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  1. March 27, 2014

    Politicians unite in backing UK energy market probe

    Politicians came together in a rare moment of unity on Thursday to welcome the news of a full competition inquiry into the...

  2. Westminster Blog

    September 26, 2013

    Lord Mandelson comments prompt backlash from Labour figures

    Labour has been convulsed with in-fighting after Lord Mandelson criticised Ed Miliband’s new policies such as the plan to...

  1. August 21, 2013

    Sussex Labour party taps local hostility to ‘fracking’ in county

    Labour has sought to exploit local anger about “fracking” in Sussex by issuing a leaflet “saluting” protesters and calling...

  2. August 19, 2013

    David Cameron accused of inflaming fracking furore by talking up shale gas

    David Cameron has unnecessarily stoked resistance to shale gas drilling in Britain by making people believe this potential...

  3. August 18, 2013

    Shadow ministers defend Ed Miliband over ‘quiet summer’ attacks

    Ed Miliband should ignore the sniping coming from his own side and take his time creating the list of policies Labour will...

  4. August 9, 2013

    ‘Big Six’ UK energy groups’ annual profits soar to £3.7bn

    Annual profits made by the UK’s big energy groups soared 73 per cent in the three years to 2012, according to figures that...

  5. May 22, 2013

    Lombard: Marchant’s move leaves SSE successor to keep lights on

    Ian Marchant has timed his well-pensioned retirement from SSE fortuitously. Controversy comes with the territory when you...

  6. October 31, 2012

    Coalition clashes on wind farm policy

    Tensions in the UK’s coalition government resurfaced on Wednesday, this time over green energy policy as the Liberal...

  7. 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:...

  8. October 18, 2012

    Cameron’s energy policy plans ‘unravel’

    The coalition’s plans for the retail energy market descended further into chaos on Thursday when the energy minister failed...

  9. October 17, 2012

    Cameron triggers energy confusion

    David Cameron threw the UK energy market into confusion after saying he would force suppliers to put all consumers on their...

  10. October 4, 2012

    Business urged to raise ethical standards

    British business needs to raise ethical standards to prove it is “fit for purpose” after months of controversy that have...

  11. February 9, 2012

    Solar energy subsidy faces more cuts

    The subsidy for household solar systems faces a fresh series of cuts this year, and could plunge to about a third of recent...

  12. January 25, 2012

    Industry and green groups hail solar victory

    Business and environmental groups have welcomed the Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold a ruling that government cuts to...

  13. December 21, 2011

    Solar groups win court case on subsidies

    Solar power companies have won a victory against government cuts to taxpayer subsidies after a High Court judgment that will...

  14. December 12, 2011

    Bank stokes cross-Pennine rivalry

    Ancient rivalries have been stirred after Leeds accused Manchester of copying its bid to host a £3bn “Green Investment...

  15. November 30, 2011

    Jobs pressure heats up on solar sector

    Carillion, the construction and infrastructure company, has warned 4,500 UK staff that they could lose their jobs as a...

  16. May 25, 2011

    NAO attacks mortgage rescue scheme

    A mortgage rescue scheme designed to save homeowners from repossession has proved more costly than expected and helped fewer...

  17. March 16, 2011

    More than 100 MPs defy Miliband on AV

    Labour MPs have refused to back the stance of Ed Miliband on changing the voting system in a show of defiance towards the...

  18. Westminster Blog

    March 16, 2011

    NO2AV campaign loses a dozen Labour MPs

    Just before the New Year the No campaign said it had gathered the names of 114 Labour MPs opposed to changing the voting...

  19. March 13, 2011

    Warning on business rates

    Plans to shake up the business rates system risk hurting some of Britain’s poorest areas, the Labour party has claimed....

  20. February 28, 2011

    Doubts cast on back-office savings levels

    Ministers’ claims that councils can avoid cuts to frontline services by sharing back-office administration have been...

  21. January 17, 2011

    Localism bill triggers row over budgets

    A bill that aims to give an array of new powers to local communities would “mark a revolution” that would “put power back...

  22. December 29, 2010

    AV opponents claim wide Labour backing

    Campaigners against a change in Britain’s voting system claimed the support of 114 Labour MPs on Wednesday in a striking...

  23. October 8, 2010

    Johnson named shadow chancellor

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has defied Ed Balls by denying him the coveted post of shadow chancellor and instead appointing...

  24. 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...

  25. 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....

  26. Westminster Blog

    September 23, 2010

    Hand signals: how leadership teams will find out result early

    I am told that at least one of the Miliband camps has already devised some special hand signals to convey to allies in the...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. Westminster Blog

    June 28, 2010

    When Labour told claimants to get on their bikes

    You may have noted the mock horror from Labour about IDS’s comments to the Sunday Telegraph yesterday that those on benefits...

  30. June 7, 2009

    Pledges of loyalty to Brown from grassroots

    Gordon Brown would have been delighted with the manifold pledges of loyalty as party members and local councillors spilled...

  31. June 6, 2009

    Brown defies calls to quit amid elections disaster and resignations

    Gordon Brown yesterday defied calls to quit as Britain's prime minister and attempted to restore his battered authority,...

  32. June 6, 2009

    Brown in desperate reshuffle

    Gordon Brown sought to fend off a leadership challenge yesterday with a timid cabinet reshuffle that left his authority...

  33. June 6, 2009

    Brown defies party calls to resign

    The UK prime minister defied calls from within his own party to resign yesterday as he launched a desperate attempt to...

  34. June 5, 2009

    Rebels hope to strike fatal blow

    Gordon Brown’s swift reshuffle was designed to distract attention from James Purnell’s dramatic resignation and close down...

  35. June 5, 2009

    Brown clings on after timid reshuffle

    Gordon Brown sought to fend off a leadership challenge on Friday with a timid cabinet reshuffle that left his authority...

  36. June 5, 2009

    Wounded PM left prisoner of his cabinet

    The textbooks tell us that British political leaders are never so powerful as when remaking their administrations. The right...

  37. June 5, 2009

    Brown defies critics: ‘I will not walk away’

    Gordon Brown on Friday defied calls from within his own party to quit as Britain’s prime minister and attempted to regain...

  38. Westminster Blog

    June 5, 2009

    The reshuffle

    1800 Our hunch about Hoon seems to be correct. He is not a rebel. Instead there are plans afoot to give him a job in the EU...

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