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  1. May 23, 2014

    Ukip takes the saloon vote – other parties should look elsewhere

    What just happened? There is a simple way to describe the local election results. Labour sweeps London. The UK Independence...

  2. November 10, 2013

    Why it is very clever to pretend to be stupid

    Last week I had a drink with a woman who has just landed one of the biggest jobs in her industry. Over a couple of...

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    With the capital’s population predicted to soar to 10m by 2031 and challenges from riv...
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  1. March 11, 2013

    Plot worked once but rarely since

    Can plots against a prime minister ever help a ruling party? In one spectacular case, the answer was yes: after Margaret...

  2. December 16, 2012

    Unions in ‘time of opportunity’ despite cuts

    Austerity may be hitting members hard but this is nonetheless a “time of opportunity” for trade unions, says Brendan Barber,...

  3. Westminster Blog

    October 18, 2012

    The Boris-esque eloquence of an energy minister in a hole

    Every so often you see a political performance that transcends time and place and will be ingrained in the memory forever:...

  4. October 9, 2012

    Conference diary: Blair witch-hunt

    ● Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, put his football refereeing qualification to use as linesman in Sunday’s match between...

  5. October 2, 2012

    Labour conference diary

    Political cross-dressing ● Benjamin Disraeli’s 1872 exposition on “One Nation” Toryism at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall has...

  6. September 16, 2012

    Major warns Tories over leadership challenge

    Sir John Major has warned rebellious Conservative backbenchers that “regicide is not a good idea” after weeks of disgruntled...

  7. May 18, 2012

    Riding on a wave of apathy

    To my mind, not enough people picked up on the really important piece of information gleaned from the controversy...

  8. April 26, 2012

    Tears and tantrums mark London mayor race

    The incumbent has exploded with fury in a foul-mouthed tirade at the “barefaced liar” running against him and the leading...

  9. April 1, 2012

    Office, not upbringing, is what turns politicians into targets

    When I arrived in Berlin in 1994 the newspapers were full of articles about a debilitating condition known as...

  10. March 30, 2012

    Cameron turns to Olympics in difficult week

    Being photographed playing badminton on the lawn of Number 10 was not going to do much to address David Cameron’s image of...

  11. September 23, 2011

    How Whitehall bypasses ‘ludicrous’ requests

    For the last six years the attitude within Whitehall to freedom of information has often been one of barely concealed...

  12. March 18, 2011

    Osborne’s long game

    George Osborne is captured on a video recorder as he gives an interview during a visit to a Toyota plant in Derbyshire...

  13. Westminster Blog

    January 21, 2011

    The resignation statement of Andy Coulson

    The Prime Minister said today: “I am very sorry that Andy Coulson has decided to resign as my Director of Communications,...

  14. Westminster Blog

    August 17, 2010

    Further reading

    The growing tensions between Boris Johnson and David Cameron - Rachel Sylvester, Times (£) Was Blair donation out of guilt...

  15. May 28, 2010

    Prescott heads list of new peers

    Veteran former ministers and aides from Labour and the Conservative party form the bulk of a list of 56 new peers who will...

  16. May 15, 2010

    Affairs of office

    New cabinet minister David Willetts left behind the plans being hatched midweek for a partnership at Number 10 for the...

  17. The World

    May 7, 2010

    The real winners in the British election

    I have just finished watching David Cameron’s statement on television. I was impressed by how coherent and fresh he seemed....

  18. April 9, 2010

    A divide revived

    Lord Mandelson has the luck of the Devil. A late train meant the UK business secretary ar-rived at Sheffield Forgemasters in...

  19. April 8, 2010

    UK business: A divide revived

    Industrial resolution: Lord Mandelson flanked by executives on a visit to Sheffield Forgemasters. The business secretary and...

  20. January 23, 2010

    Minister fights to keep her Olympic flame alive

    If Tessa Jowell is angling for an Olympic role under a Conservative government, there is precious little sign of it. The...

  21. January 22, 2010

    Tories could keep minister’s flame alive

    If Tessa Jowell is angling for an Olympic role under a Conservative government, there is precious little sign of it. The...

  22. December 11, 2009

    A battle that will not be won on Eton’s playing fields

    When the Duke of Wellington invoked the playing fields of Eton, it was to extol them for producing the leadership that won...

  23. December 2, 2009

    'Safe pair of hands' to lead Welsh Labour

    Carwyn Jones could find himself as Labour's most senior minister within six months after the Cardiff assembly's...

  24. December 1, 2009

    ‘Continuity candidate’ for Welsh Labour

    Carwyn Jones could find himself as Labour’s most senior minister within six months after the Cardiff assembly’s...

  25. November 25, 2009

    Brickbat for Boris

    Yikes! News that Ian Clement, one of Boris Johnson's former deputies as mayor of London, is trying to sell the story of his...

  26. October 28, 2009

    Campbell calls Osborne to task over credibility

    Alastair Campbell, the former spin doctor to Tony Blair, has launched a provocative attack on George Osborne's alleged...

  27. October 27, 2009

    Campbell takes Osborne to task

    Alastair Campbell, the former spin doctor to Tony Blair, has launched a provocative attack on George Osborne’s alleged...

  28. October 26, 2009

    Miliband backs Blair for European president

    David Miliband yesterday threw his support behind Tony Blair's unofficial bid to become Europe's first president, as he...

  29. October 25, 2009

    Miliband backs Blair as European president

    David Miliband threw his support behind Tony Blair’s unofficial bid to become Europe’s first president, as he called on...

  30. October 7, 2009

    Europe tires of Britain's arrogance

    From Mr Philippe Wacker. Sir, How can David Cameron possibly talk about a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty when the said...

  31. Brussels Blog

    October 5, 2009

    Further reading: Brussels

    EU pushes Czechs for Lisbon approval (Tony Barber, FT) Cameron faces row over EU treaty vote (George Parker and Tony Barber,...

  32. October 5, 2009

    Cameron faces row over EU treaty vote

    David Cameron yesterday faced down calls from Conservative eurosceptics to guarantee a referendum on the European Union's...

  33. August 4, 2009

    A Tory toast to politics as entertainment

    A little British row is rolling about this summer, waiting for its time to become - or to fail to become - a scandal. A...

  34. August 3, 2009

    A Tory toast to politics as entertainment

    A little British row is rolling about this summer, waiting for its time to become – or to fail to become – a scandal. A...

  35. July 6, 2009

    Cameron should say less and tell us more

    The latest promise is to demolish quangos; last week the plan was to get more young people to play tennis (a pity about Andy...

  36. May 15, 2009

    English make a monkey of political plans to decentralise

    Scotland has its parliament and Wales its assembly. Hartlepool has a mayor in a monkey suit. The people of England have not...

  37. May 14, 2009

    English make a monkey of decentralisation

    Scotland has its parliament and Wales its assembly. Hartlepool has a mayor in a monkey suit. The people of England have not...

  38. May 5, 2009

    CBI tested in spat over Heathrow runway

    The CBI is facing a stern test of its authority as the main voice of business after its supportive stance on Heathrow's...

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