National Archives

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Newly released files reveal plan to move Millennium Dome to Swindon
Labour government received bid to relocate controversial London building before it was rebranded as the O2

Jamie Grierson

30, Dec, 2022 @8:24 AM

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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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Blair government despaired at ‘juvenile’ media in efforts to keep ministers on-message
Aide’s suggestion of ‘accuracy’ regulations for press was dismissed as ‘probably suicidal to try’

Caroline Davies and Ben Quinn

30, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Blair asked Bush during first phone call if he could call him by first name
Archives reveal PM’s early attempts to establish personal relationship with president after 2000 US election

Ben Quinn and Caroline Davies

30, Dec, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Blair government had misgivings about Mandela mediation role over Lockerbie
Files show Downing Street felt former South African leader’s attempt to mediate was ‘unlikely to be helpful’

Caroline Davies and Ben Quinn

30, Dec, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Blair gave Putin silver cufflinks for his birthday, archives reveal
Files show PM favoured allowing Putin ‘a position on the top table’ and encouraging him to integrate with west

Ben Quinn and Caroline Davies

30, Dec, 2022 @12:01 AM

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‘Hidden gems’: British letters from first world war published online
Family history website makes cache of documents from National Archives available for public to view

Esther Addley

10, Nov, 2022 @11:40 AM

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‘Terrible blowe’: gunpowder plot tipoff letter to go on display
Anonymous letter warning Lord Monteagle not to attend 1605 opening of parliament among items at National Archives treason exhibition

Caroline Davies

02, Nov, 2022 @2:41 PM

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MI5 missed early chance to expose Soviet agent Kim Philby, files reveal
British intelligence viewed Flora Solomon as ‘inconsequential’ in 1951 but her evidence later ‘clinched’ case against Philby

Caroline Davies

11, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Profumo spy had weakness for women and drink, archives reveal
Files on Russian intelligence officer and ‘lady-killer’ Eugene Ivanov littered with reports of drunkenness

Caroline Davies

10, Oct, 2022 @11:01 PM

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The truth of the ‘nonsense’ plot to dethrone Harold Wilson | Letter
Letter: The archives tell one story, but Hugh Cudlipp’s account of a meeting between Cecil Harmsworth King and Lord Mountbatten is a far more reliable source of information, says Brian Basham

Letters

22, Jul, 2022 @4:49 PM

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