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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.

Cunningham fails to stop the feuding

THE GOVERNMENT attempted to repair the damage of its worst week in office yesterday with a stern warning to ministers to end the in-fighting that accompanied the resignation of Peter Mandelson.

Political spin at the court of Blair

THE CLARION call by Jack Cunningham, the cabinet enforcer, yesterday for an end to "unauthorised briefings" of journalists by ministerial advisers will raise a hollow laugh among many at Westminster who have become used to a daily diet of spin and counter-spin.

Brown pressed to get rid of his spin-doctor

GORDON BROWN was under growing pressure from cabinet colleagues last night to sack his personal spin doctor, Charlie Whelan, to end the feuding over the resignation of Peter Mandelson.

Brown hit by row over aides' pay

GORDON BROWN will this week come under fresh pressure over the extent of his links with Geoffrey Robinson, after it emerged that the former Paymaster-General helped to fund the Chancellor's office in opposition and subsidised the salaries of his staff.

Mandelson's fall: End of a useful, but fatal, friendship

WHEN Peter Mandelson met Geoffrey Robinson in the early 1980s it was not a meeting of equals. Mandelson was a young Labour researcher, working for the MP Albert Booth; Robinson was already a junior whip.

The Mandelson Affair: Black Christmas for Blair as Mandelson and Robinson quit

TONY BLAIR was reeling last night from his worst crisis since becoming Prime Minister after the resignations of Peter Mandelson and Geoffrey Robinson, two of his senior ministers.

The Mandelson loan: Leak revives bitter feud at party's heart

WHEN TONY Blair gave Peter Mandelson the job he coveted as the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in his July cabinet reshuffle, the Prime Minister knew he was taking a huge gamble.

Mandelson fires his cruise missile

His little black book contains a list of telephone numbers and favours to call in. He will need it now

Statesmen and the `Statesman'

Is there a Labour conspiracy behind the latest ownership bid?

Mensa judges Labour's Political Quotient

PETER MANDELSON, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, is in a class of his own, according to a jury of 12 Mensa members who have created a new PQ rating - or Political Quotient, a cross between an IQ level and assessment of political acumen - to rank each member of the current Cabinet.

Blair must stop Campbell and company spinning out of control

The gap between reality and rhetoric has turned New Labour's spin doctors into something of a liability

Blair was willing to wound, but afraid to strike

THE PICTURE of the assembled members of the Cabinet and other notables applauding Mr Tony Blair after his favourable report on their activities was reminiscent of the Central Committee giving a standing ovation to the Chairman of the Party. In the old USSR the practice was that the first party comrade detected sitting down was taken away later and shot. No doubt Mr Alastair Campbell has some similar fate in store for those colleagues who demonstrate less than wholehearted zeal for the Prime Minister.

Playing happy families is not the way to the nation's heart

Gordon Brown had the grace to look uneasy at his photo opportunity. Quite right, says Andrew Marr: it's none of our business

Very single white male

The Chancellor is a sex symbol and his budget could be historic, so why do we care whether he marries?

Comment: It's a great job Gordon, so get on and make the most of it

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