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  1. The World

    June 21, 2013

    Food for thought: protesting over provisions

    A student prepares a barbecue protest against the rise in bus fares (Getty) Protests in Brazil are running in to their fifth...

  2. May 13, 2013

    David Cameron plays down Europe row ahead of Barack Obama talks

    David Cameron has sought to close down the festering cabinet row over Europe by insisting that all of his Tory cabinet...

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  1. FT Top Schools

    Interview with David Laws, education minister, as changes to the system bring testing ...
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  1. May 12, 2013

    Labour warns of Washington alarm over Cameron’s EU stance

    David Cameron has “set alarm bells ringing in Washington” over Britain’s position in the EU, the Labour party has said, as...

  2. January 23, 2013

    Nuclear defence policy hit by fresh blow

    The government’s insistence on an identical replacement for the UK’s nuclear deterrent will receive a fresh blow on...

  3. January 9, 2013

    The price of deterrence

    It is more than 60 years since Operation Hurricane, when Britain detonated its first atomic bomb in HMS Plym, a second world...

  4. December 14, 2012

    Cameron shouldn’t fear the EU wolf

    Several years before he became prime minister, John Major astonished dinner guests – including me – with a prediction:...

  5. September 7, 2012

    Stephen Twigg: Anti-chaos theory

    Stephen Twigg’s career as a national politician is still best known for its first moments: he was the fresh-faced...

  6. May 11, 2012

    Exit from the euro may be the only way

    From Mr Joe Seet. Sir, Michael Portillo’s walkabout in Greece and Germany this week (Michael Portillo’s Great Euro Crisis ,...

  7. April 7, 2012

    Ordnungspolitik: the real third way

    From Mr Bob Bischof. Sir, Michael Portillo hits the nail on the head with his suggestion of funding political parties out of...

  8. March 30, 2012

    Your democracy needs you: time for a tax to fund politics

    Pity David Cameron. A prime minister might expect to spend his evenings telephoning presidents, or discussing matters of...

  9. December 23, 2011

    Biopic stirs admiration and controversy

    As one of the main orchestrators behind Margaret Thatcher’s ejection from Downing Street in 1990, Lord Heseltine is a...

  10. November 25, 2011

    Perverse for Osborne to will euro’s survival

    Britain is not Italy, Greece or Spain. George Osborne will want us to cling to that thought when on Tuesday the chancellor...

  11. October 7, 2011

    Miliband reshuffles shadow cabinet

    Ed Miliband has freshened up his front bench team by promoting six newly-elected MPs and dispensing with several more...

  12. October 2, 2011

    The amusing mayor who wants more

    Those who have long detected a frisson of rivalry between Boris Johnson and his fellow Old Etonian David Cameron should turn...

  13. June 10, 2011

    Duncan Smith mixes moral obligation and calculating logic

    Iain Duncan Smith admits Tory colleagues do not know what to make of him. “I’m sure they think I’m quite eccentric,” he...

  14. The A-List

    June 9, 2011

    Michael Portillo

    Michael Portillo is a former Conservative cabinet minister in the UK and shadow chancellor. ...

  15. May 11, 2011

    Coalition is best hope in age of austerity

    The UK’s coalition government is passing through its most difficult moment. The Liberal Democrats have been humiliated in...

  16. March 15, 2011

    Let’s link HS1 to England’s north

    From Mr Rhoderick Powrie. Sir, Your editorial of February 28 (“The high cost of high-speed rail”) asks if there are better...

  17. March 11, 2011

    Television? I barely notice it…

    If you asked me, I would tell you that I’m one of those people who hardly ever watches television. I mean, I’ve got a TV....

  18. January 8, 2011

    Libertarian who helped Thatcher defeat miners

    David Hart saw himself as a “Renaissance man”. To his enemies he was a “shadowy fixer” who, at the height of his influence,...

  19. October 3, 2010

    The Tories must ask why they failed

    The Conservatives’ conference will not resemble the recent gathering of their coalition partners. Whereas Liberal Democrat...

  20. Westminster Blog

    May 31, 2010

    When was the last Treasury chief secretary with City background?

    John Redwood argues that the job of chief secretary to the Treasury is more political than financial; and therefore Danny...

  21. May 7, 2010

    Balls clings on to seat

    The Conservatives were denied a key Labour scalp early on Friday morning as Ed Balls clung on to his seat by a margin of...

  22. May 7, 2010

    Tories take heart as exit poll points to hung parliament

    The Tories hailed a "decisive rejection of Gordon Brown" by the electorate, as the exit poll last night pointed to the...

  23. The World

    May 6, 2010

    Election day - will I be up for Balls?

    Why is this day unlike any other? I can think of a few reasons. 1. It is my 47th birthday. 2. It is Tony Blair’s 57th...

  24. May 3, 2010

    My lament for the loss of electoral rituals

    The most famous single event in the history of British election nights occurred at about 3.20am on May 2, 1997.It was...

  25. May 2, 2010

    A lament for the loss of electoral rituals

    The most famous single event in the history of British election nights occurred at about 3.20am on May 2, 1997. It was...

  26. April 24, 2010

    Tories speculate on Clegg deal

    David Cameron may have to strike a deal with the Liberal Democrats on voting reform if he wants to be prime minister in a...

  27. April 23, 2010

    Tories speculate on Clegg deal

    David Cameron may have to strike a deal with the Liberal Democrats on voting reform if he wants to be prime minister in a...

  28. February 24, 2010

    Out from the shadows: from bright young thing to Black Wednesday

    As David Cameron squeezed past the shattered door to the Conservative campaign headquarters, stepped over the remains of a...

  29. October 23, 2009

    Ball spin machine

    Tony Ball has spare time after failing to get his terms from the ITV board as its next chief executive, and has now joined...

  30. Westminster Blog

    October 15, 2009

    George Pascoe-Watson to join Portland

    Political Editor of the Sun heading to the more dollar-esque pastures of Portland Public Relations. You may remember a few...

  31. Westminster Blog

    September 24, 2009

    Michael Portillo to join Portland

    Michael Portillo, former darling of the Tory party*, is set to join a new advisory board at Portland, the PR firm In some...

  32. June 6, 2009

    ‘Glass is making the breakthrough’

    Pots are earthbound; glass has an inner light, a kind of soul,” says Dan Klein. As a dealer in modern and contemporary glass...

  33. April 25, 2009

    Tories face dilemma on debt details

    David Cameron yesterday promised a "massive culture change" to tackle Britain's rising debt mountain. His challenge between...

  34. April 24, 2009

    Tories face dilemma on debt details

    David Cameron on Friday promised a “massive culture change” to tackle Britain’s rising debt mountain. The Conservative...

  35. January 20, 2009

    Resurrection poses risk for party

    The political resurrection of Ken Clarke represents a big gamble for David Cameron, as well as a significant shift in the...

  36. January 19, 2009

    Resurrection poses risk for party

    The political resurrection of Ken Clarke represents a big gamble for David Cameron, as well as a significant shift in the...

  37. January 17, 2009

    Michael Portillo's Defeat Signals Labour's Triumph, May 2 1997

    Michael Portillo knew he had lost his seat in parliament at least an hour before the poll numbers were made public, but for...

  38. January 17, 2009

    TV choice Karl French

    It may be too disjointed for some tastes, packing too much plot into its 40-minute running time, but Law & Order (Five...

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