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Revelling in the latest growth figures, George Osborne lifted Balls-baiting to a new plane. He was asked an unusually long list of super-friendly questions by euphoric Tory backbenchers. Ones that in the secret dreams of the MPs involved, invite the answer: “Yes. My honourable friend has absolutely hit the nail on the head with that spiffing question correctly mentioning our long-term economic plan, allowing me to lay into the Opposition, and qualifying him for early promotion.”

Gordon Brown admits 'big mistake' on banks

Gordon Brown has admitted he made a "big mistake" on financial regulation before the banking crisis that plunged Britain into recession.

CBI to oppose new green rules

The CBI has challenged a coalition proposal to introduce onerous social and environmental reporting standards on quoted firms.

Gordon Brown set for Commons return

Gordon Brown will return to the political fray today when he delivers his first speech in the House of Commons since Labour's general election defeat almost six months ago.

Gordon Brown set to deliver Commons speech

Gordon Brown will signal his return to the political fray tomorrow by making his first Commons speech since leaving Downing Street.

Candidate sorry for 'Gordon Brown worst PM' remarks

A Labour candidate who described Gordon Brown as the "worst Prime Minister" in the run-up to the General Election apologised today.

Whatever It Takes: The Real Story of Gordon Brown and New Labour, By Steve Richards<br />Decline & Fall: Diaries 2005-2010, By Chris Mullin

Ed Miliband's victory in the fraternal dogfight for New Labour's tarnished inheritance makes Steve Richards's re-evaluation of Gordon Brown peculiarly timely. The contest itself was a perfect epitaph for New Labour. While the Blair-Brown duopoly dominated the party for 16 years, they left no space below them for potential successors to develop. Other ministers came and went, but no one else ever counted.

Gordon Brown fudged Labour message, says Ed Balls

Gordon Brown "trimmed and fudged" his political message in an attempt to keep powerful newspapers onside, Labour leadership contender Ed Balls said today.

Gordon Brown to deliver Harvard lecture

Gordon Brown will travel to the US next week to address students at Harvard after being named a visiting fellow at its Institute of Politics, the prestigious university said today.

Lance Price: He didn't have to tell us about his drinking &ndash; but he did

Reading Tony Blair's memoirs, there are a few episodes that have me scratching my head and thinking, "Is that really how it was?" For example, in the early years he tells us that "the broad framework on the economy, never mind anything else, was set by me" – i.e. that Gordon was the engine driver but Tony built the train and decided which direction the tracks should go in. But it certainly didn't feel like that inside 10 Downing Street as we struggled day in, day out, to work out what the Chancellor planned to do in his next Budget.

Hamish McRae: Lower spending for sure but also a chance to steal a march on our rivals

Economic Life: There will, for the governments of half a generation, be little or no increase in their real spending: they will be like pensioners living on fixed incomes

John Rentoul: Evil and its returns

Of the many confidences broken by Peter Mandelson in his The Third Man, perhaps the most striking is this quotation from a note from Cherie Blair after his first resignation, in which “the engine of my destruction was Gordon Brown”, from the Cabinet in December 1998

Gordon Brown: Guess who's back?

He's barely been seen since leaving No 10, but yesterday Gordon Brown chose to deliver his first speech as an ex-PM in Africa.

David Cameron to take Cabinet on the road

David Cameron will take his Cabinet out on the road tomorrow - in the first away-day meeting for the coalition Government's top team, Downing Street said today.

TfL completes Tube Lines buyout

Transport for London has completed the buy-out of maintenance contractor Tube Lines, bringing the ill-fated Public Private Partnership charged with upgrading the London Underground to a close.

David Miliband ahead in Labour leadership contest

David Miliband has overtaken his brother, Ed, in the race to secure support from fellow MPs for the Labour leadership amid signs that the former Foreign Secretary was managing to win backers from across the party.

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