Nick Clegg has been making free with his witticisms. He's not the first politician to fancy himself as a comedian, says Andy McSmith
Twenty years ago tomorrow, Margaret Thatcher quit as Prime Minister. Iain Dale recalls the Iron Lady's highly charged tearful last cabinet meeting
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Peter Walker was one of the great survivors of the Conservative Party, spanning the Heath and Thatcher eras. At the time of his voluntary retirement in 1990, a few months before Thatcher's downfall, no 20th century politician, apart from Churchill and Lloyd George, had served longer in Cabinets and Shadow Cabinets, and it was appropriate that he should call his memoirs Staying Power. Though he never held one of the "great" offices of state, the variety of posts that he did fill, and the timing of them, ensured that he made significant contributions to British public life, proving a minister of considerable executive efficiency. Political durability was not his only claim to fame. His earlier role as a successful city financier, particularly with Jim Slater, would alone have ensured him the attention of serious commentators.
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The creators of Mrs Thatcher's legendarily cutting advertisements are back on the campaign trail – and gunning for Gordon Brown. Ivan Fallon reports
Winston Churchill, the former Conservative MP and grandson of the Second World War Prime Minister, who died yesterday after a two-year battle against cancer, was the Conservative MP for Stretford and then Davyhulme in Greater Manchester for 27 years.
George Osborne will today accuse Gordon Brown of becoming the first prime minister to preside over a slide in the size of the British economy.
Announcement will form centrepiece of Brown's crucial conference speech
For struggling leaders, conference season is a perilous time. By Ben Russell
It's not a question of looks, nor even of technique: for a colourful few, seduction just seems to be something that comes naturally . . .
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.