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  1. Westminster Blog

    April 30, 2012

    Cameron binds himself to Jeremy Hunt

    David Cameron is a good ally to have in a tight spot: that is one obvious conclusion to be drawn from his performance over...

  2. January 16, 2012

    Cameron gets on board ‘inspirational’ royal yacht plan

    David Cameron has dipped his toe into perilous political waters after it emerged that he has given his backing to what he...

  1. March 4, 2011

    Behind the Black Door

    Behind the Black Door, by Sarah Brown, Ebury Press, RRP£18.99, 464 pages Sarah Brown is a national treasure: mother, wife,...

  2. Westminster Blog

    February 3, 2011

    Who will be next general secretary of the Labour party?

    The chief political officer of Unite is of less significance now that Charlie Whelan has left and Labour is out of power....

  3. Westminster Blog

    January 1, 2011

    FT Westminster most popular blogs of 2010

    Here is a list of our most-clicked blogs (with pageview figures) for 2010: 1] David Cameron claims Iran has nuclear weapon...

  4. Westminster Blog

    September 14, 2010

    Who will replace Charlie Whelan at Unite?

    It was a slightly surreal experience last night writing a blog about Charlie Whelan leaving Unite when he had utterly denied...

  5. Westminster Blog

    September 13, 2010

    Is Charlie Whelan to leave Unite the Union?

    All change at Britain’s biggest union, not only with a new general secretary to be announced at the end of November. I’m...

  6. September 1, 2010

    My nights on the razz with Tony

    Tony Blair has once again captured the political headlines with the release of his memoirs, “A Journey”, which describes his...

  7. September 1, 2010

    Brown accused of breaking business link

    Tony Blair claims the credit in his memoirs for one of Labour’s most popular policies in the City – the independence of the...

  8. July 25, 2010

    Unite to endorse Ed Miliband for Labour leadership

    Ed Miliband’s Labour leadership bid is expected to receive a big boost on Monday with an endorsement by Unite, the country’s...

  9. Westminster Blog

    July 21, 2010

    Ed Milband's campaign gathers momentum after Unison backing

    Ed Miliband Unison has become the second big union to back the younger Miliband in the labour leadership contest, following...

  10. July 11, 2010

    Mandelson lifts lid on Lib-Lab talks

    Lord Mandelson has lifted the lid on the secret coalition talks that followed the general election, claiming that the...

  11. Westminster Blog

    May 21, 2010

    "Blood on the wall": Labour general secretary versus the unions

    There could be “blood on the wall” within the Labour brotherhood over plans by the party’s general secretary, Ray Collins,...

  12. May 8, 2010

    Spectre of Heath haunts Brown

    Gordon Brown insisted he would remain as prime minister yesterday while awaiting the outcome of talks between the Liberal...

  13. May 7, 2010

    Spectre of Heath haunts Brown

    Gordon Brown insisted he would remain as prime minister on Friday while awaiting the outcome of talks between the Liberal...

  14. Westminster Blog

    May 7, 2010

    Gordon Brown's statement

    With Jim and Alex still on frontline duties, Helen Warrell and Johanna Kassel, who have helped steer the FT’s online...

  15. Westminster Blog

    May 7, 2010

    Election 2010 live: The view from 10am

    With Jim and Alex on frontline duties, Helen Warrell, who has helped steer the FT’s online election coveage, will man this...

  16. Westminster Blog

    April 15, 2010

    Morning election briefing

    Party leaders set to campaign in north-west ahead of tonight’s first televised leaders’ election debate in Manchester. The...

  17. April 8, 2010

    Monsters of rock

    Lord Mandelson, Alastair Campbell, Charlie Whelan, the Saatchis: the British election is in danger of turning into something...

  18. March 31, 2010

    Blair goes back to his roots for Brown

    Tony Blair, the former prime minister, returned to frontline domestic politics yesterday to give his backing to Gordon...

  19. March 31, 2010

    Old faces return to New Labour bunker

    It is a reunion that few would have thought likely when Gordon Brown became prime minister in 2007. Alastair Campbell, Lord...

  20. March 30, 2010

    Old faces return to New Labour bunker

    It is a reunion that few would have thought likely when Gordon Brown became prime minister in 2007. Alastair Campbell, Peter...

  21. March 30, 2010

    Brown deploys Blair in election campaign

    Tony Blair returned returned to frontline domestic politics yesterday to give his backing to Gordon Brown, just days before...

  22. March 24, 2010

    Whelan's Tory pal

    Charlie Whelan has promised to go fishing in Scotland the day after the general election. But who has he invited up to join...

  23. March 20, 2010

    A heap of difference

    It was a postwar nadir. Ambulance drivers and lorry drivers on strike, along with railway workers, rubbish collectors and...

  24. March 19, 2010

    Britain: A heap of difference

    Rubbish piles up in central London during a ‘winter of discontent’ strike. Widespread industrial unrest in 1978 and 1979 was...

  25. March 18, 2010

    Whelan and dealin'

    Gordon Brown is catching flak over the role of his one-time aide Charlie Whelan in organising Labour's marginal constituency...

  26. Westminster Blog

    March 17, 2010

    Blairites vs Unite - Further Reading

    Mea culpa. I missed the most interesting angle on the Stalybridge and Hyde selection yesterday; the exclusion of James...

  27. March 17, 2010

    Tories focus on Labour's union links

    The Conservatives attacked Labour for being "in hock" to trade union backers yesterday, as attempts to prevent a strike by...

  28. March 17, 2010

    BA bust-up could sway voters

    Gapper blog (Jonathan Guthrie): A bust-up between British Airways and trades unionists is a top business story in the UK....

  29. March 16, 2010

    Labour accused of being ‘in hock’ to unions

    The Conservatives on Tuesday attacked Labour for being “in hock” to trade union backers, as attempts to prevent a strike by...

  30. Westminster Blog

    March 16, 2010

    Purnell, Milburn, Kelly, Hewitt, Jowell: All members of Unite

    Before lunch I attended an amusing Tory event designed to reinforce the impression that Labour has reverted to Old Labour....

  31. March 16, 2010

    Brown walks political tightrope over BA strikes

    Gordon Brown's attempts to distance himself from planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew have been undermined by a...

  32. Westminster Blog

    March 9, 2010

    The union influence over Labour is paramount: no need to exaggerate it further

    First things first. I don’t want to underestimate the importance of Unite to Labour, and the extent to which it holds sway...

  33. Westminster Blog

    March 9, 2010

    Further Reading

    Don’t forget the influence over Labour of Unite and Charlie Whelan – argues Rachel Sylvester Lord Paul says he will...

  34. Westminster Blog

    February 25, 2010

    Exclusive: Labour letters to Mrs Pratt

    We’ve examined Briton’s greatest top 10 historical characters – as voted for by the British public – and no fewer than six...

  35. February 24, 2010

    Gus O'Donnell and the climate of fear

    Bullying in Number 10? The voters don't know the half of it. Sir Gus, Prime Minister Gordon Brown's long-suffering cabinet...

  36. February 24, 2010

    Darling faced 'forces of hell' from Brown

    Alistair Darling claimed last night that Gordon Brown unleashed "the forces of hell" on him after the chancellor gave...

  37. February 23, 2010

    Darling felt ‘forces of hell’ from Brown

    Alistair Darling on Tuesday night claimed that Gordon Brown unleashed “the forces of hell” on him after he warned in 2008...

  38. February 23, 2010

    Gus O’Donnell and the climate of fear

    Bullying in Number 10? The voters don’t know the half of it. Sir Gus, Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s long-suffering cabinet...

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