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Words: Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield “To defeat a populist party, you defeat them conversation by conversation, doorstep by doorstep, street by street, community by community.” Douglas Alexander is i... Continue to article
She doesn’t want that to look too obvious or too partisan, so she’s trying to make it look like a wider attack on the political culture in general, and there’s no easier dog to kick in her own garden than Gordon Brown. Continue to article
Ever since he helped draft Gordon Brown's five (unpassable) tests for UK membership of the euro, Ed Balls has long been a Brussels sceptic. And it was no surprise when he last year said it would be 'stupid' for Labour to rule out an In-O... Continue to article
Ed Balls said change was needed to ensure Britain continued to offer good jobs for people. “We have a great history in our country of innovation, science, wealth creation. But for the 21st century, we need more good jobs, we will need mo... Continue to article
Ahead of his Commons debate tomorrow, Gordon Brown said more needed to be done to rescue the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. "This is every parent's and every friend's nightmare.... We really must make our international pressure felt even... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scotland questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Presentation of bills: Affordable Homes Bill; International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill; Euro... Continue to article
Ed Balls has accused George Osborne of bringing the Government into disrepute by hiring Andy Coulson, after the former No 10 communications chief was found guilty of phone hacking. Following a long-running trial stemming from allegation... Continue to article
To think there was a time back in the mid-1990s when it was said by his critics on both the left and right that Tony Blair did not believe in anything. Today, no-one doubts that the former prime minister has very strong beliefs, on for... Continue to article
Lord Forsyth said the Better Together campaign on Scottish independence was “winning the arguments” but conceded that it had got off to a “slow start”. “I think Alistair [Darling] has done a good job and I think it’s great that Gordon Br... Continue to article
Alistair Carmichael expressed his support for much greater devolution in England and said that federalism was a “logical conclusion”. “I think that English devolution is unfinished business, in fact it is the un-started business of the... Continue to article
Extracts from Speech in St Andrews on 12 June 2014 by Gordon Brown MP at Better Together event with Shirley Williams Five positive benefits of sharing across the UK Mr Brown will say: Six of the most popular BBC programmes in Scotland ... Continue to article
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said political parties “cannot import into Britain the American techniques that President Obama used” and expect to win in 2015. The Labour party has hired Obama adviser David Axelrod to help with ... Continue to article
Today at Bloomberg Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, will deliver a speech entitled ‘Opportunity for Everyone’. The recent local and European election results were incredibly difficult for the Liberal... Continue to article
Gordon Brown said Westminster interventions in the Scottish independence debate had played into the hands of the nationalists. “That would be a big mistake, if they were persuaded that this was an issue of Scotland versus Britain and I t... Continue to article
Vince Cable and Gordon Brown are very different characters. For a start, the Business Secretary is comfortable in his own skin. Continue to article
Graham Stringer criticised Douglas Alexander and other senior Labour figures for complacency on the issue of Europe. “My concern in this has always been for the Labour party to win election. Douglas supported Gordon Brown at that time [w... Continue to article
Michael Dugher defended Labour’s performance in Thursday’s local elections and said the party “made extremely good progress”. “I think we made extremely good progress. Looking at yesterday’s results, are we on course for a majority, is ... Continue to article
Gordon Brown called on the international community to help the Nigerian government find the 200 teenage girls who were kidnapped last month. "If this had happened in America or Europe - and this happened, remember, two weeks ago - there... 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”.
03/07/2014 on BBC News
01/07/2014 on Good Morning Britain, ITV
17/06/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
15/06/2014 on Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5Live
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
Today on Today, BBC Radio 4
25/07/2014 on BBC News
25/07/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4