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by Tom Gash / 08 Feb 2016 16:30
Today, David Cameron is making a speech which has been heavily trailed in various newspapers. The prime minister is lending his support to the reforming justice secretary Michael Gove and, as when he made previous speeches supporting justice secretaries Ken Clarke and Chris Grayling, his focus is on reoffending.
Cameron is backing Gove’s idea that reoffending rates will fall if prison governors are given more freedom to experiment with new approaches to managing their inmates.
08 Feb 2016 13:33
David Cameron has provoked a backlash from a unusually wide range of political figures with a controversial claim that leaving the EU could lead to thousands of asylum seekers appearing in southern England overnight.
Number 10 had briefed the Daily Telegraph last night that Cameron would warn about the Calais refugee camp being displaced to the south of England if Britain votes for Brexit.
The prime minister’s spokesman confirmed today that this was Cameron’s belief
by Sebastian Whale / 08 Feb 2016 12:00
Tommy Sheppard has a bee in his bonnet. The SNP MP for Edinburgh East is sat in his cramped parliamentary office, busy reeling off a series of gripes he harbours with Westminster.
The former Labour man’s political career spans more than three decades, but life inside parliament only began nine months ago. And Sheppard has been caught off-guard by blockages in the Commons ever since.
“This place is barely fit for purpose. This country gets
08 Feb 2016 09:27
It has become commonplace for various political parties and movements try to appropriate Winston Churchill’s opinions for their cause. But this weekend marks the first time that Margaret Thatcher has been subjected to the same treatment.
Thatcher’s private secretary Lord Powell kick-started a very Conservative row with an article in the Sunday Times which claimed the former PM would have would have "raged more mightily" at Brussels - but would ultimately have settled for the
07 Feb 2016 19:21
The health secretary has not been on the best of terms with junior doctors in recent months. Now Jeremy Hunt has infuriated them further by suggesting that the British Medical Association is to blame for low morale in the profession.
After Hunt spoke out on The Andrew Marr Show, one doctor stressed that she had "never knowingly met a BMA rep" and had "made up my own mind". Writing on social media, another NHS professional was
05 Feb 2016 15:50
Ken Livingstone has hazarded a guess at who will take over the Labour leadership should the current occupant fail to last the distance.
The former mayor of London speculated that if Jeremy Corbyn was “pushed under a bus being driven Boris Johnson”, then the party’s membership “would rally behind McDonnell”.
In further not-so-helpful comments to Russia Today, Livingstone insisted:
"I keep telling you, it will be John McDonnell if Jeremy was to have a stroke
by David Singleton / 05 Feb 2016 11:30
Until recently, predicting which Conservative MPs were destined for the big time was relatively easy.
Ever since David Cameron became leader in 2005, the modernisers have looked best-placed to rise to the top of the Tory pile. In particular, things have looked up for the most talented members of the Osbornites, the group of pro-market Conservative MPs who share the chancellor’s broadly liberal and metropolitan instincts and have been happy to do his bidding, either
Leave.EU chair lashes out at 'two of the nastiest individuals I have ever had the misfortune to meet'
05 Feb 2016 10:07
Who knew that Vote Leave chiefs Matthew Elliot and Dominic Cummings had been winding up many of their fellow Brexit campaigners?
Just about everyone in Westminster, it seems. But now we have the most official confirmation in the form of an open letter sent to Conservative MPs by Leave.EU co-chairman Arron Banks.
In his letter Banks describes Elliot and Cummings as “two of the nastiest individuals I have ever had the misfortune to meet”.
05 Feb 2016 08:33
David Cameron is clocking up the air miles again today as he tries to sell his EU ‘deal’ to sceptical EU leaders.
Polish PM Beata Szydlo has told The Times that the plan to restrict in-work benefits to EU migrants for four years “doesn’t make me happy”. EU sources have also told the BBC that none of the other 27 leaders are happy with the reform proposals as they stand.
It’s not just his fellow
04 Feb 2016 15:51
Britain Stronger in Europe chair Stuart Rose today predicted that the In campaign would win the referendum on the European Union by "substantial margin".
Addressing a press gallery lunch in the Palace of Westminster, Lord Rose also took the opportunity to mock some of his opponents - and the prime minister.
Lord Rose used a speech to lobby journalists to make a direct appeal to those who have previously wanted out, saying that he wanted