Daily Archives: February 5, 2009

Jim Pickard

A flurry of Lords have amended the register of interests in the last two weeks.

This Tuesday saw

1] Lord Clement-Jones, treasurer of the Liberal Democrats (and partner at law firm DLA Piper) add US defence group Raytheon to his list. Read more >>

Jim Pickard

toxteth.jpgMy colleague Andy Bounds broke the story last month that England’s poorest regions were losing out on millions of pounds of extra funding from the European Union – despite Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland benefiting.

The government decided there wasn’t enough time for the regions to spend a sudden windfall after the collapse of sterling boosted the value of euro-denominated European Union grants by about a fifth. Read more >>


The latest media blitz by Charles Clarke does not disappoint. First he tells the Telegraph that he would jump at a job offer from Gordon Brown and would “love to do transport, or anything around the environment”. Then he tells the New Statesman that Tony Blair wanted to groom him as a rival to Brown: Read more >>


It is bonus season in the City. Times are tough, so most of London’s finest will expect less than half what they last received. But this belt-tightening will still amount to a hefty payout, as far as the public are concerned. The City will divvy up £3.6bn over the next few weeks, according to the best forecast available. (That’s a tad less than 1999, during the dotcom bubble.) Read more >>