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    1. January 25, 2016

      Internal Labour report slams party’s election strategy

      Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of “burying” an internal Labour report that warned the party was seen as “nice” but also...

    2. January 19, 2016

      Miliband a key cause of Labour loss

      Labour lost last year’s general election because its leader Ed Miliband was seen as weak and the party was tarnished by...

    1. Westminster Blog

      January 19, 2016

      What the pollsters got right and Labour needs to understand about the 2015 general election

      Today has been something of a post-mortem into the 2015 general election. First, the inquiry into what went wrong with...

    2. December 29, 2015

      MPs to lobby Rolls-Royce over job cuts

      Legislators are to meet Warren East to discuss his restructuring plans for Rolls-Royce, underlining the political...

    3. December 2, 2015

      Cameron struggles to find consensus on Syria vote

      David Cameron urged MPs to “come together” in the fight against Isis in Syria, but during a Commons debate lasting more...

    4. July 23, 2015

      Trump dalliance reveals the darkest political fantasies

      Users of the adultery-facilitating website Ashley Madison — motto “Life is short. Have an affair” — have been shocked...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. June 11, 2009

      Beckett joins race for Speaker

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

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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