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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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