Business leaders turn on 'Tsar Alan'

The arrival of Sir Alan Sugar into the Government as an “enterprise tsar” is just a desperate attempt by Gordon Brown to boost his public popularity, according to business leaders.

Blears says 'sorry' for firestorm

Former Communities Secretary faces vote of no confidence in Salford constituency

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Manon, Theatre Royal, Glasgow<br>Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, St John's Smith Square, London

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Pressure grows on Speaker to step down

Pressure mounted on the Commons Speaker, Michael Martin, to "jump before he is pushed" yesterday, as more MPs called for him to announce that he will retire. A growing number of parliamentarians believe Mr Martin has mishandled the controversy over MPs' expenses and think a new figurehead for the Commons is needed to restore public trust. Charles Clarke, the former home secretary, told the New Statesman magazine that Mr Martin's performance was "utterly deplorable".

Milburn tells PM: Don't betray Blair

Former health secretary warns party against lurching to the left

DJ Taylor: A bunch of Charlies

Charles Clarke's mangled missive to voters is a linguistic outrage, Michael Caine mutinies over tax, and a professor just can't understand the wit of Norvicensians

Blears: PM's failure to connect with voters is 'lamentable'

Cabinet minister appears to court the sack with scathing article on Gordon Brown's faltering premiership

Ashdown warns of major Labour split

The Labour Party could fracture as badly as it did in 1981 if the party suffers a heavy loss at the next election, Lord Ashdown warned today.

Clarke: 'Recent events make me feel ashamed to be a Labour MP'

Charles Clarke adds to poll gloom for Brown
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