Charles Clarke 'ashamed' to be Labour MP

Former home secretary Charles Clarke is the latest MP to go on the attack against Gordon Brown, declaring himself 'ashamed' to be a Labour MP.

Blunkett: Labour is heading for 'civil war'

David Blunkett warns of 'self-inflicted' wounds amid rumours of Blairite plot

Brown under pressure to scrap debate on MPs expenses

Charles Clarke accuses PM of trying to 'bully' MPs into changing system

Call to delay MPs' expenses decision

The Commons anti-sleaze watchdog today called for any decisions on the MPs' expenses controversy to be postponed until after the completion of an independent review.

Cameron: This will be the new age of austerity

As Brown enters the twilight zone, Labour is mired in angry recriminations

Cameron to Brown: I want an apology

Labour under pressure to reveal who was in on the plot to spread slurs against leading Conservatives

No 10 aide fired over 'obscene' email smears

'Dirty tricks' campaign making serious allegations about senior Tories backfires on Gordon Brown adviser. Jane Merrick and Matthew Bell report

Plea for rise in tuition fees condemned

Students should not pay more as recession bites, say former education secretaries

Hutton admits UK handed over suspects for rendition

British forces in Iraq handed over two terror suspects to the US who were then flown to Afghanistan for interrogation, the Defence Secretary admitted today.

Brown slips from recession to depression

Gordon Brown was accused last night of hiding the true scale of Britain's economic crisis after he said in the House of Commons that there was a global "depression", rather than a recession. The Opposition seized on an off-the-cuff remark during Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in which Mr Brown suggested the world is in its first depression since the 1930s. "We should agree... on a monetary and fiscal stimulus that will take the world out of depression," he told David Cameron.

Campbell rebuffs Brown as Milburn returns to centre stage

Election speculation mounts with Prime Minister 'intensively courting' Blair's spin doctor, while another former New Labour foe agrees to pilot White Paper on social mobility

Charles Clarke – Voice of Britain! (14 December 2008)

Britain's most respected political sage gives his views on the true meaning of Christmas and the right sort of wrapping paper

Labour rebels push Speaker to the brink of humiliation

Government narrowly escapes defeat over arrest of Tory frontbencher

Charles Clarke – voice of Britain! (5 October 2008)

A very interesting reshuffle, but what is wrong with the phone at No 10?

Kelly: Rapid rise led to eventful career

Ruth Kelly's decision to stand down as Transport Secretary at the next reshuffle heralds the imminent end of a short but eventful Cabinet career.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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