`I'm relieved to be out of government' admits Blunkett

David Blunkett is relieved not be in front-line politics at a time when his private life is once again front-page news, he has told friends.

Don't bet your life on healthcare shares

Running properties full of incontinent old ladies is not the same as icing a cake or wrapping a sliced loaf

Blair faces revolt as ministers demand elections for Lords

Tony Blair is facing a revolt in Cabinet after refusing to bow to increasing pressure from ministers to reform the House of Lords so that between half and 80 per cent of peers are directly elected.

THE SKETCH: Dunwoody extends welcome - with a blow to the gullet

WE HAVE a new under-minister. Her name is - what is her name? I had it a minute ago. She is responsible for the whale industry. Sketch writers rejoice! She has a mild speech impediment! It's the little things that make us happy in the gallery.

Politics: Brown warns Milburn over `gimmicks'

GORDON BROWN declared yesterday that he would veto any expensive, headline-grabbing ideas from inclusion in Labour's general election manifesto.

Brown warns Milburn over 'gimmicks'

Gordon Brown declared yesterday that he would veto any expensive, headline-grabbing ideas from inclusion in Labour's general election manifesto.

Milburn to say New Labour reforms must go on, but seeks Brown peace

Alan Milburn will declare today that New Labour's reforms must "go on and on" and hint that Tony Blair will do the same to secure his legacy before he leaves Downing Street.

The Week in Politics: Why Blair keeps faith with his Home Secretary

When Tony Blair formed his Cabinet after the last general election, his top priority was to crack the intractable problem of public service reform. He put four loyal Blairites in charge of key departments and, to ensure continuity, told them they would stay there until the next election.

Immigration plans linked to economic requirements

A fresh crackdown on immigration is being planned by the Government to outflank Tory proposals for a strict quota system on migrants.

Milburn uses election to galvanise Labour

Labour MPs were put on a war footing yesterday for the next general election by Alan Milburn, the Prime Minister's election strategist, to quell unrest in the party's ranks.

Brown stirs fresh Cabinet tensions on manifesto

Gordon Brown risked provoking fresh in-fighting in the Cabinet yesterday by asserting his authority over the content of Labour's next manifesto.

Brown strikes deal with Blair to hit the road

Gordon Brown will tour the country during the next general election and play no part in running Labour's campaign from London, it was announced yesterday.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?