Union chief warns of Milburn's 'wild ideas'

The leader of Britain's biggest union warned the Prime Minister yesterday not to let Alan Milburn, the party's new policy chief, unleash his "wild ideas'' before the general election next year.

Byers' praise for Milburn fuels leader row

The simmering row between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown returned to the boil last night when a leading Blairite said Alan Milburn would make an "excellent'' prime minister.

Day of drift and dither in Downing Street

The man at the centre of the reshuffle storm, Alan Milburn, looked at his pager yesterday and found a message from one of Tony Blair's closest allies in the Cabinet.

New Labour's outrider returns to the saddle after his surprise jump

When Alan Milburn resigned as Health Secretary last year to spend more time with his family, the political world was stunned. In the corridors of Westminster few could believe the slick, ambitious figure who had aggressively championed public service reform as a rising cabinet star could simply pack it in.

Blair says Brown has no veto on Cabinet reshuffle

Tony Blair declared yesterday that Gordon Brown does not have a veto over his Cabinet appointments and said he would reshuffle his team later this week on the basis of ability rather than party factions.

Andrew Smith: 'I want to spend more time with my family'

Andrew Smith quit the Cabinet for a more enjoyable home life. Was it an excuse before he was pushed? James Burleigh recalls others who stepped down citing love, and investigates what happened next

Yvonne Roberts: Work-life balance, or the case of the Milburn tennis lesson

It's a paradox. Men moving further into the family because women want more of a life outside it

Milburn earmarks first 29 flagship foundation hospitals

Government hopes its entrepreneurial overhaul of the NHS will have as much success in cutting waiting times as Spain's experiment
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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