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    1. Business Blog

      July 10, 2014

      The BBC wants its intellectual property rights back

      It always pays to scrutinise the small print in grand pronouncements about the future, especially those about the BBC. So I...

    2. January 27, 2014

      BBC: the agony of managing ‘Auntie’

      Greg Dyke told staff “to cut the crap”, Mark Thompson insisted on one-to-one meetings, and George Entwistle . . . well, he...

    1. May 22, 2013

      BBC warns BSkyB over retransmission fees

      The BBC has warned BSkyB it could look to start charging the satellite broadcaster to transmit BBC channels as discussions...

    2. March 27, 2013

      David Miliband missed three chances for top job

      Allies and critics alike say David Miliband missed three big opportunities in the years leading up to 2010 to win a big...

    3. March 27, 2013

      Cinema reviews: Trance, In the House, One Mile Away and more

      I am not sure when I stopped believing Trance – Danny Boyle’s return to film-making after the Olympics opening ceremony –...

    4. March 15, 2013

      Gang of one: Penny Woolcock’s new documentary

      Over a cup of tea in a cosy, cluttered flat in north London, a 63-year-old middle-class grandmother is telling me about her...

    5. February 26, 2013

      BBC hires Channel 4 chief

      Lord Hall, incoming director-general of the BBC, has further strengthened his management team with the hiring of Channel 4’s...

    6. February 14, 2013

      Purnell returns to BBC in senior shake-up

      Lord Hall, the BBC’s incoming director-general, has announced the first of a series of senior appointments as he begins his...

    7. March 2, 2012

      We need a welfare state that secures Beveridge’s legacy

      The government’s welfare reform bill completed its passage through Parliament this week. It has been hailed as the most...

    8. October 12, 2011

      Memo to UK’s top civil servant: strategy please

      Congratulations, Jeremy Heywood. You’ve got Britain’s best public sector job. All the fun of being prime minister – but...

    9. June 13, 2011

      Ed Miliband criticises excessive pay

      Ed Miliband called on large companies to show greater transparency in their pay awards for top executives, in a speech...

    10. March 12, 2011

      EU must make a wider offer – with conditions

      From Lord Mandelson, Lord Kinnock, Lord Ashdown and others. Sir, As European politicians start to formulate a response to...

    11. August 23, 2010

      Fifa inspectors tackle England’s 2018 bid

      FA and Fifa representatives line up outside Downing Street where they met deputy prime minister Nick Clegg before Fifa’s...

    12. Westminster Blog

      June 10, 2010

      Probably the best Miliband image in the world

      George Parker wrote the definitive piece on the Demon Eyes football team, membership of which is as important to a Labour...

    13. May 27, 2010

      Academies to be in majority, says Gove

      The bulk of secondary schools will eventually become academies, the new education secretary said yesterday as he outlined...

    14. May 13, 2010

      Miliband throws hat into ring for leader

      David Miliband broke cover and declared that he would stand for the leadership of the Labour party less than 24 hours after...

    15. May 12, 2010

      Miliband to stand for Labour leadership

      David Miliband broke cover and declared that he would stand for the leadership of the Labour party less than 24 hours after...

    16. May 11, 2010

      MPs laud dignified departure

      When Gordon Brown finally bowed out in public it came as little surprise to his own MPs, who had viewed him as a "dead man...

    17. May 10, 2010

      MPs laud dignified departure

      When Gordon Brown finally bowed out in public it came as little surprise to his own MPs, who had viewed him as a “dead man...

    18. May 3, 2010

      Grass-roots lobby hails its 'real leaders' debate'

      When David Cameron, Conservative leader, promised yesterday to examine the case for a "living wage" for Whitehall workers it...

    19. May 2, 2010

      Grassroots lobby scores coup with debate

      When David Cameron promised on Sunday to examine the case for a “living wage” for Whitehall workers, it marked a coup for...

    20. Westminster Blog

      April 26, 2010

      Expert panel: Fantasy coalition cabinets

      The FT’s expert election panel will occasionally be giving their thoughts on running themes of the campaign. Today, we asked...

    21. Westminster Blog

      April 12, 2010

      Election must reads: Evening edition

      On the Labour manifesto: Britain’s Labour party banks on, er, bank regulation – The FT Labour’s manifesto launch – Adam...

    22. Westminster Blog

      April 1, 2010

      Official: Mandelson ally is candidate for Stoke Central

      Tristram Hunt has been selected tonight as Labour candidate for Stoke Central with an overwhelming 50 votes out of 71. As...

    23. Westminster Blog

      March 16, 2010

      Former minister on shortlist for James Purnell's seat

      I’m told that Barbara Roche, a former Labour minister, is on the shortlist for Stalybridge & Hyde which has only just been...

    24. March 5, 2010

      Unseen technology is shaping the election in Britain

      On Monday, the BBC's Richard Bacon invited a group of experts to talk about technology and British politics. The question he...

    25. February 23, 2010

      The wizardry palls for Purnell

      James Purnell's decision to stand down as an MP is a disappointment for all who value undoctrinaire politics . I reckon it...

    26. February 20, 2010

      Blair acolyte to step down as MP

      Labour's ranks of senior Blairites were further depleted yesterday when James Purnell, the former work and pensions...

    27. February 19, 2010

      Labour pains

      A sad straw in the wind. James Purnell, the Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, will not seek re-election at this year’s...

    28. 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...

    29. December 3, 2009

      Every one of us should be guaranteed a job

      We want to propose a big idea. The government should guarantee everyone a job, to end long-term unemployment. A pipe dream?...

    30. Westminster Blog

      December 1, 2009

      Andy Burnham's leadership potential

      I was intrigued to see Paul Waugh describing Andy Burnham as a potential Labour leader in his blog this afternoon. Not least...

    31. October 5, 2009

      Criticism tempers praise for jobs plan

      Serious doubts emerged on Monday over Tory plans to reshape welfare-to-work, as critics questioned the scale of the...

    32. Westminster Blog

      September 9, 2009

      The Labour left's brief window of opportunity

      The Jon Cruddas speech last night was much as you might imagine; strong intellectual content, uninspiring delivery. James...

    33. August 9, 2009

      Gaps in PPS ranks reflect weakened morale

      Only by resigning do parliamentary private secretaries ever get noticed, so the Westminster joke goes. By walking out of the...

    34. Westminster Blog

      July 22, 2009

      Gordon Brown's new press adviser

      When James Purnell dramatically quit the government in June he was not followed by cabinet allies David Miliband and Andy...

    35. Westminster Blog

      July 20, 2009

      Further Reading

      Matthew D’Ancona does not appear to be convinced by Damian McBride’s penitence You can listen to Brown’s former spindoctor...

    36. July 9, 2009

      Empty Plinth

      An art project, which sees citizens standing on Trafalgar Square's empty plinth, has begun. This week saw the launch of the...

    37. June 17, 2009

      Cooper aims to meet welfare timetable

      Yvette Cooper, the new welfare secretary, yesterday pledged to press ahead with tendering for a flagship programme aimed at...

    38. June 17, 2009

      Cooper aims to meet welfare timetable

      Yvette Cooper, the new welfare secretary, on Tuesday pledged to press ahead with tendering for a flagship programme aimed at...

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