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  1. August 8, 2014

    Labour urges coalition to speed review of arms sales to Israel

    Labour has stepped up pressure on the coalition over the conflict in Gaza by urging it to accelerate its review of UK arms...

  2. July 20, 2014

    Labour grassroots ideas brought down to earth

    The atmosphere was electric as Labour delegates gathered this weekend for their one-off “National Policy Forum”: at least in...

  1. July 7, 2014

    A classic way to give public speakers rhythm

    “I am Scottish by birth, by choice and by aspiration,” the UK’s shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander declared the...

  2. June 23, 2014

    Polish ministerial ally of Cameron embarrasses PM on EU

    David Cameron’s problem in finding allies in Europe has been graphically summed up by Poland’s foreign minister, who claimed...

  3. May 13, 2014

    Scottish Nationalists hail report of ‘disarray’ in No camp

    Scottish nationalists have seized on the latest report of strains in the campaign against independence, saying a Daily Mail...

  4. April 2, 2014

    ‘Dysfunctional’ Labour team battles over party’s direction

    When Len McCluskey urged Ed Miliband this week to adopt a more radical programme, he crystallised a debate that has been...

  5. March 30, 2014

    Labour party plans pledge to cut university tuition fees

    Labour is gearing up for a manifesto pledge to cut university tuition fees by at least £3,000 a year, in a pre-election...

  6. Westminster Blog

    March 12, 2014

    What does each party really think on Europe?

    Ed Miliband’s op-ed for the FT today on Europe has finally crystallised what each of the parties’ European position will be...

  7. March 11, 2014

    Miliband knocks down early EU vote

    Ed Miliband has vowed that a Labour government would only hold an EU referendum before 2020 in the “unlikely” event of a new...

  8. March 6, 2014

    Scottish Labour’s infighting endangers ‘no’ campaign

    Deep divisions emerged within the Scottish Labour party over plans to be unveiled this month that propose the control of...

  9. December 13, 2013

    Books: on Britain’s place in the world

    How We Invented Freedom and Why It Matters, by Daniel Hannan, Head of Zeus, RRP£20, 400 pages Old Links and New Ties: Power...

  10. Westminster Blog

    September 2, 2013

    Labour's foreign policy angst

    When Ed Miliband was deliberating last week on the approach to take for Thursday’s vote on military strikes against Syria,...

  11. May 20, 2013

    William Hague hints at veto of Syria arms ban

    William Hague, foreign secretary, declared on Monday that Britain will veto the renewal of the EU arms embargo on Syria next...

  12. May 12, 2013

    Labour warns of Washington alarm over Cameron’s EU stance

    David Cameron has “set alarm bells ringing in Washington” over Britain’s position in the EU, the Labour party has said, as...

  13. Westminster Blog

    January 16, 2013

    PMQs: Cameron loses first battle in war over Europe

    Douglas Alexander was touring television studios this morning explaining why he thought holding a referendum on Britain’s EU...

  14. December 27, 2012

    Van Rompuy warns Cameron on EU powers

    David Cameron’s drive to repatriate powers from the Brussels risks damaging the EU and could cause the collapse of the...

  15. October 29, 2012

    Cameron EU stance hit from both sides

    Downing Street has insisted David Cameron will be “sticking to his guns” to pursue a real terms freeze in the EU budget...

  16. October 29, 2012

    Labour party calls for EU budget cut

    The UK opposition Labour party has called for a real terms cut in the budget for the EU ahead of a crucial parliamentary...

  17. September 28, 2012

    Cameron hints at EU referendum after 2015

    David Cameron has given a strong hint that he would support a referendum on a new European treaty after the next election....

  18. July 23, 2012

    Miliband to meet Hollande in Paris

    Ed Miliband will become the first senior UK politician to meet François Hollande at the Elysée palace in Paris on Tuesday....

  19. June 4, 2012

    Two Eds grow together as Balls’ star rises

    When Ed Miliband became the Labour party leader almost two years ago, he was determined to block one man from becoming...

  20. June 1, 2012

    ‘Buy British’ drive takes a dead-end turn

    ‘The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been criticised for failing to buy British-made cars for its major embassies Only...

  21. Westminster Blog

    June 1, 2012

    The Washington embassy and its foreign-made cars

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been criticised for failing to buy British-made cars for its major embassies...

  22. May 29, 2012

    FCO steers into trouble over car purchases

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been criticised for failing to buy British-made cars for its major embassies...

  23. May 7, 2012

    Hollande success awkward for Cameron

    When David Cameron phoned François Hollande to congratulate the new French president on Sunday night – saying they would...

  24. February 3, 2012

    Feelings run high in Goodwin’s home town

    Residents of Fred Goodwin’s home town of Paisley are traditionally known as “Buddies”. But, at the moment, there are not...

  25. Westminster Blog

    December 12, 2011

    Labour to LDs: Work with us on Europe

    Douglas Alexander has written a piece for the New Statesman trying to prise open the cracks in the coalition over Europe. In...

  26. December 9, 2011

    Eurosceptics celebrate use of veto

    David Cameron’s surprise use of the UK’s veto in Brussels was the cause of celebration among domestic eurosceptics who have...

  27. November 14, 2011

    Labour signals change of Europe policy

    Douglas Alexander, shadow foreign secretary, has said Labour would oppose any transfer of powers to the European Union that...

  28. October 12, 2011

    Scottish boundary changes cut seven MPs

    Plans to cut the number of Scottish Westminster MPs from 59 to 52 at the next general election could prove a dilemma for the...

  29. August 22, 2011

    Regime collapse relieves Cameron

    David Cameron’s political gamble to intervene militarily in Libya appeared to pay off on Monday as rebel forces edged closer...

  30. August 21, 2011

    Clegg to insist plans ‘under way’ for Libya

    Nick Clegg will on Monday insist the coalition allies have “learnt the lesson of Iraq” and made substantial plans for the...

  31. Westminster Blog

    July 7, 2011

    How bad is phone hacking for David Cameron?

    I wrote yesterday that David Cameron and the Tories in general are finding themselves on the wrong side of public opinion...

  32. June 22, 2011

    Alarm raised over post-conflict Libya planning

    Only a handful of UK officials are working full time on preparations for the period following an overthrow of Muammer...

  33. June 9, 2011

    Balls at heart of plan to oust Blair

    The Blair-Brown mutual hostility is well-documented Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, was at the heart of a scheme to replace...

  34. Westminster Blog

    May 1, 2011

    Is Labour's position on Libya subtly changing?

    To all intents and purposes Labour’s position on Libya is still the same; that is, the party backs the government in the...

  35. May 1, 2011

    Coalition tensions run high ahead of referendum

    Nick Clegg and David Cameron appear on the Andrew Marr show to discuss their thoughts on AV In any other circumstances, a...

  36. March 16, 2011

    More than 100 MPs defy Miliband on AV

    Labour MPs have refused to back the stance of Ed Miliband on changing the voting system in a show of defiance towards the...

  37. March 8, 2011

    Cameron praises ‘excellent’ foreign secretary

    David Cameron has thrown a protective arm around his “excellent foreign secretary” amid widespread political and media...

  38. March 7, 2011

    Hague defends ‘farcical’ Libya mission

    William Hague, the UK foreign secretary, blamed “a serious misunderstanding” for a botched military operation to send a...

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