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  1. Westminster Blog

    June 4, 2014

    Critics warn no MPs will be ejected under the new recall bill

    Ministers have been wrangling for years over how to introduce a new law allowing voters to kick out MPs who break the law....

  2. August 4, 2013

    Ex-banker poised for tough job as EU envoy ahead of in-out vote

    A former Treasury official and City banker has emerged as the favourite to take on one of the toughest jobs in British...

  1. July 22, 2013

    Brussels-London balance of powers seen broadly correct

    The balance of powers between Brussels and London is broadly correct in six key policy areas, a Whitehall review has found,...

  2. January 23, 2013

    Careful words aim to please everyone

    David Cameron has made an impressive achievement with his speech on Europe: he has united his party and turned the tables on...

  3. January 23, 2013

    Eurosceptics hail Cameron’s EU speech

    Nick Clegg, British deputy prime minister, criticised his coalition partner’s commitment to a referendum on European Union...

  4. January 14, 2013

    What do Tory eurosceptics want?

    Regional policy Gordon Brown used to claim it was ludicrous for rich countries like Britain to pay money into a regional pot...

  5. January 14, 2013

    Cameron races to lay ground for speech

    David Cameron has been forced to rush forward his long-awaited Europe speech, as he sought to head off an increasingly...

  6. January 10, 2013

    Tory eurosceptics rail against US over EU

    Washington’s public plea to David Cameron for Britain to remain in the EU was met with indignation from pockets of the...

  7. January 2, 2013

    MPs claim Sants’ honour discredits system

    The decision to award a knighthood to Hector Sants, a key regulator at the time of the financial crash, has been criticised...

  8. December 7, 2012

    Tory MPs fear Starbucks tax ‘precedent’

    The unparalleled decision by Starbucks to volunteer £20m of cash to the taxman after a wave of public pressure has prompted...

  9. December 5, 2012

    Tories wary of growth measures

    The chancellor’s moves on fuel and welfare won predictable plaudits from Conservatives on Wednesday, but behind this there...

  10. October 7, 2012

    PM to review freedom of migrant movement

    David Cameron has announced a review into the freedom of EU migrants to live and work in the UK, in a move that will...

  11. September 13, 2012

    Chancellor to back City in EU talks

    George Osborne on Thursday night flew into Cyprus vowing to defend City interests in the face of a eurozone banking union,...

  12. September 3, 2012

    Reshuffle pulls Cameron in two directions

    David Cameron’s opening move of his first significant reshuffle was to appoint as chief whip one of the few ministers likely...

  13. Westminster Blog

    September 3, 2012

    Cameron can please his party or show his authority - not both

    It is the day before reshuffle day, and unsurprisingly, generous-spirited backbenchers are lining up to give David Cameron...

  14. Westminster Blog

    August 20, 2012

    German-style mini jobs: a miracle solution for the UK?

    As I reported today, the Treasury is looking seriously into the idea of adopting German-style “mini jobs”, a scheme long...

  15. August 1, 2012

    Banks welcome launch of loan scheme

    A government initiative aimed at encouraging banks to lend more kicked off on Wednesday, with lenders expressing hope that...

  16. June 15, 2012

    Osborne rounded on by critics of scheme

    George Osborne fielded attacks from across the political spectrum on Friday, as Labour said his emergency loans plan would...

  17. June 10, 2012

    Osborne told to stop blaming eurozone

    George Osborne has been warned by Tory MPs not to use the eurozone crisis as “an alibi” for Britain’s poor economic...

  18. April 23, 2012

    Osborne’s Bank of England plan criticised

    George Osborne returned to the Commons on Monday after a month of criticism of his Budget, only to walk into fresh attacks...

  19. Westminster Blog

    April 18, 2012

    Livingstone used as Cameron's human shield in brutal PMQs

    They call it the weekly bearpit and this week PMQs excelled itself: a spitting, snarling, savage exchange of insults which...

  20. January 9, 2012

    Clegg sees EU veto as ‘temporary’

    Nick Clegg has provoked Eurosceptic Conservative MPs by effectively calling for the undoing of David Cameron’s veto in EU...

  21. 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...

  22. October 18, 2011

    MPs push for vote on Britain’s EU membership

    David Cameron faces a political headache after MPs agreed to stage a Commons debate this month on holding a referendum on...

  23. Westminster Blog

    June 14, 2011

    Exclusive: "Big Society" concept was invented by the Chinese communists

    When Vince Cable said the coalition had “Maoist tendencies” no one took it as a literal suggestion that David Cameron was...

  24. April 20, 2011

    Cameron’s austerity call ignored by EU

    David Cameron was set on a collision course with Brussels after the European Union’s top budget official defied the prime...

  25. April 20, 2011

    EU budget plan angers austere states

    The European Union’s top budget official unveiled a plan on Wednesday to raise EU spending to €132.7bn ($192.4bn) next year,...

  26. March 9, 2011

    Osborne sees off calls to ditch 50p top tax rate

    George Osborne has faced down calls from rightwing Tory MPs and the City to scrap the 50p top rate of tax, insisting that...

  27. January 14, 2011

    Cameron faces poll ‘sabotage’ jibes

    David Cameron is under fire from Conservative MPs after the Oldham by-election – widely expected to be a disaster for the...

  28. November 22, 2010

    Osborne offers billions to ‘friend in need’

    Britain is expected to lend Ireland between £7bn and £9bn ($11bn-$14bn) as a solidarity gesture to a “friend in need”, but...

  29. FT Alphaville

    November 22, 2010

    Britain's problem?

    Eurosceptics in the Conservatives have wasted no time in criticising Chancellor George Osborne’s promise of direct loans to...

  30. November 11, 2010

    Eurosceptics cast doubt on sovereignty ‘key’

    A “referendum lock” on future transfers of power from London to Brussels was published by the Foreign Office on Thursday,...

  31. September 21, 2010

    Could the Tea Party happen here?

    Could the Tea Party movement happen on these shores? Westminster may not quite be ready for a return of the “big hair and...

  32. August 24, 2010

    Not just a cosy online Anglosphere

    Australia’s election has had much coverage in the UK. Is this simply because it has been unusually entertaining or because...

  33. Westminster Blog

    June 10, 2010

    Full breakdown of Commons select commitee election results

    The first set of elections for committee chairmen are over and there have certainly been some upsets. The full list of...

  34. Westminster Blog

    May 19, 2010

    David Cameron seeks to tighten grip on his backbenchers

    Conservativehome has the full story with some excellent details. Suffice to say, Cameron has spoken to his MPs (4.30pm) and...

  35. Westminster Blog

    March 18, 2010

    Tony Blair's contract for South Korean oil group

    The Guardian* broke the story this morning about Blair’s latest business deal. Here is a link to the advisory committee on...

  36. January 19, 2010

    Would-be Tory MPs sent on

    Ten Conservative election candidates have been sent on a green "re-education" day by Steve Hilton, the Tories' head of...

  37. January 19, 2010

    Tory candidates sent on green course

    Ten Conservative election candidates were sent on a green “re-education” day by Steve Hilton, the Tories’ head of strategy....

  38. January 8, 2010

    Kennedy denies watering down MP reforms

    The new MPs' expenses watchdog yesterday strongly denied "watering down" widely endorsed plans to tighten up parliamentary...

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