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Wednesday 02 October 2013
Our man in Manchester
Tuesday 24 September 2013
Spin doctor’s book tells of gut-wrenching instant he realised that the 2005 Budget had been blown
Ed Balls’ position on spending is a vote winner but we must be ready for the inevitable Tory attacks
Sunday 22 September 2013
Labour was right to warn that this Budget went “too far, too fast”
'Ed Miliband copied into smears emails...': Damian McBride's memoirs suggest Labour leader could be 'embarrassed' by Derek Draper correspondence
Sunday 22 September 2013
Ed Miliband may have been copied in to damaging emails that were at the centre of a 2009 smear campaign orchestrated by leading Labour officials, according to senior party sources.
Sunday 22 September 2013
With the polls showing that Ed Miliband's No 10 prospects are far from secure, Jane Merrick asks a member of his shadow Cabinet where her own ambitions lie
'It'll be anarchy': Gordon Brown discussed putting troops on the streets as banking crisis worsened, former spin doctor Damian McBride reveals
Saturday 21 September 2013
Gordon Brown considered putting troops onto the streets and enforcing a curfew as the severity of the banking crisis began to sink in, his former spin doctor has revealed.
Friday 20 September 2013
Serialisation of memoir, which reveals smears against rivals, raises awkward questions for Labour leader
Monday 22 April 2013
It seems a lifetime ago since Sir John Chilcot's stopped taking evidence for his inquiry into the origin of the Iraq War and went away to write his report. The public part of the inquiry began on 24 November 2009 and ended on 2 February 2011. Two years, two months and three weeks have since slipped by, with no firm indication yet of when we might see Sir John's conclusions. This is taking so long that even the House of Lords, a place in which time normally stands still, is showing signs of impatience.
Monday 05 September 2011
Former Chancellor's memoirs claim economic rift with PM stripped Labour Party of its credibility. Nigel Morris reports
Monday 25 July 2011
The Monday Interview Tom Watson tells Martin Hickman about his role as scourge of the Murdochs, and why his battle isn't over
Wednesday 13 July 2011
Monday 04 July 2011
Unshakeable loyalty being the rarity it is, thank God for Kelvin MacKenzie. Kelvin marks his defection from The Sun to the Daily Mail with a paean to the boss he has forsaken, in an article headlined "Thank God for Murdoch" (and who knew he saw any distinction between the two deities?). Kelvin is overjoyed at Jeremy *unt's shock decision to permit Rupert full ownership of BSkyB, the Hulture Secretary wisely trusting his guarantees about the editorial independence of Sky News.
Friday 17 June 2011
Friday 10 June 2011
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls today denied involvement in a plot to oust Tony Blair as Prime Minister, following the leak of a cache of private documents detailing Gordon Brown's preparations to take power.
Wednesday 30 March 2011
Though keen to work my way through all 424 pages of Kay "Hurly" Burley's debut novel First Ladies, I must confess to having been waylaid by its acknowledgements section: a revealing roll call of the company Ms Burley keeps when she's not on Sky News encouraging celebrity divorcees to blub. The erstwhile ice dancer's first two thank-yous go to fellow chick-lit authors Tasmina Perry and Kathy Lette, who obligingly provided First Ladies with pre-publication puff quotes. Lord Mandelson, too, merits Ms Burley's gratitude, and claims on the cover that she "uses her unrivalled knowledge of the worlds of politics, media and celebrity to racy effect". (Yes, Peter, but is it any good?) Also thanked profusely are former taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who left office under a cloud of (alleged) dubious financial dealings; Damian McBride, who left Gordon Brown's employ when he was caught discussing whether to spread scandalous tales about the private lives of Tories; and Lord Archer, who was jailed for perjury. If you need help creating a work of fiction, I suppose there are worse people to ask.
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales