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  1. July 18, 2014

    Lords’ anguish revealed in euthanasia debate

    Peers shared wrenching personal stories of suffering and loss on Friday as they debated whether “right to die” legislation...

  2. July 12, 2014

    Former Archbishop drops opposition to assisted dying

    The controversial campaign to legalise assisted dying for terminally ill people has gained a surprising and influential new...

  1. March 1, 2012

    Setting son

    Much has been made of James Murdoch’s resignation as chairman of News International, the scandal-stricken UK newspaper arm...

  2. Westminster Blog

    September 14, 2011

    Miliband seeks to appoint Charlie Falconer to shadow cabinet

    Over at the Daily Mail’s new political blog Kirsty Walker speculated this evening about who may be bumped out of the shadow...

  3. June 8, 2009

    Brown faces crucial showdown with mutineers

    Gordon Brown today faces a critical showdown with rebel Labour MPs who plan to use a meeting of the parliamentary party to...

  4. June 8, 2009

    Brown faces crucial date with mutineers

    Gordon Brown today faces a critical showdown with rebel Labour MPs who plan to use a meeting of the parliamentary party to...

  5. June 7, 2009

    Mutineers plan assault on Brown

    Gordon Brown faces a critical showdown on Monday with rebel Labour MPs who plan to use a meeting of the parliamentary party...

  6. December 1, 2007

    Labour Party figures likely to face questioning

    Some who look set to be called in by the police: ●David Abrahams, the Newcastle-based philanthropist who donated more than...

  7. October 17, 2007

    Public pays up

    Not just snouts in the trough but trotters too. The BBC has been squandering £5,000 on a drinks party for MPs; Sir John...

  8. October 16, 2007

    Labour MP hits at Brown over EU treaty

    Gordon Brown was on Monday denounced by a senior Labour MP for taking a “patently dishonest position” in refusing to hold a...

  9. October 16, 2007

    Labour MP hits at Brown over EU treaty

    Gordon Brown was yesterday denounced by a senior Labour MP for taking a "patently dishonest position" in refusing to hold a...

  10. May 25, 2007

    Darling in call for FoI controls

    Tighter controls on freedom of information are needed to avoid damaging "good government," Alistair Darling, the trade and...

  11. May 24, 2007

    Observer: More lese majesty from Labour

    Has the Blair government upset the palace? Word in Whitehall is that the government neglected to tell the Queen that it was...

  12. May 10, 2007

    Crowded field jostles to replace Prescott

    John Prescott, veteran deputy prime minister, on Thursday brought the curtain down on one of politics’ most colourful...

  13. May 10, 2007

    Jail terms to be cut by new Ministry of Justice

    Jail sentences for non-violent offenders would be cut to help ease prison overcrowding in proposals released by the new...

  14. May 9, 2007

    Warning over resources for split ministry

    Trade unions, prison reform campaigners and opposition MPs warned on Tuesday that today's creation of a new Ministry of...

  15. May 7, 2007

    Blair throws his weight behind Brown

    Tony Blair has given his explicit backing to Gordon Brown's campaign to become Labour's next leader, fuelling speculation...

  16. May 7, 2007

    Reid's departure leaves Brown with a clear route to No 10

    John Reid, the home secretary, yesterday paved the way for Gordon Brown's accession as Labour leader next week by...

  17. May 6, 2007

    Brown set to become PM with no contest

    The endorsement of Tony Blair and other key Blairites at the start of a momentous week for British politics means Chancellor...

  18. April 24, 2007

    Home Office overhaul fuels Whitehall tensions

    Tony Blair will today put his personal stamp on a reorganisation of the Home Office when he chairs a new cabinet committee...

  19. March 29, 2007

    Split gives new powers to home secretary

    Tony Blair will today give the green light to the biggest overhaul of the Home Office in decades, splitting the ministry...

  20. March 28, 2007

    Split gives home office new powers

    Tony Blair will on Thursday give the green light to the biggest overhaul of the Home Office in decades, splitting the...

  21. February 1, 2007

    Lord Goldsmith smiling through

    Things couldn’t get much worse for attorney-general Lord Goldsmith – unless of course, he is called on to give an opinion in...

  22. January 22, 2007

    Blair looks at plans to split Home Office role

    Plans to split the Home Office into two departments are being studied by Tony Blair and could be implemented before he...

  23. January 22, 2007

    MPs told to avoid graft row

    Ministers were told tostop public attacks on police investigating cash-for-honours allegations, as the government yesterday...

  24. December 27, 2006

    Lawyers expect firms to seek LSE listing

    Just over half the UK's top law firms expect to see their peers list on the London Stock Exchange as a result of new...

  25. October 26, 2006

    FoI COSTS JUST £35m A YEAR

    Freedom of information costs the government a mere £35m a year, according to independent research, writes Nicholas Timmins....

  26. September 6, 2006

    THE GROWING DIVIDE

    Backing Blair KAREN BUCKA Blair loyalist elected in 1997, who is known, nonetheless, for being independent. She was briefly...

  27. August 28, 2006

    Allies try to quash questions on Blair's departure

    Tony Blair's closest allies yesterday attempted to quell speculation about how long the prime minister intends to remain in...

  28. July 7, 2006

    Entrepreneur caught up in storm over meetings with ministers

    For an intensely private man, Philip Anschutz appears to like spending time with Labour ministers. The Denver-based...

  29. July 4, 2006

    The Way We Live Now

    Remember when Helene Hayman as a young MP in the mid-1970s shocked the establishment by suggesting she might like to...

  30. June 11, 2006

    This Week in the UK

    The economy is back in focus, the prime minister prepares for the EU summit, and the arguments over going to war in Iraq are...

  31. May 15, 2006

    Lawyers attack human rights review

    Tony Blair's plan to overhaul human rights legislation after claims that the rights of criminals are being put above those...

  32. May 8, 2006

    Beckett takes Straw's hot seat for Iran talks

    Margaret Beckett, the foreign secretary, will fly to New York on Monday for United Nations talks on Iran, taking the...

  33. May 5, 2006

    New cabinet members in full

    Prime minister: Tony Blair Deputy prime minister: John Prescott Chancellor of the Exchequer: Gordon Brown Leader of the...

  34. April 16, 2006

    This Week in the UK

    Tony Blair feels the heat but for David Cameron it’s time to dig out the thermals; Lord Falconer gets grilled on party...

  35. April 3, 2006

    New Commercial Court moves closer

    The long-delayed £30m Commercial Court complex could finally become a reality within months, ending years of uncertainty,...

  36. March 31, 2006

    Law change will put pressure on Tories over loans

    A change in the law to force political parties to disclose existing, as well as future lenders, will be introduced in the...

  37. March 20, 2006

    Government to make secret party loans illegal

    David Cameron on Monday began his attempt to seize the initiative in the row over financing political parties by unveiling...

  38. March 17, 2006

    Mr and Mrs try to limit fall-out

    The shenanigans surrounding Labour's "not so golden" couples has resembled an episode of the 1970s quiz show Mr and Mrs....

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