13 Jul 2015 10:17
Former Labour MP Tom Harris and his wife are setting up a lobbying and PR consultancy that will offer help to those in the eye of a media storm.
Harris spent 14 years as a Labour MP for Glasgow South before losing his seat to the SNP in the 2015 general election.
He had served as railways minister in the Department for Transport and a private parliamentary secretary in both the Department of Health and
12 Jul 2015 20:19
Harriet Harman has provoked a furious backlash among Labour members by suggesting that the party will not vote against the government’s welfare bill.
Harman said Labour should not oppose Tory plans in the budget to limit child tax credits to the first two children. She also said Labour should not wholly oppose the plan to reduce the benefit cap to £20,000 a year outside London.
Labour’s acting leader told the BBC’s Sunday Politics:
10 Jul 2015 15:08
William Hague has landed a high-level advisory job with global law firm Linklaters as he looks set to make his millions after leaving Westminster.
The former foreign secretary has been appointed chair of a newly created international advisory group at the law giant. Linklaters’ Chairman Robert Elliott enthused:
"We believe that under William’s leadership, this group will provide us with an extra gear in making the most of current opportunities and shaping the long-term future
10 Jul 2015 13:32
The leader of Westminster City Council is going up against Zac Goldsmith and Sol Campbell with a late bid to be the Conservative Party’s candidate for mayor of London.
Phillipa Roe's entrance in the race follows suggestions that Tory HQ was panicking over the fact that they had an all-male mayoral shortlist.
Roe last year hit the headlines after claiming that Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants were defecating on Westminster doorsteps. Today, she put out a statement explaining
10 Jul 2015 09:10
A frustrated Brian May called the Countryside Alliance “a bunch of lying bastards” during a tetchy exchange on Newsnight.
The Queen guitarist accused David Cameron of an underhand dismantling of the fox hunting ban during the exhange on Thursday' night's programme. He added:
“The hunts are a nasty vestige of the last century which should be gone.”
At the end of the discussion, Countryside Alliance representative Jim Barrington insisted it was all about “wildlife management”
09 Jul 2015 14:15
Institute for Fiscal Studies director Paul Johnson has given his much-anticipated verdict on the Budget.
The boss of the influential think tank presented the IFS Budget analysis today.
On welfare cuts, he said:
"The biggest single cut to welfare spending is set to come from extending the freeze in working age benefits, tax credits and local housing allowance out to 2020. That will affect 13 million families who will lose an average of £260
09 Jul 2015 12:48
When David Lammy broke up with TV presenter June Sarpong over ten years ago, the split was said to be an amicable one.
"They have been an item for some time now - and very recently split, although they remain good friends.... David has a terribly busy schedule, as has June. They hardly ever see each other. I do know the split is very amicable."
So said Sarpong's agent back in 2003. Fast forward some
09 Jul 2015 09:39
Labour’s four leadership hopefuls have all criticised George Osborne for rebranding the living wage.
In yesterday’s Budget, the chancellor said the new ‘national living wage’ would start at £7.20 per hour, reaching £9 by 2020. It is to be compulsory for over-25s.
The existing living wage, as judged by the Living Wage Foundation is £7.85 per hour across the UK and £9.15 in London.
Andy Burnham said it was a “slap in the face for
09 Jul 2015 07:30
George Osborne has cemented his status as the favourite to take over from David Cameron after cheering the Tory troops with the Budget, according to Jon Craig.
The Sky News chief political correspondent makes the call in his latest TP column. He writes:
“Less than three years ago, George Osborne was greeted by a chorus of boos as he presented medals in the Paralymic Games in the Olympic Stadium.
“Now, after his first all-blue Conservative
08 Jul 2015 16:30
Two key advisers to former Treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander are setting up a consultancy offering government relations, public affairs and media advisory services.
TP can reveal that Will de Peyer and Peter Carroll have both been given approval from the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) to set up the new firm, called Tendo.
De Peyer is a former aide to Vince Cable who was Alexander’s top policy adviser throughout his five years as
08 Jul 2015 14:11
Iain Duncan Smith led the chorus of Tory approval as George Osborne today vowed to introduce a compulsory "national living wage" of £9 an hour by 2020.
The work and pensions secretary celebrated the surprise announcement with some vigour, leaving onlookers unclear as to whether he had described the move as “fantastic” or opted for a more earthy response. Namely: "Fucking get in!”.
You can make see the clip below and make your own mind
08 Jul 2015 08:12
George Osborne is preparing to unveil the first Tory Budget since 1996 and all the signs are that it will be a true blue package.
The big pre-Budget story is that Osborne will slow the pace of welfare cuts, spreading them over three years rather than two. That means £8bn of cuts in the first two years, and £4bn of cuts in the third year.
In The Times, Tim Montgomerie reports that one un-named