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Beckettt’s gone

27 June 2007 17:43

Fraser is tipping David Miliband. Apparently, she didn’t want to go.

A healthy reshuffle

27 June 2007 17:39

Patricia Hewitt to stand down as Health Secretary. No surprises there. Gordon has been saying throughout his grand tour that,…

Can we have what you had, Mr. Brown?

27 June 2007 17:24

When the Prime Minister (its so weird writing that) told us on the steps of No10 that he “went to…

Brown’s agenda

27 June 2007 15:44

The school motto of Kirkcaldy High School: “I will try my utmost”. That was the principle which Gordon Brown promised…

"Beyond narrow party interest"

27 June 2007 14:59

That line makes me suspect that Brown really does have something up his sleeve even post-Ashdown.

Prime Minister Brown’s first line…

27 June 2007 14:44

What will Gordon Brown say on the threshold of Number Ten? In 1990, Margaret Thatcher famously quoted St Francis of…

How will Cameron welcome Brown?

27 June 2007 14:42

Gordon Brown is the 11th Prime Minister to have served the Queen, in succession to Churchill, Eden, Macmillan, Douglas-Home, Wilson,…

Welcome Prime Minister Brown, goodbye Mr. Blair

27 June 2007 14:39

We’ve just posted The Spectator leader that will be in this week’s print magazine; it looks at the challenges facing…

Paging John Bercow (UPDATED)

27 June 2007 13:43

I don’t know where John Bercow is having lunch right now, but a lot of people wish he’d switch his…

Cherie’s parting shot

27 June 2007 13:19

Cherie just turned to the media in Downing Street and said: “Bye! I don’t think we’ll miss you!” Minutes before,…

Who’d have thought it?

27 June 2007 13:04

Back in May 1997 what odds would you have got on the most generous tribute at Blair’s last PMQs coming…

Au revoir, Auf Wiedersehen and Areverderchi

27 June 2007 12:45

For the first time in my time in the Commons, the press gallery was full. “A lot of so-called journalists…

The coming battle

27 June 2007 12:02

We’ve got two great pieces up today on the new political landscape. James O’Shaughnessy explains why the master tactician Gordon…

What’s the next Brown surprise?

27 June 2007 10:38

Iain Dale reports that Ed Balls was understandably gloating about the defection of Quentin Davies last night at a Fabian Society…

How important is the defection of Quentin Davies?

27 June 2007 9:07

Two contrasting views in the papers this morning. Here’s the key passage from The Guardian’s leader on it: “There has…

The piece you should read before Brown takes over

27 June 2007 8:52

This Fraser Nelson piece from September reveals which eight people will really matter when Gordon Brown finally gets his hands…

Who we are

27 June 2007 7:59

Where better to spend the last night of the Blair era than in the company of ageing rockers? These days,…

Should Gordon worry about Tony’s new job?

26 June 2007 23:26

There are two reasons for Brown to be concerned about Blair becoming the quartet’s envoy to the Palestinians. First, it…

Blair to stand down as an MP

26 June 2007 17:29

Not that surprising, but BBC News 24 is reporting that Tony Blair will resign as an MP tomorrow.

What this defection means

26 June 2007 15:35

Fraser is right that Quentin Davies is where he should always have been. But – as he acknowledges in his…

Quentin Davies defects to Labour

26 June 2007 15:05

My only surprise about Quentin Davies’ defection is that he joined the Tories in the first place. Last year he…

Brown’s strategy

26 June 2007 13:52

Today’s absolute must read is Rachel Sylvester’s column on how Brown intends to take on Cameron. It is chock full…

Dangerous poppycock from Blair

26 June 2007 12:12

Today’s news that Afghanistan’s opium production is soaring takes me back to perhaps the biggest lie Tony Blair has uttered during the…

Why can’t London be more like Munich

26 June 2007 10:44

Just back from a weekend in Munich, escaping from the grey, the rain and the Blair/Brown folderol to help a…

Good Friday for the Middle East

26 June 2007 8:07

So Tony Blair is off to the Middle East as peace envoy – not for the US, but for the…