Search for Des Browne and
    1. January 23, 2013

      Nuclear defence policy hit by fresh blow

      The government’s insistence on an identical replacement for the UK’s nuclear deterrent will receive a fresh blow on...

    2. October 14, 2011

      UK gets sixth defence chief in six years

      Liam Fox’s departure from the Ministry of Defence means the department is getting its sixth secretary of state in just six...

    1. May 17, 2011

      Hoon job spurs call to close revolving doors

      The appointment of Geoff Hoon to work for helicopter company AgustaWestland underlines the need for reform of Britain’s...

    2. Westminster Blog

      May 31, 2010

      When was the last Treasury chief secretary with City background?

      John Redwood argues that the job of chief secretary to the Treasury is more political than financial; and therefore Danny...

    3. May 28, 2010

      Prescott heads list of new peers

      Veteran former ministers and aides from Labour and the Conservative party form the bulk of a list of 56 new peers who will...

    4. Westminster Blog

      May 28, 2010

      Britain's new peers - the full list of 56

      The official announcement has just come through. There are 56 new peers entering the House of Lords. There are 29 Labour, 16...

    5. January 26, 2010

      Hutton attacks 'shambles' of troop resources

      British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan missed out on the best fighting vehicles because of a "procurement shambles" at the...

    6. January 25, 2010

      Hutton attacks ‘shambles’ of troop resources

      British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan missed out on the best fighting vehicles because of a “procurement shambles” at the...

    7. July 4, 2009

      The big stories

      Fat fingers While health professionals admitted swine flu could not longer be contained, the City was racked by fears of...

    8. July 1, 2009

      Diageo to shed 900 jobs in Scotland

      Plans by Diageo to cut up to 900 jobs in Scotland over the next two years have been denounced.The jobs will go under a...

    9. June 28, 2009

      Experts back calls to axe Trident

      Axing the new Trident nuclear deterrent would help fill a growing “black hole” in the defence budget, according to a report...

    10. March 10, 2009

      Danish premier looks set to become new secretary-general

      Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, appears set to become the new secretary-general of Nato, following a...

    11. March 10, 2009

      Danish premier looks set to become secretary-general

      Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, appears set to become Nato's new secretary-general following a private...

    12. March 9, 2009

      Danish premier set for Nato job

      Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, appears set to become the new secretary-general of Nato, following a...

    13. November 16, 2008

      MoD orders spending clampdown

      The general in charge of the country’s £16bn-a-year defence equipment and support budget has ordered an unprecedented...

    14. October 16, 2008

      Defence branch

      Are the elite group of defence industry executives being proffered an olive branch by the new defence secretary John Hutton...

    15. Westminster Blog

      October 3, 2008

      Lessons from the reshuffle

      Fortunately I’m off on a long weekend, racing up the M1 away from all the action in Westminster. But I couldn’t resist some...

    16. Westminster Blog

      September 18, 2008

      Is Greg Pope a Catholic?

      There are rumblings from within Labour that Ruth Kelly will lose her job in the coming weeks, specifically because of her...

    17. August 20, 2008

      Infighting and budget constraints shackle armed forces

      In recent months the Ministry of Defence, led by Des Browne, has faced headline after headline exposing its alleged...

    18. August 19, 2008

      MoD ‘lurching from crisis to crisis’

      In recent months, Britain’s Ministry of Defence, led by Des Browne, has faced headline after headline exposing its alleged...

    19. August 4, 2008

      PM set to axe 'part-time' Scottish role

      Gordon Brown is set to axe the "part-time" post of Scotland secretary in an autumn cabinet reshuffle, ending the...

    20. July 28, 2008

      This summer, Brown will not get away from it all

      The forecasts say Gordon Brown can look forward to fresh sunny weather this week at his Southwold holiday retreat, but the...

    21. July 26, 2008

      Helicopter programme at risk in cash squeeze

      The future of a vital new helicopter programme for Britain's armed forces fighting in Afghanistan hangs in the balance this...

    22. July 26, 2008

      Helicopter programme at risk in cash squeeze

      The future of a vital new helicopter programme for Britain’s armed forces fighting in Afghanistan hangs in the balance this...

    23. July 11, 2008

      Let Afghans set local laws, says UK defence secretary

      Afghans must be free to set laws that clash with western values and legal principles if order is to be established in the...

    24. July 11, 2008

      Let Afghans set local laws, says UK defence secretary

      Afghans must be free to set laws that clash with western values and legal principles if order is to be established in the...

    25. July 11, 2008

      MoD awards 10 tortured Iraqis nearly £3m

      Ten Iraqis tortured by UK troops, including a hotel receptionist who died in custody after sustaining 93 injuries, were...

    26. July 10, 2008

      Let Afghans set local law, says UK minister

      Afghans must be free to set laws that clash with western values and legal principles if order is to be established in the...

    27. Westminster Blog

      July 4, 2008

      As MPs threw their reputation to the wind....where were the cabinet?

      The recommendations for reform of MPs’ expenses were hardly radical. They would have kept their circa £23,000 of expenses...

    28. July 4, 2008

      Defence chief hails aircraft carrier deal

      BAE Systems and VT Group have won the lion's share of the £3bn manufacturing -contract signed yesterday to build the UK's...

    29. July 3, 2008

      Flagship £3bn carrier deal for BAE and VT

      BAE Systems and VT Group have won the lion’s share of the £3bn manufacturing ­contract signed on Thursday to build the UK’s...

    30. June 30, 2008

      PM faces more political volleys as poll looms

      Gordon Brown's woes continued to grow yesterday, as he faced a perilous by-election, the resignation of Labour's leader in...

    31. June 28, 2008

      Brown forced to net in by-election test

      Gordon Brown’s woes continued to grow on Sunday, as he faced a perilous by-election, the resignation of Labour’s leader in...

    32. June 25, 2008

      Holyrood fails to win election role

      The government has ruled out passing responsibility for Scottish parliamentary elections to Holyrood, in spite of last...

    33. June 17, 2008

      Nato bolsters Kandahar forces after jailbreak

      Afghan and Nato troop reinforcements are being sent into the southern city of Kandahar to deal with any outbreak of...

    34. June 10, 2008

      GMB union cuts funding to Labour MPs

      A junior minister, several ministerial aides and a vice- chairman of the Labour party are among about 30 union-sponsored...

    35. June 10, 2008

      GMB union cuts funding to Labour MPs

      A junior minister, several ministerial aides and a vice-chairman of the Labour party are among about 30 union-sponsored MPs...

    36. May 23, 2008

      Nimrod ruled ‘never airworthy’

      Ministers have come under fire for refusing to ground the entire Royal Air Force fleet of Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft...

    37. May 21, 2008

      Cameron backs lowering abortion time limit to 20 weeks

      David Cameron said yesterday he would back a cut in the abortion time limit to 20 weeks as MPs debated far-reaching changes...

    38. April 28, 2008

      Contracts at risk in crisis over budget

      The Ministry of Defence is preparing to order a formal review of equipment programmes that could lead to billions of pounds’...

    Search for Des Browne and