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

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Clarke vows not to appear with Blair again

KENNETH CLARKE has promised William Hague he will not share a platform with Tony Blair again before the next general election.

Politics: Reprise for sleaze as Hamilton finally comes face to face in court with Fayed

AS NEIL HAMILTON raised a glass of champagne at the 50th birthday party of his wife, Christine, earlier this week, the couple were also celebrating what they believed would be the imminent salvation of the disgraced former MP's reputation.

Parliament: Shadow Cabinet - Eurosceptic resigns from frontbench

A LEADING Eurosceptic, Patrick Nicholls, resigned as an agriculture spokesman from William Hague's frontbench team yesterday to toughen his attacks on federalism.

Former Tory chief admits election win is `unlikely'

LORD PARKINSON, the former Tory party chairman, has admitted that a Conservative victory at the next general election is "unlikely".

Clarke faces local bid to deselect him from his seat

KENNETH CLARKE has been rebuked by Tory activists in his constituency who are furious that he shared a pro-European platform with Tony Blair.

Join us now, Blair urges Tory rebels

TONY BLAIR appealed to left-wing Tories to defect to Labour yesterday as he stepped up his efforts to create a "one nation" party that dominates British politics.

Major's dither cost UK billions, says Lamont

THE FORMER Tory Chancellor Lord Lamont of Lerwick has described in his memoirs how Britain lost billions of pounds while John Major and senior Conservative cabinet ministers dithered on Black Wednesday seven years ago.

Labour Conference: Poll shows euro gaining in favour

PUBLIC opposition to Britain's entry to the single currency would drop dramatically if Tony Blair took a strong lead in promoting entry, according to an opinion poll published on the eve of the Labour party conference.

Pro-euro campaign endorsed by Blair

TONY BLAIR moved up a gear in his campaign to persuade the British public to join the single currency last night by endorsing a drive to "explain the benefits" of the euro.

Hague pressured to adopt hard line on Europe

WILLIAM HAGUE was under pressure to harden his line on the European single currency last night after a commission he set up came out strongly against British membership.

Lib Dem Conference: Kennedy looks to involve Labour in pro-Europe drive

TONY BLAIR will join Michael Heseltine, Kenneth Clarke and Charles Kennedy to launch a cross-party "Britain in Europe" campaign, the Liberal Democrat leader said yesterday.

The Independent Archive: Thatcherism: the thread of continuity

23 August 1988: Kenneth Baker tells Colin Brown of his admiration for Mrs Thatcher, and hints at a desire to follow in her footsteps

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Norman Lamont, whose book will probably sell poorly, can only recount a story of bitterness

It is `just history' - but this feud is still tearing the Tories apart

The modern Tory party remains haunted by a brutal regicide of the woman who led them
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