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As Margaret Beckett and Geoff Hoon battle it out over who is Britain's voice in Europe, Kim Darroch, Blair's EU policy man, will actually take the decisions

By Manneken Pis   February 2007

Latest on the Beckett vs Hoon wars

With the European constitution on hold it could hardly be said that Britain’s minister for Europe, Geoff Hoon, has been overworked. But the lack of anything much to do has increased Hoon’s frustration and exacerbated his poisonous relations with the foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett. These got off to a bad start when, after the reshuffle in which he was appointed, Hoon emerged from Downing Street to tell Sky News that his new job as Europe minister was a cabinet post. In fact, while Hoon can attend cabinet, he had been demoted to…

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