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  1. June 10, 2014

    Charles Clarke ‘pessimistic’ on Labour winning UK election

    Charles Clarke, the former Labour home secretary, has warned he is “pessimistic” about his party’s chances in next year’s...

  2. November 14, 2013

    Charles Clarke says he threatened to sue Sun over affair story

    Former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke told an Old Bailey trial that he threatened to sue The Sun newspaper when faced...

  1. November 1, 2013

    Coulson and Brooks both authorised corrupt payments, court hears

    Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson both authorised corrupt payments to public officials, a jury was told on Friday as it...

  2. February 6, 2012

    Police defend EU arrest warrants

    Senior figures at Scotland Yard have warned of the risks to policing if the UK were to opt out of the European Arrest...

  3. January 4, 2011

    Clegg’s bigger office is a welcome gift

    Nick Clegg’s Christmas card featured his family as gingerbread figures – the DPM himself complete with BlackBerry and yellow...

  4. September 28, 2010

    Manufacturing: Faster decision-making and fewer dud products

    George Kessler weaves through the maze of metallic grey automata that dominate the floor of his east London factory....

  5. Westminster Blog

    June 1, 2010

    Labour leadership: Whose endorsement matters?

    Several major Labour figures are yet to step out and endorse any of the six leadership candidates: whose backing should make...

  6. Westminster Blog

    May 7, 2010

    Election 2010 live blog: the view from 2am

    With Jim and Alex on frontline duties, Kiran Stacey, a fellow political hack, will man this live blog. Jim, Alex and others...

  7. April 27, 2010

    Best of the blogs

    My fantasy is a Government of National Unity to reform our finances and the political system. We can include talent from all...

  8. Westminster Blog

    April 26, 2010

    Expert panel: Fantasy coalition cabinets

    The FT’s expert election panel will occasionally be giving their thoughts on running themes of the campaign. Today, we asked...

  9. April 15, 2010

    Pilgrim Clarke finds faith in the system

    He stood on the doorsteps of Norwich South less like a politician and more like a medieval mendicant friar, if mendicant...

  10. April 14, 2010

    Pilgrim Clarke finds faith in the system

    He stood on the doorsteps of Norwich South less like a politician and more like a medieval mendicant friar, if mendicant...

  11. March 9, 2010

    Act that protects officials, not secrets

    From Mr Colin Clark. Sir, Congratulations to Sir Samuel Brittan for highlighting the secrecy that surrounds the advice of...

  12. January 11, 2010

    Boost for education technology

    Lord Puttnam, the film producer and Labour peer, is to lead a taskforce to look at ways to boost education technology...

  13. December 14, 2009

    Myners dismisses City ‘supertax’ fears

    Lord Myners has dismissed City fears over a new bonus “supertax” by arguing that bankers should blame their boards and...

  14. October 14, 2009

    Call for police mergers to cope with cuts

    Police forces around the country must be allowed to merge if they are to maintain front-line services while coping with...

  15. October 13, 2009

    Call for police mergers to cope with cuts

    Local mergers of police forces must be allowed if they are to maintain frontline services while coping with deep cuts to the...

  16. September 25, 2009

    Stick together or lose, says Denham

    Labour must hold its coalition of left and right together to stay in power and cannot risk becoming a minority party, John...

  17. September 25, 2009

    Stick together or lose, says Denham

    Labour must hold its coalition of left and right together to stay in power and cannot risk becoming a minority party, John...

  18. September 25, 2009

    Fast fashions and Tory politics

    It was all a bit peculiar. The opening day of London Fashion Week was terribly Tory-tastic. It wasn't just the shoulder...

  19. September 24, 2009

    Fast fashions and Tory politics

    It was all a bit peculiar. The opening day of London Fashion Week was terribly Tory-tastic. It wasn’t just the shoulder pads...

  20. September 24, 2009

    Labour's support in north collapses

    Labour's lead over the Conservatives in the north of England, its traditional electoral stronghold, has collapsed under...

  21. September 23, 2009

    Warning on Labour cash crunch for poll

    It could be “almost impossible” for Labour to raise enough money to fight a general election campaign next year, a former...

  22. Westminster Blog

    September 23, 2009

    Clarke warns of Labour potential collapse

    Sorry, I forgot to mention the real killer warning from Charles Clarke: “A resounding defeat of the type many predict if we...

  23. Westminster Blog

    September 23, 2009

    Charles Clarke speaks

    I said I’d pass on the highlights of the Clarke speech (he is talking right now): Here are a few of his thoughts in potted...

  24. Westminster Blog

    September 23, 2009

    Charles Clarke renews attack on prime minister

    The impact of Charles Clarke’s criticism of Gordon Brown has diminished somewhat with time and repetition. That said, his...

  25. August 26, 2009

    Sage voice for plant science silenced

    Scienceblog (Clive Crook): Sad news on my return from holiday. Chris Lamb, director of the John Innes Centre in Norwich for...

  26. July 10, 2009

    Labour scents chance to wound Cameron

    Lord Mandelson spearheaded a concerted attack on Andy Coulson, one of David Cameron's closest advisers, as the embattled...

  27. July 9, 2009

    Reluctant centre of a political storm

    Andy Coulson, the director of communications for David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative party, has again reluctantly...

  28. June 14, 2009

    North Norwich: ‘We’ve lost faith’

    Ian Gibson’s seat is still warm. The MP for Norwich North quit last week, triggering a by-election, after Labour’s expenses...

  29. June 9, 2009

    Showdown with MPs 'a non-event' as unity prevails

    Labour party heavyweights weighed in behind Gordon Brown yesterday as the prime minister told a crunch meeting of Labour...

  30. June 9, 2009

    Brown fights off rebels

    Gordon Brown last night routed an attempted coup to remove him from Downing Street, as party heavyweights rallied behind...

  31. June 8, 2009

    Drama ‘just not there’ as Brown sees off rebels

    Labour party heavyweights weighed in behind Gordon Brown on Monday as the prime minister told a crunch meeting of Labour MPs...

  32. June 8, 2009

    Brown fights off Labour rebels

    Gordon Brown routed an attempted coup to remove him as Britain’s prime minister on Monday night, as party heavyweights...

  33. June 5, 2009

    Rebels hope for ‘golden scenario’

    The campaign to unseat Gordon Brown has been marred by several strategic errors – but it may still gather sufficient...

  34. June 5, 2009

    Rebels hope for 'golden scenario'

    The campaign to unseat Gordon Brown has been marred by several strategic errors - but it may still gather sufficient...

  35. Westminster Blog

    June 4, 2009

    Labour's worst case scenario

    Alex wrote at midnight (still no pay rise alas) that financial self-interest could prevent some Labour MPs joining the...

  36. May 2, 2009

    Disasters amplify sense of waning grip on party

    When even Labour backbenchers compare their own government to John Major's regime in its dying days, it is a vivid sign of...

  37. May 2, 2009

    Brown urged to assert authority to end dissent

    Gordon Brown was last night besieged by criticism from senior Labour figures as he was urged to reassert his authority...

  38. May 2, 2009

    Ashdown says unhappy Labour MPs may defect

    Several senior Labour MPs who are disgruntled with Gordon Brown's leadership have inquired about defecting to the Liberal...

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