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Aidan Burley, the Tory MP who bought a Nazi uniform for a friend to wear at a stag party, is presumably relieved by the conclusions of a report by Lord Gold, a Tory peer who was asked by the party to look into the affair. He concluded Mr Burley “is not a bad man, still less a racist or an anti-Semite” but he is stupid.

Charlie Whelan, Brown's awkward link with the union

Ken Clarke, the shadow Business Secretary, drew the obvious link yesterday between Gordon Brown and the union involved in the BA strike.

BA cabin crew to strike after talks with airline break down

Flights to be cancelled from next week – with more walkouts threatened

Gordon Brown, bullying, and what we've learnt about life at No 10

<i>The IoS</i> guide to sifting fact from fiction in the furore surrounding the Downing Street revelations

Andrew Grice: Chancellor is already thinking beyond the election

When Alistair Darling replaced Gordon Brown as Chancellor in 2007, he was confident that his long-standing partnership with the new Prime Minister would stand him in good stead. He knew there would have to be compromises over his Budgets and major decisions with the man who had occupied the post for 10 years; after all, there is always tension between the occupants of 10 and 11 Downing Street. What Mr Darling did not expect was that he would be rubbished in anonymous briefings to the media by people in the Brown inner circle of which he had believed he was a part. The Chancellor is a team player who doesn't have a burning desire to be the captain and doesn't expect team-mates to kick lumps out of each other.

Darling 'faced forces of hell' from No 10

Chancellor reveals how Brown's aides briefed against him over recession

Andy McSmith: I don't recognise this portrait of Brown

Tales of the Prime Minister's temper are in the news again. Andy McSmith, who used to work with Gordon Brown, says his old colleague is getting an unfair press

Blair & Brown: A war on two fronts

In the second of our exclusive extracts from his new book, former Downing Street spin doctor Lance Price reveals the guerrilla fighting that raged between the Blair and Brown camps

Steve Richards: Sour grapes and failed politicians

The criticisms that women have made of the PM are all conveniently imprecise

He may be implicated, but Coulson is too important to lose

Denis MacShane, the sharp-eyed Labour MP, was one of the few people outside the Conservative Party to spot the embattled spin doctor Andy Coulson yesterday – in an inner courtyard of the House of Commons beneath Big Ben.

Pandora: A fee to turn up? What would Sir Alan say?

Whoops! Pandora suspects someone might have got the wrong end of the fame stick, so to speak.

Labour chief denies he knew of plan to smear top Tories

Latest polls show the McBride affair has damaged Government's standing with voters

Six days on, PM apologises for plot to smear Tories

Gordon Brown finally said sorry yesterday for the plan to smear senior figures in the Conservative Party that forced the resignation of his close aide Damian McBride.

Steve Richards: This fiasco may have fatally damaged Gordon Brown&rsquo;s capacity to take on the Tories

Without a clear media strategy in modern politics there is no chance of success

Dominic Lawson: Brown is finally the victim of his own licensed assassins

Brown&rsquo;s courtiers never, ever, employ arguments of substance

How Labour's assault on the blogosphere backfired

The Government's attempt to challenge Tory dominance of political debate on the net has gone spectacularly wrong.
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