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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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