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Boycotting the summit would have done little to muster world opinion

Rebels are secretly discussing plans for at least one minister to speak out against Gordon Brown

Rebel MPs plot anti-Brown protest at conference

Rebel Labour MPs who want to oust Gordon Brown are secretly discussing plans for at least one minister to speak out against the leadership before the party's conference in Manchester. He or she would then have to resign, undermining the Prime Minister's attempt to stabilise his position.

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Zimbabwe's land reforms are an example to all, claims Mugabe

As an exercise in chutzpah it took some beating.

'Obscene': Mugabe's arrival at food summit provokes outrage

He inflicted starvation on his nation. Now Mugabe has arrived in Europe for a UN summit to tackle the global food crisis

PM speeds up help for 10p tax-rate losers

Gordon Brown will increase the speed with which the Government compensates the 5.3 million "losers" from the abolition of the 10p tax band in the hope of heading off the threat of a new rebellion by Labour MPs.

Steve Richards: There is still time for Gordon Brown to save the day – if he can learn to trust his instincts

He should state more clearly what drives him, and implement the policies he cares about

Eastern promise: Will ministers honour their pledge to Indian schoolchildren?

Two Bristol schoolgirls are just back from a trip to the subcontinent and want Gordon Brown to give more aid.

John Rentoul: Vacancy: who wants Brown's job the most?

Either Cameron or some young Labour pretender will oust the Prime Minister from No 10. And he has no control over which it is

Steve Richards: The retreat from road pricing is a classic case of a necessary policy killed by cowardice

The decision by the Secretary of State for Transport, Ruth Kelly, to scrap embryonic plans for road pricing is one of those minor manoeuvres that cast much light on the state of British politics. In a single defensively pragmatic move, Ms Kelly highlights the confused contortions that are taking place across the political spectrum over green issues, the paralysing limits of the so-called new politics, in which leaders seek fresh ways to engage with voters, and the damaging consequences of the extreme caution that has infected the Government since its election more than ten years ago.

Brown was warned that MP was being bugged, say Conservatives

Gordon Brown was dragged into a row over the alleged bugging of an MP yesterday after the Conservatives claimed they warned him of the practice weeks ago.

Equitable: Government Actuary to be quizzed

The Government completed a major climbdown over Equitable Life yesterday, extending the Parliamentary Ombudsman's remit to investigate the Government Actuary Department just four months after it said such a move would not be possible without complex primary legislation.

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