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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.

These spin doctors thrive in our backstabbing culture

Peter Mandelson always saw his job as promoting the leader of the Labour Party, not the party itself

Heal rifts or lose election, Labour warns ministers

LABOUR HAS admitted that it will lose the next general election unless the Cabinet ends the divisions that have provoked Tony Blair's biggest crisis since he won power. The warning is contained in an internal memo from senior party officials to staff at Labour's Millbank headquarters in London, outlining the party's strategy for winning a second term.

Whelan offered pounds 200,000 book deal

CHARLIE WHELAN plans to lift the lid on the bitter feuds at the heart of the Government by writing a book after he steps down as press secretary to Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.

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The editor of `Red Pepper' replies to David Aaronovitch's article on splits in the Government

Please sir, may I take my children on holiday to the Seychelles?

It is daft to suggest that the young Blairs missing school today will jeopardise their education

Labour turmoil: Brown's ever-decreasing inner circle

THE DEPARTURE of Charlie Whelan removes another key player from the inner circle of Gordon Brown, whose powerbase has been progressively weakened by Tony Blair.

Leading article: Banishing a spin doctor will not cure Mr Blair's troubles

CHARLIE WHELAN'S resignation as aide to Gordon Brown casts doubt over the competence of the entire Blair administration. In a well run government, the fate of a press secretary should not make any difference to day-to-day business: actual policies, affecting the lives of every citizen, should dominate the minds of ministers.

Labour is arrogant and remote, Blair warned

TONY BLAIR has been warned that many voters feel his Government may be "losing touch" with the public and becoming "arrogant" as it grows accustomed to power.

Whelan backed by Beckett

A CABINET dispute deepened yesterday over whether Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, should dismiss his controversial press secretary after allegations that he played a part in the downfall of Peter Mandelson.

Speculation grows that Whelan may resign

CHARLIE WHELAN, the Chancellor's controversial press secretary, could resign in frustration over allegations that he played a part in Peter Mandelson's downfall.

Gordon Brown will stand by Whelan

GORDON BROWN is expected to back his controversial press secretary Charlie Whelan when the Cabinet next meets on 14 January. Several ministers are expected to demand that the Chancellor sack Mr Whelan from his job at the Treasury because of allegations that he was involved in the downfall of the former Trade and Industry Secretary, Peter Mandelson.

Reporter tried to hide loan scandal

PETER MANDELSON'S unofficial biographer claimed last night that he had decided not to publish details of the home loan that led to the former cabinet minister's resignation but they were leaked from a draft copy of the book.

Prescott bins the spin for real policies

Cabinet shift: Deputy Prime Minister forges new alliance with Chancellor to challenge Mandelson's 'free-market' legacy

Don't blame the spin-doctor - blame his boss, Mr Brown

IF CHARLIE Whelan did not exist, it would, be necessary for the Government to invent him. This convenient Beelzebub has been identified as the source of the revelations of Peter Mandelson's home-loan arrangements without anything as vulgar as proof. "The Government will not be held to ransom by one little oik," was Number 10's word to that newspaper of New Labour record, The Sun. The Blairites always call Mr Whelan an oik. It is practically a registered code.

Prescott: `We must revive traditional Labour values'

THE DEPUTY Prime Minister, John Prescott, and the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, have forged a new alliance to reassert "traditional" Labour values in the wake of the resignation of Peter Mandelson.
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