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  1. March 11, 2012

    Merlin founder backs Welsh biotechs

    Sir Chris Evans, the biotech entrepreneur, is unapologetic. The Welsh government, he says, has to start picking winners....

  2. Westminster Blog

    March 9, 2011

    Labour and its loans from seven millionaires

    I revealed last summer that Labour had failed to persuade seven millionaires – who had lent it large amounts of money ahead...

  1. October 30, 2010

    The mutant in the shed

    Sir Christopher Evans outside his home The butler has vanished and, in his place, the biotech multimillionaire Sir...

  2. March 20, 2010

    Debt of £9m hangs over Labour

    Labour will have to pay about £3m in interest over the next parliament to some of the millionaires who bankrolled the...

  3. March 19, 2010

    Debt of £9m hangs over Labour

    Labour will have to pay about £3m in interest over the next parliament to some of the millionaires who bankrolled the...

  4. November 13, 2009

    Four-year Merlin inquiry dropped by SFO

    Sir Christopher Evans, the biotechnology entrepreneur and Labour donor who became embroiled in the cash-for-honours...

  5. November 12, 2009

    Four-year Merlin inquiry dropped by SFO

    Sir Christopher Evans, the biotechnology entrepreneur and Labour donor who became embroiled in the cash-for-honours...

  6. February 12, 2009

    Latest group to hold out begging bowl

    Venture capitalists are simply the latest to join the long line queuing up to ask for their government handout. Having set...

  7. December 12, 2008

    It is time to stop improvising our way out of trouble

    The failure of the Detroit bail-out bill in the Senate was caused by tensions between right and left, Republicans from the...

  8. Westminster Blog

    December 8, 2008

    The banks got state aid: why can't everyone else?

    Peter Mandelson said at the weekend that there would be “no blank cheque” for industries suffering from the credit crunch....

  9. December 5, 2008

    Biotech calls for support from government

    The UK's struggling biotechnology sector has added itself to the growing queue of industries seeking state support. A group...

  10. December 4, 2008

    Biotech calls for support from government

    The UK’s struggling biotechnology sector has added itself to the growing queue of industries seeking state support. A group...

  11. May 8, 2008

    Labour in talks to delay paying off £10m loans

    Labour is in emergency talks to renegotiate more than £10m in loans from wealthy businessmen to prevent itself running out...

  12. May 7, 2008

    Labour seeks £10m loans delay

    Labour is in emergency talks to renegotiate more than £10m of loans from wealthy businessmen to prevent itself running out...

  13. April 15, 2008

    Roche to buy Piramed for $160m

    Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, is buying Piramed, the privately-owned UK biotechnology company, for $160m in a deal...

  14. April 9, 2008

    Biotech chief shifts investment focus

    The biotechnology sector was dealt another blow on Wednesday after Sir Christopher Evans, the biotechnology entrepreneur...

  15. October 5, 2007

    Hofesh Shechter Uprising/ In Your Rooms

    How often do you see something of the moment, at the edge of hipness, which also has substance, is obviously the product of...

  16. October 4, 2007

    Hofesh Shechter – Uprising/In Your Rooms, Sadler’s Wells, London

    How often do you see something of the moment, at the edge of hipness, which also has substance, is obviously the product of...

  17. July 23, 2007

    Labour lender tells of ‘cash for honours’ risk

    Another of the Labour lenders caught up in the “cash for honours” affair has hit out at the protracted inquiry and media...

  18. July 23, 2007

    Labour lender tells of 'cash for honours' philanthropy risk

    Another of the Labour lenders caught up in the "cash for honours" affair has hit out at the protracted inquiry and media...

  19. July 20, 2007

    Tycoon attacks SFO over arrest

    The biotech tycoon at the centre of the cash-for-honours affair, Sir Christopher Evans, has blamed allegations by a senior...

  20. July 20, 2007

    Blair speaks of ‘traumatic’ probe

    Tony Blair has spoken of the “terrible, even traumatic time” he and his former aides endured during the cash-for-honours...

  21. July 20, 2007

    No charges after UK peerages inquiry

    Britain’s chief public prosecutor announced on Friday that nobody would be charged after a 16-month investigation into...

  22. July 20, 2007

    Recrimination in the air at end of honours saga

    It has been one of the most high profile and contentious police investigations of modern times. Never before has a sitting...

  23. July 20, 2007

    Prosecutors to rule out charges in the 'cash for honours' affair

    Prosecutors are set to announce today that nobody is tobe charged in the "cash forhonours" affair, bringing to a close the...

  24. July 20, 2007

    'Cash for honours' charge decision nears

    Prosecutors could decide as early as today whether to charge anyone involved in the "cash for honours" affair, possibly...

  25. July 19, 2007

    CPS: No cash for honours charges

    Prosecutors on Friday confirmed that nobody is to be charged in the “cash for honours” affair, bringing to a close the...

  26. June 29, 2007

    Blair is quizzed again in honours inquiry

    Tony Blair has been questioned for a third time by police investigating cash-for-honours allegations, it emerged yesterday....

  27. June 28, 2007

    Blair questioned again over cash for honours

    Tony Blair has been questioned for a third time by detectives investigating cash for honours allegations, it emerged on...

  28. April 23, 2007

    Top legal officer defiant on 'cash for honours'

    Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, yesterday de-fended his right to be consulted over whether anyone should be...

  29. April 21, 2007

    Troubled times: from £14m in loans to 136 people interviewed by police

    Spring/summer 2005 Labour secretly raises £14m in loans from 12 wealthy business backers to fight the election. Autumn 2005...

  30. April 21, 2007

    Blair looks to be in clear in honours probe

    Tony Blair looks almost certain to escape prosecution in the "cash for peerages" affair after being cleared by police of any...

  31. April 20, 2007

    Blair cleared in ‘cash for peerages’ probe

    Tony Blair looks almost certain to escape prosecution in the cash for peerages affair after being cleared by police of any...

  32. April 20, 2007

    CPS handed ‘cash for peerages’ file

    Detectives investigating the “cash for peerages” allegations against Tony Blair have handed their extensive file to the...

  33. January 31, 2007

    Blair's friends among those donating DNA

    Since the Criminal Justice Act 2003 gave the police powers to take DNA samples from anyone they arrest, it has become...

  34. January 30, 2007

    Blair’s friends among those donating DNA

    Since the Criminal Justice Act 2003 gave the police powers to take DNA samples from anyone they arrest, it has become...

  35. December 15, 2006

    LOANS, PEERAGES AND AN INVESTIGATION

    Spring/summer 2005Labour secretly raises £14m in loans from 12 business backers to fight the election Autumn 2005Four of...

  36. December 14, 2006

    Timeline: How the honours affair unfolded

    Spring/summer 2005: Labour secretly raises £14m in loans from twelve wealthy business backers to fight the election. Autumn...

  37. November 29, 2006

    Lenders press cash-strapped Labour

    Labour has admitted to an acute cash-flow crisis that leaves it struggling to repay two businessmen who lent £1.5m and want...

  38. November 25, 2006

    DIRECTORS' DEALS

    Kelvin MacKenzie, former editor of The Sun, bought shares in advertising and marketing conglomerate Media Square on Tuesday...

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