The battle to write the inside story of New Labour

Freed from the cares of office, party heavyweights are racing to get their version of the years in power into print

Pandora: Ready to rumble!

What better way to end this most momentous of weeks than with news of an old-fashioned Tory punch-up on the horizon?

Pandora: Boulton wanderer? Sky remains the limit

As regular readers of this column will be aware, there has been genuine concern that earnest Westminster bulldog Adam Boulton has been working too hard.

Boulton and Campbell in live TV clash

He may have been a guest at his wedding but that didn't stop Sky News' political editor Adam Boulton from launching a very public tirade against former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell this afternoon.

It was a day like any other campaign day. Then Mrs Duffy took to the stage

After insult is caught on microphone, PM is forced to embark on apology dash

With support back to 1980s levels, Labour turns in on itself

They won't say so – publicly, at least – but the more realistic Labour strategists have set their sights on coming second in next week's general election.

Enter the Beckett fanatic to play Clegg for Brown

Until a few years ago Theo Bertram was an academic who specialised in the existential works of Samuel Beckett.

Backstage: Credits rolled – and the spinners got to work

Even before the leaders had completed their closing statements, the post-match analysis had begun at the back of the hangar-like hall at Manchester's Hilton hotel, where an army of advisers, aides and political big beasts were mingling with the assembled media in the so-called "spin room".

Steve Richards: Truly Brown is the great survivor

No one can survive as long as the PM without having a few epic strengths

Alastair Campbell: By showing his humanity, Gordon will reach a wider audience

Twitter in particular has changed the balance of power in the relationship between "expert" and "people". I don't know how many people were watching the Prime Minister's interview with Piers Morgan, nor how many were tweeting as they did so, but when I saw the tweet "Why is Piers Morgan trending on Twitter?" I realised the answers were, respectively ... a lot, and quite a few.

Maya, By Alastair Campbell

Deceit, manipulation, bad news buried... Where does Alastair Campbell get his ideas from?

Lance Price: 'When a big crisis blew up, Alastair had an answer'

Former special adviser tells Ian Burrell about life in Downing Street with Alastair Campbell
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Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

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Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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