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  1. Westminster Blog

    May 9, 2013

    Concerns build over unions' control of Labour

    I revealed a few weeks ago that half the 2015 candidates picked so far by Labour are from the trade unions, a trend that...

  2. January 25, 2012

    Salford emerges from the shadows

    Although known as “twin cities”, Salford has long been overshadowed by its bigger, flashier neighbour across the river:...

  1. September 26, 2011

    Balls admits Labour ‘mistakes’ on immigration

    Senior Labour figures have admitted that they allowed immigration from eastern Europe to rise too high and too fast during...

  2. August 10, 2011

    Are rioters disaffected youths or hardened criminals?

    David Cameron has been briefed by the Metropolitan Police that most of the people taking part in London’s riots are hardened...

  3. April 25, 2011

    City asked to fund political intern scheme

    The City is being asked to help fund a new work experience scheme at parliament aimed at tackling the growing domination of...

  4. March 22, 2011

    Labour MPs fear ‘deficit denier’ label

    The Labour leadership’s refusal to elaborate on how it would cut public spending was increasing restlessness in the party on...

  5. March 16, 2011

    More than 100 MPs defy Miliband on AV

    Labour MPs have refused to back the stance of Ed Miliband on changing the voting system in a show of defiance towards the...

  6. Westminster Blog

    September 26, 2010

    And the career enhancement award goes to....

    As Jim just pointed out, there were not many turncoats among MPs. Most voted the way they said they would. But some MPs...

  7. Westminster Blog

    September 23, 2010

    Hand signals: how leadership teams will find out result early

    I am told that at least one of the Miliband camps has already devised some special hand signals to convey to allies in the...

  8. September 14, 2010

    Prince’s letter ‘went to top’ of ministerial box

    A letter sent by Prince Charles to Hazel Blears, the minister, “went straight to the top of the pile in the [ministerial]...

  9. Westminster Blog

    May 31, 2010

    Danny Alexander: storm in teacup

    I’ve never met Danny Alexander, the new chief secretary to the Treasury, and have no axe to grind on his behalf. I also...

  10. April 13, 2010

    A spotlight on the real Britain

    For me, the election highlight so far has not been the rows over national insurance or public sector jobs, but David...

  11. April 12, 2010

    A spotlight on the real Britain

    For me, the election highlight so far has not been the rows over national insurance or public sector jobs, but David...

  12. April 12, 2010

    Disenchantment in Labour's heartland

    When Frank Allaun, MP for Salford West from 1955 to 1983, caught an intruder in his home he did not phone the police. He...

  13. April 11, 2010

    Disenchantment in northern heartland

    When Frank Allaun, MP for Salford West from 1955 to 1983, caught an intruder in his home he did not phone the police. He...

  14. September 13, 2009

    Moving so many ministers makes for bad policy

    At this summer’s Chartered Institute of Housing conference the chairman introduced John Healey as “the third housing...

  15. August 17, 2009

    Up to 25 seats targeted by anti-sleaze campaigners

    The Lincolnshire constituency of Alan Duncan, the Tory MP, will be among up to 25 targeted by a loose affiliation of...

  16. Westminster Blog

    July 24, 2009

    Newsflash: Norwich North falls to the Tories with 7,348 majority

    The Conservative candidate, Chloe Smith has won 13,591 votes – a concrete majority of 7,348. The Tories will be more than...

  17. Westminster Blog

    June 23, 2009

    Exclusive: More on Margaret Moran

    Margaret Moran, Labour MP, made the headlines after claiming £22k for treating dry rot at her home in Southampton – more...

  18. June 19, 2009

    Blears survives deselection move

    Hazel Blears, former communities secretary, will remain as a Labour MP after the failure of an attempt to deselect her last...

  19. June 18, 2009

    Treasury minister resigns over expenses

    Gordon Brown suffered the loss of a minister to expenses allegations last night when Kitty Ussher, a junior Treasury...

  20. June 17, 2009

    Treasury minister quits over expenses

    Gordon Brown has suffered the loss of a minister to expense allegations after Kitty Ussher, a junior Treasury minister, quit...

  21. June 13, 2009

    Blears says sorry

    Hazel Blears has issued an emotional apology for her resignation from the Cabinet last week, saying that her decision to...

  22. June 7, 2009

    Pledges of loyalty to Brown from grassroots

    Gordon Brown would have been delighted with the manifold pledges of loyalty as party members and local councillors spilled...

  23. June 5, 2009

    Time runs out for Gordon Brown

    At the end of the worst week of his political life, Gordon Brown is still standing – just. The question is whether he can...

  24. June 5, 2009

    Rebels hope for ‘golden scenario’

    The campaign to unseat Gordon Brown has been marred by several strategic errors – but it may still gather sufficient...

  25. June 5, 2009

    Brown left reeling by another resignation

    Gordon Brown was last night fighting for his political life after James Purnell resigned from the cabinet and called on the...

  26. June 5, 2009

    Purnell says aloud what others whisper

    Jacqui Smith, Hazel Blears - these were resignations that Gordon Brown might just have shrugged off. The departure from the...

  27. June 5, 2009

    Crisis engulfs Brown as heavyweight minister quits

    Jacqui Smith and Hazel Blears were ministerial resignations that Gordon Brown, the UK prime minister, might just have...

  28. June 5, 2009

    Rebels hope for 'golden scenario'

    The campaign to unseat Gordon Brown has been marred by several strategic errors - but it may still gather sufficient...

  29. June 5, 2009

    Phone call that Brown was dreading

    Gordon Brown was bracing himself for bad news. All day rumours had swirled around Westminster that a senior Labour figure...

  30. June 5, 2009

    Purnell says aloud what others whisper

    Jacqui Smith, Hazel Blears – these were resignations that Gordon Brown might just have shrugged off. The departure from the...

  31. June 4, 2009

    Meetings galore in day of drama

    Gordon Brown always starts prime minister's question time by listing his engagements for the day. Yesterday his declaration...

  32. June 4, 2009

    'I have never seen the public so incensed'

    The sun shone on Gordon Brown's constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath yesterday, but the voters' attitude to the prime...

  33. June 4, 2009

    Brown fights for survival

    Gordon Brown was last night locked in a battle of wills with his two most senior ministers over a cabinet reshuffle, and...

  34. June 4, 2009

    Exodus worsens Brown's plight

    A sense of crisis surrounding Gordon Brown's UK government worsened yesterday after four ministers resigned in 24 hours....

  35. June 4, 2009

    Smith denies revenge of 'Blair babes'

    Jacqui Smith was yesterday forced to reject reports of an "assassination attempt by Blair babes," as the resignations of...

  36. June 4, 2009

    How the bombshell was dropped

    Dear Gordon , As you know, for some time I have been considering my future contribution to public life, and I have decided...

  37. June 4, 2009

    And the band played on . . .

    The ship has struck an iceberg and on the bridge Captain Brown is talking to senior officers. "Mr Balls, this is a serious...

  38. June 4, 2009

    Ministers adopt funereal look

    There is, I now discover, a television channel called Dave ja vu, which one supposes is a collection of repeats from the...

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