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  1. Westminster Blog

    February 3, 2011

    Coalition try to tempt yet another Labour figure as tsar

    First we brought you news that the coalition had tried to hire Malcolm Wicks, former Labour energy minister, as their fuel...

  2. Westminster Blog

    January 13, 2011

    Adonis turns down government role

    I revealed in this morning’s FT that Andrew Adonis has turned down a post as the government’s fuel poverty tsar – the same...

  1. January 12, 2011

    Adonis rejects Cameron job offer

    David Cameron has made his most audacious attempt so far to bring former New Labour ministers into his “big tent” government...

  2. Westminster Blog

    January 7, 2011

    Former Labour minister turns down coalition job

    David Cameron has proved remarkably adept at drafting former Labour ministers into his “big tent”. It is a device which...

  3. January 6, 2011

    A few discreet chats in TW19

    It is new year in Twickenham high street, home to Britain’s most tight-lipped politician . . .  Barber: The usual sir? Vince...

  4. May 17, 2010

    Parties must set aside prejudices for energy security

    From Malcolm Wicks MP. Sir, Energy policy presents a unique challenge for the coalition and it occurs at a critical time....

  5. May 10, 2010

    Labour chiefs braced for leadership battle

    Senior Labour figures are braced for a leadership contest, with many privately accepting that a pact with the Liberal...

  6. May 9, 2010

    Labour chiefs braced for leadership battle

    Senior Labour figures are braced for a leadership contest, with many privately accepting that a pact with the Liberal...

  7. August 9, 2009

    Do not discount the threat of peak oil

    Last week, the government published a review of the UK’s energy security situation. In a report commissioned by the prime...

  8. August 7, 2009

    Yellow cake blues

    From Mr David Siddall. Sir, When Malcolm Wicks urges more nuclear power to boost “energy security” how can he equate this...

  9. August 6, 2009

    Tories warn on nuclear power plans

    Proposals to double the proportion of electricity generated by nuclear power have been criticised by the Conservative...

  10. August 5, 2009

    Tories warn on nuclear power plans

    Proposals to double the proportion of electricity generated by nuclear power have been criticised by the Conservative party,...

  11. August 5, 2009

    Call for more intervention on energy

    An "interventionist" approach by the government will be needed if security of energy supply is to be guaranteed, a report...

  12. August 4, 2009

    Call for more intervention on energy

    An “interventionist” approach by the government will be needed if security of energy supply is to be guaranteed, a report...

  13. April 4, 2009

    Treasury backs private members' bill to put co-operatives on par with companies

    Co-operatives would be put on a more equal footing with other companies under a private members' bill put forward this week...

  14. October 17, 2008

    MPs demand rise in public spending

    Alistair Darling, the chancellor, faces calls from Labour backbenchers for a substantial increase in public spending to...

  15. October 17, 2008

    MPs demand rise in public spending

    Alistair Darling, the chancellor, is facing calls from Labour backbenchers for a substantial increase in public spending to...

  16. October 16, 2008

    MPs demand rise in public spending

    Alistair Darling, the chancellor, is facing calls from Labour backbenchers for a substantial increase in public spending to...

  17. August 25, 2008

    EDF leads for British Energy

    A takeover of British Energy by Electricité de France is still the UK government's preferred option for the nuclear...

  18. August 25, 2008

    Government sticks with EDF as preferred British Energy buyer

    A takeover of British Energy by Electricité de France is still the government's preferred option for the nuclear generator,...

  19. August 24, 2008

    UK sees EDF as preferred British Energy buyer

    A takeover of British Energy by Electricité de France is still the UK government’s preferred option for the nuclear...

  20. August 22, 2008

    UK offers Nigeria energy help

    Britain has offered to help Nigeria overhaul its energy sector as part of an attempt to encourage oil exporters to boost...

  21. August 21, 2008

    UK seeks to deepen energy ties with Nigeria

    Britain has offered to help Nigeria overhaul its energy sector as part of Gordon Brown’s attempts to encourage oil exporters...

  22. August 5, 2008

    All technologies needed to tackle climate change and keep lights on

    From Dr Neil Bentley. Sir, Malcolm Wicks, the energy minister, is right to say that critics of new coal-fired power...

  23. August 1, 2008

    Coal rush questioned as bridge for energy gap

    Environmental groups will on Friday mount a fresh attack on the government’s rationale for supporting more coal, publishing...

  24. August 1, 2008

    Opponents of new stations naive, says Wicks

    MPs, green groups and scientists who oppose a new generation of coal-fired power stations are “wrong”, naive and against the...

  25. August 1, 2008

    Opponents of new stations naive, says Wicks

    MPs, green groups and scientists who oppose a new generation of coal-fired power stations are "wrong", naive and against...

  26. August 1, 2008

    Coal rush questioned as bridge for energy gap

    Environmental groups will today mount a fresh attack on the government's rationale for supporting more coal, publishing a...

  27. June 17, 2008

    African news lifts Bowleven

    Bowleven , the oil and gas exploration company, was in focus yesterday. Its shares added 2.6 per cent to 374½p amid talk of...

  28. June 17, 2008

    Oil defies signs of output increase to hit record high

    Crude oil prices yesterday jumped to a fresh high of nearly $140 a barrel in spite of indications from Saudi Arabia that it...

  29. June 16, 2008

    Oil hits new high of nearly $140 a barrel

    Crude oil prices jumped to a fresh high of nearly $140 a barrel on Monday in spite of indications from Saudi Arabia that it...

  30. June 7, 2008

    Energy companies face prospect of restructuring

    EDF, Eni and other big energy companies could be forced to restructure their businesses after EU countries yesterday backed...

  31. June 7, 2008

    EU states back further opening of power markets

    EDF, Eni and other big energy companies could be forced to restructure their businesses after European Union countries...

  32. May 31, 2008

    Fuel poverty relief plan draws fire

    Plans to help low-income people with fuel bills, including the sharing of government data with energy companies, were...

  33. May 4, 2008

    Enthusiasm for biofuels questioned

    Jean Ziegler, the United Nations’ special rapporteur for the right to food, last month described biofuels as a “crime...

  34. April 26, 2008

    Strike threat shuts refinery

    Threatened industrial action closed a "crucial" Scottish oil refinery yesterday and is set to shut down half of Britain's...

  35. April 26, 2008

    Brown finds no relief from Labour's woes

    After a grim week fighting in the political bearpit at Westminster, Gordon Brown yesterday headed to Paddington station for...

  36. April 26, 2008

    Strike threat shuts Scottish refinery

    Threatened industrial action closed a “crucial” Scottish oil refinery on Friday and is set to shut down half of Britain’s...

  37. April 26, 2008

    Brown finds no relief from Labour’s woes

    After a grim week fighting in the political bearpit at Westminster, Gordon Brown on Friday headed to Paddington station for...

  38. April 24, 2008

    Energy groups urged to aid poor

    Energy companies came under increased pressure from the government to cut tariffs for their poorest customers, after a...

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