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She's beautiful and knows politics inside out. So why is Gloria De Piero turning off voters?
Gordon Brown today expressed his sorrow for the loss of life in the conflict in Iraq while insisting it had been the "right decision" to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
Former defence secretary Geoff Hoon is to stand down from Parliament at the election this year, it was announced today.
The prospect of West Ham moving into London's Olympic Stadium after 2012 is becoming more realistic, with the Olympics minister, Tessa Jowell, now showing enthusiasm for the idea and John Armitt, chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority, saying that staging both football and athletics there is feasible. So the ball is now in the court of the club's new vice-chair, Karren Brady, to help make it workable. And if anyone can help the hapless Hammers hit the nail on the head it is surely the feisty first lady of football. Her opening declaration was that she would like to see the Hammers move into the 2012 stadium and the club renamed West Ham Olympic. The latter is a pipe dream, as the International Olympic Committee would certainly put a block on it, so touchy are they about the use of the Olympic trademark. The main stumbling block is that West Ham would want to lease rather than buy the new stadium, and would also want to dismantle the running track that Seb Coe & Co have pledged is sacrosanct as part of London's Olympic legacy. Let's hope Brady and her two co-chairmen will have the wit and wisdom between them to work something out moneywise because, as the shadow sports minister, Hugh Robertson, says, it would be ideal to have the Hammers, the club slap bang in the middle of London's Olympic heartland, occupying it. "I have a high opinion of Karren Brady and want to see a proper, commercially viable legacy for the Olympic stadium post-2012," he says. "The issue of the running track can easily be overcome because the stadium is so much more compact than dual-use stadia of an earlier generation. West Ham would also be worthy occupiers because their community programme does so much for young people across the East End – which was a key 2012 objective." Some form of retractable or roll-over seating, à la Paris's Stade de France, could be a solution and probably would not cost more than a couple of mid-table Premier League forwards. Brady says she is "good at having ideas", so you can bet she will come up with something.
Two former Cabinet ministers have today launched a last-minute insurrection that could see Gordon Brown replaced as Labour’s leader.
Ministers wanted public kept in dark over likelihood of invasion, Lord Boyce says
Brown sacrifices support for Blair to win foreign minister role for UK
Gordon Brown backed away from shifting Alistair Darling out of No. 11 today as he shook up his top team - while the resigning minister Caroline Flint berated Gordon Brown for treating her as "female window dressing''.
A climate change activist threw a cup of green "slime" over Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today as he arrived at the launch of the Government's low carbon economy summit.
Just one in eight survey respondents in favour of third runway at airport
Coalition of opposition parties, protesters and green groups warn Brown over 'unwanted' airport expansion
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn came under pressure today ahead of the Government's expected approval of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
The Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, is to be questioned by MPs over whether Britain's fight against terrorism has been compromised after a second security breach involving secret documents being left on a train.
A compromise has emerged which may allow Gordon Brown to avoid a humiliating Commons defeat over plans to detain terror suspects for up to 42 days.
Seventeen million basic-rate taxpayers will receive a tax cut of £120 this year after Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, announced a £2.7bn handout to compensate the low-paid who were set to lose out over the abolition of the 10p tax band.
Gordon Brown suffers a damaging new setback to his faltering authority today, with a poll showing that he is less trusted with the economy than any other leader of a major Western nation.