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    1. September 15, 2014

      Crowdpac helps politicians tap the crowd

      Steve Hilton, the former policy chief for British prime minister David Cameron, is betting he can help make US political...

    2. July 17, 2014

      Downing Street is more effective than you think

      Reshuffles entrance political junkies. But for Number 10 they are sheer agony. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown sweated for hours...

    1. Westminster Blog

      April 25, 2013

      Steve Hilton's back - or is he?

      The guru is back. Steve Hilton, fresh from his sojourn in the US, is to return to Number 10 to advise the new political...

    2. April 24, 2013

      Cameron delivers Tory coup in shake-up of No 10 policy unit

      Jo Johnson, younger brother of London mayor Boris Johnson, will on Thursday be given a ministerial role as head of the...

    3. April 3, 2013

      Downing Street adviser to quit

      The Number 10 adviser behind London’s Tech City project, Rohan Silva, is to leave Downing Street this summer to launch his...

    4. FT Tech Hub

      April 3, 2013

      Rohan Silva, architect of London's Tech City, to leave Downing St for Index Ventures

      The Number 10 adviser behind London’s Tech City project, Rohan Silva, is to leave Downing Street this summer to become an...

    5. January 16, 2013

      Updated view of political management

      For Tony Blair, they were the “forces of conservatism”. For Margaret Thatcher they were an inefficient bureaucracy that...

    6. November 18, 2012

      Cameron takes on Australian poll guru

      David Cameron has hired the Australian poll guru Lynton Crosby to mastermind the next Tory election campaign, ignoring the...

    7. November 14, 2012

      More education department staff to lose jobs

      Michael Gove has drawn up proposals for more redundancies in the education department as part of a plan to cut running costs...

    8. September 7, 2012

      Cameron fells green politics and returns to Tory roots

      Has a political era so recent ever seemed so far away? Britain just before the crash was, at least to judge from the way its...

    9. Westminster Blog

      August 21, 2012

      Oliver Letwin: the unseen architect of coalition policy

      There have been moments in Oliver Letwin’s political career when it did not look as if he would ever emerge as the...

    10. Westminster Blog

      August 20, 2012

      German-style mini jobs: a miracle solution for the UK?

      As I reported today, the Treasury is looking seriously into the idea of adopting German-style “mini jobs”, a scheme long...

    11. June 18, 2012

      Fixer becomes lightning rod for attacks

      As the civil service reform plan evolved, Sir Jeremy Heywood, one of Whitehall’s most distinguished back-room operators, has...

    12. June 18, 2012

      Maude sets out plan for slimmer Whitehall

      Sweeping changes to the way an austerity-era civil service works will be ushered in on Tuesday when the government sets out...

    13. Westminster Blog

      June 11, 2012

      The flaw with ministers' "fire at will" compromise

      The huge Lib-Tory row over plans to let bosses “fire at will” appeared to end in a victory for Vince Cable, the Liberal...

    14. June 6, 2012

      Business group rejects easy firing plan

      A leading business group has come out strongly against Adrian Beecroft’s proposal for employers to be free to fire staff at...

    15. May 28, 2012

      Tales from the line of fire

      Sackings are much in the air in Britain – whether it be civil servants, teachers or, as some wish to see, a broader...

    16. May 24, 2012

      Civil service underperformers targeted

      One-in-ten of Britain’s civil servants will be told to improve their performance or face the axe under plans to improve...

    17. May 22, 2012

      Jobs report author dismisses Cable

      Adrian Beecroft, the Conservative donor and venture capitalist behind a radical report on employment law, has accused Vince...

    18. May 21, 2012

      Cameron steps back from labour law idea

      David Cameron is preparing to drop controversial proposals to make it easier for bosses to fire unproductive staff, amid...

    19. May 20, 2012

      Hilton leaves trail of trouble for PM

      Steve Hilton, David Cameron’s chief policy adviser, left Downing Street last week to begin a sabbatical in California,...

    20. March 15, 2012

      Cable starts talks on employment law

      Vince Cable has launched a call for evidence over whether to water down employment protection for workers in Britain’s...

    21. March 2, 2012

      Cameron’s blue-sky thinker takes year off

      David Cameron is to lose one of his closest aides almost two years into his premiership after Steve Hilton, his longtime...

    22. March 1, 2012

      Minister delays review of workers’ rights

      The coalition’s review into scrapping employment rights for workers in small companies has been delayed amid Liberal...

    23. February 22, 2012

      Livingstone rejects Thames estuary airport

      Ken Livingstone has spoken out against plans for a new airport in the Thames estuary, saying the proposal is unaffordable,...

    24. February 19, 2012

      Employers press to cut redundancy period

      Business groups have provoked trade union anger by proposing to relax requirements to consult staff about redundancies as...

    25. February 19, 2012

      Virgin celebrates No 10 adviser’s backing

      Virgin Atlantic said it was “delighted” by reports that Steve Hilton, the prime minister’s chief policy adviser, told...

    26. February 8, 2012

      Cameron flies to Stockholm to strengthen alliance

      David Cameron arrived in Stockholm on Wednesday night to indulge the latest phase in his Nordic infatuation, which embraces...

    27. January 18, 2012

      Coalition split over airport policy

      A rift has opened at the top of the coalition government over the future of Britain’s airports after Nick Clegg vowed to...

    28. Westminster Blog

      January 18, 2012

      Coalition splits over aviation burst into the open

      The FT splashed back on November 18 about the government’s new enthusiasm for a Thames estuary airport with ministers such...

    29. January 3, 2012

      Shift in green rhetoric damps sentiment

      As the new year begins, imagine how different Britain’s political landscape might be if it had a chancellor talking about...

    30. November 22, 2011

      Cable denies ‘hire-and-fire’ jobs law

      Vince Cable, business secretary, has announced a shake-up of workplace law, including a review of the case for a...

    31. November 18, 2011

      Thames airport backed by Downing St

      Plans for an airport in the Thames estuary have won political backing in Downing Street and the Treasury as a visionary way...

    32. November 11, 2011

      Apology: Steve Hilton

      ● An article on page 3 of early editions of Thursday’s Financial Times attributed to Steve Hilton, the prime minister’s...

    33. November 10, 2011

      Ministers look to bring in ‘protected conversations’

      Ministers are to consult on introducing “protected conversations” that would allow employers to discuss issues such as...

    34. November 9, 2011

      Cameron rejects bosses’ right to ‘fire at will’

      David Cameron has rejected calls for employers to be given the right to “fire at will”, finally drawing a line under a...

    35. Westminster Blog

      November 9, 2011

      The battle inside 10 Downing Street over unfair dismissal laws

      If you are not familiar with Adrian Beecroft, the former venture capitalist, here is the upsum: the Tory donor was...

    36. November 8, 2011

      Cameron’s anger at claim of Osborne rift

      David Cameron has reacted angrily to suggestions – thought to have originated from his own policy adviser – that a rift has...

    37. November 6, 2011

      Cameron aide seeks to resolve sacking row

      David Cameron’s top civil servant has intervened to try to resolve coalition tensions over a proposal to let small companies...

    38. Westminster Blog

      November 1, 2011

      BBC issues extraordinary apology to Andrew Tyrie

      During party conferences, the BBC broadcast a piece of footage showing Andrew Tyrie, the chair of the Treasury select...

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