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  1. January 29, 2012

    Turner tells of BAE role in ministry

    Mike Turner says he was asked by Tony Blair’s former chief of staff to name his preference for defence secretary when the...

  2. October 14, 2011

    UK gets sixth defence chief in six years

    Liam Fox’s departure from the Ministry of Defence means the department is getting its sixth secretary of state in just six...

  1. May 17, 2011

    Hoon job spurs call to close revolving doors

    The appointment of Geoff Hoon to work for helicopter company AgustaWestland underlines the need for reform of Britain’s...

  2. May 16, 2011

    Hoon lands job with helicopter company

    Geoff Hoon is to take up a full-time job with a helicopter company, just over a year after the former defence secretary told...

  3. Westminster Blog

    May 16, 2011

    Geoff Hoon goes to work for defence company AgustaWestland

    While all eyes are on one Huhne, his namesake Geoff – give or take a bit of spelling – is finding new pastures in the...

  4. March 27, 2010

    The Diary: Rory Bremner

    There was something almost predictable about the fact that the three prominent Labour figures caught out in the “cash for...

  5. March 24, 2010

    Labour trio inquiry seen as urgent by both parties

    The parliamentary standards body has been urged by both Labour and the Tories to investigate claims about three former...

  6. March 24, 2010

    Lobbying scandal dents UK ruling party's hopes

    Britain's ruling Labour party yesterday sought to limit the fallout from the latest scandal to hit Westminster as both it...

  7. March 23, 2010

    Labour trio inquiry seen as urgent

    The parliamentary standards body has been urged by both Labour and the Tories to investigate claims about three former...

  8. Westminster Blog

    March 23, 2010

    Further Reading

    In defence of Geoff Hoon – Daniel Finkelstein A local critique of Geoff Hoon from his own constituency Bankers and union...

  9. March 23, 2010

    Labour suspends ex-ministers over lobbying

    Three former Labour Cabinet ministers were suspended from the parliamentary party last night over allegations they tried to...

  10. March 22, 2010

    Labour suspends ex-ministers in lobbying row

    Three former Labour Cabinet ministers were suspended from the parliamentary party last night over claims that they tried to...

  11. Westminster Blog

    March 21, 2010

    Brown's enemies laid low by lobbying allegations

    I’m sure at one level Gordon Brown must be furious about today’s story in the Sunday Times, which doesn’t exactly look great...

  12. Westminster Blog

    March 6, 2010

    Brown's political spokesman on shortlist for Barnsley East seat

    Michael Dugher, Gordon Brown’s political spokesman, was recently rumoured to be going for the Labour candidacy in Ashfield,...

  13. February 19, 2010

    Blow to Miliband as Purnell quits politics

    Labour’s ranks of senior Blairites were further depleted on Friday after James Purnell, the former work and pension...

  14. February 12, 2010

    Hoon to step down at election

    Geoff Hoon, the former defence secretary who launched an abortive coup against the prime minister last month, is to stand...

  15. February 11, 2010

    Hoon bows to pressure to step down as MP

    Geoff Hoon, the former defence secretary who launched an abortive coup against the prime minister last month, is to stand...

  16. Westminster Blog

    February 11, 2010

    Further Reading

    Geoff Hoon resigns Civil servants take “tricky questions training” Boris lays down the gauntlets on public sector cuts ...

  17. Westminster Blog

    February 10, 2010

    Labour NEC want May 6 election. But averse to electoral reform

    It is possible to read informal minutes of Labour NEC* meetings circulated by a member with a commitment to transparency....

  18. February 3, 2010

    Why Sir Humphrey did not resign

    A word in the ear of Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the Iraq inquiry. I am told that if he is looking for the guilty man who...

  19. February 2, 2010

    Why Sir Humphrey did not resign

    A word in the ear of Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the Iraq inquiry. I am told that if he is looking for the guilty man who...

  20. Westminster Blog

    January 27, 2010

    Why Geoff Hoon won't be deselected

    Geoff Hoon is worried that his local party activists will oust him ahead of the general election as punishment for his...

  21. January 21, 2010

    Saddam weapons claim was 'colour'

    The claim that Saddam Hussein could launch weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes was included in a government...

  22. January 20, 2010

    Hoon says cuts hit helicopter provision

    Britain would be able to deploy more helicopters in Afghanistan today if Gordon Brown and the Treasury had not imposed...

  23. January 19, 2010

    Hoon says cuts hit helicopter provision

    Britain would be able to deploy more helicopters in Afghanistan today if Gordon Brown and the Treasury had not imposed...

  24. January 19, 2010

    Plot against PM was 'distraction'

    For several hours after the launch of the abortive Labour leadership coup on January 6, Alistair Darling remained hidden...

  25. January 18, 2010

    Plot against PM was ‘distraction’

    For several hours after the launch of the abortive Labour leadership coup on January 6, Alistair Darling remained hidden...

  26. January 12, 2010

    Brown tries to steady Labour's nerves

    Gordon Brown, Britain's prime minister, tried last night to stamp his authority on a bemused and demoralised governing...

  27. January 12, 2010

    Party rallies in display of Labour solidarity

    Gordon Brown presided over a show of Labour unity last night at a Westminster gathering designed to pave over any internal...

  28. January 11, 2010

    Labour puts on display of solidarity

    From left: Ed Balls, Lord Mandelson and Gordon Brown show they are ‘one of a team, not a team of one’ at Downing Street on...

  29. Westminster Blog

    January 11, 2010

    Monday PLP - an exercise in circling the wagons

    One loyalist MP tells me it will be “bloodsport” tonight at the PLP as people vent their spleen against the authors of last...

  30. January 9, 2010

    Brown tries to unite party in wake of failed putsch

    Gordon Brown yesterday held a further round of peace talks with disgruntled cabinet ministers and prepared to map out...

  31. January 8, 2010

    Brown in peace talks to unite Labour

    Gordon Brown on Friday held a further round of peace talks with disgruntled cabinet ministers and prepared to map out...

  32. January 8, 2010

    Brown taken to task on poll strategy

    Gordon Brown yesterday joked about the attempted coup by Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt, telling participants at a London...

  33. January 8, 2010

    Cabinet pressure mounts on Brown

    Gordon Brown has been told by two of his most senior ministers to change his leadership style, clarify Labour's election...

  34. January 8, 2010

    'Plotter' on board

    BT chairman Sir Mike Rake might have been surprised to see the telecom group's senior director Patricia Hewitt stirring...

  35. January 8, 2010

    UK premier vows to change leadership style

    Gordon Brown, Britain's prime minister who is facing another party rebellion against his leadership, has promised senior...

  36. January 7, 2010

    Cabinet cracks put Brown on back foot

    Gordon Brown on Thursday joked about the attempted coup by Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt, telling participants at a London...

  37. January 7, 2010

    Cabinet pressure mounts on Brown

    Gordon Brown has been told by two of his most senior ministers to change his leadership style, clarify Labour’s election...

  38. January 7, 2010

    Fury as plotters' damage is done

    The relief was palpable on the faces of two senior ministers, both loyal supporters of Gordon Brown. "Call that a coup?"...

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