UK politics

Brown has survived, for the moment

7 January 2010 11:05

Whatever took place yesterday – and there was certainly more to this plot than met the eye – the immediate…

Brown weakened by friend who became foe

7 January 2010 10:24

Intriguing post from Iain Martin, who is well sourced in the Darling camp, about what might have been said between…

So what now for Brown?

7 January 2010 9:02

Well done, Gordon.  You seem to have survived another attempted coup.  And not just any old coup, either.  This one…

This isn’t over until David Miliband offers clear support to Brown

6 January 2010 23:20

David Miliband has learned a lot since last June. Then, he was bounced by Peter Mandelson into declaring his support…

David Miliband barely offers Brown support

6 January 2010 19:19

On a day where statements of support for the Prime Minister from key Cabinet colleagues have been notable for how…

Losing the plot

6 January 2010 19:10

There are German operas that lasted longer than today’s Hoon-Hewitt plot. Launched at 12.45pm, given legs by the fact that…

An intriguing PMQs – overshadowed by events

6 January 2010 17:58

After the hubbub about Hewitt ‘n’ Hoon’s plot to unseat Gordon Brown, PMQs is perhaps a distant memory. It’s certainly…

What we have learnt today

6 January 2010 16:56

Three things stand out to me from today. First of all there is little Cabinet love for Brown: there was…

What are Hoon and Hewitt hoping to achieve?

6 January 2010 16:28

The secret ballot story is still ongoing – so it’s a little early to be drawing conclusions just yet.  But,…

Mandelson’s statement scarcely endorses Brown

6 January 2010 15:50

Peter Mandelson’s much-awaited statement does not seem particularly full-throated in its support of the Prime Minister. ‘No one should over-react…

Mandelson intervenes

6 January 2010 15:18

Is this the endorsement that Brown was looking for?  Sky and the BBC report that the Business Secretary is putting…

What does the Cabinet silence mean?

6 January 2010 14:46

It’s only been two hours, so how much can we read in to the silence from most of the Cabinet…

The plot is on life support

6 January 2010 14:33

The Hoon and Hewitt attempt to force a secret ballot on Brown’s leadership is not off to the best of…

A narrowly constructed plot

6 January 2010 14:05

Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt’s letter calling for a secret ballot on the Labour leadership has wiped out a decent…

Is there a Cabinet minister?

6 January 2010 13:00

There are rumblings in Westminster that a Cabinet minister is preparing to join Hoon and Hewitt in calling for a…

Full Hoon and Hewitt letter

6 January 2010 12:47

Courtesy of Guido: Dear Colleague, As we move towards a General Election it remains the case that the Parliamentary Labour…

Breaking: Hoon and Hewitt call for secret ballot on Brown’s leadership

6 January 2010 12:35

So says Nick Robinson.  More soon. UPDATE: The Standard has a copy of the letter which Hoon and Hewiit have…

PMQs live blog

6 January 2010 11:45

Stay tuned for live coverage of PMQs from 1200. 1159: Should be kicking off soon.  You can watch proceedings live…

Mandelson is tiring of his ‘toy’

6 January 2010 10:41

Patrick Wintour’s piece on Peter Mandelson in today’s Guardian is the most thorough explanation that we’ve had yet of Mandelson’s…

Labour’s imminent bloodbath

6 January 2010 8:58

The latest instalment of the Labour leadership saga is available at a newsagent near you. Writing in the Independent, John…

The Tories are frustrating, but Labour is unelectable

5 January 2010 18:00

Ok, Coffee House has given the Tories short-shrift in recent weeks, but this is a reaction born of frustration. The…

Brown and out?

5 January 2010 16:30

Whether anything comes of it is a different matter altogether, but this insight from the Standard’s Joe Murphy deserves pulling…

Is this Labour’s election slogan?

5 January 2010 14:32

I wouldn’t be surprised if this Gordon Brown snippet gets deployed ad nauseam between now and the next election: “[Brown]…

Will CCHQ impose an all women shortlist in East Surrey?

5 January 2010 12:22

East Surrey will be the first seat where Tory central office gets to impose a shortlist of three candidates on…

War of attrition may prove to be Labour’s downfall

5 January 2010 10:47

The party that nearly bankrupted Britain has bankrupt itself. The Times reports that, once again, Labour’s coffers are bare and…