Daily Archives: November 10, 2011

Word reaches us that David Miliband is getting ready to dip his toe back into domestic politics with an appearance on Newsnight next week. Although dates have not yet been finalised, David is keen to go on the programme to talk about his work on the youth unemployment task force, which was set up by the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, and which he chairs.

Since the Labour leadership election, Miliband Senior has kept his public interventions in politics mainly to large-scale foreign policy questions. This is in part because of his previous job as foreign secretary, but also it has helped his younger brother find his feet on the bread-and-butter issues of British politics without interference. Read more

Last month I revealed that Paul Burstow, the social care minister, refused to meet Jamie Buchan, the Southern Cross CEO, on several occasions before the UK’s biggest care home operator went bust. This was despite the fact that Buchan warned that his company was in financial difficulty.

Today the letters that I quoted from have been laid in the Commons library, along with a couple of other previously unseen messages, which show Buchan tried more often than we previously realised to secure such a meeting. Read more