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  1. January 13, 2011

    Labour poll victory deals blow to coalition

    Labour on Friday hailed its victory in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election as a warning to the coalition that it...

  2. January 11, 2011

    Voters tick the box marked apathy

    Liberal Democrat efforts to portray the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election as a David v Goliath fight appear to have...

  1. January 9, 2011

    Labour moves ahead in Oldham by-election race

    Ed Miliband is set for a boost to his leadership of Labour with polls on Sunday predicting a comfortable win for the party...

  2. Westminster Blog

    January 7, 2011

    No political reaction to David Chaytor's sentencing

    It’s all quiet on the Westminster front today despite the sentencing of David Chaytor, former Labour MP, to 18 months in...

  3. January 5, 2011

    Cameron’s private hopes for Lib Dem victory

    Extending from the sprawling terraced streets of Oldham out to the stone Pennine villages and grandeur of the Saddleworth...

  4. Westminster Blog

    January 5, 2011

    What if Lib Dems come third in next week's by-election?

    Nick Clegg may live to regret his phrase “two-horse race” to describe the Oldham East and Saddleworth byelection – if his...

  5. January 3, 2011

    By-election ‘choice for UK’, says Miliband

    Ed Miliband on Monday branded the Oldham by-election as a “big choice for Britain” as the three parties face their first...

  6. December 22, 2010

    Clegg focuses on economic achievements

    Nick Clegg used a visit to a training centre for apprentices to laud Vince Cable, the embattled business secretary, saying...

  7. December 17, 2010

    Cameron wishes Lib Dems well in Oldham

    David Cameron on Friday risked the ire of his own party by fuelling suspicions he privately hopes the Liberal Democrats will...

  8. November 14, 2010

    Lib Dems hit back at ‘decapitation’ move

    The National Union of Students’ plans to launch a “decapitation” strategy to oust Liberal Democrats from parliament over...

  9. November 9, 2010

    Labour allies rally behind Woolas

    Labour will not pick a candidate to replace Phil Woolas until the disgraced former MP has exhausted legal attempts to clear...

  10. Westminster Blog

    November 9, 2010

    Labour uproar over Harman treatment of Woolas

    John Pienaar has revealed that a mutiny took place during last night’s weekly meeting of the PLP: Here is his report from...

  11. November 8, 2010

    Woolas to fight ruling before by-election

    Phil Woolas, the former Labour immigration minister, can challenge the legal ruling that saw him stripped of his seat before...

  12. November 5, 2010

    Truth breaks out in British political system

    A US voter fresh from his own congressional and gubernatorial midterms, on hearing that a UK parliamentary election had been...

  13. November 5, 2010

    Woolas is stripped of parliamentary seat

    Mr Woolas said he would contest the ruling but he was immediately suspended from the Labour party. Harriet Harman, Labour’s...

  14. November 5, 2010

    Election landscape has a clearer horizon

    When news reached Westminster that Phil Woolas had been stripped of his seat for telling lies during an election campaign,...

  15. November 5, 2010

    Verdict will ‘chill political speech’

    An MP who was barred from office for lying about an election opponent defended negative campaigning on Friday, saying the...

  16. November 5, 2010

    Judges quash election of Labour MP

    The High Court has quashed the election of Phil Woolas as MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, ruling that he used “illegal...

  17. Westminster Blog

    November 5, 2010

    Will Woolas defeat set a bizarre precedent?

    Phil Woolas has just lost an historic court case in which he was accused of making false claims before the general election....

  18. September 14, 2010

    Woolas vetoed campaign material

    Phil Woolas, the former immigration minister, vetoed draft campaign leaflets attacking an opponent after Labour activists...

  19. September 14, 2010

    Woolas challenged over seat

    A Labour MP and former immigration minister has been accused of inciting white people to vote against his opponent in the...

  20. Westminster Blog

    July 29, 2010

    Milibands harvest more support from MPs

    Ed Miliband’s campaign has announced that it has raised nearly £40,000 in small donations from supporters. This will help...

  21. May 14, 2010

    Miliband rides wave of support for candidacy

    Former defence secretary John Hutton threw his weight behind David Miliband for Labour's leadership yesterday in the latest...

  22. October 27, 2009

    Football and big, bad Manchester

    Not everyone, it has to be admitted, loves Manchester. Feelings are running high in Preston about a proposed move of the...

  23. October 26, 2009

    Football and big, bad Manchester

    Not everyone, it has to be admitted, loves Manchester. Feelings are running high in Preston about a proposed move of the...

  24. August 20, 2009

    JobCentre rules eased for blue chips

    British companies will no longer be forced to advertise some of their most senior vacancies in local JobCentres in order to...

  25. August 19, 2009

    Migration rules eased for blue chips

    the government’s points-based immigration system and the effects of the recession, according to new figures. – where...

  26. 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...

  27. May 21, 2009

    Recession spurs migrant workers to leave

    Large numbers of eastern European workers are quitting Britain to return home in the most dramatic sign yet that the...

  28. May 21, 2009

    Recession spurs migrant workers to leave

    Large numbers of eastern European workers are quitting Britain to return home in the most dramatic sign yet that the...

  29. May 9, 2009

    Call for urgent action as revelations wagon rolls on

    The barrage of embarrassing details about MPs' expenses continued last night, with claims that ministers billed the...

  30. May 8, 2009

    Urgent action urged as revelations continue

    Such switches can also cut council tax bills. Jack Straw, the justice secretary, stressed on Friday he had made an error...

  31. April 30, 2009

    Brown suffers surprise Gurkha defeat

    Gordon Brown yesterday suffered his first House of Commons defeat as opposition party leaders exploited the prime...

  32. April 30, 2009

    Brown in surprise defeat on Gurkhas' rights

    Gordon Brown yesterday suffered his first House of Commons defeat, as opposition party leaders exploited the prime...

  33. April 29, 2009

    Brown in surprise defeat on Gurkhas’ rights

    Gordon Brown on Wednesday suffered his first House of Commons defeat, as opposition party leaders exploited the prime...

  34. April 11, 2009

    Terror raids strain UK ties with Pakistan

    Tensions were growing yesterday between London and Islamabad over the quality of UK visa controls after a number of...

  35. April 11, 2009

    Terror raids strain UK ties with Pakistan

    Tensions were growing yesterday between London and Islamabad over the quality of UK visa controls after a number of...

  36. April 11, 2009

    Tensions grow over visa controls

    Tensions were growing between London and Islamabad yesterday over the quality of UK visa controls after a number of...

  37. April 11, 2009

    Terror raids strain UK ties with Pakistan

    Tensions were growing yesterday between London and Islamabad over the quality of UK visa controls after a number of...

  38. April 10, 2009

    Tensions rise over UK visa controls

    Tensions were growing between London and Islamabad on Friday over the quality of UK visa controls after a number of...

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