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    1. beyondbrics

      May 13, 2016

      Supporters of a feeble and unreformed EU are acting as Putin’s fifth column

      The debate on the future of Europe and Britain within it is heating up. This week, Boris Johnson highlighted the...

    2. Fast FT

      May 9, 2016

      Chilcot report on Iraq war to be published July 6

      The Chilcot report into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war will be published on July 6 – seven years after the...

    1. January 22, 2016

      The blunt weapon of sanctions needs a little oil

      One of the comic sights in Tehran for years has been the way that small restaurants have reinvented the great brands of...

    2. December 13, 2015

      Tony Blair faces pressure over UK Guantánamo detainee Shaker Aamer

      Tony Blair and Jack Straw are under pressure to reveal what they knew about the treatment of Shaker Aamer, the British...

    3. November 18, 2015

      Campaigners fear watering down of Freedom of Information Act

      It was the policy that made Tony Blair call himself a “naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop” in his memoir. As...

    4. November 9, 2015

      UK Supreme Court to rule on Libya rendition and torture claims

      The UK’s highest court is this week determining whether allegations made about the torture and illegal rendition of a...

    5. August 20, 2015

      Britain to reopen embassy in Tehran as relations thaw

      Britain and Iran will take an important step towards re-establishing full diplomatic relations this weekend when Philip...

    6. May 6, 2015

      Brown and Darling lead election exodus of Commons heavyweights

      When Britain votes on Thursday, the drama will be played out without some of its leading characters, notably two Scots...

    7. March 25, 2015

      Highs and lows of the UK’s coalition government

      Britain’s first peacetime coalition since the 1930s wound up this week with a low-key celebration: David Cameron handed...

    8. February 27, 2015

      Labour edges ahead in election outcome predictor

      A poor week for some of the general election’s protagonists has done little to change the likely result, according to...

    9. February 26, 2015

      Fifty shades of Green: a tale of two political spankings

      Stuttering incoherence is never a good look for a politician. Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Greens, who are on a...

    10. February 24, 2015

      Lobbyists pervert politics and earn their infamy

      Even distinguished former foreign secretaries such as Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind might be forgiven for having...

    11. February 23, 2015

      David Cameron rules out restrictions on MPs’ second jobs

      David Cameron has ruled out new restrictions on MPs’ second jobs, resisting pressure from Ed Miliband to take action...

    12. February 23, 2015

      In quotes — Straw and Rifkind respond

      After news broke on Sunday night that former foreign secretaries Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw had been caught in a...

    13. February 23, 2015

      Former foreign secretaries caught in undercover sting over payments

      Two former foreign secretaries, Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, have been caught in an undercover sting offering to...

    14. October 30, 2014

      Court to hear Gaddafi rendition claims

      A case turning on “very grave allegations” against the UK government and its alleged complicity in rendition and...

    15. October 16, 2014

      Israel is losing its friends in the world

      Britain’s parliament voted the other day to recognise the state of Palestine. The decision will not change anything on...

    16. March 26, 2014

      US ‘bullying’ UK banks and hindering legal trade with Iran

      Washington is “bullying” UK banks into refusing to support legal exports to Iran, costing British companies hundreds of...

    17. January 31, 2014

      Jack Straw calls on UK to reopen diplomatic ties with Iran

      Britain should re-establish full diplomatic relations with Iran within months, according to Jack Straw, the former...

    18. January 7, 2014

      Jack Straw leads delegation of British politicians to Tehran

      Former foreign secretary Jack Straw has met a group of Iranian MPs in Tehran as he leads a delegation of British...

    19. December 19, 2013

      British officials knew of abuse in Afghanistan and Iraq

      British officials and ministers were aware of abuse and the use of “extreme harshness” against detainees in Afghanistan...

    20. January 4, 2013

      A walk with the FT: The Pendle Hill route, near Blackburn, Lancashire

      In 1652 an itinerant preacher named George Fox wrote in his journal that “I spyed a great high hill caled pendle hill &...

    21. December 19, 2012

      MPs seek bigger Whitehall jobs role

      Moves to give ministers more say over the appointment of senior civil servants would not “imperil” Whitehall’s...

    22. September 28, 2012

      UK government adds backing to BAE deal

      The UK government swung its weight behind BAE Systems’s tie-up with EADS after concluding that the €34bn deal would...

    23. September 27, 2012

      UK fears French BAE-EADS stake push

      France is pushing for its government to hold a large stake in the €34bn defence and aerospace group to be created by...

    24. September 14, 2012

      Hillsborough compounds siege mentality

      “Margaret Thatcher said ‘jump’ and senior officers said ‘how high?’”. Thus one policeman recalls the famously close...

    25. September 13, 2012

      Calls mount for Hillsborough prosecutions

      The most senior serving policeman involved in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster said he had “nothing to hide” amid growing...

    26. May 16, 2012

      Straw swapped regular ‘gossip’ with Brooks

      Jack Straw, the Labour MP and former cabinet minister, told the Leveson inquiry into media ethics that he met Rebekah...

    27. April 18, 2012

      Straw faces lawsuit on Libya rendition claims

      A Libyan military commander is threatening a civil legal action against Britain’s former foreign secretary, alleging...

    28. April 17, 2012

      Straw calls for information act exemption

      Jack Straw, the former cabinet minister, has called for the Freedom of Information Act to be diluted to give...

    29. April 11, 2012

      Blair says his government opposed rendition

      Tony Blair has insisted he was not aware of any occasion that his government dropped its opposition to rendition amid...

    30. March 27, 2012

      ‘Cash for access’ inquiry calls grow

      David Cameron has been forced to reveal the names of Tory donors invited to dinners at his official residences as...

    31. February 7, 2012

      MPs attack May over suspected terrorist

      Theresa May faced relentless questioning from MPs across the political spectrum on Tuesday, as adversaries on both...

    32. November 9, 2011

      May resists attacks over Clark resignation

      Theresa May stood firm on Wednesday amid a storm of attacks from opposition benches over the loosening of security...

    33. November 9, 2011

      Insurers under pressure

      Motor insurance is a business under pressure like never before. Recent years have seen the industry continually paying...

    34. September 21, 2011

      Spads seen as vital to government

      Clare Short, the Labour former cabinet minister, famously dubbed special advisers as “the people who live in the dark”,...

    35. Westminster Blog

      September 14, 2011

      Miliband seeks to appoint Charlie Falconer to shadow cabinet

      Over at the Daily Mail’s new political blog Kirsty Walker speculated this evening about who may be bumped out of the...

    36. September 12, 2011

      Cameron to focus on trade with Russia

      David Cameron will today seek to put to one side the troubled relationship between Russia and Britain as he uses a...

    37. September 9, 2011

      Back from the Brink

      When Alistair Darling oversaw Britain’s roads and railways as secretary of state for transport, one of his officials...

    38. September 9, 2011

      Minister condemns insurance ‘racket’

      Jonathan Djanogly, the UK justice minister, has condemned the system of insurers selling customer accident details to...

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