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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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