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    1. September 12, 2013

      UK Royal Mail privatisation has been on the cards for 20 years

      Ministers have been eyeing privatisation of Royal Mail for more than two decades. If the latest attempt is successful, Vince...

    2. January 19, 2012

      The politics of responsible capitalism

      Only “responsible” capitalists, it seems, are wanted now. The irresponsible kind can just slink off with their cronies and...

    1. September 21, 2011

      Spads seen as vital to government

      Clare Short, the Labour former cabinet minister, famously dubbed special advisers as “the people who live in the dark”, but...

    2. Westminster Blog

      May 31, 2010

      When was the last Treasury chief secretary with City background?

      John Redwood argues that the job of chief secretary to the Treasury is more political than financial; and therefore Danny...

    3. April 10, 2010

      Regrets and nostalgia as MPs face exit

      A whiff of nostalgia and regret hung over the House of Commons this week ahead of a general election which could see the...

    4. April 9, 2010

      Tears and nostalgia as 150 MPs quit

      A whiff of nostalgia and regret hung over the House of Commons this week ahead of a general election which could see the...

    5. March 27, 2010

      The Diary: Rory Bremner

      There was something almost predictable about the fact that the three prominent Labour figures caught out in the “cash for...

    6. March 25, 2010

      In defence of Stephen Byers

      Poor Stephen Byers! The former cabinet minister, weeks before he steps down as an MP, was caught out by Dispatches , a cruel...

    7. March 24, 2010

      In defence of Stephen Byers

      Poor Stephen Byers! The former cabinet minister, weeks before he steps down as an MP, was caught out by Dispatches, a cruel...

    8. Westminster Blog

      March 24, 2010

      Boris has the best gag on Stephen Byers

      I wasn’t at the UK Press Awards last night but apparently Boris Johnson pulled off a brilliant speech that included some...

    9. March 24, 2010

      Labour trio inquiry seen as urgent by both parties

      The parliamentary standards body has been urged by both Labour and the Tories to investigate claims about three former...

    10. March 24, 2010

      Lobbying scandal dents UK ruling party's hopes

      Britain's ruling Labour party yesterday sought to limit the fallout from the latest scandal to hit Westminster as both it...

    11. March 23, 2010

      MPs on the meter

      Westminster’s lobbying storm this week recalls the last days of John Major’s government. An administration in power for more...

    12. March 23, 2010

      Labour trio inquiry seen as urgent

      The parliamentary standards body has been urged by both Labour and the Tories to investigate claims about three former...

    13. Westminster Blog

      March 23, 2010

      Byers' business boss admits the Dispatches programme was: "Not terribly positive"

      I’ve just spoken to Tony Mattar, director of Consolidated Contractors International, which pays Stephen Byers as a non-UK...

    14. March 23, 2010

      Labour suspends ex-ministers over lobbying

      Three former Labour Cabinet ministers were suspended from the parliamentary party last night over allegations they tried to...

    15. March 23, 2010

      Sleaze claims hit UK politician

      A former minister in Britain's governing Labour party yesterday requested an investigation into claims that he was involved...

    16. March 22, 2010

      Labour suspends ex-ministers in lobbying row

      Three former Labour Cabinet ministers were suspended from the parliamentary party last night over claims that they tried to...

    17. March 22, 2010

      Byers asks for probe of lobbying allegations

      Stephen Byers, the former transport secretary, on Monday requested an investigation into claims that he was involved in...

    18. March 22, 2010

      Labour in lobbying vow after MP sting

      Labour said it would crack down on lobbying by former ministers in an attempt to defuse a political scandal after several of...

    19. March 21, 2010

      Labour in lobbying vow after MP sting

      Labour said it would crack down on lobbying by former ministers in an attempt to defuse a political scandal after several of...

    20. Westminster Blog

      March 21, 2010

      Stephen Byers, National Express and the East Coast rail franchise

      To what extent was Stephen Byers exaggerating or even fantasising when he claimed that he was able to influence the process...

    21. Westminster Blog

      March 21, 2010

      Brown's enemies laid low by lobbying allegations

      I’m sure at one level Gordon Brown must be furious about today’s story in the Sunday Times, which doesn’t exactly look great...

    22. March 3, 2010

      Leaders who pander to public opinion lose respect

      Clement Attlee, Britain's leader in the era of postwar austerity, was once approached by a BBC reporter who adopted the...

    23. March 2, 2010

      Leaders who pander to public opinion lose respect

      Clement Attlee, Britain’s leader in the era of postwar austerity, was once approached by a BBC reporter who adopted the...

    24. Westminster Blog

      February 25, 2010

      Exclusive: Labour letters to Mrs Pratt

      We’ve examined Briton’s greatest top 10 historical characters – as voted for by the British public – and no fewer than six...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. September 25, 2009

      Climate talks must make progress at Pittsburgh

      The agenda of the meeting of the Group of 20 in Pittsburgh is crowded with everything from reflating the economy to the...

    28. September 12, 2009

      Heroes fell far short of their billing

      The Phoenix Four have gone from heroes to zeroes in public estimation. But the most recent nail driven into the coffin of...

    29. September 11, 2009

      Heroes fell far short of their billing

      The Phoenix Four have gone from heroes to zeroes in public estimation. But the most recent nail driven into the coffin of...

    30. September 11, 2009

      Former MG Rover owners face legal action

      Lord Mandelson, business secretary, is expected to start civil proceedings to disqualify members of the "Phoenix Four", the...

    31. August 12, 2009

      Hair raising

      The reputation of the moustache was already under strain after the fall from grace of Sir Allen Stanford, the Texan tycoon....

    32. July 6, 2009

      Fraud agency to investigate MG Rover case

      The Serious Fraud Office has been called in to investigate the collapse of MG Rover more than four years after the carmaker...

    33. July 5, 2009

      Fraud agency to investigate MG Rover case

      The Serious Fraud Office has been called in to investigate the collapse of MG Rover more than four years after the carmaker...

    34. June 8, 2009

      Labour humiliation lets in BNP

      Gordon Brown faces a showdown with his MPs today after a humiliating night at the polls, as a slump in Labour support...

    35. June 8, 2009

      Brown faces showdown after collapse

      Gordon Brown faces a showdown with his MPs today after a humiliating night at the polls, as a slump in Labour support...

    36. June 5, 2009

      Rebels hope to strike fatal blow

      Gordon Brown’s swift reshuffle was designed to distract attention from James Purnell’s dramatic resignation and close down...

    37. June 5, 2009

      Rebels hope for ‘golden scenario’

      The campaign to unseat Gordon Brown has been marred by several strategic errors – but it may still gather sufficient...

    38. June 5, 2009

      Rebels hope for 'golden scenario'

      The campaign to unseat Gordon Brown has been marred by several strategic errors - but it may still gather sufficient...

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