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Boycotting the summit would have done little to muster world opinion

Leading article: A strengthened party leader but a diminished PM

Defeat of the coup plotters has not restored Gordon Brown's authority

Brown picks 'A-team' for election campaign

Cabinet group includes ministers who were slow to support him against rebels

Brown faces winter revolt

Prime Minister weathers coup storm, but why did it take the Cabinet so long to come to his defence?

Let's get our act together, Miliband tells climate ministers

Environment ministers must "get their act together" to put international talks to tackle climate change back on track and deal with unresolved issues, Ed Miliband said today.

Ministers head to climate change talks

A raft of Government ministers are heading to the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in the coming days in a bid to push for an ambitious deal, officials said today.

Douglas Alexander: Fighting together for a safer future for the world's children

Earlier today, I visited World Vision's UK headquarters to hear first hand from their staff about their latest campaign: 'Child Health Now'.

Brown appeals to Labour MPs over Afghan war

Email attempts to head off calls for a Commons vote on pulling out the troops

Douglas Alexander: Ignore the fashionable criticism. Your Government's aid is effective

Every year British taxpayers are helping save the lives of millions of people in the developing world. They are doing so because their money is being carefully and rigorously targeted at improving health care in some of the most disadvantaged nations in the world. As a result of the efforts of donor governments, international institutions such as the World Bank and NGOs real progress is being made. Polio, once the scourge of the poor worldwide, is on the verge of eradication, more than 4.5 million people are being treated for TB and a further three million now have access to life-saving drugs.

Douglas Alexander: Ignore the voguish nonsense. Aid works

Every year British taxpayers are helping save the lives of millions of people in the developing world. They are doing so because their money is being carefully and rigorously targeted at improving health care in some of the most disadvantaged nations in the world.

Douglas Alexander & Bert Koenders: The moral imperative behind a Copenhagen deal

Next month's climate change meeting in Copenhagen is even more important in the fight against poverty than the 2005 G8 meeting at Gleneagles.

Stop going on about women's rights, Prescott tells Harman

John Prescott has unleashed an outspoken attack on Harriet Harman and blamed a lack of talent for Labour's failure to communicate a clear message to the public.

What is Britain trying to achieve in Afghanistan?

UK strategy seems to depend on who you ask, and when you ask it

Douglas Alexander: Afghanistan remains a desperately poor and unjust country

Both of our governments understand that the desperation described by Secretary [Hillary] Clinton cannot solely be answered by military action or even political processes. It can, however, be answered by a comprehensive approach embracing development. For development can address the pent-up grievances, unrelenting poverty and lack of opportunity that contributes to people resorting to violence. And it is clear that today such desperation still remains widespread in Afghanistan.

Minister warns Brown over spending cutbacks

Adonis will not accept sacrifice of £8bn high-speed rail line amid pressure on public finances

Douglas Alexander: You Ask The Questions

The Secretary of State for International Development answers your questions, such as 'Did the G8 summit do any good?' and 'Who was the greatest Labour leader?'
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