Articles tagged with David Cameron
by Caroline Crampton / 18 Apr 2012 13:00
You might have expected the unemployment figures released this morning to dominate prime minister’s questions – David Cameron certainly did, since when Ed Miliband failed to raise it in his first question he immediately asked why not. In some ways, the figures are good news for the government – unemployment is ever so slightly down – but there are some strong lines of attack for Labour too, with huge numbers of young people still
by Max Burman / 18 Apr 2012 11:26
The latest unemployment figures were released this morning, and they reveal some timely good news for the government. The total out of work fell by 35,000, taking the percentage unemployed down from 8.4% to 8.3%.
With the first Prime Minister’s Questions since the Easter recess to come later, the news will no doubt allow David Cameron to draw some of the sting from Ed Miliband’s attacks. A strong showing at PMQs would
by David Torrance / 17 Apr 2012 13:21
It is difficult to overstate the importance of Glasgow to the Labour Party. Since the (arguably mythical) days of 'Red Clydeside', the city has almost formed part of the Labour movement’s central nervous system. Scottish Labour’s HQ is in Scotland’s largest city, while for decades majorities – in local authority, Scottish Parliament and Westminster elections – have been taken for granted.
At least, that is, until recently. From a Labour vantage
by Emma Burnell / 17 Apr 2012 10:24
Three polls came out yesterday showing Labour 10-11 points ahead in the polls. The Tories are as low in the polls as they have been since the formation of the coalition government. The government’s credibility is in free-fall. For the first time in one of those polls, Osborne and Balls are neck-and neck for who could best manage the economy. Meanwhile the budget debates stumble on, each week seemingly bringing a new issue arising
by Max Burman / 16 Apr 2012 11:17
David Cameron today launches the Conservative campaign for local elections across the country. After a difficult few weeks for the government, the prime minister will no doubt hope that the focus can now shift from topics such as snooping and charitable donations. This morning’s papers suggest that may be a tough task, with the coalition taking flak for how they have handled the recent controversies.
Speaking In Derbyshire, Cameron will make the case
by Caroline Schelle / 13 Apr 2012 00:00
The Burmese pro-democracy leader is globally renowned for her non-partisan approach to politics and her life-long campaign for fair elections in her country. Today, David Cameron will be the first Western leader to visit her in Burma since her victory in a recent by-election. Earlier this year William Hague became the first British Foreign Secretary to visit the secretive state in 55 years.
Aside from the historic nature of his visit, Cameron will
by Max Burman / 12 Apr 2012 12:15
With the London mayoral elections less than a month away and Parliament on recess, capital politics are dominating much of the agenda. Aside from the seemingly Faustian choice many Londoners will make between Boris and Ken (or, you know, one of the other fine candidates), it is the publishing of candidates’ tax returns that has got people talking in the past week.
David Cameron indicated yesterday that he is likely
by Max Burman / 11 Apr 2012 14:13
Eric Pickles has today declared England's new enterprise zones operational. But, a year after the Chancellor unveiled the plans, it remains unclear what impact they have had.
On the surface there seems little to argue with. Tax breaks, reduced planning restrictions and ‘superfast’ broadband aren’t exactly dramatically contentious issues. Indeed, local councils have spent the last year queuing up to get in on the regeneration the policy promises.
At a national level,
by Max Burman / 10 Apr 2012 11:54
David Cameron is today ‘banging the drum’ for British business in Japan. With the prime minister saying he hoped to revive the UK’s relationship with the world’s second largest economy, we thought it would be apt to revisit five notable exchanges from previous years.
May 1979: New PM Margaret Thatcher visits Japan
by Caroline Crampton / 04 Apr 2012 16:08
I think we've all lost count of how many times David Cameron has 'relaunched' his big society initiative. Today he was at it again, attempting to reinvigorate the idea with the announcment of a £600m fund designed to help grassroots projects get off the ground.
The prime minister said: "Big Society Capital is going to encourage charities and social enterprises to prove their business models – and then replicate them. Once they've proved
by Amber Elliott / 04 Apr 2012 13:30
A more cynical person than me might suggest that David Cameron's Easter message was rather political.
The PM declared: "This is the time when, as Christians, we remember the life, sacrifice and living legacy of Christ. The New Testament tells us so much about the character of Jesus; a man of incomparable compassion, generosity, grace, humility and love. These are the values that Jesus embraced, and I believe these are values people of
by Caroline Crampton / 29 Mar 2012 15:24
The debate over grammar schools is about to reignite.
Kent County Council has this afternoon voted in favour of a proposal to allow a grammar school in the county to open a new campus.
On the face of it, this is nothing more than a straightforward matter of allowing a popular school to add more capacity so it can accommodate more pupils.
But in fact, this is a highly significant