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  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’...

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