Cameron to Brown: I want an apology

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

Margareta Pagano: McBride and friends are why I could not stand as an MP

The people I talk to aren’t apathetic about politics – they are apoplectic

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.

A scandal that lifts the lid on the seamier side of spin

<b>Leading article:</b> If McBride's briefings were widely known in No 10, more heads will roll

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

No 10 apology over 'juvenile' emails

One of Gordon Brown's most senior aides was forced to apologise for sending "juvenile and inappropriate" emails from a Number 10 account.

John Rentoul: Whatever this is, it isn't serious politics

Gordon Brown's reshuffle measures up neither to the demands of the hour nor the challenge posed by the Conservative Party

Andrew Grice: The day Brown nailed his colours to the Blairite mast

A much more dramatic cabinet reshuffle than expected gives Gordon Brown the final word of a fascinating party conference season. Already, David Cameron's impressive speech in Birmingham seems a long time ago.

Return of the Prince of Darkness

Twelve points behind in polls, Labour MPs in revolt, The economy in meltdown - So Brown decides it's time for Mandelson

Mandelson in shock return to Government

Peter Mandelson's shock return to the Cabinet was officially confirmed by Downing Street today, shortly after he described his latest comeback as "third time lucky".

Oborne is marched from the Commons for handing out leaflets

Whether it is arresting citizens at the Cenotaph or prosecuting a single anti-war protester on Parliament Square, the Government doesn't really "do" personal liberty.

Ailing Brown turns to Campbell and Mandelson to mastermind his fightback

Gordon Brown has turned to key allies of Tony Blair, including his former communications director Alastair Campbell, for advice on how to plot a fightback against the Conservatives.

Pandora: Our Boys' curry in a hurry

After Prince Harry's discerning comments about the "miserable" Army ration packs – Cornet Wales wants Jamie Oliver to pioneer bangers and mash with gravy in a bag – the Ministry of Defence public relations machine has cranked into action.

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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