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    1. July 10, 2014

      EU pledges to protect NHS in US trade talks

      Britain’s National Health Service and other European public health programmes are set to be carved out of a proposed...

    2. May 8, 2014

      Labour calls for shake-up to UK local enterprise partnerships

      England’s complex web of 39 local enterprise partnerships should be rationalised into a smaller number of bodies with extra...

    1. Westminster Blog

      December 12, 2013

      The problem with Treasury infrastructure charts

      There was an exchange in the Commons this week between Danny Alexander and former Labour Treasury minister John Healey over...

    2. Westminster Blog

      June 19, 2013

      Was Labour too slow to pick up "squeezed middle" theme?

      It emerged the other day that Labour set up a secret Treasury team to examine the issue of hard-pressed low-income workers...

    3. April 12, 2012

      Cross-party group pushes case for elected mayors

      Greg Clark is on a mission to correct what he sees as Labour’s “emasculation” of Britain’s largest cities and its obsession...

    4. October 12, 2011

      Minister refused Southern Cross crisis talks

      Paul Burstow, the social care minister, was repeatedly warned last year about the problems at Southern Cross before it went...

    5. 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....

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. September 28, 2011

      Labour proposes Ucas-style apprentice system

      Labour has called for an admissions system for apprenticeships modelled on the university admissions process, Ucas. Making...

    10. September 26, 2011

      Study says NHS reform cost may exceed savings

      The cost of the government’s NHS reforms could outweigh the savings from abolishing swathes of administrators, according to...

    11. September 12, 2011

      Rethink opens way for Chase Farm A&E closure

      Andrew Lansley finally ate his words on Monday and gave the go-ahead for the closure of a “blue light” A&E at Chase Farm...

    12. September 7, 2011

      Commons passes NHS reforms

      MPs approved the government’s controversial health reforms on Wednesday evening after the health bill made it through a...

    13. September 6, 2011

      Campaigner warns on NHS contracts

      The use of independent contractors by the National Health Service threatens to limit the information the public can...

    14. July 28, 2011

      Cameron attacked on NHS spending fall

      David Cameron has been accused of breaking his most significant pre-election promise, after it emerged spending on the NHS,...

    15. July 9, 2011

      Lords will want NHS bill improved, says peer

      The government’s sweeping changes to Andrew Lansley’s National Health Service bill are “still not a done deal within the...

    16. June 28, 2011

      Doctors reject revised NHS reform bill

      Doctors’ representatives have called for the government’s health bill to be withdrawn – despite a plea from their leader...

    17. June 14, 2011

      Cameron completes U-turn on health reforms

      Prime minister David Cameron and deputy premier Nick Clegg met nurses and doctors at Guy’s Hospital in London on Tuesday,...

    18. June 13, 2011

      NHS competition drive watered down

      David Cameron ann­ounced on Tuesday that the controversial duty of the new National Health Service regulator to “promote”...

    19. May 5, 2011

      Competition in care wins top-flight support

      Competition is the way to ensure better integrated care for millions of patients with long-term conditions, says the...

    20. Westminster Blog

      May 3, 2011

      William Hague excels in his anti-AV speech

      I’ve just returned from the final No 2 AV rally at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster*. (Inexplicably the Yes rally is at...

    21. April 13, 2011

      Miliband vows to kill off NHS bill

      Ed Miliband vowed to “kill off” the coalition health bill when it reaches the Lords through mobilising opponents against the...

    22. March 29, 2011

      NHS reforms are healthy, but more work is vital

      The broad thrust of Andrew Lansley’s sweeping reforms to the NHS has been endorsed by Lord Warner, who served as a health...

    23. March 24, 2011

      Rising prices likely to squeeze funding

      Higher-than-expected inflation means the coalition is poised to break its oft-repeated pledge of annual real terms funding...

    24. March 16, 2011

      More than 100 MPs defy Miliband on AV

      Labour MPs have refused to back the stance of Ed Miliband on changing the voting system in a show of defiance towards the...

    25. Westminster Blog

      March 16, 2011

      Aren't Labour the party which would cut NHS spending?

      Amid the row about the reorganisation of the NHS – on which many coalition MPs have cold feet – it’s easy to forget one...

    26. Westminster Blog

      March 16, 2011

      NO2AV campaign loses a dozen Labour MPs

      Just before the New Year the No campaign said it had gathered the names of 114 Labour MPs opposed to changing the voting...

    27. March 15, 2011

      Cameron rules out Tory retreat on health reform

      There will be “no retreat” on the government’s plans for the National Health Service, the prime minister has told...

    28. March 15, 2011

      Doctors’ leaders vote against NHS bill

      Doctors’ leaders have ratcheted up the pressure on David Cameron and Andrew Lansley over their radical plan for reform of...

    29. March 4, 2011

      U-turn on NHS pricing welcomed

      Labour on Thursday welcomed the “climbdown” by Andrew Lansley, health secretary, over introducing price competition into the...

    30. February 11, 2011

      Hospital A&E waiting times rise

      Tens of thousands of patients a month are waiting longer in accident and emergency departments following the decision by...

    31. January 31, 2011

      Lansley restates case for NHS reforms

      The government’s “large and complex” health bill will create an NHS “fit for the 21st century” Andrew Lansley, the health...

    32. January 19, 2011

      NHS reform a necessity, says Lansley

      A wholesale restructuring of the National Health Service is “a necessity, not an option”, Andrew Lansley, the health...

    33. December 29, 2010

      AV opponents claim wide Labour backing

      Campaigners against a change in Britain’s voting system claimed the support of 114 Labour MPs on Wednesday in a striking...

    34. November 30, 2010

      Councils get £4bn to promote wellness

      About £4bn of NHS money is to be ring-fenced for public health with a good chunk of it handed over to English local...

    35. 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...

    36. October 7, 2010

      Miliband prepares to share out frontbench seats

      Ed Miliband, Labour leader, will on Friday give the clearest signal yet of where he wants to lead his party, with the...

    37. 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...

    38. Westminster Blog

      September 29, 2010

      The list of 49 candidates for the shadow cabinet

      As I revealed earlier Rosie Winterton is set to be the new chief whip; she is the only person standing for the job....

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