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  1. FT Photo Diary

    March 27, 2014

    Tony Benn's funeral at Westminster Abbey

    Dan Kitwood/Getty Images The coffin of the late Tony Benn is carried into the grounds of Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s...

  2. March 14, 2014

    Friends and foes pay tribute to former Labour firebrand Tony Benn

    Tony Benn: A life in pictures Tributes have poured in from friends and former political enemies following the death at the...

  1. Westminster Blog

    March 14, 2014

    Tony Benn: FT readers remember the Labour politician

    Our readers have shared their views on Tony Benn, the former MP and champion of the UK left, who died on Friday aged 88. We...

  2. March 14, 2014

    Benn’s programme for Labour

    Tony Benn was at the height of his political career when he addressed the Labour Party conference in September 1980, the...

  3. March 14, 2014

    The paradox of Tony Benn

    Tony Benn: A life in pictures During the election campaign of 1997 – the year of Tony Blair’s first landslide – I spent a...

  4. March 14, 2014

    Tony Benn in quotes

    Tony Benn, the leftwing campaigner and former cabinet minister, has died at the age of 88. Here is a selection of his...

  5. March 14, 2014

    Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn dies aged 88

    Tony Benn: A life in pictures Tony Benn, a champion of the left for more than five decades and one of the intellectual...

  6. March 14, 2014

    Tony Benn, Labour politician and champion of the Left, 1925-2014

    Tony Benn: A life in pictures From his election to parliament at the age of just 25, Tony Benn seemed destined for...

  7. October 25, 2013

    A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine, by Tony Benn

    A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries, by Tony Benn, Hutchinson, RRP£20, 320 pages The phrase “national treasure” has...

  8. October 5, 2012

    Politically incorrect

    May 8 1969: the Labour Cabinet, under Harold Wilson, was discussing the Industrial Relations Bill, which was designed to...

  9. Westminster Blog

    November 7, 2011

    Ed Miliband, the Labour party and opinion polls

    Among the many tributes to Philip Gould, former New Labour pollster, is that from David Miliband, who writes on his blog...

  10. September 3, 2011

    A key moment in our political history

    From Mr Richard Evans. Sir, I read with fascination Brian Groom’s pithy review of Chris Mullin’s third and final volume of...

  11. July 8, 2011

    Ed

    Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader, by Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre, Biteback, RRP£17.99, 240 pages Ed...

  12. May 6, 2011

    At-ishoo, at-ishoo, Nick Clegg falls down

    The surprise loser of the 2011 British election, the way I see it, is not one of the party leaders. It is the 86-year-old...

  13. April 18, 2011

    The Popes

    The Popes: A History, by John Julius Norwich, Chatto & Windus, RRP£25, 528 pages Three hundred years ago, Adam Smith, that...

  14. 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...

  15. October 21, 2010

    Union says industrial action ‘absolutely inevitable’

    The head of Britain’s biggest civil servants’ union described industrial action as “absolutely inevitable” after the...

  16. August 24, 2010

    Not just a cosy online Anglosphere

    Australia’s election has had much coverage in the UK. Is this simply because it has been unusually entertaining or because...

  17. June 21, 2010

    Refusing to be seduced by sudden popularity

    Plans to deliver public services through co-operatives need much more development to be workable, the movement's most senior...

  18. April 27, 2010

    Lace them up

    The classic Dr Martens boots, 50 years old this month, are often described as a "British icon" - but if so, they are a...

  19. Westminster Blog

    April 14, 2010

    Never mind the manifesto: Clegg is having a good war

    Gordon has Sarah; David has Samantha; and Nick has Vince. The Liberal Democrats are having a good campaign. There is no...

  20. April 12, 2010

    Disenchantment in Labour's heartland

    When Frank Allaun, MP for Salford West from 1955 to 1983, caught an intruder in his home he did not phone the police. He...

  21. April 11, 2010

    Disenchantment in northern heartland

    When Frank Allaun, MP for Salford West from 1955 to 1983, caught an intruder in his home he did not phone the police. He...

  22. March 4, 2010

    Witty eccentric who strove to stem Labour's drift to the left

    Michael Foot, who has died at the age of 96, led the Labour party to its worst election defeat. Yet such were his charm, his...

  23. March 3, 2010

    Ex-Labour leader Michael Foot dies at 96

    Remembered with affection: Michael Foot walks his dog Dizzy on London’s Hampstead Heath in 1983. The former Labour party...

  24. Westminster Blog

    November 27, 2009

    Flashback Friday: some great political broadcasts from the archive

    MacDonald stands before hedge to lecture housewives on currency markets embed1 . Tony Benn tests the amazing swivel chair at...

  25. August 25, 2009

    Host with the most

    General Sir Richard Dannatt, the departing army chief, has won plaudits for buying £1.49 bottles of wine and Lidl sausages...

  26. July 5, 2009

    UK industry can learn from Benn policies

    Britain should borrow from the ideas of leftwing Labour politician Tony Benn to frame a new industrial policy, according to...

  27. June 9, 2009

    Welsh Bulgars

    Betsan Powys, BBC Wales's political editor, was talking in Welsh last Friday for the S4C channel about Peter Hain's...

  28. April 22, 2009

    Ex-union leader Jack Jones dies at 96

    LONDON, April 22 - One of the most powerful trade union leaders of the 1970s, Jack Jones, has died in London at the age of...

  29. April 4, 2009

    Films on release Nigel Andrews

    The Boat that Rocked Richard Curtis 129 mins (15) ** "A Richard Curtis film" has begun to have the same scary, feelgood...

  30. December 30, 2008

    Ministers feared damage from serial leaking

    The work of the most widely respected political journalists of the 20th century was subjected to intense scrutiny by...

  31. December 6, 2008

    A master makes his mark

    Professor Martin Daunton, 59, has been master of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge for the past four years. He is...

  32. December 6, 2008

    A master makes his mark

    Professor Martin Daunton, 59, has been master of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge for the past four years. He is...

  33. November 25, 2008

    What makes a national treasure?

    One feature of the John Sergeant/ Strictly Come Dancing saga is the ease with which the former political reporter has...

  34. October 4, 2008

    Slowdown looks good for gilts

    Tony Benn's vision of state ownership of Britain's banks took another step towards reality this week with the...

  35. August 7, 2008

    Three little boys

    After the February 1974 general election, when Labour was returned to power under Harold Wilson, the 41-year-old Eric...

  36. June 30, 2008

    Government and glam rockers

    Nostalgia for the 1970s has been booming in Britain: what was once derided as the decade that taste forgot is now lauded as...

  37. June 29, 2008

    Government and glam rockers

    Crisis? What Crisis? Britain in the 1970s By Alwyn W. Turner Aurum £20 Nostalgia for the 1970s has been booming in Britain:...

  38. June 12, 2008

    A message for the sharp-suited philanthropists

    It is some time since I last read Robert Noonan's classic story of working life, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists , so I...

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