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  1. December 29, 2012

    New year honours – list

    Companions of Honour Lord Seb Coe, for services to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Knights Bachelor Quentin Blake,...

  2. June 1, 2012

    Chancellor’s problems pile up

    George Osborne wants to be seen as the man “keeping Britain safe in the gathering storm”. Instead this week the chancellor...

  1. Westminster Blog

    November 22, 2011

    No sign of end to political party funding impasse

    Plans to reform the funding of political parties will be unveiled in a few hours’ time but already appear doomed amid...

  2. November 21, 2011

    Party funding reforms appear doomed

    Plans to reform the funding of political parties will be unveiled on Tuesday but already appear doomed amid continued...

  3. September 12, 2011

    Cameron to focus on trade with Russia

    David Cameron will today seek to put to one side the troubled relationship between Russia and Britain as he uses a one-day...

  4. August 26, 2011

    Curves in all the right places

    Forgive me if, at the start, I make some assumptions that you are a regular reader of this newspaper, currently on your...

  5. March 9, 2011

    Unions campaign against vote reform

    At least five trade unions are to send out anti-alternative vote leaflets to their members as they form an unlikely alliance...

  6. February 22, 2011

    Will it be the AVs or the AV-nots?

    If the UK had a referendum on what to have a referendum about, Notebook doubts it would be the alternative vote. There is...

  7. February 15, 2011

    AV system too costly, say No campaigners

    Opting for the alternative vote system will cost millions of pounds that would be better spent on hospitals and schools, No...

  8. 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...

  9. June 8, 2010

    Wine runs dry

    I am struck by the coincidence between the departing leaders of New Labour preparing to tell their stories and the BBC...

  10. May 15, 2010

    Cabinet criticised for low proportion of women

    The new parliament has a record 139 female MPs - more than one in five of the total - but the ruling coalition is facing...

  11. May 14, 2010

    Cabinet criticised for low proportion of women

    The new parliament has a record 139 female MPs – more than one in five of the total – but the ruling coalition is facing...

  12. Westminster Blog

    May 5, 2010

    Would Gordon Brown do a Michael Howard and stay on even if he loses?

    Even if Brown loses on Thursday night don’t expect him to walk straight away. I reported this morning that he may announce...

  13. November 4, 2009

    Copenhagen still very much a work in progress

    International talks on climate change, and other subjects, follow an iron rule, according to Margaret Beckett, formerly...

  14. September 13, 2009

    Moving so many ministers makes for bad policy

    At this summer’s Chartered Institute of Housing conference the chairman introduced John Healey as “the third housing...

  15. July 29, 2009

    Brown must go, Labour told

    Wealthy business people will refuse to donate to Labour for as long as Gordon Brown remains party leader, according to the...

  16. July 28, 2009

    Brown must go, Labour told

    Wealthy business people will refuse to donate to Labour for as long as Gordon Brown remains party leader, according to the...

  17. June 23, 2009

    Expectation of reforming role outstrips reality

    The contest to elect the Speaker had all the excitement of a Grand National race, offering a temporary distraction from the...

  18. June 23, 2009

    Bercow pledges change and 'clean break'

    John Bercow was last night elected as Commons Speaker, the first Conservative to hold the role for 17 years. The...

  19. June 22, 2009

    Bercow pledges ‘clean break’ as Speaker

    John Bercow was elected as Commons Speaker on Monday night, the first Conservative to hold the role for 17 years. The...

  20. June 22, 2009

    New Speaker might have hands tied

    The contest to elect the Speaker had all the excitement of a Grand National race, offering a temporary distraction from the...

  21. Westminster Blog

    June 22, 2009

    John Bercow in the lead to be Speaker

    Newsflash: John Bercow is ahead with 179 votes in the first round of the voting for the new Speaker. This doesn’t mean he’s...

  22. Westminster Blog

    June 22, 2009

    Speaker speeches: a brief summary

    How did they all do? Marks out of 10 are for the speech – not the chances of success: (2.30pm) Margaret Beckett: 5/10 Thin...

  23. Westminster Blog

    June 22, 2009

    Speaker Contest: Welcome to the Wacky Races

    No one knows who will be the next Speaker of the House of Commons. Anyone who claims otherwise is deluded. But that doesn’t...

  24. June 22, 2009

    Labour whips accused of 'touting' Beckett as Speaker

    Margaret Beckett, now the bookies' favourite to be elected Commons Speaker today, faced claims yesterday that Labour whips...

  25. June 21, 2009

    Labour whips accused of ‘touting’ Beckett

    Margaret Beckett, the newly installed bookies’ favourite to be elected Commons Speaker on Monday, faced claims on Sunday...

  26. June 20, 2009

    Bercow's baggage threatens his chances to be Speaker

    John Bercow's campaign to be Commons Speaker showed the first signs of stalling last night as it emerged that he and four...

  27. June 19, 2009

    Bercow’s baggage threatens Speaker chances

    John Bercow’s campaign to be Commons Speaker showed the first signs of stalling on Friday night as it emerged that he and...

  28. Westminster Blog

    June 19, 2009

    Bercow slips back

    The punters are abandoning John Bercow in the race to be Speaker. He’s slipped to second favourite on Betfair, the online...

  29. Westminster Blog

    June 16, 2009

    Who will stop Bercow?

    The John Bercow for Speaker juggernaut keeps rolling on. He is the 9/5 clear favourite and his odds just keep on shortening....

  30. June 11, 2009

    Beckett joins race for Speaker

    Margaret Beckett, the former foreign secretary, joined the race to become the next Speaker yesterday, prompting bookmakers...

  31. June 9, 2009

    Showdown with MPs 'a non-event' as unity prevails

    Labour party heavyweights weighed in behind Gordon Brown yesterday as the prime minister told a crunch meeting of Labour...

  32. June 8, 2009

    Drama ‘just not there’ as Brown sees off rebels

    Labour party heavyweights weighed in behind Gordon Brown on Monday as the prime minister told a crunch meeting of Labour MPs...

  33. May 16, 2009

    Tears in Westminster as system starts to unravel

    Harriet Harman, leader of the Commons, was adamant: "We get it. We're going to sort it out." After a week of lurid...

  34. May 15, 2009

    Tears in Westminster over expenses

    Harriet Harman, leader of the Commons, was adamant: “We get it. We’re going to sort it out.” After a week of lurid...

  35. May 14, 2009

    Register to make buy-to-let stricter

    Private landlords will need to sign up to a national register as part of tighter regulation of the residential rental sector...

  36. May 9, 2009

    Out of step with the way we live now

    Anthony Trollope, the 19th century novelist, wrote: "It is the highest and most legitimate pride of an Englishman to have...

  37. May 8, 2009

    Out of step with the way we live now

    Anthony Trollope, the 19th century novelist, wrote: “It is the highest and most legitimate pride of an Englishman to have...

  38. April 24, 2009

    1,000 homes ‘for 5m people on waiting list’

    Plans to revive council housing were attacked as a drop in the ocean after it emerged that an extra £100m announced by...

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