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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

      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....

    28. 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...

    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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