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  1. Westminster Blog

    October 7, 2011

    Miliband reshuffle a strange mix of boldness and caution

    Many of those who care enormously about the Labour reshuffle have probably seen it already on Twitter or on the party blogs....

  2. October 6, 2011

    Miliband in front-bench reshuffle

    Ed Miliband will today make sweeping changes to his front-bench team, promoting several newly-elected MPs but losing some of...

  1. Westminster Blog

    September 14, 2011

    Miliband seeks to appoint Charlie Falconer to shadow cabinet

    Over at the Daily Mail’s new political blog Kirsty Walker speculated this evening about who may be bumped out of the shadow...

  2. April 24, 2011

    Campaign trades on ‘Made in Britain’ label

    More than four decades after the “I’m Backing Britain” campaign tried to revive the fortunes of UK companies, a contemporary...

  3. Westminster Blog

    March 10, 2011

    A return to anti-toff politics from the Labour party

    It may have seemed like a throwaway comment but there was method behind Ed Miliband’s insult towards David Cameron during...

  4. Westminster Blog

    September 29, 2010

    The list of 49 candidates for the shadow cabinet

    As I revealed earlier Rosie Winterton is set to be the new chief whip; she is the only person standing for the job....

  5. May 3, 2010

    Rivals clash over Ulster peace process

    Labour and the Tories clashed over Northern Ireland policy yesterday with a senior Labour minister warning that a David...

  6. May 2, 2010

    Tories ‘pose risk’ to Ulster peace process

    Labour and the Tories clashed over Northern Ireland policy on Sunday with a senior Labour minister warning that a David...

  7. April 13, 2010

    Real IRA admits MI5 base bombing

    A bomb at the Northern Ireland headquarters of MI5 cast a shadow over historic moves yesterday to appoint a justice minister...

  8. April 12, 2010

    Bomb blast coincides with N Ireland milestone

    A bomb at the Northern Ireland headquarters of MI5 cast a shadow over historic moves on Monday to appoint a justice minister...

  9. March 18, 2010

    Delay to report into Bloody Sunday likely

    Publication of Lord Saville’s long awaited report into Bloody Sunday now looks as if it will delayed until after the UK...

  10. March 10, 2010

    N Ireland backs devolution of police powers

    The Northern Ireland assembly yesterday voted in favour of transferring police and justice powers from London to Belfast...

  11. March 9, 2010

    Justice powers shift to Northern Ireland

    Responsibility for policing and justice will be handed to the Northern Ireland assembly following an overwhelming vote in...

  12. February 1, 2010

    'Work to be done' at N Ireland talks

    The British and Irish governments will host further talks on Northern Ireland today after what they called "considerable...

  13. January 30, 2010

    ‘Considerable progress’ at N Ireland talks

    The British and Irish governments will host more talks on Northern Ireland on Monday after what they called “considerable...

  14. January 27, 2010

    PM's proposals on N Ireland policing aim to break deadlock

    Gordon Brown was last night preparing to present Northern Ireland politicians with proposals aimed at lifting the impasse...

  15. January 25, 2010

    Brown to meet Cowen on power-sharing

    Gordon Brown, prime minister, will meet his Irish counterpart, Brian Cowen, today in a bid to break the deadlock in Northern...

  16. January 24, 2010

    Brown to meet Cowen on power-sharing

    Gordon Brown, prime minister, will meet his Irish counterpart, Brian Cowen, on Monday in a bid to break the deadlock in...

  17. January 23, 2010

    Sinn Féin poised to decide on Stormont pull-out

    Sinn Féin is set to decide this weekend whether to withdraw its ministers from Northern Ireland's power-sharing government...

  18. January 22, 2010

    Sinn Féin to decide on Stormont pull-out

    Sinn Féin is set to decide this weekend whether to withdraw its ministers from Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government...

  19. January 12, 2010

    Brown to meet Cowan on N Ireland peace process

    Gordon Brown, the UK prime minister, is to meet his Irish counterpart Brian Cowen on Thursday as the British and Irish...

  20. January 12, 2010

    DUP move sparks peace process fear

    Peter Robinson, leader of the Democratic Unionists, is to step down temporarily as Northern Ireland first minister to answer...

  21. January 11, 2010

    N Ireland leader steps down temporarily

    Peter Robinson, leader of the Democratic Unionists, will temporarily step down as Northern Ireland first minister to answer...

  22. Westminster Blog

    July 2, 2009

    Meanwhile in a bunker in Whitehall

    Shaun Woodward: Our new secret formula is a great success. The public love it. Gordon Brown: Higher spending and...

  23. July 2, 2009

    Brown's bombshell?

    One of the riddles of Gordon Brown's regime is the exact role played by Shaun Woodward, Northern Ireland secretary. Some...

  24. July 2, 2009

    How not to build a European coalition

    A forest somewhere in central Europe. The leadership of the People's Nationalist Hunting party has gathered. Party...

  25. July 1, 2009

    How not to build a European coalition

    A forest somewhere in central Europe. The leadership of the People’s Nationalist Hunting party has gathered. Party chairman:...

  26. June 29, 2009

    N Ireland loyalist paramilitaries take key step to peace

    Arms decommissioning announcements by two Northern Ireland Protestant paramilitary organisations were welcomed yesterday as...

  27. June 28, 2009

    N Ireland loyalist paramilitaries step to peace

    The arms decommissioning announcements by Northern Ireland’s two Protestant paramilitary organisations were welcomed on...

  28. June 5, 2009

    Brown’s cabinet in full

    Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP Leader of the House...

  29. June 4, 2009

    Meetings galore in day of drama

    Gordon Brown always starts prime minister's question time by listing his engagements for the day. Yesterday his declaration...

  30. June 4, 2009

    Ministers adopt funereal look

    There is, I now discover, a television channel called Dave ja vu, which one supposes is a collection of repeats from the...

  31. June 3, 2009

    Funereal Brown stumbles on

    There is, I now discover, a TV channel called Dave ja vu, which one supposes is a collection of repeats from the channel...

  32. May 11, 2009

    Labour relieved as Tories feel the heat

    Jacqui Smith has had plenty to be glad about in recent days as dozens of MPs join her in the glare of publicity about...

  33. January 22, 2009

    Omagh report clears GCHQ

    A report into alleged intelligence failings has concluded officers at the government’s secret communications centre at GCHQ...

  34. January 22, 2009

    Omagh report clears GCHQ

    A report into alleged intelligence failings has concluded officers at the government's secret communications centre at GCHQ...

  35. November 21, 2008

    Unionists see funding threat to policing deal

    Northern Ireland’s agreement on the devolution of policing and justice will unravel unless the Treasury agrees to more than...

  36. November 21, 2008

    Unionists see funding threat to policing deal

    Northern Ireland's agreement on the devolution of policing and justice will unravel unless the Treasury agrees to more than...

  37. September 4, 2008

    IRA no longer seen as a threat

    The Irish Republican Army, which for almost 30 years fought a low-level insurgency against the British in Northern Ireland,...

  38. September 3, 2008

    IRA ‘no longer security threat’

    The Irish Republican Army, which for almost 30 years fought a low-level insurgency against the British in Northern Ireland,...

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