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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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