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

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

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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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