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  1. October 14, 2011

    UK gets sixth defence chief in six years

    Liam Fox’s departure from the Ministry of Defence means the department is getting its sixth secretary of state in just six...

  2. April 26, 2011

    Hague urges Syria to abandon repression

    William Hague said on Wednesday it was not too late for Bashar al-Assad to abandon the brutal repression of his people, but...

  1. Westminster Blog

    December 16, 2010

    Party leaders refuse to have serious debate on drugs legalisation

    There was something faintly depressing – as well as predictable – at the comments from David Cameron’s spokesman this...

  2. December 16, 2010

    Ainsworth calls for drugs policy rethink

    Bob Ainsworth, the former junior Home Office and defence minister, has joined a growing number of public figures calling for...

  3. 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...

  4. September 14, 2010

    Hasty defence cuts pose risk, say MPs

    Defence spending cuts planned by the Treasury are so severe they risk disrupting operations in Afghanistan, MPs have warned...

  5. September 13, 2010

    Fox backs Trident submarine patrols

    Liam Fox has thrown his weight behind the policy of keeping a nuclear-armed submarine patrolling at sea at all times, amid a...

  6. August 11, 2010

    Straw gives backing to David Miliband

    David Miliband’s Labour leadership campaign will win the endorsement of Jack Straw, the former justice secretary, on...

  7. 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...

  8. June 2, 2010

    Darling backs David Miliband

    David Miliband's leadership campaign received a significant boost last night as he won the backing of Alistair Darling,...

  9. June 1, 2010

    Darling backs David Miliband’s bid for leadership

    David Miliband’s leadership campaign received a significant boost on Tuesday as he won the backing of Alistair Darling,...

  10. May 13, 2010

    Miliband throws hat into ring for leader

    David Miliband broke cover and declared that he would stand for the leadership of the Labour party less than 24 hours after...

  11. May 12, 2010

    Miliband to stand for Labour leadership

    David Miliband broke cover and declared that he would stand for the leadership of the Labour party less than 24 hours after...

  12. May 11, 2010

    MPs laud dignified departure

    When Gordon Brown finally bowed out in public it came as little surprise to his own MPs, who had viewed him as a "dead man...

  13. May 10, 2010

    MPs laud dignified departure

    When Gordon Brown finally bowed out in public it came as little surprise to his own MPs, who had viewed him as a “dead man...

  14. Westminster Blog

    May 10, 2010

    Why David Miliband might want "Brother Ed" to stand for leader

    Ed Miliband has supposedly told his mother that he wants to stand for the Labour leadership, prompting all sorts of “Kane...

  15. April 8, 2010

    Rolls-Royce wins Tornado contract

    Rolls-Royce yesterday won a £690m contract to support engines on Tornado aircraft for the Royal Air Force. The 15-year...

  16. March 29, 2010

    Air force to be given its share of defence equipment orders

    Ministers are poised to sign new equipment orders for the Royal Air Force, including the A400M military transport aircraft,...

  17. March 28, 2010

    RAF to be included in new defence orders

    Over budget: the A400M military transport aircraft Ministers are poised to sign new equipment orders for the Royal Air...

  18. March 12, 2010

    Troops to depart Helmand town that claimed 23 lives

    British troops will hand control of the largest town in northern Helmand to US forces next month, a move that will allow...

  19. March 11, 2010

    British troops to depart Helmand town

    British troops will hand control of the largest town in northern Helmand to US forces next month, a move that will allow...

  20. February 18, 2010

    The long war

    Never mind the defence review. The chiefs are still bogged down in this year's budget negotiations. Most people naturally...

  21. February 9, 2010

    It is too soon for Cameron's Tories to panic

    Gordon Brown proclaims that Labour can still win. His hopes hold no surprise. Unpopular prime ministers cannot permit...

  22. February 8, 2010

    It is too soon for Cameron’s Tories to panic

    Gordon Brown proclaims that Labour can still win. His hopes hold no surprise. Unpopular prime ministers cannot permit...

  23. February 8, 2010

    World Diary

    TODAYAfrica seeks investorsThe Africa Investment Forum opens in Accra, Ghana (until February 10), aiming to bring investors...

  24. February 4, 2010

    Ainsworth backs aircraft carriers

    Britain faces "tough choices" on its unsustainable defence equipment programme but should stick to plans for two new...

  25. February 3, 2010

    Ainsworth backs aircraft carriers

    Britain faces “tough choices” on its unsustainable defence equipment programme but should stick to plans for two new...

  26. February 3, 2010

    UK seeks French defence entente

    Britain is calling for enhanced military co-operation between the UK and France, saying greater defence collaboration with...

  27. February 2, 2010

    Forces battle for dwindling resources

    Bob Ainsworth, defence secretary, will on Wednesday propose promoting the head of joint operations to equal rank with...

  28. February 2, 2010

    UK seeks French defence entente

    Britain is calling for enhanced military co-operation between the UK and France, saying greater defence collaboration with...

  29. February 2, 2010

    Tough choices loom for armed forces

    Britain's cash-strapped armed forces must heed the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan and intervene more sparingly, be ready to...

  30. February 1, 2010

    Tough choices loom for armed forces

    Britain’s cash-strapped armed forces must heed the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan and intervene more sparingly, be ready to...

  31. January 25, 2010

    World Diary

    TODAY African Union summit The 14th African Union Summit opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (until February 2), focusing on...

  32. January 24, 2010

    Miliband attacks Tory inheritance tax plans

    Labour failed to maintain the supposed ceasefire in its “class war campaign” against the Conservatives on Sunday as David...

  33. January 11, 2010

    British journalist killed in Afghan blast

    A British journalist has been killed in an explosion while travelling with US marines in southern Afghan-istan, the Ministry...

  34. January 10, 2010

    Reporter killed in Afghan explosion

    The defence editor of the Sunday Mirror was killed in an explosion while travelling with US marines in southern Afghanistan,...

  35. January 9, 2010

    Brown tries to unite party in wake of failed putsch

    Gordon Brown yesterday held a further round of peace talks with disgruntled cabinet ministers and prepared to map out...

  36. January 8, 2010

    Brown in peace talks to unite Labour

    Gordon Brown on Friday held a further round of peace talks with disgruntled cabinet ministers and prepared to map out...

  37. Westminster Blog

    January 6, 2010

    The silence of Alistair Darling

    One major cabinet minister who has kept his silence today is Alistair Darling, chancellor of the exchequer. Why? We know he...

  38. December 17, 2009

    MoD to set up air safety body

    An air safety body to regulate and audit military aviation is to be set up in the aftermath of the 2006 Nimrod MR2 crash...

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