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    1. October 17, 2014

      The working classes deserve respect

      In the lovely new British film Pride, a busload of London gay activists heads for a Welsh village to support the coal miners...

    2. October 16, 2014

      The competing pressures on Ed Miliband

      MPs Labour’s near-defeat in Heywood & Middleton last week has sent tremors through the party’s heartlands. Frank Field, a...

    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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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:...

    16. 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:...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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....

    32. 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,...

    33. 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”...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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