Jack Straw – my instinct is for UK to join US air strikes against Isis

Jack Straw – my instinct is for UK to join US air strikes against Isis Ex-foreign secretary says jihadis pose serious threat to civilisation and UK should not be paralysed by 2003 invasion.
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Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett wade into Commons Clerk appointment row

Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett wade into Commons Clerk appointment row John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, suffered a significant setback on Thursday night when Jack Straw and Dame Margaret Beckett became the most senior figures at Westminster to raise questions about plans to appoint an Australian parliamentary official to the most senior unelected post at Westminster.
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These push-button policies may sound bold. Far from it | Zoe Williams

Bizarre and unworkable announcements are a feature of the conference season. But they’re surefire sign of insecurityChris Grayling as justice secretary bothers me far less than he would in almost any other department. The legal profession has many years of experience in foiling, scotching, contradicting and plain ignoring the conference soundbites of politicians. I’ll worry […]
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Straw accused over torture of Libyan dissidents

Former foreign secretary named in legal documents concerning Gaddafi opponents held after MI6 tip-offsJack Straw, the former foreign secretary, and Sir Mark Allen, a former senior MI6 officer, have been cited as key defendants in court documents that describe in detail abuse meted out to Libyan dissidents and their families after being abducted and handed […]
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For a future Lib-Lab coalition work needs to begin now | Martin Kettle

Convergence needn’t be either party’s principle aim but, if it comes to pass, then it’s better it goes well than goes badlyIt was the then owner and editor of this newspaper who, a hundred years ago this summer, put the proposition as succinctly as it has ever been put. Now that Labour and the Liberals […]
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Jack Straw reveals battle with depression and tinnitus

Autobiography describes how former home secretary suffered from condition as result of political tensions and illnessThe former home secretary Jack Straw has revealed how he suffered from depression as a result of political tension and illness.In his autobiography, summarised in the Daily Mail, Straw describes how the Labour party was divided by infighting while he […]
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Olympic security: omnishambles meets hypershambles | Simon Hoggart

The shambles and shamblettes that would have buried a dozen Labour home secretaries have left May untouchedWhat happens when the most incompetent security firm in Britain – possibly the world – meets the most disorganised government of recent times? Why, a hypershambles! In fact it’s a DNA-type scandal, as the two shambles twist round each […]
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Leveson inquiry: Jack Straw used to gossip with Rebekah Brooks

Former justice secretary reveals he regularly arranged to meet the then Sun editor as they made the same train journeyJack Straw arranged to meet Rebekah Brooks for a gossip once a week when they commuted on the same train when he was justice secretary and she was editor of the Sun, the Leveson inquiry has […]
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