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  1. Westminster Blog

    October 18, 2013

    Danny Alexander's shameless pork

    Yesterday the Treasury announced ten rural towns that it is putting forward for consideration to receive five pence off fuel...

  2. October 10, 2012

    Political backlash over BAE deal collapse

    Attempts to create a European giant to rival Boeing of the US have collapsed, amid investor anger at the handling of a...

  1. September 12, 2012

    London sees commercial sense of alliance

    A merger between BAE Systems and EADS could spell job losses and the loss of a household name, but the deal is unlikely to...

  2. September 9, 2012

    Trident’s future

    David Cameron’s reshuffle has prompted much talk about the possible implications of ministerial changes for government...

  3. September 5, 2012

    Lib Dems criticise Clegg over ministers

    Senior Liberal Democrats have criticised Nick Clegg for pulling his ministers out of both the Foreign Office and Ministry of...

  4. June 17, 2012

    Trident review to go ahead, say Lib Dems

    Senior Liberal Democrats insist that a review of the future of nuclear weapons will not be affected by a Ministry of Defence...

  5. June 13, 2012

    MPs warned over nuclear move from Scotland

    Moving the nuclear deterrent out of Scotland would be the single biggest issue of independence, costing a “gargantuan”...

  6. May 21, 2012

    Trident renewal contracts to be announced

    Ministers will announce this week which companies have been awarded £350m of contracts to begin design work on a new fleet...

  7. May 18, 2012

    Trident and the costs of deterrence

    Since 2006, the British government has been committed in principle to the full replacement of the country’s independent...

  8. May 18, 2012

    Trident divides coalition partners

    The UK government must take a final decision before 2016 on whether to go spend more than £20bn building four new submarines...

  9. May 17, 2012

    UK in cold war doctrine rethink

    The 40-year-old cornerstone of Britain’s nuclear deterrent doctrine – the ability to overwhelm Moscow’s ballistic missile...

  10. April 18, 2012

    Coalition MPs vote against parts of Budget

    George Osborne has been given a bloody nose by his own coalition MPs, many of whom have teamed up with Labour to vote...

  11. September 1, 2011

    Fox defends armed forces lay-offs

    Liam Fox, the defence secretary, said Britain’s defence capability would grow in the second half of this decade as sweeping...

  12. August 2, 2011

    MPs hit out at ‘rushed’ defence shake-up

    The recent overhaul of Britain’s defence policy was rushed through and peppered with bad decisions, says an influential...

  13. June 22, 2011

    Our salt risks draining into cyberspace

    The news was dominated on Wednesday by reports of the arrest of a suspected British teenage computer hacker, in connection...

  14. Westminster Blog

    June 22, 2011

    Tory MP berates Liam Fox for select committee no-show

    This afternoon’s defence select committee on the strategic defence and security review began on a sour note. Like an errant...

  15. May 31, 2011

    MoD to set up army of cybersoldiers

    The Ministry of Defence is to develop a “cadre of dedicated cyberexperts” to protect infrastructure and government networks...

  16. FT Alphaville

    May 25, 2011

    Trident update seen as weapon against Tories

    Nick Harvey, armed forces minister, has said that the Liberal Democrats and Labour could fight the next election promising...

  17. May 24, 2011

    Nuclear option goes back to the future

    History can repeat itself. Looks like the Lib Dems are set to run a replay of Whitehall’s great Trident debate from 30 years...

  18. May 24, 2011

    Trident upgrade to be used against Tories

    Nick Harvey, armed forces minister, has said that the Liberal Democrats and Labour could fight the next election promising...

  19. May 24, 2011

    Minister denies Apache Libya decision

    No decision has yet been taken on deploying armoured Apache attack helicopters to the Nato-led mission in Libya, Nick...

  20. May 18, 2011

    Trident review seeks cheaper option

    Liam Fox announced on Wednesday the government would examine whether there were viable alternatives to Britain’s...

  21. May 16, 2011

    ICC ‘likely’ to accuse Syrian president

    Nick Harvey, Britain’s armed forces minister, said it was “highly likely” that the International Criminal Court would seek...

  22. March 22, 2011

    Bill for Libya war put at tens of millions by UK

    The cost of military action in Libya will be in the “tens of millions”, the chancellor has revealed, in an estimate that...

  23. November 10, 2010

    Jet deal blows £400m hole in MoD budget

    The Treasury has stepped in to save the Ministry of Defence from a black hole of about £400m in its annual budget, after...

  24. October 19, 2010

    PM gives pledge on nuclear deterrent

    David Cameron has insisted there will be “no reduction” in Britain’s round-the-clock nuclear deterrent, despite identifying...

  25. September 30, 2010

    Cable joins fight against aircraft carrier cuts

    Vince Cable has intervened to stave off cuts to the aircraft carrier programme, echoing the fears of Liam Fox, the defence...

  26. September 22, 2010

    Trident delay set to propel next election

    The £20bn Trident nuclear deterrent replacement programme is being thrust on to the front line of the next general election...

  27. Westminster Blog

    May 13, 2010

    Ministerial Appointments (beneath Cabinet level): a fuller list

    Here is the list we’ve been waiting for all day: I’ve added which party they are on the right; C for Conservative, LD for...

  28. August 17, 2009

    Row erupts over Afghanistan claims

    Bob Ainsworth, defence secretary, was embroiled in a political row last night after he implied that the British military...

  29. August 16, 2009

    Row erupts over Afghanistan claims

    Bob Ainsworth, defence secretary, was embroiled in a political row on Sunday night after he implied that the British...

  30. Westminster Blog

    July 28, 2009

    MPs versus Daily Telegraph

    MPs have given themselves a new £25 “subsistence rate” for any night spent away from their main residence. This fact had...

  31. April 28, 2009

    SNP urges probe over radioactive leaks from submarines

    Revelations that radioactive coolant leaked from nuclear submarines into the Firth of Clyde on three occasions over the...

  32. April 27, 2009

    SNP urges probe over radioactive leaks from submarines

    Revelations that radioactive coolant leaked from nuclear submarines into the Firth of Clyde on three occasions over the past...

  33. March 10, 2009

    Row erupts over RAF Nimrods' grounding

    Ministers were accused of failing to "get a grip" on defence procurement yesterday after all Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft...

  34. March 9, 2009

    Row erupts over RAF Nimrods’ grounding

    Ministers were accused of failing to “get a grip” on defence procurement on Monday after all Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft...

  35. March 7, 2009

    A third of politicians employ relatives

    Almost a third of MPs employ at least one family member in their offices at a total cost to the taxpayer of up to £5.8m a...

  36. March 7, 2009

    A third of MPs employ relatives

    Almost a third of MPs employ at least one family member in their offices at a total cost to the taxpayer of up to £5.8m a...

  37. December 19, 2008

    Sale puts atomic weapons plant in US hands

    The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment, which makes and maintains the warheads for Britain’s nuclear missiles, has come under...

  38. December 19, 2008

    Sale puts atomic weapons plant in US hands

    The UK Atomic Weapons Establishment, which makes and maintains the warheads for Britain's nuclear missiles, has come under...

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