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  1. January 9, 2012

    Iraq reveals income from oil and gas

    Iraq disclosed it earned $41bn from oil and gas exports in 2009, in a move designed to increase transparency in its energy...

  2. September 21, 2011

    Spads seen as vital to government

    Clare Short, the Labour former cabinet minister, famously dubbed special advisers as “the people who live in the dark”, but...

  1. January 20, 2011

    Labour slammed for agreeing to Actis deal

    Firing a stinging verbal attack in someone’s direction is an unusual way to persuade them to buy an asset from you. But...

  2. December 20, 2010

    Murky history of Tanzania deal laid bare

    It was a deal that “stank”, according to Clare Short, former international development secretary: the sale by Britain’s BAE...

  3. September 3, 2010

    Mr Blair: memoirs of a decider guy

    Tony Blair’s memoirs speak at length of his decisiveness. As his premiership went on, he notes: “Being in touch with opinion...

  4. Westminster Blog

    July 5, 2010

    Stampede for places in Labour's shadow cabinet

    You may think it’s still months away. But the manoeuvrings have already begun. Up to 40 Labour MPs are likely to put...

  5. May 7, 2010

    Chaos sparks anger as voters turned away

    An unexpectedly high turnout led to scenes of chaos at many polling stations as the 10pm deadline arrived last night.At some...

  6. Westminster Blog

    March 5, 2010

    The Blame the French Strategy

    Sir Rod made is made a decent go of pressing Gordon Brown on why inspectors were not given more time. His three main points...

  7. Westminster Blog

    March 5, 2010

    Key issues for Brown at the Iraq inquiry

    1) What did you do in the war, chancellor? It is remarkable that since 2003 Gordon Brown has never really given a full...

  8. March 2, 2010

    Brown: the MacCavity of Iraq

    Tony Blair earned the unflattering epithet of "Teflon Tony": but when it comes to the Iraq invasion no mud has ever stuck to...

  9. March 1, 2010

    Brown: the MacCavity of Iraq

    Tony Blair earned the unflattering epithet of “Teflon Tony”: but when it comes to the Iraq invasion no mud has ever stuck to...

  10. February 10, 2010

    Sting in the tail

    Slowly the pressure on Tony Blair and his henchmen - such as Mr Straw - is growing. Mr Straw sounded acutely uncomfortable...

  11. February 3, 2010

    Why Sir Humphrey did not resign

    A word in the ear of Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the Iraq inquiry. I am told that if he is looking for the guilty man who...

  12. February 3, 2010

    Short blames the military for failure of reconstruction effort

    Military chiefs were to blame for the failure of the UK and US to carry out a swift and effective reconstruction of Iraq...

  13. February 3, 2010

    No sermonising

    Proof that Clare Short is right to say "sofa government has become the norm under Labour" came this week in the House of...

  14. February 2, 2010

    Why Sir Humphrey did not resign

    A word in the ear of Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the Iraq inquiry. I am told that if he is looking for the guilty man who...

  15. Westminster Blog

    February 2, 2010

    The revenge of Clare Short

    This morning’s Chilcott appearance by Clare Short was every bit as rumbustious as you might expect. She blamed the military...

  16. February 2, 2010

    Short blames military for chaos in Iraq

    Military chiefs were to blame for the failure of the UK and US to carry out a swift and effective reconstruction of Iraq...

  17. February 1, 2010

    Brown 'marginalised' in run-up to war

    Gordon Brown was "marginalised" by Tony Blair during most of the decision-making process in the run-up to the Iraq war,...

  18. January 31, 2010

    Brown ‘marginalised’ in run-up to war

    Gordon Brown was “marginalised” by Tony Blair during most of the decision-making process in the run-up to the Iraq war,...

  19. January 14, 2010

    Blair and Bush 'set a trap' for Saddam

    Britain and the US agreed to seek a United Nations resolution against Iraq in late 2002 to "set a trap" for Saddam Hussein,...

  20. January 13, 2010

    Blair and Bush ‘set a trap’ for Saddam

    Britain and the US agreed to seek a United Nations resolution against Iraq in late 2002 to “set a trap” for Saddam Hussein,...

  21. July 11, 2009

    Africa's choices

    At the start of the week, the FT's world trade editor Alan Beattie celebrated the publication of his book False Economy: A...

  22. February 26, 2008

    PM backs Speaker amid perks row

    Michael Martin, the beleaguered Speaker of the House of Commons, was on Monday offered crucial backing by Gordon Brown, who...

  23. February 26, 2008

    PM backs Speaker amid perks row

    Michael Martin, the beleaguered Speaker of the House of Commons, was yesterday offered crucial backing by Gordon Brown, who...

  24. September 6, 2007

    Iraqi oil law faces challenge

    More than 100 MPs have called on the government to explain its involvement in Iraq's new oil law, raising concerns about...

  25. August 25, 2007

    Truly, madly, slowly

    Opposition leaders are seen cycling to work and rhapsodising about "quality of life" as opposed to raw growth. Foreign...

  26. August 24, 2007

    Truly, madly, slowly

    Opposition leaders are seen cycling to work and rhapsodising about “quality of life” as opposed to raw growth. Foreign...

  27. July 10, 2007

    The diaries: all you need to know

    *Blair raised the possibility of a "full-scale merger" between Labour and Liberal Democrats before his 1997 landslide...

  28. July 9, 2007

    Blair had no doubts on Iraq, says ex-aide

    Tony Blair was the only senior government member to harbour no doubts about the 2003 Iraq war, and had considered resigning...

  29. July 8, 2007

    Blair had no doubts on Iraq says Campbell

    Tony Blair was the only senior government member to harbour no doubts about the 2003 Iraq war, and had considered resigning...

  30. April 25, 2007

    Catch the conscience of the king

    Browsing the National Theatre's bookshop recently, I noticed that the names of prominent playwrights placed on the A-Z...

  31. April 24, 2007

    Catch the conscience of the king

    Browsing the National Theatre’s bookshop recently, I noticed that the names of prominent playwrights placed on the A-Z...

  32. January 31, 2007

    Documents link BAE with Tanzania arms bribes, Short says

    Clare Short, the former international development secretary, claimed last night she had been told by fraud investigators...

  33. October 21, 2006

    Short quits as Labour MP

    Clare Short, the former international development secretary and a vocal opponent of the Iraq war, resigned the Labour party...

  34. September 15, 2006

    Milburn marks out territory for era after Blair

    One of Tony Blair's closest allies challenged Gordon Brown yesterday to accelerate market-based reforms of public services,...

  35. September 15, 2006

    Short fused

    Whatever you might think of Clare Short, politics will certainly be quieter without her after the next election, although...

  36. September 14, 2006

    The Way We Live Now

    Beckett has no taste for Brussels Margaret Beckett, still newish as foreign secretary, will score a special hat-trick on...

  37. 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...

  38. August 12, 2006

    MPs press for recall on Middle East

    Senior government figures conceded last night that it was "inevitable" parliament would be recalled next month if the...

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