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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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