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Douglas Alexander: We need to creat a global low-carbon economy

Each of us has a shared interest in tackling dangerous climate change. Yet it is the world’s poorest people who find themselves most vulnerable to the impact of a warming planet.

Steve Richards: Bite the bullet and nationalise the banks

The Prime Minister is the equivalent of a doctor asked to save the same life several times. At first the relatives are grateful but then they wonder why his services are required so often

Labour election coordinator denies snap poll planned

Labour's election coordinator today said he had not discussed the possibility of a snap poll with Gordon Brown, insisting the Cabinet was "entirely focussed" on the economic crisis.

Miliband flies to crisis-hit Congo

Foreign Secretary David Miliband was flying to the Democratic Republic of Congo today as fierce fighting rages between the African nation's government and rebel forces, the Foreign Office confirmed.

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