Voices Labour leader Ed Miliband during a Q&A session at the Standard Life building in Edinburgh, Thursday 7 November

Some Labour figures worry that the party leader is overdoing the anti-business rhetoric

Alan Watkins: We live in Mrs Thatcher's monument

The Iron Lady launched an era of selfishness, greed and fraud which her successors have fostered with care

'30-year rule' on secret records should be halved, says inquiry

Earlier release of documents to the public 'would result in better governance'

Euro membership: no longer a burning issue

The question of whether to join the euro has so completely disappeared from political discourse in the UK that it is a struggle to recall how live an issue it was just 10 years ago.

Fred Newman: Founder of ‘Publishing News’ and the British Book Awards

Enigmatic and audacious, acerbic, unconventional and often very charming, Fred Newman, the co-creator and managing director of the UK trade paper Publishing News and the British Book Awards, has died of cancer at the age of 76.

Don't rule me out for leader, says Johnson

Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, has not ruled out standing for Labour's leadership if Gordon Brown is forced to stand down.

Brown prepares for make-or-break speech

Gordon Brown today faces possibly the toughest test of his political life as he faces Labour MPs and activists with a speech intended to persuade them that he should remain as party leader and Prime Minister.

PM pledges internet access for all children

Announcement will form centrepiece of Brown's crucial conference speech

The very British tradition of mid-term murder

For struggling leaders, conference season is a perilous time. By Ben Russell

The great seducers

It's not a question of looks, nor even of technique: for a colourful few, seduction just seems to be something that comes naturally . . .

Reports of Zambian President's death prove to be exaggerated

The South African President had the unusual duty yesterday of mourning the death of the President of Zambia with a minute's silence, then hours later wising him a speedy recovery.

Henley: A terrible result for us, admits minister

Famed for the annual royal rowing regatta, ladies in large hats and Pimm's, Henley marked a new low for Labour under Gordon Brown when the party was beaten into a humiliating fifth place in the by-election.

Inside Lines: 'Tarzan' may be new 2012 watchdog

As can be judged from the exclusive interview on these pages, it has not taken long for Boris Johnson to get his feet under the 2012 Olympic table – and start thumping it, which could put him on a collision course with Games planners and the Government. When the new mayor chaired his first meeting of the Olympic Board last week he made it clear there will be a tightening of belts and purse strings, indicating that some planning had been "pretty unrealistic and would have cost taxpayers a lot of money". Closer to home he is reducing the number of City Hall delegates travelling to Beijing, and like himself they will be flying economy. He is also scrapping plans for 18 Gordon Ramsay-trained chefs to provide gourmet catering at 2012's Beijing hospitality base, London House. Johnson is setting up a unit of business experts to help make the Games cost-effective. The Carphone Warehouse co-founder David Ross has already been brought in to keep an eye on the costs, and we hear that Lord Michael Heseltine, aka "Tarzan", Johnson's predecessor as Tory MP for Henley, is favoured to play akey role on this new Games watchdog body.

All change in London: Will the accidental Mayor shape up?

For much of the campaign, Boris Johnson gave little indication of a desire to win or of a true vision if he did. By Brian Brady and Jane Merrick

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Last day at Tower, the coalmine that became a goldmine

When the Conservative government declared their colliery 'unviable' in 1994, the miners invested their redundancy money in keeping their workplace and community alive. Tony Heath reports on their triumph
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