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Thatcher backs Archer for mayor

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LIKE THE shoe salesman driven to distraction by the man in the room above dropping one shoe on the floor, the press has for weeks been agonised by the hints dropped by No 10 of a full Cabinet reshuffle. Now that the Prime Minister's carried out half the grisly task, commentators have been left screaming: "For God's sake drop the other one."

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Prescott pleads for end to the sniping

Labour reshuffle

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TONY BLAIR has slapped down John Prescott by using last night's Government reshuffle to break up the ministerial empire of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Government reshuffle: Banks and Jackson quit but Cabinet left intact

TONY BLAIR sprang a surprise last night by shelving changes to his Cabinet until the autumn, following weeks of speculation about a shake- up.

Cabbies threaten to stay home on New Year's Eve

LONDON'S CABBIES are threatening to boycott Millennium Night unless the Government allows them to charge passengers pounds 26.40 before they have even turned the engine on.

The Sketch: Mowlam has a rough ride as squall blows in off Irish Sea

FIRST WE had the knockabout - though it has to be said that the promise of a good slapstick head-to-head between The Two Johnnies wasn't entirely fulfilled.

Lacklustre ministers face Blair purge

TONY BLAIR is drawing up plans for a wide-ranging purge of junior and middle-ranking ministers when he reshuffles his Cabinet later this month.
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