PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers
- Sign up to see last 24 hours
Dont have an account?Sign up here
Gordon Brown said Nelson Mandela taught him the meaning of courage. "His greatest quality - and people will see this in retrospect - he epitomised what we mean by courage at its best, because he was not only brave and courageous and dari... Continue to article
Christmas has come early for David Cameron, as he is faced with the quandary of what to give the person who has everything. The traditional gift exchange between leaders has become one of the more enlightening indicators of international...
Jake Berry defended the Government’s plans to protect tenants from misbehaving landlords, but rejected calls for a national landlords register. “Absolutely, and that’s why we’ve taken action. There was no action for 13 years from the las... Continue to article
It was the kind of challenge that made Tony Blair and Gordon Brown wince. “When are you going to bring back socialism?” called the man in the crowd. Continue to article
Dominic Raab called for a cross-party debate on the state of public finances in the UK. "What I think what we need the political class as a whole to do is have a very honest debate about government spending because government debt’s ver... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield When Mark Francois lays a wreath at the Cenotaph this Sunday, it will be an act of private remembrance as well as public duty. Like many men his age, the recently appointed Minister for the... Continue to article
The Tory leadership’s obsession with China is no flash in the pan. Before coming to power, David Cameron and George Osborne were evangelical in their enthusiasm for improving Britain’s links with the world’s emerging economic superpowe... Continue to article
The Blunders of Our Governments By Anthony King and Ivor Crewe One World, £25 This book is a shocking indictment of both our political class and the political system. It should have been written years ago as a warning against the cock-u... Continue to article
The Conservative Party will gather in Manchester next week, but this week the conference bandwagon rolled into Brighton – only to find the headlines and agenda being stolen from them by Damian McBride, Gordon Brown’s former hatchet man. Continue to article
Michael Gove has accepted that energy companies’ conduct “hasn’t been entirely admirable” in the past and therefore he takes their warnings about potential blackouts “with a pinch of salt”. The ‘big six’ firms warned that Labour’s plan ... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield The Department for Transport has got the builders in. The scaffolding is up, the walls are shaking and Patrick McLoughlin can barely be heard in his office as loud drilling judders up ... Continue to article
Alun Cairns said Damian McBride may have broken the Official Secrets Act while he worked for Gordon Brown. "There are two potential laws: one is the Computer Misuse Act of 1990, and there’s the Official Secrets Act. In the Daily Mail on ... Continue to article
Two Conservative MPs have called on the Metropolitan Police and the Civil Service Commission to investigate Damian McBride over his conduct as Gordon Brown's special adviser. Alun Cairns wrote to Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe c... Continue to article
Dear Sir David, I am writing to formally request that the Civil Service Commission consider whether Mr. Damian McBride, former civil servant, should have his Civil Service pension removed for serious and repeated breaches of the Civil Se... Continue to article
Dear Sir Bernard, I am writing to formally request that the Metropolitan Police investigate whether or not Mr. Damian McBride, former formerly Special Adviser to Gordon Brown in HM Treasury and10 Downing Street, is guilty of offences und... Continue to article
I thought I could speak my mind in a private meeting at the heart of government. I didn't count on Gordon Brown's bruiser leaking details to the press Continue to article
Alastair Campbell said that in spite of his strengths as a politician, Gordon Brown had felt it necessary to surround himself with "truly horrible people". "I’ve always said this about Gordon - I think he had unbelievable strengths, and ... Continue to article
It did not damage Gordon Brown's image that he seemed to practise gangland politics Continue to article
You can read a full transcript of this interview here. When Jon Cruddas looks out from the Labour conference platform in Brighton this weekend, he may have an otherworldly expression on his face. The Dagenham and Rainham MP wo... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Michael Dugher is in his Commons office, desperately trying to move a Nottingham Forest beermat out of shot of The House’s photographer. He may be a loyal fan, but the Barnsley East ... Continue to article
Where are you on the policy review? I came last year and our task was to build the policy review, from a bit of a standing start. That’s not a criticism, that’s just because for the first two years it was getting out from un... Continue to article
Q: An underlying argument this week has been it is good to have another coalition after the next election…So, are you saying that I, Nick Clegg, would happily serve as Ed Miliband's deputy? A: Of course I would serve in a Labour/... Continue to article
The Liberal Democrats have backed the retention of the 45p top rate for income tax by a narrow majority at the party's conference in Glasgow. Delegates were almost evenly split on whether to support a move to a higher 50p top rate, with ... Continue to article
GordonBrown has been appointed as the United Nations Special Envoy for Education, the UN has announced.
The former Prime Minister will launch a new UN initiative for universal education in September which will campaign for a fund to finance schools and train 2 million teachers worldwide.
In a statement, Mr Brown said: "Ensuring that every child in the world has the opportunity to go to school and to learn is a longstanding passion of mine... Education breaks the cycle of poverty and unlocks better health and better job prospects."
Former PM Sir John Major has revealed that Rupert Murdoch threatened to withdraw support from him if he did not change his policy on the European Union.
The new evidence, given to the Leveson Inquiry, appears to contradict the claim by Mr Murdoch that he had never asked a prime minister for a favour.
Sir John described a dinner with Mr Murdoch in the run-up to the 1997 election, in which the proprietor said his papers could not support the Conservative Government unless the changes were made. He said that Mr Murdoch "didn't make the usual nod towards editorial independence", but that he ignored his entreaties anyway.
He also criticised the claim by newspaper proprietors that they could not be expected to know what their reporters were doing in order to obtain stories. Sir John told the hearing: “It defies credibility that they actually don't know what is happening and I think the 'I had no idea what was going on below me' argument is one that I find extremely difficult to accept."
Later, Gordon Brown’s claim that he was unaware of briefing by his special advisers against Tony Blair came under fire from Ed Miliband today.
The Labour leader told the Leveson Inquiry Charlie Whelan, one of Mr Brown's advisers, had left his position due to briefing.
He told the Inquiry: “Ed Balls, no. Charlie Whelan left, I believe in 1999 – left the Government in 1999. One of the reasons he left was because of his style of operation. I can’t point you to direct evidence but I would say one of the things he did was he briefed, including potentially against people in the government.
“On Damian McBride, when I was a Cabinet minister, I did raise a specific concern that I had with Mr Brown, I believe in 2008, about some of Mr McBride’s activities.”
Mr Miliband also urged Lord Leveson to look into the issue of how power in the newspaper market is concentrated, suggesting a limit of between 20 and 30% of the market. This led Lord Leveson to lament the way his terms of reference “grew like a mushroom cloud”.
You can catch up on all the action from today's Inquiry with our liveblog here.
The Leveson Inquiry is set to investigate evidence that private detectives bought access to data, including criminal record checks on a number of senior Labour politicians. Among those claimed to have been targeted are ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former Agriculture Minister Nick Brown and backbencher Martin Salter.
Rupert Murdoch has stood behind his comments to the Leveson Inquiry that Gordon Brown called him to “declare war” on News International after the Sun’s endorsement of the Conservatives.
Despite the Cabinet Office today releasing information supporting Mr Brown’s denial, the News Corporation chairman tweeted today: “I stand by every word is aid [sic] at Leveson.”
The Cabinet Office earlier confirmed only one phone call took place between Gordon Brown and Rupert Murdoch in 2010, when the two men apparently spoke about Afghanistan.
Mr Brown and Mr Murdoch gave contradictory evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, Mr Murdoch saying that Mr Brown warned him in 2010: "Your company has declared war on my Government and we have no alternative but to make war on your company."
The Cabinet Office statement read: "That call took place on the 10th of November 2009. This was followed up by an email from Gordon Brown to Rupert Murdoch on the same day referring to the earlier conversation on Afghanistan.
"Four witness statements have been submitted to the Inquiry on the content of the call by staff who worked in No.10 Downing Street and who were the four and sole personnel on the phone call."
David Cameron, George Osborne, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband will appear before the Leveson Inquiry into media standards next week, it was announced today.
The Chancellor and former prime minister Gordon Brown will appear on Monday, before Mr Miliband, Harriet Harman and former prime minister John Major give evidence on Tuesday.
The Deputy Prime Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond will be appearing on Wednesday, before Mr Cameron gives evidence on Thursday.
The full schedule can be found on the Inquiry's website here.
Rupert Murdoch has admitted there was a "cover up" at News of the World over the phone hacking scandal.
But Tom Crone, the newspaper's former legal manager, hit back at Mr Murdoch's evidence, releasing a statement claiming insinuations that he was involved in a cover up are a "shameful lie".
Giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry for the second day, Mr Murdoch said there was "no question" in his mind that "someone took charge of a cover up".
The News Corp chairman insisted he and other senior executives were "misinformed" about the extent of phone-hacking at the tabloid, which he was forced to close last summer.
Mr Murdoch said he "panicked" when he made the decision to close the paper, and added he wishes he had done it sooner.
“I panicked. I'm glad I did," he said.
"I’m sorry I didn’t close it years before and put a Sunday Sun in but I’ll tell you what held us back – the News of the World readers.”
He put much of the blame for the lack of transparency at the News of the World on senior executives at the time such as Len Hinton and Colin Myler, as well as the lawyers used by News Corp to investigate. However he still apologised for the scandal, which he described as a “serious blot on my reputation”.
Elsewhere in the testimony, Mr Murdoch defended his comments yesterday that Gordon Brown had “declared war” on the Murdoch newspapers, after the former Prime Minister today dismissed them as “wholly wrong”.
06/12/2013 on BBC Radio 5live
28/11/2013 on Channel 4 News
18/11/2013 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
01/10/2013 on ITV news
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
41 minutes ago on The World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4
47 minutes ago on The World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4
49 minutes ago on The World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4