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Over to the police

29 November 2007 18:16

Yates of the Yard is back. So runs the delicious rumour now the Old Bill has been dragged into the donations scandal: Yates won’t run the investigation but he has… Continue reading


Gordon Brown now acting Labour party treasurer

29 November 2007 15:18

Guido explains why.

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All the fun of the fair?

29 November 2007 11:36

I was bicycling to work along the south side of Hyde Park, admiring the last of the autumn colours, when, glancing to my left, I saw an enormous Ferris wheel.… Continue reading


What more is there to come?

29 November 2007 11:18

Martin Bright has a typically excellent column in the New Statesman about this whole fundraising scandal. Here’s the key graf: “Claims that no one but Watt knew what was going… Continue reading


So much for education, education, education

29 November 2007 7:06

How well is school literacy doing under Labour? The international PIRLS study shows England has plunged from 3rd to 19th in the league tables between 2001 and 2006 – a… Continue reading


Will Gordon listen to this advice?

28 November 2007 22:08

Jackie Ashley, a commentator who is generally seen as on side with the Brown project, has written a piece on how the Prime Minister can begin to recover. She spends… Continue reading


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