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Simon Carr: The favourite is yet another Etonian. But could it be DD or FF?

What can't they do? Three Labour speakers in a row? That's too daring surely. But they are talking about an "interim speaker" who will stand down from Parliament at the next election. Tony Wright, chair of the Public Administration Committee, is the only obvious Labour candidate. He's likeable and inquisitive but in committee often fails to deliver the knock-out blow.

Alan Milburn: More state is not the answer

A leading Labour moderniser argues that the recession must not become an excuse to return to policies of state intervention

Milburn tells PM: Don't betray Blair

Former health secretary warns party against lurching to the left

Doughnuts join list of nutritious food

Companies will be able to claim custard tarts, sausage rolls and even doughnuts are healthy foods under a European crackdown on junkfood advertising, campaigners complained yesterday.

Psst... the rumours that tainted Brown's rivals

McBride's emails are consistent with a tradition of negative briefing, says Andy McSmith

Steve Richards: Open contempt for politicians is neither daring nor clever

An attack on Gordon Brown makes you part of the pack, safely protected

The <i>IoS</i> Diary: Solid gold and plenty of nuggets

As high-profile Texans keen on making loadsa money, Sir Allen Stanford and George Bush have much in common. Indeed, before Stanford was charged over a £6bn fraud, the two were, it seems, rather matey. When Stanford expanded his financial services firm by building a new office complex on the US Virgin Islands, Dubya sent a heart-warming memo on White House notepaper. "I send greetings to those gathered in St Croix, Virgin Islands, to celebrate the expansion of Stanford Financial Group," it reads. "By providing investment and wealth management services, companies like yours are helping more Americans build a solid foundation for the future. Laura and I send our best wishes ...." Charming, even if the bit about solid foundations has turned out not to be quite right. But why no letters of support from Laura and George now?

Jon Cruddas: Stop these rogue elements rampaging on the Labour right

There's a dreary nostalgia for the market-obsessed Blairism of 2001

Archer and Black could escape Lords ban

Plan to expel peers in wake of cash scandal may not be retrospective

Campbell rebuffs Brown as Milburn returns to centre stage

Election speculation mounts with Prime Minister 'intensively courting' Blair's spin doctor, while another former New Labour foe agrees to pilot White Paper on social mobility

Steve Richards: It's taken a crisis for Labour to rediscover its unity

To the amazement of his listeners, Brown said 'Mandelson gets it. He gets globalisation'

Andrew Grice: Financial woes create election hope for Brown

"This is the economic equivalent of 9/11," one cabinet minister said yesterday as he summed up a momentous week. Other members talk of the Government being on a "war footing" as they gather in the Cabinet Office's Briefing Room A (Cobra) for meetings of the new National Economic Council or "war cabinet".

Brown rewards Blair loyalist

John Hutton was made Business Secretary by Gordon Brown when he carried out his first reshuffle upon becoming Prime Minister.

Kelly: Rapid rise led to eventful career

Ruth Kelly's decision to stand down as Transport Secretary at the next reshuffle heralds the imminent end of a short but eventful Cabinet career.

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