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  1. January 4, 2014

    Swinson admits cultural shift still needed on paternity leave

    Plans to allow working fathers more time off to care for babies will have little impact without a huge cultural shift in...

  2. October 1, 2012

    Ethanol plant to boost biofuel output

    One of Europe’s biggest ethanol plants is poised to start production in northern England, part of a surge of biofuel...

  1. June 24, 2010

    Consultants all

    Former government ministers with clearance for new jobs in business since the May election are, so far, relatively...

  2. February 20, 2010

    Blair acolyte to step down as MP

    Labour's ranks of senior Blairites were further depleted yesterday when James Purnell, the former work and pensions...

  3. February 19, 2010

    Blow to Miliband as Purnell quits politics

    Labour’s ranks of senior Blairites were further depleted on Friday after James Purnell, the former work and pension...

  4. September 13, 2009

    Moving so many ministers makes for bad policy

    At this summer’s Chartered Institute of Housing conference the chairman introduced John Healey as “the third housing...

  5. July 28, 2009

    Britain's 'new politics' is nothing of the sort

    It was with a sinking feeling that I beheld Chloe Smith, the 27-year-old victrix for the Conservative party of last week's...

  6. July 27, 2009

    Britain’s ‘new politics’ is nothing of the sort

    It was with a sinking feeling that I beheld Chloe Smith, the 27-year-old victrix for Britain’s Conservative party of last...

  7. July 14, 2009

    First Great Western back on track

    A rail franchise that became notorious for large numbers of train cancellations and poor punctuality has shown sufficient...

  8. July 1, 2009

    Rail companies ‘must honour’ agreements

    Lord Adonis, with his slight frame and cerebral manner, may not conform to the traditional image of an enforcer. Yet the...

  9. April 4, 2009

    Western line train operator gets back on track

    A train operator threatened with being stripped of its franchise 13 months ago is within reach of joining the industry's...

  10. April 3, 2009

    Western line train operator back on track

    A train operator threatened with being stripped of its franchise 13 months ago is within reach of joining the industry’s top...

  11. February 19, 2009

    Trains cost 50% more than in rest of Europe

    Rail fares in Britain are on average 50 per cent higher than the rest of Europe, a study has shown, putting pressure on...

  12. February 19, 2009

    UK train fares 50% higher than rest of Europe

    Rail fares in Britain are on average 50 per cent higher than the rest of Europe, a study has shown, putting pressure on rail...

  13. January 15, 2009

    Equitable: one of Labour’s shabbiest episodes

    The problems of Equitable Life are rooted in the late 1980s and early 1990s and were due to the way it tried to handle...

  14. January 10, 2009

    Ministers set to back Heathrow expansion

    BAA, the owner of Heathrow, is expected to receive government backing next week for a third runway at the west London...

  15. January 10, 2009

    Ministers set to back Heathrow expansion

    BAA, the owner of Heathrow, is expected to receive government backing next week for a third runway at the west London...

  16. January 9, 2009

    Cabinet set to back Heathrow expansion

    BAA, owner of Heathrow, is expected to receive government backing next week to build a third runway at the London airport....

  17. October 30, 2008

    Minister backs electric rail routes

    Geoff Hoon, newly-appointed transport secretary, yesterday threw his weight behind rail electrification and a potential...

  18. Westminster Blog

    October 3, 2008

    Lessons from the reshuffle

    Fortunately I’m off on a long weekend, racing up the M1 away from all the action in Westminster. But I couldn’t resist some...

  19. October 2, 2008

    Brown to unveil limited cabinet shake-up

    Gordon Brown will on Friday reshuffe his cabinet, seeking to capitalise on an improved showing in the opinion polls after a...

  20. October 2, 2008

    Brown poised to shuffle ministers

    Gordon Brown is expected to carry out a minor ministerial reshuffle either today or tomorrow. The shake-up will see the...

  21. September 27, 2008

    Kelly calls on Brown to hold centre ground

    Ruth Kelly, the outgoing transport secretary, on Friday urged Gordon Brown not to abandon the centre ground of politics and...

  22. September 27, 2008

    Kelly calls on Brown to hold centre ground

    Ruth Kelly, the outgoing transport secretary, yesterday urged Gordon Brown not to abandon the centre ground of politics and...

  23. September 25, 2008

    Kelly's successor must sort out traffic

    The most burning issue in the bulging in-tray that will greet Ruth Kelly's successor as transport secretary is likely to be...

  24. September 25, 2008

    Cabinet warns against big shake-up

    Gordon Brown's cabinet yesterday took the unusual step of warning the prime minister against a sweeping ministerial...

  25. September 25, 2008

    Timing crucial when it comes to musical chairs

    Tony Blair was famously hopeless at reshuffling his cabinet, even at the height of his powers. Next week Gordon Brown is...

  26. September 24, 2008

    Timing crucial in musical chairs

    Tony Blair was famously hopeless at reshuffling his cabinet, even at the height of his powers. Next week Gordon Brown is...

  27. September 24, 2008

    Feuds fade as faithful sing in harmony

    Labour activists left Manchester with a spring in their step on Wednesday as Harriet Harman, deputy leader, closed the...

  28. Westminster Blog

    September 24, 2008

    Ruth Kelly's conscience

    The transport secretary is resigning to spend more time with her family. It is an old and familiar formula. In fact Mrs...

  29. September 24, 2008

    Cabinet warns Brown against big shake-up

    Caption text Gordon Brown’s cabinet on Wednesday took the unusual step of warning the prime minister against a sweeping...

  30. Westminster Blog

    September 18, 2008

    Is Greg Pope a Catholic?

    There are rumblings from within Labour that Ruth Kelly will lose her job in the coming weeks, specifically because of her...

  31. September 15, 2008

    Business urges Heathrow expansion

    Ministers and business leaders this weekend threw their weight behind a third runway at Heathrow - setting the government...

  32. September 14, 2008

    Business urges Heathrow expansion

    Ministers and business leaders threw their weight this weekend behind a third runway at Heathrow – setting the government...

  33. September 13, 2008

    Queue is no cue for aid

    It's September, the TV is again showing queues of disgruntled voters, ministers are issuing calming statements. Never mind...

  34. September 12, 2008

    Government holds talks with travel industry

    The government on Friday said it was holding talks with representatives from the travel industry following the collapse of...

  35. September 9, 2008

    Cabinet given home truths on away day

    Gordon Brown drew on some "West Midlands wisdom" yesterday as he convened his cabinet in Birmingham to show his embattled...

  36. September 9, 2008

    Cabinet given home truths on away day

    Gordon Brown drew on some “West Midlands wisdom” on Monday as he convened his cabinet in Birmingham to show his embattled...

  37. August 7, 2008

    Three little boys

    After the February 1974 general election, when Labour was returned to power under Harold Wilson, the 41-year-old Eric...

  38. August 3, 2008

    Blairites will turn up heat on Brown

    Senior Blairites are planning to turn up the political heat on Gordon Brown this summer, with a series of articles and...

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