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    1. October 20, 2014

      Labour announces limited reshuffle

      Ed Miliband promoted the Blairite former minister Pat McFadden to speak for the party on Europe in a limited reshuffle on...

    2. April 10, 2014

      MPs back members amid resignation fallout

      Labour and Co-operative MPs lined up to defend members of the Co-op Group on Thursday, as they abandoned the former Labour...

    1. April 10, 2014

      MPs deny Co-op Group opposes reform

      Labour and Co-operative party MPs on Thursday scrambled to extinguish the view that members of the UK’s largest mutual...

    2. February 3, 2014

      Help for retired sporting heroes

      As a child, all Gareth Thomas ever wanted to do was play rugby. And that is all he has ever done. He turned professional...

    3. September 26, 2013

      NHS income from private patients rises sharply

      NHS hospitals have sharply increased income from private patients amid continued pressure on budgets, according to new...

    4. August 26, 2013

      Plan to put third Heathrow runway in hands of local residents

      A new runway at Heathrow airport would be a quarter-owned by local residents under plans submitted to the commission...

    5. April 30, 2013

      Professional sport finally enters the 21st century

      Coming out as gay was a giant step for the seven-foot-tall American basketball player Jason Collins. But it was an even...

    6. March 4, 2013

      London mayor rebuked Osborne over funds

      Boris Johnson wrote to George Osborne to berate the government over the lack of regional growth funding for London, it has...

    7. May 31, 2012

      Osborne retreats on charitable donations

      George Osborne has reversed his unpopular decision to put a cap on tax reliefs for charitable donations after weeks of...

    8. April 19, 2012

      Party off amid charities tax row

      A champagne reception planned to celebrate the links between the government and the charitable sector has been cancelled as...

    9. February 16, 2012

      Whitehall tax avoidance may involve 100

      Treasury officials believe as many as 100 civil servants have been paid as private companies rather than individuals, as...

    10. February 16, 2012

      Health department joins tax-saving pay row

      The Department of Health has admitted that 25 senior staff have been paid through limited companies, despite previous...

    11. February 2, 2012

      Ministers in dock over loans chief’s tax dodge

      Ministers are under pressure to explain why they allowed a top civil servant to be paid his salary through a company,...

    12. January 13, 2012

      Big Society committee lapses into inertia

      The committee of ministers set up to organise the Big Society agenda has not held a meeting for nearly a year in another...

    13. Westminster Blog

      January 9, 2012

      Job cuts to charity sector much deeper than those to public sector

      This may sound counter-intuitive given the Tory focus on the “Big Society”. But charities are shedding jobs much faster than...

    14. Westminster Blog

      July 30, 2011

      The partial return of David Miliband

      David Miliband has won Labour backing for a new project touring British university and college campuses in a move which will...

    15. July 12, 2011

      Universities to boost aid for poor students

      Universities and colleges are to increase by 50 per cent over the next four years their spending on ensuring that those from...

    16. June 27, 2011

      University fees system still mystery to many

      One third of children wrongly believe they will need to pay tuition fees upfront if they wish to go to an English...

    17. Westminster Blog

      June 16, 2011

      Tory MP pushes bill calling for cut in minimum wage

      PoliticsHome revealed back in March that a Tory backbencher was putting forward a private members bill proposing a cut in...

    18. June 7, 2011

      Call to name universities in trouble

      Regulators should name universities deemed to be “at higher risk” of financial difficulty rather than keeping the...

    19. June 5, 2011

      Star professors set up humanities college

      A. C. Grayling, the philosopher, Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist and Niall Ferguson, the historian, are among...

    20. March 24, 2011

      Aston latest university to seek maximum fees

      The University of Aston will seek permission to charge undergraduates £9,000 a year, the latest institution intending to...

    21. March 17, 2011

      Budgets for elite universities protected

      Budgets for elite universities have been protected by the government thanks to a change in the research grant formula,...

    22. December 10, 2010

      Lib Dems

      Ed Miliband had a look of mischief in his eye as he walked across the Commons floor, placed his hand on Simon Hughes’s back...

    23. December 9, 2010

      Lib Dems pay price for vote to raise fees

      Ed Miliband had a look of mischief in his eye as he walked across the Commons floor, placed his hand on Simon Hughes’s back...

    24. December 3, 2010

      Cable breaks ranks to back tuition fees rise

      Vince Cable has confirmed that Nick Clegg would be unable to maintain any semblance of Liberal Democrat party unity over...

    25. Westminster Blog

      September 29, 2010

      The list of 49 candidates for the shadow cabinet

      As I revealed earlier Rosie Winterton is set to be the new chief whip; she is the only person standing for the job....

    26. August 29, 2010

      Labour attacks ‘security’ emphasis on aid

      Labour on Sunday night described as “deeply disturbing” a plan by the government to put a greater emphasis on “security”...

    27. August 26, 2010

      Coalition is not being honest about aid budget

      From Gareth Thomas MP. Sir, Stephen O’Brien and Greg Barker (Letters, August 25) are attempting to divert attention from the...

    28. August 19, 2010

      Tories accused of raiding aid budget

      Labour has accused the coalition of plotting to redirect funds from Britain’s overseas aid budget to pay for international...

    29. Westminster Blog

      May 14, 2010

      FT Political Bets: The final tally

      For those who followed our gambling contest during the election campaign: we have the final tally. Jim: I can’t claim to...

    30. May 14, 2010

      Miliband rides wave of support for candidacy

      Former defence secretary John Hutton threw his weight behind David Miliband for Labour's leadership yesterday in the latest...

    31. Westminster Blog

      May 12, 2010

      David Miliband throws hat into ring for Labour leader

      Apologies for the slight delay. It’s a long walk back from the steps of St Stephen’s entrance through the corridors of the...

    32. Westminster Blog

      May 12, 2010

      David Miliband making a statement this afternoon

      I realise all eyes are on the new government, with the Clegg-Cameron first joint press conference just minutes away. But...

    33. Westminster Blog

      April 30, 2010

      Tony Blair rides to the rescue?

      Tony Blair has returned from his Africa safari and will be making a speech in 10 minutes (sorry, some time soon) in a bid to...

    34. Westminster Blog

      April 26, 2010

      FT Political Bets: Harrow West

      It’s fair to say that Alex will easily win our little contest if his Cardiff South (40:1) bet comes in on the Liberal...

    35. March 12, 2010

      John Lewis staff share £151m bonus

      John Lewis dismissed comments from a senior executive that its business model was unsustainable, as it gave a bonus of 15...

    36. March 11, 2010

      John Lewis staff share £151m bonus

      John Lewis dismissed comments from a senior executive that its business model was unsustainable, as it gave a bonus of 15...

    37. January 27, 2010

      MPs call for more food security aid

      Support for agriculture in the developing world has been “consciously and deliberately” run down by the government,...

    38. January 7, 2010

      Off to the beach

      John Lewis's retail director Gareth Thomas is taking early retirement after 30 years at the department store to spend more...

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