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  1. June 24, 2014

    UK hacking trial: Charlie Brooks acquitted

    Charlie Brooks’s own defence counsel described him as capable of doing “daft” things – he had once drunk a bottle of Fairy...

  2. March 31, 2014

    Phone-hacking trial: Brooks hid porn as he feared leak, jury told

    Charlie Brooks, the husband of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, has told an Old Bailey trial that...

  1. Westminster Blog

    August 24, 2011

    Jacqui Smith's unconventional decorators

    An investigation has been launched after it emerged that former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith used day-release prisoners to...

  2. Westminster Blog

    May 12, 2011

    A Laws return in 2012?

    This could have been better for David Laws. The punishment imposed by the standards committee is at the worse end of...

  3. April 1, 2011

    Bare-faced chic

    Felicity Albert of Nomura bank On a recent flying visit to Paris earlier this month to conduct quiet talks with a senior...

  4. September 28, 2010

    Fox ‘appalled’ at leak of letter on defence cuts

    Liam Fox, defence secretary, said on Wednesday he was “appalled'' that his private warnings to David Cameron over the...

  5. June 28, 2010

    UK visa system favours people with cash over the skilled

    From Mr David Caldwell. Sir, The new UK government may well be “bending over backwards” to accommodate large business’s...

  6. Westminster Blog

    May 9, 2010

    Have advocates of electoral reform noticed the rising BNP vote?

    Those who support electoral reform seem to think that the public is crying out for a change in the way we vote; even outside...

  7. May 7, 2010

    Brown hopes to 'play part' in government

    Gordon Brown did not appear to be a man expecting to linger for long in 10 Downing Street as he made his election night...

  8. May 6, 2010

    Smith asks for absolution while taking on commando in a trouser suit

    It is 8.30am and Jacqui Smith MP, who quit as home secretary after newspaper revelations about her expenses, is handing out...

  9. May 5, 2010

    Smith seeks absolution as much as victory

    It is 8.30am and Jacqui Smith MP, who quit as home secretary after newspaper revelations about her expenses, is handing out...

  10. March 6, 2010

    Parliament to see anti-Islam film

    The far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders arrived in Britain yesterday to show an anti-Islam film in parliament after...

  11. March 5, 2010

    Dutch MP in London to show anti-Islam film

    The far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders arrived in Britain on Friday to show an anti-Islam film in parliament after...

  12. December 4, 2009

    'Master's only' visa rule for migrants scrapped

    Highly skilled foreigners will no longer need a master's degree to seek work in the UK after the government's chief...

  13. December 3, 2009

    Visa rule for migrants scrapped

    Highly skilled foreigners will no longer need a master’s degree to seek work in the UK after the government’s chief...

  14. October 13, 2009

    Smith apology

    A Commons watchdog yesterday recommended "no further action" against Jacqui Smith after she admitted wrongfully claiming...

  15. October 13, 2009

    Brown to pay back £12,000 in expenses scandal

    Gordon Brown is to pay back more than £12,000 of parliamentary expenses after an independent review told the UK prime...

  16. Westminster Blog

    October 12, 2009

    Jacqui Smith in the clear?

    A House of Commons watchdog today recommended “no further action” against Jacqui Smith after she admitted wrongfully...

  17. September 22, 2009

    Lapdance clubs fear impact of tougher rules

    Lapdancing clubs across the country could be forced to close - putting thousands of jobs at risk - as a result of tighter...

  18. September 21, 2009

    Lapdance clubs fear impact of tougher rules

    Lapdancing clubs across Britain could be forced to close – putting thousands of jobs at risk – as a result of tighter rules...

  19. September 7, 2009

    Migrants to face tighter work rules

    Plans that could cut by about 10 per cent the number of skilled workers migrating to the UK from outside Europe were...

  20. September 7, 2009

    Migrants to face tighter work rules

    Plans that could cut by about 10 per cent the number of skilled workers migrating to the UK from outside Europe will be...

  21. September 4, 2009

    Scotland Yard rejects claims London's mayor holds reins

    Boris Johnson, London's mayor, has been accused of treating the police as a "political football" after his deputy claimed...

  22. August 4, 2009

    UK ministers under fire for spy 'secrecy'

    Senior cabinet ministers in the UK are "hiding behind a wall of secrecy" to avoid being held to account over allegations of...

  23. August 4, 2009

    British ministers attacked for spy 'secrecy'

    Senior cabinet ministers in the UK are "hiding behind a wall of secrecy" to avoid being held to account over allegations of...

  24. August 4, 2009

    Ministers ‘hiding’ from torture claims

    Senior cabinet ministers are “hiding behind a wall of secrecy” to avoid being held to account over allegations of UK...

  25. July 30, 2009

    Outlay on identity project reaches £215m

    The Home Office has spent more than £200m on its flagship national identity scheme, leading to accusations that the...

  26. July 30, 2009

    Outlay on identity card project reaches £215m

    The Home Office has spent more than £200m ($327m) on its flagship national identity scheme, leading to accusations that the...

  27. July 25, 2009

    Labour's rout sparks in-fighting

    In-fighting among the Labour ranks began within minutes of Chloe Smith becoming the new Tory MP for Norwich North. The...

  28. July 24, 2009

    Labour’s rout sparks in-fighting

    In-fighting among the Labour ranks began within minutes of Chloe Smith becoming the new Tory MP for Norwich North on Friday....

  29. July 23, 2009

    MPs want science anchored at the heart of government

    Science has been "reduced to a political bargaining chip", MPs say in a report calling for extensive Whitehall reforms to...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. June 13, 2009

    Satire that gets beneath the uncomfortable skin

    The hectic coverage of the UK’s political crisis this past month shows us again how we are told about public affairs through...

  34. June 11, 2009

    Johnson faces test on security policy

    Alan Johnson, the new home secretary, is facing his first big test of the government’s commitment to hardline security...

  35. June 11, 2009

    Johnson faces test on security 'control orders'

    Alan Johnson, the new home secretary, is facing his first big test of the government's commitment to hardline security...

  36. June 10, 2009

    Home goal

    The Tories are delighted by the appointment of Alan Johnson as home secretary. "Well, we certainly didn't want him as prime...

  37. June 6, 2009

    Brown defies party calls to resign

    The UK prime minister defied calls from within his own party to resign yesterday as he launched a desperate attempt to...

  38. 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...

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