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The country was the breakaway Republic of Biafra, which seceded from Nigeria in 1967, in response to the continuing persecution of the Igbo people.

Sir Humphrey savours final taste of power

DIANE COYLE

Moment of harmony as LSO chief wins pipesmoker award

Sir Colin Davis, the internationally acclaimed conductor, yesterday became the 32nd Pipesmoker of the Year. The London Symphony Orchestra chief, 68, who started smoking "out of boredom" 50 years ago, was presented with the award at the Savoy Hotel, in central London.

Marcia's battle for official respect

JOHN RENTOUL

Records show 30 years of the 30-year rule

Papers released today under the 30-year rule include Harold Wilson's proposal, agreed by the Cabinet on 5 August 1965, to bring in the 30-year rule itself. The Prime Minister suggested that the new administration should take a step towards more open government by cutting the previous 50-year embargo on most official papers.

Mountbatten's secret role in 'propaganda war'

What posture should the Queen's cousin adopt if he met the rebel leader? Prime Minister's suggested answer: "Bow stiffly and condescendingly and treat as a private person," writes John Crossland.

How Wilson planned to invade Rhodesia

JOHN RENTOUL

Eighteen months to go....

In 1992, Labour got high on the scent of victory, and blew it. Usually they don't even get close. That was then. As their poll lead over the Tories grows ever more massive, Tony Blair's new model army marches forward, straight, stern and purposeful. This time, he says, there will be no mistake. He nips front bench trouble in the bud, his henchmen police the press. In this report, John Rentoul, political correspondent of The Independent and author of a biography of Tony Blair, examines the psychology of the leader and explains how it suffuses the party he leads

He represented all that was best in his generation . . . everyone trusted him

Lord Home of the Hirsel - better known as Sir Alec Douglas-Home - the only Prime Minister this century to be drawn from the House of Lords, died yesterday at his estate in the Borders aged 92.

Signals that were there for all to see

THE HOWARTH DEFECTION: The moral question: Government attitudes towards social issues proved to be decisive in the dramatic move to Labour;

Hattersley the rebel smarts from Blunkett's savaging

LABOUR IN BRIGHTON

Obituary: Sir James Jones

"Harold [Wilson] has bloody well stitched me up," Dick Crossman fumed on the night of Monday 9 May 1966. Or as a calmer, less angry, Crossman put it, writing his weekly diary on Sunday for Tuesday 10 May:

Wilson aide Lord Lever dies at 81

Lord Lever, a Labour Cabinet minister and economic adviser to former Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, died at his home in London yesterday. He was 81.

Blair: quite a year, quite a few questions

Tony Blair has just completed his first year as leader of the Labour Party. By any standards, it has been a remarkable performance. In twelve short months he has become the nodal figure in British politics. He has transformed the electoral prospects of his party; he is well on the way to revolutionising Labour's culture; he has shifted its policy axis through at least 45 degrees; he has transformed millions of people's perception of Labour and what it stands for; and he has made himself and his political themes the centre of gravity of the political scene. It is difficult to think of another modern British political leader who has made such an impact in so short a space of time: perhaps Harold Wilson; certainly not Margaret Thatcher.

Cabinet tilts to the left in reshuffle

Heseltine wins post of deputy

TORY LEADERSHIP ELECTION: Is this the most political street in Britain?

Chris Blackhurst goes behind the closed doors of Lord North Street, whe re Michael Portillo has set up his campaign headquarters
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Follow the money as never before

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