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Live: Lords Constitution committee

Live: Lords Constitution committee

by Vicky Wong / 18 Jul 2012 14:33

Francis Maude has now finished giving evidence to the Lords Constitution committee

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Summary:

  • The committee discusses the prospect of making civil servants more accountable including calling for civil servants (junior and senior) to give evidence to select committees and possibly disclosing details of what responsibilities they were assigned by the minister of their department.
  • Francis Maude stresses that the current Civil Service system works but needs reform and

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Is Whitehall about to join the 21st century?

Is Whitehall about to join the 21st century?

by Charlotte Henry / 23 May 2012 16:14

The civil service have been issued with new social media guidelines, governing the appropriate use of services such as Facebook and Twitter. Introduced by Cabinet Office minister Frances Maude and head of the civil service Sir Bob Kerslake, they go into great depth describing both how individuals should use them, personally and professionally, and how the civil service's IT infrastructure needs to be updated in order to accommodate these services.

There is

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Our love of queuing came out in the open during the petrol non-crisis

Our love of queuing came out in the open during the petrol non-crisis

by Sadie Smith / 02 Apr 2012 10:31

The petrol non-crisis has been a strange beast.

For a start, if the media collectively were better reporters of the news rather than story-opportunists, they would have pointed out that the most accurate headline to describe the issue would be “Government attempts to induce anti-union sentiment by causing panic over a strike that hasn’t been called and may well not be.” However, 24-hour news is a demanding mistress and, instead, we were treated

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A dire week for the Conservatives and a disaster for Labour

by Martin Shapland / 30 Mar 2012 10:07

It's Friday morning and it’s been a long, confusing, week. After government gaffe piled upon government calamity and Labour took a double digit lead for the first time this Parliament, the big story at the end of the week is a Labour by-election meltdown following their hammering by George Galloway in Bradford West.

It’s left me rather in a spin, and the government’s media operation has fared no better. Cameron suffered

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The PM loves both Cornish pasties and the Olympic rings

The PM loves both Cornish pasties and the Olympic rings

by Ben Duckworth / 28 Mar 2012 12:40

I doubt Jacques Rogge knows what a Cornish Pasty is and it’s even less likely that he’s ever eaten one. But it made for a surreal Olympics press conference this morning when the President of the IOC and Seb Coe joined the PM for a brief press conference to discover that the assembled press wanted to discuss fuel strikes, Cornwall’s national food and the upcoming Olympic jamboree.

You’ve got to love politics sometimes.

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Partisan mud-slinging over party funding reform

by Caroline Crampton / 26 Mar 2012 16:17

It’s a well-known rule of politics that if you sling enough mud you everyone gets so dirty you can’t tell who started it.

In his statement to the House of Commons on party funding this afternoon, an angry Francis Maude illustrated this to a fault. As I said earlier, it was a tactical decision by the prime minister to send a senior Conservative minister out to bat for him in Parliament on

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Agenda

by Patrick Macfarlane / 01 Mar 2011 10:07

What’s happening

09:45 Mervyn King, Bank of England governor, is quizzed on the bank’s quarterly inflation report alongside MPC member Paul Tucker.

14:30 Nick Clegg looks forward to what promises to be a well-prepared deputy prime minister’s questions in the Commons.

16:00 Francis Maude, Cabinet Office minister, launches the New Local Government Network report on “shared services”.

Meanwhile David Cameron receives Afghan president Hamid Karzai at the start of a

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