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  1. July 13, 2011

    Jamie’s had his fill of Sainsbury’s

    TV chef and social crusader Jamie Oliver has announced he will end an 11-year tie-up with supermarket J Sainsbury this...

  2. May 15, 2011

    Exporting British capital

    The following example shows how financial interests can alter political intent. June 30 2009: Gordon Brown announces the...

  1. January 14, 2010

    Business urges campaign over 'grey goo' fears

    A business-backed report will call today for the government to assuage public fears over nanotechnology by supporting risk...

  2. January 13, 2010

    Business seeks to address ‘grey goo’ fears

    A business-backed report will call on Thursday for the government to assuage public fears over nanotechnology by supporting...

  3. December 16, 2009

    Minister seeks to end science row

    Lord Drayson, the science minister, has sought to draw a line under the row over the separation of politics and scientific...

  4. November 24, 2009

    Government urged to fill small-business funds gap

    Small companies seeking venture capital are facing a "structural" lack of investment made worse by the impact of the...

  5. November 7, 2009

    Boffins at bay

    On a visit to Japan last week Lord Drayson, Britain's science minister, received a Google News alert that he knew meant...

  6. November 6, 2009

    Boffins at bay

    Alan Johnson on a visit to a biology institute when he held the health portfolio. Now, as home secretary, he has rejected a...

  7. November 6, 2009

    Small groups face big issues, but politics fails to react

    Liquidity, or lack of it, has been the dominant issue on Aim in the past 12 months and it was no surprise to see it form a...

  8. November 4, 2009

    Benefits for science

    Clive Cookson: Alan Johnson, UK home secretary, must have hoped that his sacking of David Nutt as chairman of the Advisory...

  9. November 2, 2009

    The evidence in favour of Prof Nutt

    Last Wednesday the UK government published a policy document committing itself to independent scientific advice in all...

  10. November 2, 2009

    Scientists quit drug roles in row over sacking

    The row over the dismissal of David Nutt, chairman of the government's Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, escalated...

  11. October 30, 2009

    Don’t get too carried away about unleashing brilliance

    Unleashing the brilliance of British business was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Aim. It is also the...

  12. October 30, 2009

    Don't get too carried away about unleashing brilliance

    Unleashing the brilliance of British business was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Aim. It is also the...

  13. Westminster Blog

    October 15, 2009

    Gray and the Christmas cuts

    We’ll have more on this soon. But basically Lord Drayson is going to implement all of the recommendations in the Gray...

  14. September 22, 2009

    Drayson bests 'Bad Science' Goldacre

    Science blog (Clive Cookson) : For anyone interested in science communications, there was only one place to be in London...

  15. August 5, 2009

    Brown accused of burying ‘damning’ report

    Gordon Brown was on Wednesday accused of suppressing a “damning” review of defence procurement policy that concluded...

  16. July 15, 2009

    Move to speed cancer treatment in the UK

    Patients with late-stage cancers should gain more rapid access to innovative treatments through the National Health Service...

  17. Westminster Blog

    June 8, 2009

    The reshuffle is (almost) completed

    Most of the ministerial changes have been made. Here is the list, courtesy of PA. Some initial observations: Lord Drayson is...

  18. April 8, 2009

    Department for mess and muddle

    As Whitehall cock-ups go, the £5.7bn disaster at the Learning and Skills Council is a corker. The council approved major...

  19. April 7, 2009

    Department for mess and muddle

    As Whitehall cock-ups go, the £5.7bn disaster at the Learning and Skills Council is a corker. The council approved major...

  20. April 3, 2009

    Helping bankers reconnect with Main Street

    From Mr Mark White. Sir, There is a clear gulf between the public and political desire to see bonuses at banks (especially...

  21. November 24, 2008

    Space industry craves boost from ministers

    On an industrial estate in Stevenage, beside the railways' east coast main line, a huge sandpit strewn with stones simulates...

  22. Westminster Blog

    October 3, 2008

    The last posts

    The final pieces of the reshuffle jigsaw. These came through just a minute ago: Caroline Flint to Europe minister Lord...

  23. September 19, 2008

    Drayson returns

    Could Lord Drayson be eyeing a return to government as Gordon Brown contemplates a reshuffle? The former defence...

  24. Westminster Blog

    June 19, 2008

    Labour tries to scrape together some new funding

    A tennis match with Tony Blair, the former prime minister, is among the auction lots to be sold at a Labour fund-raising...

  25. April 15, 2008

    Defence squeezed

    British defence policy is coming apart at the seams. Having tried to bring order to a chaotic system of arms procurement,...

  26. April 14, 2008

    Defence squeezed

    British defence policy is coming apart at the seams. Having tried to bring order to a chaotic system of arms procurement,...

  27. February 20, 2008

    Buggers' muddle

    Is nobody, not even the prime minister, safe from the buggers? I learn that Gordon Brown has been sending his officials...

  28. February 19, 2008

    Crunch on defence

    Seasoned observers of British defence policy are struggling to identify a strategy behind government decision-making. This...

  29. February 6, 2008

    Fears over defence industrial strategy

    "Let's not forget that the elephant in the room is the money," one guest remarked at a recent defence industry conference....

  30. Westminster Blog

    January 30, 2008

    And now it's someone from Labour: again

    Thanks to the Guido Fawkes blog for pointing out that Lord Hoyle is up in front of a Lords disciplinary committee today. The...

  31. January 18, 2008

    Shipbuilding unions fear delays may hit jobs

    Shipbuilding trade unions are “gravely concerned” that possible delays to the Ministry of Defence’s £4bn ($7.8bn) contract...

  32. January 18, 2008

    Shipbuilding unions fear carrier delays could hit jobs

    Shipbuilding trade unions are "gravely concerned" that possible delays to the Ministry of Defence's £4bn contract for two...

  33. January 11, 2008

    Race is on for motorsport dominance

    Britain is in danger of losing its dominance of the world motorsport industry – worth £5bn a year and employing more than...

  34. November 27, 2007

    Lader lunch

    Those who weren't at the CBI conference were probably attending the annual Thanksgiving lunch hosted by Morgan Stanley and...

  35. November 8, 2007

    Defence minister feels drive to quit

    A minister quit the government yesterday to drive a bio-ethanol car in the Le Mans motor racing series. Lord Drayson's...

  36. November 8, 2007

    Business attacks failure to appoint new minister

    Business expressed alarm at Gordon Brown's failure to replace Lord Drayson with a dedicated minister for better regulation....

  37. November 7, 2007

    Business alarmed at failure to replace Drayson

    Business expressed alarm at Gordon Brown’s failure to replace Lord Drayson with a dedicated minister for better regulation....

  38. November 7, 2007

    Defence minister feels driven to quit

    A minister quit the government on Wednesday to drive a bio-ethanol car in the Le Mans motor racing series, disappointing...

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