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    1. October 5, 2014

      Senior Labour figures criticise Ed Miliband

      Ed Miliband’s performance at last month’s Labour conference was criticised at the weekend by senior party figures as new...

    2. June 20, 2014

      A great northern conurbation

      Remember ‘Prezzagrad’? Labour’s John Prescott in 2004 outlined a vision of an 80-mile conurbation stretching across northern...

    1. August 18, 2013

      Shadow ministers defend Ed Miliband over ‘quiet summer’ attacks

      Ed Miliband should ignore the sniping coming from his own side and take his time creating the list of policies Labour will...

    2. November 16, 2012

      Mainstream parties wounded in police polls

      The UK’s first police and crime commissioner elections inflicted wounding defeats on both main parties on Friday as the...

    3. November 15, 2012

      Cameron hails chance to vote for police chiefs

      David Cameron has hailed Thursday’s police and crime commissioner elections as a “historic opportunity” for voters to...

    4. November 13, 2012

      Candidate pledges to investigate every crime

      While John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, has clocked up 1,000 miles around the Humber region with a driver and...

    5. October 1, 2012

      Speak, or forever hold your notes

      ● Ed Miliband’s speech today is being billed as “highly personal”, but will the Labour leader go one step further by...

    6. August 20, 2012

      Tory police policy in for ‘bumpy night’

      When a prominent US policeman was asked recently whether he had any advice for the UK as it prepared to elect its first...

    7. June 15, 2012

      Refined dining

      The Omnivorous Mind: Our Evolving Relationship with Food, by John S Allen, Harvard University Press, RRP£19.95/RRP$25.95,...

    8. May 22, 2012

      A Marvellous Year for Plums, Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex, UK

      “Once trust is lost, it’s gone for ever. . .  friendship, marriage, government . . . “ It is obliging of Hugh Whitemore to...

    9. Money Supply

      March 19, 2012

      All that money growing on trees

      No, this isn’t a post about quantitative easing – which genuinely is a case of creating money (banking reserves) and using...

    10. March 7, 2012

      Policeman’s lot includes perverse pay

      The fact that security firm G4S has earmarked 20,000 retired coppers as potential staff will further empurple opponents of...

    11. February 23, 2012

      Labour MP charged over alleged brawl

      An MP who allegedly became involved in a bar brawl at the House of Commons has been charged with three counts of common...

    12. February 10, 2012

      Prescott to apply for police commissioner job

      John Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, has said he will apply to stand for nomination as Labour’s candidate for...

    13. February 8, 2012

      Campbell says ministers shying away from press curbs

      Alastair Campbell, the former spokesman for Tony Blair, said on Wednesday that he believed the government was shying away...

    14. January 19, 2012

      Furious film star settles hacking claim

      Jude Law may have agreed to settle his phone-hacking lawsuit against News Group Newspapers on Thursday, but the actor’s...

    15. November 7, 2011

      A bolder approach to city regions

      What is to be done about England? Northern regions are again going through a bout of fretting about the superior financial...

    16. September 30, 2011

      The big squeeze

      As the world’s big cities struggle to accommodate expanding populations and house sizes diminish, architects are...

    17. Westminster Blog

      September 29, 2011

      How presumption in favour of development existed for half a century

      The tactics in the battle of Daily Telegraph v George Osborne/Greg Clark over the planning system are the equivalent of...

    18. September 16, 2011

      The Quest

      Daniel Yergin’s The Prize, first published in 1991, is a masterpiece; one of the few books that can truly be said to be...

    19. August 9, 2011

      Twitter users unite for riot clean-up

      Politicians and police may have blamed Twitter and Facebook for stoking the fire under street violence in London and beyond,...

    20. July 19, 2011

      Richard of York, your hour is now

      Shakespeare’s Richard III, currently played with relish by Kevin Spacey at London’s Old Vic, was a child-murdering,...

    21. June 30, 2011

      Report finds £469m wasted on rescue services

      Nearly half a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money was wasted on a project attempting to upgrade the Fire and Rescue Service...

    22. April 7, 2011

      Nick Clegg shatters the alfalfa ceiling

      Nick Clegg has drawn some beastly criticism over the publication of what might loosely be termed his strategy to improve...

    23. January 30, 2011

      Admiral faces up to the meerkat

      John Prescott has no shortage of competition in his new role fronting a website offering car insurance quotes. The former...

    24. January 27, 2011

      Yard chiefs close ranks on phone hacking

      Scotland Yard’s top brass made a valiant attempt on Thursday to insulate themselves from the celebrity phone-hacking storm...

    25. 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...

    26. November 1, 2010

      Rumer: Seasons of My Soul

      Rumer Seasons of My Soul (Atlantic) If you judge a singer by her fans then what to make of Rumer, aka Londoner Sarah Joyce?...

    27. September 23, 2010

      Election defeat leads to £4.5m windfall

      Labour’s weak finances are to be bolstered by £4.5m in public funding this year – its largest state windfall. The figure,...

    28. Westminster Blog

      September 14, 2010

      Who will replace Charlie Whelan at Unite?

      It was a slightly surreal experience last night writing a blog about Charlie Whelan leaving Unite when he had utterly denied...

    29. September 7, 2010

      Met to interview Coulson over fresh allegations

      David Cameron’s chief media adviser will be interviewed by the Metropolitan Police as part of fresh inquiries into alleged...

    30. Westminster Blog

      September 6, 2010

      Was Blair's phone hacked?

      A dramatic day already in the Commons, and the AV debate has only just begun. Theresa May has just been forced to answer an...

    31. September 3, 2010

      Police pressed to reopen hackers case

      The Metropolitan Police were under renewed pressure on Friday night to reopen their inquiry into telephone hacking at News...

    32. Westminster Blog

      September 1, 2010

      Tony Blair’s book is published: part 2

      Read our first post on Tony Blair’s book. JP = Jim Pickard KS = Kiran Stacey GP = George Parker That’s all for today –...

    33. Westminster Blog

      August 23, 2010

      Perhaps Labour isn't doing so badly after all

      The lowland countries of Europe function perfectly well without elected government. In the Netherlands and Belgium there is...

    34. August 15, 2010

      Alan Milburn to be social mobility tsar

      John, now Lord, Prescott, campaigning with Alan Milburn and Gordon Brown in 2005, has led the attack on Labour...

    35. Westminster Blog

      August 10, 2010

      Official: Everyone is middle class now

      The debate is already underway across Twitter and the blogosphere after David Cameron described himself as “middle class”*...

    36. August 3, 2010

      Who is in charge when the boss is away?

      The dog days of August are upon us and prompt the question: “Who is in charge when the top dog is on holiday?” We expect our...

    37. Westminster Blog

      July 30, 2010

      Did Prescott express any doubts about Iraqi WMD before the war?

      Interesting to see that John Prescott now says he was “nervous” about the intelligence that provided the basis for the Iraq...

    38. July 24, 2010

      The Diary: Martha Kearney

      It was midnight at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk and I found myself sitting on a log in the middle of a dark pine wood...

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