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  1. Westminster Blog

    January 23, 2012

    The other version of Ed Miliband's January 2012

    Journalism is the first draft of history, not the last. For a good example it’s worth turning to the first few months of...

  2. Westminster Blog

    October 7, 2011

    Miliband reshuffle a strange mix of boldness and caution

    Many of those who care enormously about the Labour reshuffle have probably seen it already on Twitter or on the party blogs....

  1. October 7, 2011

    Miliband reshuffles shadow cabinet

    Ed Miliband has freshened up his front bench team by promoting six newly-elected MPs and dispensing with several more...

  2. October 6, 2011

    Miliband in front-bench reshuffle

    Ed Miliband will today make sweeping changes to his front-bench team, promoting several newly-elected MPs but losing some of...

  3. Westminster Blog

    October 6, 2011

    Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle - who is going where?

    Labour’s plan to keep the details of its reshuffle a secret until tomorrow went spectacularly awry on Thursday evening after...

  4. September 25, 2011

    Union vote setback for Miliband

    Ed Miliband suffered a setback on the first day of the Labour conference after he failed in his attempt to reduce the...

  5. September 23, 2011

    Denham woos south with pursuit of ‘good companies’

    As a one-time ardent Blairite, who resigned from Tony Blair’s government over Iraq but stayed loyal to Gordon Brown to the...

  6. September 16, 2011

    Kick-start green investment now

    From John Denham MP and Meg Hillier MP. Sir, You report (“Outspoken Posen’s radical way to spur business”, September 14)...

  7. August 25, 2011

    Labour pledges contracts to job providers

    Labour will on Thursday put pressure on the government to provide more training for youngsters, by pledging that an Ed...

  8. August 23, 2011

    Tech acquisitions need wider debate

    From Prof Colin Mason. Sir, John Denham is right to raise concerns about the implications of the acquisition of Autonomy for...

  9. August 18, 2011

    Autonomy shares soar on $11bn HP deal

    Shares in Autonomy soared after Hewlett-Packard announced an $11bn (£6.7bn) deal to buy the UK’s largest software company in...

  10. August 1, 2011

    Manufacturers fire broadside at coalition

    British manufacturers have fired a broadside at ministers’ efforts to “rebalance” the economy in a Financial Times survey in...

  11. July 27, 2011

    Call to scrap red-tape burdens

    Business has urged the government to scrap big regulatory burdens rather than just “tinker” with smaller ones, as ministers...

  12. July 5, 2011

    EU rule bending would hurt taxpayers, government told

    European rules that prevent domestic suppliers being favoured over foreign counterparts for government contracts must not be...

  13. July 5, 2011

    Britain to review bidding process

    The Treasury is to examine whether Britain is making the best use of European procurement rules, after Bombardier was...

  14. June 30, 2011

    Ministers ask PM to review EU contract rules

    Vince Cable and Philip Hammond have written a joint letter to the prime minister urging him to examine whether Britain is...

  15. Westminster Blog

    June 27, 2011

    John Denham attacks the government over Thameslink decision

    John Denham will tomorrow criticise the government for overlooking Britain’s last remaining train factory – Bombardier in...

  16. Westminster Blog

    June 8, 2011

    Labour's attempts to re-engage with business

    We wrote this morning about Labour’s attempts to reach out to business through two separate initiatives. John Denham,...

  17. June 7, 2011

    Labour seeks tools to boost private sector

    Labour is no longer seen as an anti-business party after 13 years of responsible government, according to John Denham,...

  18. June 5, 2011

    Rich friends scarce after poll defeat

    When Labour was in power, many of the most powerful business leaders in Britain beat a path to its door. Now in opposition...

  19. May 10, 2011

    Willetts accused of U-turn on rich students

    The universities minister was accused of “the most humiliating and fastest U-turn in the history of this government” by...

  20. May 10, 2011

    Student funding plan sparks controversy

    Coalition plans for higher education reignited controversy on Tuesday when the universities minister appeared to suggest...

  21. March 31, 2011

    Business angels to receive £50m handout

    Business angels, who take stakes in fledgling enterprises, are poised to receive a £50m handout from the regional growth...

  22. February 20, 2011

    Clegg seizes reins of green bank project

    Nick Clegg is now the main driving force of the government’s “green investment bank” amid a Whitehall struggle over how...

  23. February 2, 2011

    Business backs rethink on regional centres

    Vince Cable is reversing elements of Eric Pickles’ “Maoist” revolution in local government by rebuilding parts of the...

  24. February 2, 2011

    Cameron under fire over Pfizer closure

    David Cameron was urged by Labour to “get a grip” on the country’s economy and come up with a credible growth strategy, as...

  25. February 1, 2011

    Labour calls for credible business plan

    Labour seized on Pfizer’s decision to close its research and development site in Kent as evidence that the government was...

  26. February 1, 2011

    Pfizer to close UK research centre

    Pfizer is to close its research centre in the UK with the loss of up to 2,400 jobs, in an embarrassing blow to British life...

  27. January 6, 2011

    Sir Terry to head growth plan for Liverpool

    Sir Terry Leahy will be spearheading a regional growth plan for his home town Liverpool when he retires from Tesco next...

  28. December 22, 2010

    Businesses fear a ‘lame duck’ Cable

    Out in the cold: Vince Cable leaves his house in London on Wednesday as the clamour over his comments to undercover...

  29. December 22, 2010

    Full text of John Denham letter to Gus O’Donnell

    Text of letter from John Denham, shadow business secretary to Sir Gus O’Donnell, the cabinet secretary, about the Vince...

  30. December 22, 2010

    Top civil servant dragged into Cable row

    Britain’s most senior civil servant has been forced to defend the government’s decision to shift control of media regulation...

  31. December 12, 2010

    Come and join us, Miliband tells Lib Dems

    Ed Miliband is urging disaffected Liberal Democrats to join forces with Labour in the coming months as the leader of the...

  32. December 9, 2010

    Government sees off tuition fees rebellion

    Two demonstrators stand on top of a bonfire in Parliament Square as students demonstrate in central London against planned...

  33. Westminster Blog

    October 29, 2010

    Not-so-red Ed's silence on 55 per cent pay rise for UK executives

    News this morning that directors of FTSE 100 companies gave themselves a 55 per cent rise in total remuneration in the last...

  34. October 28, 2010

    Bid to sell enterprise bodies flounders

    Vince Cable’s efforts to sell his local enterprise partnerships as an effective tool to bolster the regions fell flat on...

  35. October 28, 2010

    Business rate hope for councils

    Ministers may give councils the power to keep the business rates they collect locally in an attempt to stimulate economic...

  36. October 25, 2010

    RDAs to cost extra £1.4bn as axe looms

    Regional Development Agencies will require a further £1.4bn-plus of state funding over the next four years in spite of their...

  37. October 8, 2010

    Johnson named shadow chancellor

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has defied Ed Balls by denying him the coveted post of shadow chancellor and instead appointing...

  38. Westminster Blog

    October 7, 2010

    The shadow cabinet in order of votes

    When I tipped John Healey as a possible shadow chancellor this morning it might have seemed outlandish to some, given his...

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