Politics past

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Paul Johnson obituary
Prolific journalist and historian who shifted allegiance from the left of Labour to become an ardent Thatcher supporter

Geoffrey Wheatcroft

13, Jan, 2023 @5:56 PM

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Alice Mahon obituary
Uncompromising Labour MP who spoke with the authentic voice of the people she was elected to represent

Julia Langdon

11, Jan, 2023 @8:43 PM

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The two sides of John Stonehouse were revealed in a Bangladesh mission | Letters
Letters: Michael Meadowcroft recounts details of a trip with the MP to investigate crimes by the Pakistan army in 1972. Plus a letter from Rob Clements

11, Jan, 2023 @6:01 PM

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When our memories become meaningful | Brief letters
Brief letters: The 70s for over-60s | Essential services | ‘Working’ royals | Wordsearch | Coming out

11, Jan, 2023 @5:59 PM

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From Britney Spears to John Stonehouse, a great true-life story is worth telling again and again | Keely Winstone
I thought I had the tale of the vanishing MP to myself, but I’m glad I was wrong

Keely Winstone

31, Dec, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Gerry Adams ‘unaware of Docklands bomb but would not have stopped it’
Sinn Féin leader said he would have faced ‘serious dilemma’ if he knew, according to declassified documents

Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent

30, Dec, 2022 @1:16 PM

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Blair aide feared 1997 cabinet portrait would look ‘triumphalist’
National Archives documents show concerns raised over Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s proposal

Caroline Davies and Ben Quinn

30, Dec, 2022 @6:01 AM

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Minister said ‘elements’ in UK security services hostile to NI peace process
Notes from 2002 record John Reid saying there was a potential ‘coalition’ trying to frustrate peace process in Northern Ireland

Ben Quinn and Caroline Davies

30, Dec, 2022 @6:01 AM

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MPs to mark day in 1942 when the Commons finally recognised the Holocaust
Eighty years after Anthony Eden revealed the extent of the Nazi genocide, the chamber will observe a moment of silence again

Toby Helm , Observer political editor

11, Dec, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Top 10 dissenting life stories | Sheila Rowbotham
From Doris Lessing’s frank memoirs of social change to less famous campaigners in decisive struggles, these accounts provide an inspiring look ‘into the window’ of history

Sheila Rowbotham

30, Nov, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The pleasure and privilege of working with David Butler | Letters
Letter: Martin Westlake, one of a long list of Butler’s co-authors, remembers him with affection

20, Nov, 2022 @4:47 PM

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Don’t be taken in by that £50bn ‘fiscal black hole’. It’s just a dodgy Tory metaphor | Sonia Sodha
Drastic public sector belt-tightening is not an economic necessity but a political decision

Sonia Sodha

13, Nov, 2022 @7:29 AM

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