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    1. January 30, 2014

      Eurosceptic rebels prompt Cameron retreat in immigration debate

      David Cameron hauled up the white flag on Thursday after a trial of strength with rebel eurosceptic Conservative MPs, in a...

    2. September 13, 2013

      Max Hastings’ brief history of war

      A reader of my books asked recently: “What is war like?” The answer, of course, is that like life it is infinitely diverse,...

    1. August 12, 2013

      Somalia deal raises concerns about oil risks

      The signing of the new Somali government’s first oil contract with an untested company linked to a British peer raises...

    2. beyondbrics

      August 8, 2013

      Horn of Africa oil: deals start flowing despite legal mess

      By Adam Green of This is Africa This week, a new company – Soma Oil and Gas – signed an exploration deal with the...

    3. August 6, 2013

      Former Tory leader spearheads Somalia oil deal

      Michael Howard, the former leader of Britain’s Conservative party, has spearheaded the first oil deal with the new...

    4. June 14, 2013

      After Lowry

      Lowry and the city By Michael Howard The spectacle of urbanisation is relatively new in human history and Manchester,...

    5. March 24, 2013

      Johnson on the spot over ‘nasty’ accusation

      Boris Johnson endured his most uncomfortable media outing since becoming London mayor as he was forced to deny being a...

    6. Westminster Blog

      March 24, 2013

      Boris Johnson's BBC Night-Mair

      With Andrew Marr off sick, his stand-in this morning was Eddie Mair, who proceeded to put Boris Johnson through the most...

    7. November 18, 2012

      ‘Wizard of Oz’ aims to cast electoral spell

      Lynton Crosby, dubbed the “Wizard of Oz” by his grateful clients, made his name masterminding successive election victories...

    8. September 19, 2012

      Tories target Miliband leadership fears

      David Cameron has sanctioned a relentless focus on Ed Miliband’s leadership qualities in the run-up to the election, as a...

    9. May 30, 2012

      Prepare for Osborne’s greatest gamble

      During the run-up to the 2005 election I shared a House of Commons office with George Osborne, then shadow chief secretary...

    10. February 3, 2012

      The Inventory: Sayeeda Warsi

      Sayeeda Warsi, 40, co-chair of the Conservative party and minister without portfolio, is the first female Muslim to serve as...

    11. November 10, 2011

      Exxon signs Kurd exploration contracts

      ExxonMobil has become the first of the “supermajor” oil companies to venture into Kurdistan, in a controversial move that...

    12. Westminster Blog

      June 23, 2011

      Labour opens up a gap on the NHS, but Miliband tracks IDS

      Good and bad news for Labour from this month’s political trends report by Ipsos Mori. First the good news: The party is...

    13. June 15, 2011

      Facebook recruits Clinton-era press secretary

      Joe Lockhart, a former White House press secretary for Bill Clinton, has been hired by Facebook, as the social networking...

    14. June 11, 2011

      Honours List

      Companion of Honour Lord Michael Howard, former Tory party leader Knights Bachelor Prof Roger Boyle, national clinical...

    15. June 8, 2011

      Clarke fighting to save sentence reform

      Ken Clarke is fighting to salvage his controversial sentencing proposals after the prime minister asked him to look again at...

    16. May 7, 2011

      Warning sends Helphire shares down 64%

      Shares in Helphire shed 64 per cent of their value to close at 4.6p after the vehicle and accident management group warned...

    17. February 20, 2011

      Clarke rebuff for rightwing critics

      Ken Clarke on Sunday faced down his Tory and media critics who believe he should be sacked from the government as a sign by...

    18. February 18, 2011

      Tory bruiser sets about cutting deficit with relish

      Ken Clarke is in clover. The 70-year-old former chancellor, health, education and home secretary is back on one of his old...

    19. December 8, 2010

      Lessons from Clarke to Clegg in taking on pieties

      Few Tories are followers of Dostoevsky. He could have added a word to the title of his great novel: Crime and Punishment –...

    20. Westminster Blog

      December 7, 2010

      Vince Cable and the coalition twist to the Cambridge Mafia

      Over at the Guardian, Nick Watt has pulled together a terrific summary of the lifelong rivalry between Ken Clarke and...

    21. December 7, 2010

      Understanding a bank board’s core duty

      Lord Turner asserts in the FT today that a new report into the crisis at Royal Bank of Scotland would “add little, if...

    22. December 7, 2010

      Plan to ‘revolutionise’ probation service

      Ken Clarke has thrown open the £1.6bn probation market to private sector companies such as Serco and G4S for the first time...

    23. November 19, 2010

      Barred from freedom

      I went to prison the other day and I recommend the experience. I am not trying to minimise the awful aspects of...

    24. Westminster Blog

      November 19, 2010

      Cameron's old ties to his new peers

      A remarkable number of the new Conservative peers share a common past: knowing David Cameron when he was a young Tory...

    25. September 11, 2010

      Gallery full of mad men

      Lord Saatchi was in an embracing mood at the party to celebrate the first 40 years in business of his agency. Bringing...

    26. The World

      August 17, 2010

      The "murder" of David Kelly - or not, as the case may be

      I am not a conspiracy-minded person. But I like a good scandal as much as the next man, so I was faintly thrilled to see...

    27. July 24, 2010

      Cameron says no to parties in prison

      David Cameron has overruled a surprise announcement by his own justice minister that he would restrict indeterminate prison...

    28. July 15, 2010

      Correction: John Howard

      ● John Howard, former prime minister of Australia, was wrongly named as Michael Howard in Notebook on July 13....

    29. July 1, 2010

      British coalition promises to cut prison numbers

      Britain's ruling coalition promised yesterday to lock up fewer offenders in an overhaul of the criminal justice system...

    30. June 30, 2010

      Howard says jailing criminals protects public

      Michael Howard, the former Conservative leader, on Wednesday inflamed the row over plans by Ken Clarke to cut the prison...

    31. Westminster Blog

      June 30, 2010

      Michael Howard criticises Ken Clarke on prisons

      Former Tory leader Michael Howard has been on the PM programme criticising Ken Clarke’s new, more liberal stance on prison...

    32. June 30, 2010

      Straw accuses Clarke of being soft on crime

      Jack Straw has accused Ken Clarke, the justice secretary, of being soft on crime after Mr Clarke said he would slash the...

    33. June 26, 2010

      Hintze celebrates a fine decade

      Friendly hedge fund rivals Michael Hintze and Paul Ruddock traded jibes at the 10th anniversary party for Mr Hintze's CQS...

    34. May 29, 2010

      Critic of Labour policy to take seat in Lords

      Simon Wolfson, chief executive of Next, will take up a seat in the House of Lords - granted for services to business - as...

    35. May 28, 2010

      Critic of Labour policy to take Lords seat

      Simon Wolfson, chief executive of Next, will take up a seat in the House of Lords – granted for services to business – as...

    36. May 28, 2010

      Prescott heads list of new peers

      Veteran former ministers and aides from Labour and the Conservative party form the bulk of a list of 56 new peers who will...

    37. May 28, 2010

      Prescott heads new list of peers

    38. Westminster Blog

      May 28, 2010

      Britain's new peers - the full list of 56

      The official announcement has just come through. There are 56 new peers entering the House of Lords. There are 29 Labour, 16...

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