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  1. November 2, 2012

    Exxon study wins FT book award

    Steve Coll’s Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power has won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of...

  2. September 13, 2012

    Biographies and economics dominate

    Heavyweight biographies of two towering figures of global business and economics are among the six finalists for this year’s...

  1. FT Alphaville

    July 9, 2012

    Tucker TV

    Click the pic for the live* feed from Wilson Room, Portcullis House… (*Update 1845 UK time — Tucker’s testimony has now...

  2. Westminster Blog

    July 3, 2012

    Will Diamond Bob bring others down with him? UPDATED

    Bob Diamond, who resigned as Barclays CEO today Now that Bob Diamond has quit as chief executive of Barclays, what does that...

  3. Westminster Blog

    December 13, 2011

    Has Ken Clarke gaffed by talking about a "prolonged recession"?

    There are two rules for politicians during a period of economic uncertainty. One is not to claim to have seen “green shoots”...

  4. February 24, 2011

    Women win 35% of new non-executive board posts

    Women have won more than a third of new appointments to non-executive posts on FTSE 100 boards so far this year, suggesting...

  5. December 13, 2010

    Former UK business minister joins BHP board

    Baroness Shriti Vadera, the ex-banker who was a top adviser to former British prime minister Gordon Brown, has joined the...

  6. Westminster Blog

    May 24, 2010

    Shriti Vadera's new consultancy role in Dubai

    (Apologies to those who have already read this as an update to the last post) The Independent reported in March that Shriti...

  7. October 14, 2009

    'His finest moment'

    One year ago, Gordon Brown was being hailed by many as the saviour of the world's banking system. On October 14 2008 Hank...

  8. October 13, 2009

    ‘His finest moment’

    One year ago, Gordon Brown was being hailed by many as the saviour of the world’s banking system. On October 14 2008 Hank...

  9. September 24, 2009

    Loyalty and loathing in equal measure

    While business mourned a “sad loss”, some in Whitehall were discreetly ordering in champagne. The polarised reaction to...

  10. September 24, 2009

    Business minister quits to advise G20

    Shriti Vadera is to stand down as small business minister to take on a new role burnishing what could be one of Gordon...

  11. Westminster Blog

    September 24, 2009

    Is Shriti Vadera about to quit the government?

    More on this if and when confirmation comes. 10 Downing Street are saying Vadera is still a minister “as we speak”; but for...

  12. September 18, 2009

    Back in the City

    Chatter that business minister and former UBS banker Baroness Vadera may be preparing for life back in the City after the...

  13. Westminster Blog

    September 13, 2009

    Is Britain recovering or not?

    Expectations are for a Gordon Brown “recovery” speech on Tuesday when he faces the TUC Conference in Liverpool. For all the...

  14. September 9, 2009

    Brown keeps his counsel on EU trade post

    Gordon Brown issued a vote of confidence yesterday in Cathy Ashton, Britain's European commissioner, but declined to say...

  15. September 8, 2009

    Brown keeps counsel on EU trade post

    Gordon Brown issued a vote of confidence on Tuesday in Cathy Ashton, Britain’s European commissioner, but declined to say...

  16. July 27, 2009

    Darling threatens banks over loans

    Ministers have warned Britain’s banks to increase the supply of affordable loans to businesses or face the threat of a...

  17. Westminster Blog

    June 8, 2009

    The reshuffle is (almost) completed

    Most of the ministerial changes have been made. Here is the list, courtesy of PA. Some initial observations: Lord Drayson is...

  18. May 18, 2009

    Large companies shirk timely payments

    United Biscuits, the owner of McVitie’s and other snack brands, and Tetrosyl, the world’s largest manufacturer of car care...

  19. May 14, 2009

    Ministers step up payment pressure

    Ministers pledged yesterday to ramp up the pressure on dozens of FTSE 100 companies yet to commit themselves to paying...

  20. May 13, 2009

    Ministers step up pressure on late payment

    Ministers on Wednesday pledged to ramp up the pressure on dozens of FTSE 100 companies yet to commit to paying suppliers on...

  21. April 28, 2009

    Byers condemns Labour's 50p top tax rate as political and tactical

    Former cabinet minister Stephen Byers yesterday condemned the 50p top rate of tax announced in the Budget as "political...

  22. March 5, 2009

    PM enlists old friends to spur G20 prospects

    Gordon Brown has turned to his controversial economic adviser and top economic officials in the US to push for an ambitious...

  23. March 4, 2009

    Brown enlists old friends to spur G20 prospects

    Gordon Brown has turned to his controversial economic adviser and top economic officials in the US to push for an ambitious...

  24. January 27, 2009

    Felt in the north

    Predictions that this recession would primarily hit services and the south look premature. Unemployment figures for last...

  25. January 24, 2009

    New recruit sees watershed on liquidity

    Mervyn Davies has been trade and investment minister for less than a week, but he is not about to fall into the sort of...

  26. January 22, 2009

    UK leaders clash over recession remark

    A ministerial claim to see “light at the end of the tunnel” for the economy on Wednesday provoked a confrontation between...

  27. January 22, 2009

    Leaders clash over recession remark

    A ministerial claim to see "light at the end of the tunnel" for the economy yesterday provoked a confron-tation between...

  28. January 16, 2009

    Former trade minister urges Whitehall reform

    Many civil servants deserve the sack, Whitehall could be better run with half as many officials and being a junior minister...

  29. January 16, 2009

    Former trade minister urges Whitehall reform and civil service cuts

    Many civil servants deserve the sack, Whitehall could be better run with half as many officials and being a junior minister...

  30. Westminster Blog

    January 15, 2009

    Norman Lamont is "flattered" by Vadera's comments

    Norman Lamont told me last night that he was flattered by the use of the “green shoots” phrase by business minister Shriti...

  31. FT Alphaville

    January 15, 2009

    Davies quits StanChart for government

    Mervyn Davies, chairman of Standard Chartered bank, was on Wednesday hired by Gordon Brown to head Britain’s trade promotion...

  32. January 15, 2009

    Lamont shoots down Vadera on recovery

    Norman Lamont joined the chorus of criticism of Baroness Vadera after the business minister claimed on Wednesday she could...

  33. January 15, 2009

    Lamont shoots down Vadera on recovery

    Norman Lamont joined the chorus of criticism of Baroness Vadera after the business minister claimed yesterday she could see...

  34. Westminster Blog

    January 14, 2009

    Echoes of Norman Lamont: Vadera sees "green shoots"

    Norman Lamont was ridiculed as Chancellor during the last recession not only because he sang in the bath as Britain exited...

  35. December 11, 2008

    Whitehall's bogeywoman tramples on convention

    Shriti Vadera is Whitehall's favourite bogeywoman. According to civil service lore, she stalks the corridors, shouting...

  36. December 10, 2008

    Whitehall’s bogeywoman tramples on convention

    Shriti Vadera is Whitehall’s favourite bogeywoman. According to civil service lore, she stalks the corridors, shouting abuse...

  37. December 10, 2008

    Critics’ charges

    Shriti Vadera is one of the most contentious figures in government. Her critics’ charge sheet includes: Personal manner...

  38. December 10, 2008

    State ponders guarantee to spur credit insurance

    A state guarantee to underpin vital insurance that supports the supply chain is being considered by the government, Shriti...

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