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Brown makes his stand

28 November 2007 16:54

When Nick Robinson dropped the bombshell on the Today Programme that Jon Mendelsohn had known about how David Abrahams was funnelling money to the Labour party, I assumed that—if this… Continue reading


Who called Brown Mr Bean first?

28 November 2007 16:10

Vince Cable’s new nickname for the Prime Minister looks like sticking and so we now have to work out who can claim credit for it. As Stephen points out, Leo… Continue reading


Gordon Brown couldn’t sack Harriet Harman even if he wanted to

28 November 2007 15:04

Three Line Whip, the new Telegraph politics blog, points out that because Harriet Harman was elected by the Labour party membership she serves at their pleasure not Gordon Brown’s. This… Continue reading


Another miserable PMQs for Brown

28 November 2007 12:38

What does Jon Mendelsohn know? Enough, it seems, to keep his job. There was muffled laughter in the house when Brown said a "former bishop of Oxford" would look into… Continue reading


Quote of the day

28 November 2007 12:16

Vince Cable’s contribution at PMQ’s today was a classic: “This House has noted the Prime Minister’s remarkable transformation from Stalin to Mr Bean in the past few weeks.”


What Brown needs to do now

28 November 2007 11:38

I wonder whose turn it will be today to ask the planted PMQs question so Brown can apologise to Labour, rather than the Tories, as he did last week over… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown’s moment of decision

28 November 2007 10:23

Nick Robinson sets out what he believes Jon Mendelson knew and when he knew it in this blog entry. The series of events as laid out raises serious questions about… Continue reading


Labour fundraising scandal takes a dramatic turn

28 November 2007 8:37

Nick Robinson has just reported on the Today Programme that Jon Mendelsohn had been told by Peter Watt, the Labour Secretary General who has already resigned over this scandal, how… Continue reading


Abrahams speaks

27 November 2007 23:57

The mysterious David Abrahams called into Newsnight this evening and his exchange with Jeremy Paxman makes things even murkier but does seem to bring the scandal closer to Downing Street.… Continue reading

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Two keys to the puzzle

27 November 2007 19:46

I’d urge you to read Stephen Pollard on how well known David Abrahams was on the Labour circuit in the 1990s and this post from Boulton and co by Joey… Continue reading

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Where’s Jack?

27 November 2007 19:38

Has anyone heard from Jack Dromey? Last time a Labour funding crisis emerged, the party Treasurer was touring TV studios venting pious anger. Now, silence. There are plenty unanswered questions… Continue reading


Brown needs to recover and quick or he is doomed

27 November 2007 16:24

When a patient’s heart stops beating, medics have about ten minutes to revive it. So it is with the Labour government. Gordon Brown is running out of time to get… Continue reading


The latest twists in the fundraising scandal

27 November 2007 14:07

Gordon Brown’s press conference was, unsurprisingly, dominated by the Labour fundraising scandal. Notably, Brown described Peter Watt’s resignation as a “necessary first step.” He also expressed his confidence in Harriet… Continue reading


What should be the first question of the Brown press conference

27 November 2007 10:53

Daniel Finkelstein flags up the key questions that Labour must answer about this whole fundraising affair.  Do read the whole thing.


Quiz night

27 November 2007 10:36

The competitive spirit never ceases to amaze me and it was flamboyantly evident last night at a gathering in Hammersmith Town Hall to raise funds for RAPT, the Rehabilitation for… Continue reading

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More bad headlines for Labour

27 November 2007 8:52

The morning papers are dominated by the Labour fundraising scandal and the resignation of the Labour Secretary-General Peter Watt. The Daily Telegraph reports that, “David Abrahams, the millionaire property developer… Continue reading

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Labour fall through the 30 percent floor

26 November 2007 20:26

A new ComRes poll has Labour at 27%, Conservative Home is reporting tonight. This is the lowest number Labour has recorded in this poll since April 2007 while the Conservative… Continue reading


Fundraising scandal leads to key Labour figure’s resignation

26 November 2007 18:23

Labour’s General Secretary Peter Watt has tonight resigned over the fundraising scandal that broke this weekend. Watt resigned because he knew that property developer David Abrahams was donating money to… Continue reading


Game on

26 November 2007 17:48

In a TV interview tonight, Barack Obama takes one of his harshest shots yet at Hillary Clinton. "I think the fact of the matter is that Senator Clinton is claiming… Continue reading


Why the Oxford Union has it wrong

26 November 2007 12:46

The Oxford Union’s decision to invite David Irving and Nick Griffin to speak confuses the right to free speech with a duty to offer people a platform. Nick Griffin is,… Continue reading


The tide continues to turn

26 November 2007 11:10

Hot on the heels of Adam Boulton speculating about whether Gordon Brown is cut out for the job of being Prime Minister, we have Trevor Kavanagh predicting in his Sun column… Continue reading

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How bad is it for Brown?

26 November 2007 8:47

Jackie Ashley is one of the columnists who is normally most sympathetic to Gordon Brown. So her take on the issue of how much trouble the Prime Minister is in… Continue reading


What price red tape?

25 November 2007 22:07

The Observer has a very readable piece on the opaque nature of the European Parliament this week. One fact in it is truly shocking, even to someone fairly sceptical about… Continue reading


Look who’s coming to dinner

25 November 2007 16:55

Barack Obama got the question about who he would invite to his ideal dinner party from a newspaper in New Hampshire. The guest list of Jesus, Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln… Continue reading


Educating Gordon Brown

25 November 2007 14:00

One of the least explored defects of this government is what Rabbi Lionel Blue calls “moral short-sightedness” – the ability to see problems on another continent, but not on one’s… Continue reading