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  1. Westminster Blog

    September 7, 2011

    Dorries' amendment might actually be scuppered by pro-lifers

    MPs are currently debating whether charities who carry out abortions should also be allowed to offer patients counseling...

  2. February 8, 2011

    Manchester council attacks ‘ideological’ cuts

    Manchester city council accused the government of hitting the poorest hardest as it unveiled £279m of cuts over two years...

  1. Westminster Blog

    February 4, 2011

    Another Labour figure joins Cameron's GOAT herd

    My colleague Nick Timmins passes on the information that Julian  Le Grand, the former health adviser to Tony Blair, is to...

  2. February 4, 2011

    UK creates task force to aid staff mutuals

    Julian Le Grand, former health adviser to Tony Blair, is to lead a task force aimed at helping public servants quit their...

  3. Westminster Blog

    January 13, 2011

    Adonis turns down government role

    I revealed in this morning’s FT that Andrew Adonis has turned down a post as the government’s fuel poverty tsar – the same...

  4. January 12, 2011

    Adonis rejects Cameron job offer

    David Cameron has made his most audacious attempt so far to bring former New Labour ministers into his “big tent” government...

  5. Westminster Blog

    January 7, 2011

    Former Labour minister turns down coalition job

    David Cameron has proved remarkably adept at drafting former Labour ministers into his “big tent”. It is a device which...

  6. December 28, 2010

    Coalition dismisses role for David Miliband

    Downing Street on Monday night dismissed as “complete nonsense” a newspaper report that the coalition was considering...

  7. December 3, 2010

    UK report calls for child welfare overhaul

    Britain needs a “historic shift” in the way it combats child poverty, away from giving poor families more money and towards...

  8. FT Alphaville

    October 5, 2010

    Archbishop admonishes City

    The top bankers gathered at Mansion House in the heart of London’s City financial district for a summit on restoring “values...

  9. October 4, 2010

    Bad actions stick, archbishop tells City

    Top bankers gathered at Mansion House on Monday morning for a summit on restoring “values and trust” in the City probably...

  10. September 7, 2010

    Protect Sure Start, urges poverty tsar

    Sure Start – Labour’s flagship programme for increasing the life chances of children – must be protected from the spending...

  11. August 15, 2010

    Alan Milburn to be social mobility tsar

    John, now Lord, Prescott, campaigning with Alan Milburn and Gordon Brown in 2005, has led the attack on Labour...

  12. July 1, 2010

    Penal enlightenment for the age of austerity

    Schools reform, welfare reform - and now prisons. Following Michael Gove's plan to liberalise education and Iain Duncan...

  13. June 21, 2010

    Chancellor's big tent faces stability test

    George Osborne has been busy enticing heavyweight figures into a "big tent", as he prepares to reshape the British economy:...

  14. June 20, 2010

    Chancellor’s big tent faces stability test

    George Osborne has been busy enticing heavyweight figures into a “big tent”, as he prepares to reshape the British economy:...

  15. Westminster Blog

    June 20, 2010

    Lord Prescott turns on Hutton and the "collaborators"

    While cowards flinch and traitors sneer, John Prescott keeps his red flag flying. His blog on the “collaborators” — John...

  16. Westminster Blog

    May 27, 2010

    Duncan Smith thinks the unthinkable

    Back in 1997 Tony Blair famously told Frank Field to “think the unthinkable” in the effort to reduce poverty, rationalise...

  17. May 17, 2010

    Field eyes child poverty role

    Frank Field, Labour's former minister for welfare reform, is prepared to chair the independent commission on abolishing...

  18. May 16, 2010

    Field eyes child poverty role

    Frank Field, Labour’s former minister for welfare reform, is prepared to chair the independent commission on abolishing...

  19. January 19, 2010

    Pension trustees urged to review stock loan conditions

    Retirement scheme trustees are being urged by the Pensions Regulator to review the terms under which their fund managers...

  20. January 19, 2010

    Pension trustees urged to review stock lending conditions

    Retirement scheme trustees are being urged by the Pensions Regulator to review the terms under which their fund managers...

  21. January 18, 2010

    UK pension trustees urged to review lending terms

    Retirement scheme trustees are being urged by the Pensions Regulator to review the terms under which their fund managers...

  22. January 15, 2010

    Border control is indeed the issue

    From Frank Field MP and Nicholas Soames MP. Sir, We welcome your even-handed assessment of the benefits and disbenefits of...

  23. December 10, 2009

    Johnson plays down population forecast

    Official forecasts predicting that the UK population will reach 70m within 20 years are being used to "terrorise" the public...

  24. December 9, 2009

    Johnson attacks ‘spectre’ of mass immigration

    Official forecasts predicting that the UK population will reach 70m within 20 years are being used to “terrorise” the public...

  25. November 26, 2009

    Our choice is not as simple as the IMF suggests

    From Frank Field MP. Sir, You cite the International Monetary Fund as cautioning against withdrawing the fiscal stimulus too...

  26. November 13, 2009

    Ethics alone will not prevent financial crises

    Many commentators have suggested that the root of the financial crisis is ethical. As such they have called for a renewal...

  27. November 12, 2009

    Ethics alone will not prevent financial crises

    Many commentators have suggested that the root of the financial crisis is ethical. As such they have called for a renewal of...

  28. Westminster Blog

    August 28, 2009

    This time Frank Field may be wrong

    The Times has splashed this morning on criticism of the government over its imminent alteration to the housing benefit...

  29. Westminster Blog

    June 16, 2009

    Who will stop Bercow?

    The John Bercow for Speaker juggernaut keeps rolling on. He is the 9/5 clear favourite and his odds just keep on shortening....

  30. June 9, 2009

    Quotes

    'If we are going to go down, let's do it with a bang, not a whimper. There are still radical things we can do.' Bob Piper,...

  31. Westminster Blog

    June 8, 2009

    Frank Field on Brownite terror

    I’ve come late to the Frank Field blast against Brown. It is an excoriating attack on Brownite terror and an “inept”...

  32. Westminster Blog

    June 4, 2009

    Labour's worst case scenario

    Alex wrote at midnight (still no pay rise alas) that financial self-interest could prevent some Labour MPs joining the...

  33. May 27, 2009

    A plan to abolish pensioner poverty

    From Frank Field MP. Sir, May I put a little meat on the idea of progressive austerity (May 22)? The government with...

  34. May 27, 2009

    Parties ‘in denial’ on UK migrants

    England is taking a far bigger share of immigrants than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, leading to accusations from a...

  35. May 19, 2009

    Race on for ‘most powerful Speaker in history’

    Michael Martin’s successor will be “the most powerful Speaker in history”, a leading Conservative declared on Tuesday, as...

  36. Westminster Blog

    May 19, 2009

    Who will be the next Speaker?

    We’ve split the field of runners and riders to be Speaker into four main categories: grandees, mavericks, big-hitters and...

  37. May 18, 2009

    Possible successors will face secret ballot

    Michael Martin’s successor as Speaker will be chosen by secret ballot, as and when he stands down. But the Westminster...

  38. April 30, 2009

    Servile Russell Group must grab its independence

    From Frank Field MP. Sir, The Russell Group of universities risks appearing to be an elite rich club in awe of the...

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