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From Blair to Brown. Diaries Vol 6 2005-2007

From Blair to Brown. Diaries Vol 6 2005-2007

One might have thought Alastair Campbell would disappear from view as Gordon Brown moved from No. 11 to No. 10. Far from it. Having negotiated the rapprochement which led to Brown taking a central role in the 2005 election win, Campbell then became central to the transition from one Prime Minister to another. Many books have been written about Brown and Blair, but none with the intimacy and the unique perspective of Alastair Campbell. We continue to get an insight into Campbell's mental health struggles, his attempts to rebuild a normal family life, and the plethora of new challenges he takes on which introduce dozens of new characters.

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Coalition Diaries 2012-2015

Coalition Diaries 2012-2015

Acclaimed as one of the sharpest political intellects of his generation, David Laws saw his ministerial career nosedive before it had begun when, after only seventeen days as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he was forced to resign when unintended breaches of parliamentary expenses rules came to light. You can't keep a good man down, however, and he returned to government, where he was also responsible for the implementation of the coalition agreement and planning the Lib Dems' strategy in the run-up to the 2015 election. Frank, acerbic, sometimes shocking and often funny, Coalition Diaries chronicles the historic Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition government, offering extraordinary pen portraits of all the personalities involved, some of whom were cast aside at the election or put to the knife after Brexit, while others are active in today's government.

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The Politicos Guide to the House of Commons 2017

The Politicos Guide to the House of Commons 2017

Following Theresa May's shock general election announcement, the UK political landscape looks set to change dramatically. Will predictions of a Tory landslide come to pass, or will the pollsters be surprised again? Whatever the result, the latest edition of the bestselling Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons will have all the info. Public affairs consultant Tim Carr and political experts Iain Dale and Robert Waller are rolling up their sleeves to put together a complete guide to the new personalities occupying the House of Commons benches in 2017. Who are they, what's their background and where will they lead the country? The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2017 is a must-read for anyone eager to know the details of the election result and to understand its consequences.

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Standind Down 2017

Standind Down 2017

Whatever happens in the general election, dozens of new MPs will be entering the Commons in 2017 - but what advice would their predecessors give them? With big names such as Alan Johnson, Andy Burnham, George Osborne and Eric Pickles, Fiona McTaggart, Gisela Stuart and Andrew Tyrie all exiting the parliamentary stage in June, there is no better opportunity to look back on the fascinating careers of some of the most formative figures in UK politics in recent decades. Speaking candidly about their highs and lows, their contributions and regrets, their backgrounds and future plans, these retiring MPs, interviewed by political journalist and biographer of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, Rosa Prince, provide frank and exclusive insights into their time in Parliament, the seminal events they witnessed and their reasons for leaving.

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Clean Brexit: Why leaving the EU stillmakes sense

Clean Brexit: Why leaving the EU stillmakes sense

On 23 June 2016, in the biggest ever vote in British history, 17.4 million people chose to leave the EU. So what does the future now hold after this momentous decision? Drawing on years of experience at the cutting edge of economic, business and policy issues, plus extensive discussions with leading politicians and diplomats across the UK, Europe and the world, Clean Brexit answers these questions and more. Economists Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons believe Brexit is an opportunity to strike deals with the world's fastest-growing economies, boosting British trade and job prospects. Important, balanced and accessible, Clean Brexit is the ultimate guide to making a success of Britain s divorce from the EU.

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Democracy and Its Crisis

Democracy and Its Crisis

Prompted by the EU referendum in the UK and the presidential election in the USA, A. C. Grayling investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to hold up against forces they were designed to manage, and why, crucially, it matters. First he considers moments in history ? Periclean Athens, the English Civil War, the American and French Revolutions, among them ? in which the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions, however imperfect, were found. Then he lays bare the specific problems of democracy in the twenty-first century and maps out a set of urgently needed reforms.

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The Lies of the Land

The Lies of the Land

Trust in our politicians is at an all-time low. We're in a "post-truth" era, where feelings trump facts, and where brazen rhetoric beats honesty. But do politicians lie more than they used to? In a history full of wit and political acumen, Private Eye journalist Adam Macqueen dissects the gripping stories of the biggest political lies of the last half century, from the Profumo affair to Blair's WMDs to Boris Johnson's GBP350 million for the NHS. This is the quintessential guide to dishonesty from our leaders - and the often pernicious relationship between parliament and the media.But this book is also so much more. It explains how in the space of a lifetime we have gone from the implicit assumption that our rulers have our best interests at heart, to assuming the worst even when politicians are actually doing their best.

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Things Can Only Get Worse

Things Can Only Get Worse

From the giddy heights of New Labour's landslide victory in 1997 to the shock result of the 2017 snap election, these are the frank and funny memoirs of one bewildered Labour activist. With a literary flair that has been compared to Donald Trump's tweets, John O'Farrell attempts to explain the alarming rise of populist politics, Labour's twenty-year identity crisis, and why you should never tell your mother you are doing a radio phone-in. Along the way, John stood for parliament against Theresa May but failed to step into her shoes; he took his campaigning skills to America; and he was dubbed 'the sickest man in politics' by the Daily Mail when in truth he's only the second or third. The long-awaited sequel to the best-selling Things Can Only Get Better is for everyone who could use a good laugh after Brexit, Trump and learning you were governed by the DUP.

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