`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.

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.

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

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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