Peter Mandelson joins board of Russian firm ‘with organised crime links’

Former Labour minister risks controversy by joining AFK Sistema group, which was implicated in 2010 WikiLeaks cableLord Mandelson risked courting controversy after he accepted nomination to the board of a Russian company with alleged links to organised crime and corruption.The former Labour cabinet minister and European trade commissioner will become an independent director of AFK […]
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Costs of youth unemployment rise by £2bn in three months – David Miliband

Former foreign secretary highlights costs of youth unemployment as he attacks George Osborne’s austerity measuresThe Labour party is stirring. The appointment of Jon Cruddas as the party’s policy co-ordinator has been widely welcomed while Tony Blair is letting it be known that he supports Labour’s call for a renewed focus on growth.And now David Miliband […]
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We agree about Europe | Ed Balls and Peter Mandelson

The eurozone needs to survive and succeed, and Britain must be part of the debate about its futureThe coming months are critical for the future of Europe. Jobs and business investment – in Britain and across the euro area – depend on Europe’s leaders choosing the right course.The risk is that Europe gets locked into […]
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Peter Mandelson calls for EU referendum

Former minister breaks with Labour stance by calling for vote on Europe and foresees fiscally federalist ‘eurozone mark two’The pro-Europe former Labour cabinet minister Lord Mandelson will call for Britain to commit to a future referendum as the best way of re-establishing a national consensus about future relations with Europe.On the eve of elections in […]
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Mandelson makes fourth comeback

Former business secretary’s ‘industrial activism’ provides inspiration for Vince Cable and Ed MilibandThe political class held its collective breath when Peter Mandelson made his third comeback in 2008 after Gordon Brown summoned him back from Brussels to join the cabinet.So Westminster will be beside itself with excitement when it realises that Lord Mandelson is embarking […]
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Peter Mandelson makes fourth comeback with a little help from foes

Former business secretary’s ‘industrial activism’ provides inspiration for Vince Cable and Ed MilibandThe political class held its collective breath when Peter Mandelson made his third comeback in 2008 after Gordon Brown summoned him back from Brussels to join the cabinet.So Westminster will be beside itself with excitement when it realises that Lord Mandelson is embarking […]
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Blair had ‘secret euro referendum group’

Planning was kept secret to avoid Gordon Brown’s disapproval, Peter Hain discloses in autobiography Tony Blair and his aides sanctioned a secret group inside Labour, including the-then Europe minister, Peter Hain, to prepare the ground for a euro referendum during his second term in office.The group was secret partly to avoid Gordon Brown’s disapproval, Hain […]
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Tony Blair had ‘secret group preparing for euro referendum’

Planning was kept secret to avoid Gordon Brown’s disapproval, Peter Hain discloses in autobiography Tony Blair and his aides sanctioned a secret group inside Labour, including the-then Europe minister, Peter Hain, to prepare the ground for a euro referendum during his second term in office.The group was secret partly to avoid Gordon Brown’s disapproval, Hain […]
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