne’s austere...

  10. July 5, 2011

    Pensions linked to sell-offs, says Eagle

    David Cameron’s push for pension reform in the public sector is more about paving the way for public services to be...

  11. April 27, 2011

    PM urged to apologise for ‘sexist’ remark

    Ed Miliband has called on David Cameron to apologise for what he claims was a sexist remark in the House of Commons, after...

  12. April 27, 2011

    Growth data spark tetchy exchanges at PMQs

    David Cameron has claimed the 0.5 per cent growth figures were good news and a reflection of a recovery in the private...

  13. Westminster Blog

    March 31, 2011

    Oliver Letwin's controversial moment

    Oliver Letwin, Cabinet Office minister, told a committee of MPs this afternoon that Britain was facing an “immediate...

  14. January 28, 2011

    Cameron calls for change of direction in Europe

    David Cameron addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos David Cameron on Friday struck an upbeat tone on the prospects for...

  15. Westminster Blog

    October 7, 2010

    The shadow cabinet in order of votes

    When I tipped John Healey as a possible shadow chancellor this morning it might have seemed outlandish to some, given his...

  16. Westminster Blog

    September 29, 2010

    The list of 49 candidates for the shadow cabinet

    As I revealed earlier Rosie Winterton is set to be the new chief whip; she is the only person standing for the job....

  17. September 21, 2010

    Former ministers face shadow cabinet upset

    Former Labour cabinet ministers face competing against virtual unknowns from the party ranks for seats on the shadow cabinet...

  18. Westminster Blog

    July 5, 2010

    Stampede for places in Labour's shadow cabinet

    You may think it’s still months away. But the manoeuvrings have already begun. Up to 40 Labour MPs are likely to put...

  19. Westminster Blog

    April 14, 2010

    Why has Brown finally admitted some responsibility for the financial crash?

    What to make of Brown’s new mea culpa over bank regulation in the run-up to the crash? The prime minister has told ITV (in...

  20. March 31, 2010

    Visteon workers prepare for pensions march

    Hundreds of former employees of Visteon, the bankrupt US supplier group formerly owned by Ford Motor, will march on...

  21. March 3, 2010

    Indian IT group in lead for pensions contract

    Tata Consultancy Services, the Indian-owned IT company, has been named as preferred bidder for the multi-million pound...

  22. March 2, 2010

    Indian IT group leads on pensions contract

    Tata Consultancy Services, the Indian-owned IT company, has been named as preferred bidder for the multi-million pound...

  23. October 4, 2009

    Pension plan delayed to avoid ‘Terminal 5’ start

    The risk of a “Terminal 5”-style launch should be avoided at all costs when the government introduces its new system of...

  24. May 7, 2009

    Microsoft strikes public body deal

    The public sector is set to save around £75m over the next five years after a new deal with Microsoft over software...

  25. March 23, 2009

    Confusion over Tories' inheritance tax cut plan

    The Conservatives were last night accused of being in "disarray" over their tax cutting promises after Ken Clarke said...

  26. March 22, 2009

    Confusion over Tory inheritance tax plan

    The Conservatives were accused on Sunday night of being in “disarray” over their taxcutting promises after Ken Clarke said...

  27. December 29, 2008

    Tories aim to reverse tax increase

    The Conservatives yesterday signalled they would fight the next election on scrapping plans to raise national insurance...

  28. December 12, 2008

    Rounds of talks on pubs plight

    The plight of Britain's pubs has alarmed so many Labour MPs that no fewer than four ministers have agreed to separate talks...

  29. November 20, 2008

    Heavy demand as auction of carbon permits brings in £54m

    The first auction of carbon dioxide permits netted the government £54m yesterday as bidders fought for the right to emit...

  30. November 19, 2008

    UK auction of carbon permits brings in £54m

    The first auction of carbon dioxide permits netted the government £54m ($80.9m) on Wednesday as bidders fought for the right...

  31. August 28, 2008

    Lib Dems dismiss homeowner safety net

    Setting up a new safety net for homeowners who lose their jobs would be "phenomenally expensive" and impractical, Vince...

  32. August 27, 2008

    Lib Dems dismiss homeowner safety net

    Setting up a new safety net for homeowners who lose their jobs would be “phenomenally expensive” and impractical, Vince...

  33. Westminster Blog

    August 27, 2008

    The Treasury minister who thought the housing crash was a joking matter

    Vince Cable held a press conference this morning to outline various ways to ease the pain in the housing market. I’m not...

  34. April 19, 2008

    Angry Brown returns to febrile party

    Gordon Brown struggled to regain the political initiative yesterday as he ended a US tour overshadowed by the Pope and...

  35. April 3, 2008

    Mortgage low threatens house prices

    Mortgage approvals remained close to decade lows in February despite a period of relative calm in markets, Bank of England...

  36. April 2, 2008

    UK lending low threatens house prices

    Mortgage approvals remained close to decade lows in February despite a period of relative calm in markets, Bank of England...

  37. Westminster Blog

    April 1, 2008

    Can we weather the storm better than any other country?

    Gordon Brown seems to think that the British economy is uniquely strong. This has become a new mantra of the prime minister....

  38. March 17, 2008

    Businesses can work with councils

    From John Healey MP and Angela Eagle MP. Sir, Fears about business rate supplements are misplaced (“Business warns against...

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