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Labour's wipeout: Tories win Crewe and Nantwich by-election

Friday, 23 May 2008

Gordon Brown suffered a humiliating rebuff in the Crewe and Nantwich by-election early today as the Tories swept to victory in the previously safe Labour seat.

Cameron hails 'end of new Labour'

Friday, 23 May 2008

A jubilant David Cameron today hailed another "remarkable victory" after the Tories overturned a 7,000 Labour majority to take the Crewe and Nantwich by-election with a massive 17.6 per cent swing from Labour.

Harman: Labour needs to recognise voters' concerns

Friday, 23 May 2008

Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party, vowed that the Government would "redouble its efforts" in addressing concern over the economy in the wake of its defeat at Crewe and Nantwich.

Compromise may help Brown avoid 42-day defeat

Friday, 23 May 2008

A compromise has emerged which may allow Gordon Brown to avoid a humiliating Commons defeat over plans to detain terror suspects for up to 42 days.

Britain 'not doing enough for Tibet'

Friday, 23 May 2008

Britain and the rest of the international community is not making enough effort to support the campaign to secure autonomy for Tibet from China, the Dalai Lama has told MPs.

MP attacks council for response to girl's death

Friday, 23 May 2008

A council was guilty of "significant failures" in its response to the death of a girl allegedly left starve by her mother, an MP claimed yesterday.

Tory campaign helped by 10p tax, prices – and Brown

Friday, 23 May 2008

The Tories' first by-election victory for a quarter of a century was masterminded from an anonymous suite of offices around the corner from Crewe station.

Now the unions turn on Brown

Thursday, 22 May 2008

The leader of the trade union movement accused Gordon Brown of lacking a vision for Britain on the eve of a by-election today which could trigger a crisis of confidence in the Prime Minister.

Tories hope to revive abortion debate after election victory

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Conservative MPs are preparing to launch a fresh attempt to cut the time limit for abortion if David Cameron wins the next general election.

PM edges towards ban on cluster bombs in bid to protect civilians

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Gordon Brown was yesterday moving towards agreeing a ban on cluster bombs as he ordered a full review of Britain's remaining stocks of the deadly weapons.

Tories face inquiry after voter data leaked

Thursday, 22 May 2008

The Conservatives' campaign in the Crewe and Nantwich by-election suffered an embarrassing last-minute setback when the party published the personal details of more than 8,000 voters.

Some more bad news for Brown...

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Cherie Blair's book, Speaking for Myself, has gone straight to the top of the bestseller charts after selling almost 4,000 copies in the first week after publication.

MPs throw out bids to reduce abortion limit

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Abortions will remain legal for up to 24 weeks into pregnancy after MPs rejected a series of attempts to cut the limit after an impassioned debate in the House of Commons.

Millions still lose out after Brown tax U-turn

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

The 10p tax issue may yet return to haunt Gordon Brown despite last week's £2.7bn compensation package, according to a study published today.

The people vs Gordon Brown: Revolution in Bedford Street

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

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Dalai Lama urges support for Olympics

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

It was 11.30am this morning, and the Dalai Lama had just finished telling journalists in a tightly packed Palace of Westminster hall that he appreciated the Prime Minister’s "genuine concern" for Tibet, when a loud and insistent chiming began

Fertility laws drop need to consider role of father

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Single women and lesbian couples will be able to seek fertility treatment without having to consider a father for their children under new laws approved by MPs last night.

Brown 'in by-election bunker' , says Cameron

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Tory leader David Cameron taunted the Prime Minister in the Commons for not visiting Crewe and Nantwich during the by-election campaign, claiming he had "put himself in his bunker". Mr Brown said it was a convention that Prime Ministers did not normally campaign in such contests.

Defeated over IVF 'need for father'

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

The Government tonight comfortably beat off a fresh challenge to its flagship Bill updating fertility laws for the first time in 20 years.

Police poll urges change to 'no strike' law

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Nearly nine out of 10 police officers are in favour of changing the law so they can strike, it was announced today.

Hybrid embryo research given go-ahead by MPs

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Ground-breaking new laws permitting the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos for research passed a crucial vote in the Commons last night after attempts to ban the technique were overwhelmingly rejected.

Tories set to crush Labour as Crewe lead hits 13 points

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Labour is heading for a crushing defeat in Thursday's parliamentary by-election in Crewe and Nantwich, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent.

Anger at lack of No. 10 invite for Dalai Lama

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

The Dalai Lama arrived in Britain today amid growing concern that he is not being received at Downing Street.

Record numbers granted citizenship

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

The number of people granted British citizenship reached record levels last year, new figures showed today.

MPs give up on bid to conceal expenses

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Full details of MPs' expenses, listed down to every individual receipt, will be published from this autumn, the House of Commons announced last night.

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Columnist Comments


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Not a tear was shed, nor a cheer raised. Not even the protesters have bothered to turn out.


Steve Richards: Brown's macho posturing

Dependent on the support of the Democratic Unionists, it was the most hollow of hollow victories.


Joan Smith: There is only one route out of poverty

It's always gratifying when the Tories show their true colours.


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I always thought I would love two men fighting over me. Until it happened...

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