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Is Ruth Kelly going to be the next Margaret Beckett?

The reason I ask is because I remember seeing Ruth Kelly sitting on the front benches looking very smug as Tony Blair made his final speech as Prime Minister last Wednesday. She must have known that her political future was safe – despite her unremarkable achievements so far as Secretary of State for Education and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister...
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Blair’s new website

Tony Blair has launched a post Downing Street website stating this is where we can keep up to date with his news. Only there is nothing on it yet, not even a brief mention about his new position as Middle East envoy. There is a link offering contact details for Blair, including media interviews. Otherwise, all the front page offers is the following quote: “I came into office...
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Rebels and dissenting back benchers

I have just stumbled across an excellent blog which records the dissenting actions of backbenchers who disobey their whips called Revolts. Its most recent post describes how in less than an hour of Gordon Brown leaving Buckingham Palace last Wednesday, Labour’s first rebel MP Austin Mitchell voted against the government. He defied the Labour whip and voted with the...
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The missing – Ylenia Carrisi

Ylenia Carrisi is the daughter of Italian singer Albano Carrisi and Romina Power, whose father was the American actor Tyrone Power. Ylenia was last seen in the French Quarter of New Orleans in January 1994 which she was visiting. She was 24. At the time of her disappearance, Ylenia was staying in a hotel with street musician Alaxander Masakela. Masakela was arrested, but eventually released for...
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