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  1. February 16, 2014

    Adonis warns Labour of business backlash over mansion tax

    Labour faces a backlash from business people about its proposal for a “mansion tax”, one of the party’s most senior figures...

  2. November 12, 2013

    Tessa Jowell’s phone hacked 29 times, court hears

    The mobile phone of Tessa Jowell, a Labour cabinet minister, was repeatedly hacked in 2006 by an investigator working for...

  1. Westminster Blog

    June 7, 2013

    When Labour's new super-donor was ticked off for selling faulty Lucky Panda

    By Jim Pickard and Elizabeth Rigby John Mills, the Labour donor whose “tax-efficient” gift threatened to overshadow the...

  2. January 22, 2013

    Whitehall can learn from London 2012

    Ministers are frustrated about delivery. Like their Labour predecessors, they complain about delays and question the...

  3. October 2, 2012

    Labour warns of risk to Olympic legacy

    Labour called on the government to improve school sports facilities to secure the Olympic legacy as medallists took to the...

  4. July 7, 2012

    The Inventory: Tessa Jowell

    Tessa Jowell, 64, is shadow minister for London and the Olympics. She has been a Labour MP since 1992 and served in both the...

  5. June 16, 2012

    Queen’s birthday honours

    Knights Bachelor Tony Baldry, MP. Michael Boyd, artistic director, Royal Shakespeare Company. Kenneth Branagh, actor....

  6. March 30, 2012

    Cameron turns to Olympics in difficult week

    Being photographed playing badminton on the lawn of Number 10 was not going to do much to address David Cameron’s image of...

  7. February 3, 2012

    Berlusconi: vacuum salesman to prime minister

    September 1936: Born in Milan to middle-class family Early life: During his studies he earns a reputation as a crooner,...

  8. February 1, 2012

    Don’t jump aboard the anti-Dow bandwagon

    The Olympic Games is the biggest show on earth, which makes it a target for those who want to drum up either trouble or...

  9. January 25, 2012

    Olympics official resigns over sponsor

    A commissioner from London 2012’s sustainability watchdog has resigned over Dow Chemical’s sponsorship of this summer’s...

  10. January 8, 2012

    Minister rounds on critics of Olympics spending

    The minister responsible for the Olympics rounded on those attacking the government for spending money to promote the UK,...

  11. December 4, 2011

    Jowell defends stance on Olympic sponsor

    Tessa Jowell insists she is not undermining the reputation of the London Olympics despite leading a campaign against Dow...

  12. November 25, 2011

    IOC joins Olympics boycott spat

    The prospect of India boycotting the London Olympics over Dow Chemical’s sponsorship of the games has prompted the...

  13. November 15, 2011

    Coe defends Dow Olympic sponsor deal

    Lord Coe mounted a spirited defence of London 2012’s sponsorship deal with Dow Chemical on Tuesday, denying that the...

  14. 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...

  15. July 24, 2011

    Little evidence of Olympics’ ‘Keynesian’ benefits

    Ever since London won its bid to host the Olympics, ministers have stressed the “Keynesian” benefits of spending on...

  16. July 11, 2011

    Fatal flaw in public services white paper

    The reaction on Labour’s benches said it all. Tessa Jowell, the Blairite former Cabinet minister, declared that the...

  17. July 6, 2011

    Alternative Careers No.1: Politician – a hobby or a way of life?

    Is being a politician really a job? There is no set workload, no fixed hours, a loose and volatile management structure....

  18. June 30, 2011

    Battle is joined over public sector pensions

    Ministers and union leaders are braced for a tense battle as they prepare for talks to prevent a wider dispute this autumn...

  19. June 21, 2011

    Shadow cabinet at odds over VAT

    Tensions emerged in the shadow cabinet on Tuesday as senior Labour MPs expressed annoyance that they were not informed last...

  20. Westminster Blog

    June 21, 2011

    Shadow cabinet annoyed that they were not told about VAT cut policy

    Tensions emerged in the shadow cabinet this morning as senior Labour MPs expressed annoyance that they were not informed...

  21. Westminster Blog

    June 14, 2011

    Exclusive: "Big Society" concept was invented by the Chinese communists

    When Vince Cable said the coalition had “Maoist tendencies” no one took it as a literal suggestion that David Cameron was...

  22. May 25, 2011

    Big Society labelled ‘farce’ after new blow

    David Cameron’s “Big Society” dream was said to be “descending into farce” on Tuesday as Lord Wei announced he was quitting...

  23. May 23, 2011

    Cameron revives Big Society concept

    Every member of David Cameron’s cabinet is to undertake at least one day of volunteering a year, the prime minister...

  24. May 9, 2011

    Berlusconi back in court for Mills case

    Silvio Berlusconi, Italian prime minister, has attended a court hearing in Milan where he is on trial for allegedly...

  25. April 11, 2011

    More alleged hacking victims contacted

    Rupert Murdoch’s News International has approached another nine people who claim to be victims in the News of the World...

  26. April 8, 2011

    Not off the hook on phone hacking

    It has taken time, but News International has finally admitted liability for intercepting the telephone messages of public...

  27. March 29, 2011

    Charities plan big cuts amid funding fears

    Half of England’s charities are set to shed staff amid expectations that the financial health of the sector will worsen in...

  28. February 3, 2011

    Liverpool council quits PM’s Big Society

    David Cameron has suffered an embarrassing setback in his “Big Society” project after one of the four councils chosen to...

  29. January 27, 2011

    Pressure grows in NoW phone-hacking saga

    News International was facing mounting pressure as legal documents emerged that allege phone hacking at the News of the...

  30. December 29, 2010

    AV opponents claim wide Labour backing

    Campaigners against a change in Britain’s voting system claimed the support of 114 Labour MPs on Wednesday in a striking...

  31. Westminster Blog

    October 7, 2010

    The surprise names who didn't make the shadow cabinet - and who came last

    Ben Bradshaw’s failure to make the shadow cabinet is not such a surprise, despite his manifest talents; he didn’t have...

  32. Westminster Blog

    October 7, 2010

    The shadow cabinet in order of votes

    When I tipped John Healey as a possible shadow chancellor this morning it might have seemed outlandish to some, given his...

  33. 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....

  34. Westminster Blog

    September 27, 2010

    Which former cabinet minister put Ed Balls fifth in the ballot?

    Take a bow, Tessa Jowell, Blairite former Olympics minister. She put Mr Balls fifth behind Diane Abbott et al. Incidentally...

  35. August 5, 2010

    Miliband wants BBC to be a co-operative

    David Miliband has called for the BBC to be turned into a co-operative as part of a drive for greater public accountability...

  36. August 2, 2010

    There is nothing new about this emphasis on early intervention

    From David Blunkett MP. Sir, The launch of the Cabinet Office’s “early intervention review” and the article “To build a Big...

  37. July 25, 2010

    Minister promotes Olympic social legacy

    The 2012 Olympics will mark the moment when Britain emerges from a period of austerity and becomes “modern and...

  38. Westminster Blog

    July 5, 2010

    Stampede for places in Labour's shadow cabinet

    You may think it’s still months away. But the manoeuvrings have already begun. Up to 40 Labour MPs are likely to put...

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