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Westminster Outlook Michael Fallon is Westminster's – and the world's – first land-dwelling, four-limbed octopus, his tentacles wrapped around Whitehall, circular suckers incapable of being removed from powerful ministries of state.

Steve Richards: Brown proves to be no pushover

Like Harold Wilson, he has no choice other than to wriggle, but he wriggles with aplomb

Mandelson to have kidney stone op

The new Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has undergone hospital tests after experiencing kidney pain, it was learned today.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/poor-europe.html">Diplomatic Licence: Poor Europe</a>

If there was any need, Gordon Brown's surprise appointment of Peter Mandelson as Business Secretary confirms his utter contempt for the European Union.

John Rentoul: Whatever this is, it isn't serious politics

Gordon Brown's reshuffle measures up neither to the demands of the hour nor the challenge posed by the Conservative Party

The truth about Brown and Mandelson

<b>Donald Macintyre: </b>Their relationship has always been more complex than the caricatures suggest

A third crack at the Cabinet &ndash; courtesy of his sworn enemy

Twice he has held ministerial office, and twice he has been forced to step down. But Peter Mandelson has been given another chance by Gordon Brown, despite their history of feuding.

Return of the Prince of Darkness

Twelve points behind in polls, Labour MPs in revolt, The economy in meltdown - So Brown decides it's time for Mandelson

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/third-time-luck.html">Andy McSmith: Third time lucky?</a>

Peter Mandelson's return is going to start a frantic competition among investigative journalists to see who can break the story that will force him to resign from the Cabinet for the third time.

Disbelief and praise for Mandelson appointment

The return of Peter Mandelson to the Cabinet as head of the Business Department drew praise from industry leaders but astonishment from left-wingers and trade unionists today.

Mandelson in shock return to Government

Peter Mandelson's shock return to the Cabinet was officially confirmed by Downing Street today, shortly after he described his latest comeback as "third time lucky".

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/today-in-poli-2.html">Today in Politics: Why Mandelson is back</a>

Who would have thought it? Peter Mandelson is making a shock return to the Cabinet as Business Secretary in the reshuffle to be announced by Gordon Brown later today. It's a gamble by Brown to recall such a controversial figure.

Peter Mandelson: Creativity is what sets London apart from the rest

In the modern European economy we trade in ideas. That is our USP. The European economy is still very good at making things – every bit as good as China, or anywhere else.

How We Met: Ben Evans & Peter Mandelson

'The public view of Peter is a gross distortion of the private Peter I know'

Labour 'in flux', says Mandelson

Following David Miliband's call for change in the Labour Party, Peter Mandelson has joined the speculation over Gordon Brown's future.



Leading article: Failure need not mean catastrophe

The seven-year long Doha round of world-trade negotiations has been so peppered with "break or make" crises and "do-or-die" showdowns that the average consumer could be forgiven for wishing that they would just expire so that he or she might never again feel obligated to read about the latest spat between President Sarkozy and the EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson or get to grips with the finer arguments over banana preferences.

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