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Labour will split if Jeremy Corbyn wins, says challenger Owen Smith

The spectre of a split is unwelcome to many Labour members, who blame the creation of the Social Democratic party in 1981 for having contributed...

An American's very British road trip

“An American explores, on the eve of Brexit! De Tocqueville in reverse! It'll be great!” More visions: I'd be interviewing ... That said, I am...

Trudeau honeymoon shaken by missed deadline for assisted death law

“The inexperience is showing,” said Candice Bergen, a Conservative legislator who served as a cabinet member under Mr Harper. “They seem to have this attitude,...

Lloyd's of London: Future risks

Its customs have kept it going for 328 years, since it began in Edward Lloyd's coffee house. Lloyd's is not a company itself, ... TOM...

The Vote Leave campaign resorts to conspiracy theories

After the IFS reported that leaving the EU could lead to a two-year recession, John Redwood, the veteran Eurosceptic Conservative MP, said: “I think the...

U-turn if you want to: 7 policies the UK government has scrapped

Some MPs fear things could get even worse after the referendum and that Prime Minister David Cameron's ministry could turn out to be as troubled...

West's political turmoil has been years in the making

Gordon Brown's exchange with Gillian Duffy on the streets of Rochdale was a defining moment in the UK's 2010 general election. It also revealed ...

The US public pensions crisis 'is really hard to fix'

In Chicago, Ed Bachrach, chairman of the Center for Pension Integrity, a non-profit organisation, estimates that to ensure the city's pension plans are fully funded...

UK minister Duncan Smith's departure sows political chaos

Writing for the , Bruce Anderson, a political commentator, described Mr Duncan Smith's departure as not just a resignation but a suicide bombing. Mr Duncan...

Chief in public eye used to pressure

The move to second permanent secretary at the Treasury followed a succession of Whitehall roles — including in the Treasury during the 1990s when Ken...

Conservative MPs rebel over flat rate of pensions tax relief

Steve Webb, former pensions minister and now director of policy with Royal London, last week likened the idea to Gordon Brown's notorious tax raid on...

Eurosceptics worry about lack of leadership

“If you put Dominic in a room on his own he'd start a fight with himself,” said one Conservative. Of the other cabinet Eurosceptics, culture...

Sage revenues grow despite slowdown outside Europe

Revenues at Sage, the UK accounting software group continue to rise, but the Newcastle-based company has warned of slower growth outside its European stronghold. The...

Lunch with the FT: Julian Barnes

The first time I heard Julian Barnes talking about food was in Chicago in 2003. Reading from The Pedant in the Kitchen to a church...

David Cameron's adventures in Europe

Cameron's referendum journey started in September 2007 when, as leader of the Conservative opposition, he gave a “cast-iron” guarantee that as prime minister he would...

Macpherson to step down from Treasury

During a Treasury career spanning 31 years, Sir Nick worked closely with Conservative chancellor Kenneth Clarke, as his principal private secretary, and became the Treasury's...

America's clash of civilisations

When asked if they would back a Donald Trump nomination, even the most moderate Republican says anyone would be better than this “feckless, weakling” president,...

Ed Miliband to reinvent himself as climate evangelist

Last week Alistair Darling, the former chancellor, has taken up a position at Morgan Stanley, Gordon Brown has accepted his first major corporate job at...

Liverpool joins Osborne's devolution crusade

... region to agree to an elected mayor in return for greater control of spending. The area's seven authorities have overcome historic rivalries — and...

Osborne comes under fire from own side in tax credit row

The IndependentMr Osborne's proposed cuts, estimated to save £4.6bn next year, have caused disquiet among Conservative MPs, with some observers comparing them to tax debacles...

Northern Powerhouse regions remain no-go zones for Tories

The North is “more Tory” after the election, David Cameron claimed at a Conservative party conference in a city where it lacks a single councillor.

Gordon Brown accuses government of betrayal over Scottish powers

The Guardian (blog)Gordon Brown has accused the Conservative government of failing to live up to promises of new powers for Scotland, a “betrayal” he warned...

Cameron ignores warnings and pushes ahead with tax credit cuts

BBC NewsDavid Cameron has insisted the government will press ahead with cuts to in-work tax credits, in the face of warnings they will hit the...

how long can he last?

... 32 years at Westminster — fear that the 115-year-old party of Tony Blair, Harold Wilson, Clement Attlee and Keir Hardie risks becoming a party...

Michelle Mone handed role as entrepreneur tsar

Lord Sugar, star of BBC2's The Apprentice, was given that role in Gordon Brown's government, to be replaced by the Conservative peer Lord Young when...

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leadership hopeful

But there are some in the opposition Labour party — the party of prime ministers Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson and Tony Blair — who believe...

George Osborne's dirigiste approach is good economics

Financial Times - FT.comFinancial TimesYet the most significant announcement in the post-election Budget delivered this month by George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, was the...

When the ECB thinks like a private bank

The war of words over Greece is becoming ever shriller despite European Council president Donald Tusk's admirable attempt at diplomacy. In extraordinarily outspoken remarks for...

Sage shakes off conservative image with digital push

George O'Connor, an analyst at Panmure Gordon, was sceptical as to whether Sage could succeed in its efforts to change. “Looking at McKinsey's research, less...

Home buyers are looking beyond summer to put down roots in Cornwall

He cites a number of factors for this, notably a tangible confidence among buyers since the Conservative party's election victory removed the threat of a...

SNP dissatisfied with Cameron's Scottish devolution plans

Daily MailThe Conservative government has begun to deliver on its promise to give Scotland one of the world's most powerful devolved parliaments. But there is...

Lords poised for more combative role

The doctrine was devised after Labour's landslide election victory in 1945 to protect Clement Attlee's administration against the Conservative majority in the Lords — there...

Gordon Brown rules out Labour deal with SNP

Huffington Post UKThe main UK opposition party argues that every vote for the SNP risks continued Conservative rule. In what is expected to be his...

Floyd Mayweather, the gifted, minted king of the ring

Manny Pacquiao, his Filipino rival, is a conservative man who fights extravagantly. On Saturday, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the best boxers of...

Embracing change

While the youthful congregation waited for the Pope, they were regaled from the stage with jokes, prayers and singing by the two most famous clergymen...

Poll finds SNP support on 54 per cent

Telegraph.co.ukJohn Curtice, psephologist at Strathclyde university, said that if the trends found by the poll were replicated across Scotland, the SNP would take every seat...

Ed Miliband woos business bosses with warning over EU exit risk

The IndependentEd Miliband will attempt to align Labour on Monday with a sceptical business community, insisting that only he can avert the “clear and present...

Tories struggle to reclaim former fortress in Birmingham

The Conservatives believe that they can defy history at May's UK general election by increasing their number of seats in parliament after governing for the...

Intimacy of the prime minister and chancellor, with their hive mind, is a ...

Tony Blair negotiated a co-premiership with Gordon Brown, but under duress. Mr Osborne has never needed to ask for his ... An odder couple might...

Parties agree 'substantial' Scottish devolution package

The Guardian Lord Smith said representatives of the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Scottish National and Scottish Green parties had all agreed on devolution that should “cause...

Ebola is turning US politics upside down

To set the scene, it is important to remember that this was always supposed to be a good year for Republicans. Polls show they are...

MPs scramble to make a deal on transferring tax powers to Scotland

Alistair Carmichael, Scottish secretary, published a document setting out options for giving Edinburgh more control over income tax and other levies, with a view to...

Conservative mood upbeat on election hopes, in contrast to Labour

Belfast Newsletter “Feckless Reckless is heading for a fall,” said Alan Duncan, the former minister. Tories are not in denial: they have seen the same polls...

Brown calls on Scots to petition London over devolution 'vow'

Labour former prime minister Gordon Brown has called on Scots to sign a petition asking the main UK parties to stick to a “vow” they...

Birmingham steps up efforts to attract more powers for region

The plan was signed off ahead of this week's Conservative party conference in the city, with English devolution high on the agenda. David Cameron, the...

MPs prepare to vote on Isis air strikes

CNN Mr Cameron is likely to have little difficulty in winning Friday afternoon's vote, having secured the support in advance of Ed Miliband, the Labour leader,...

The Battle for Britain

The Independent An independent Scotland could actually be the heir of the best of Britain, they argue, accusing neoliberal Conservative and Labour UK governments of betraying...

Brown could be the man who saved the union

Scotsman Scotland these past few weeks has been watching a politician reborn. Gordon Brown had become Britain's forgotten prime minister, lost since his 2010 general election...

Mixed memories of a Scottish childhood

Friendships came: I played with a boy named John Brookes (his brother Peter is now a cartoonist at The Times). Nationalism was ... George Brown,...

Rotherham abuse scandal turns spotlight on police commissioners

When Theresa May set out her vision for the role of police and crime commissioners three years ago, she promised fellow Conservatives that the elected...