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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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 –...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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?...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. Westminster Blog

    June 9, 2009

    A punter's view of the coup

    This chart sums up an extraordinary week of bloodletting and intrigue. It shows the betting on Gordon Brown leaving office...

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