The agenda

Written by What's happening on 13 March 2012 in Diary
Everything happening in politics today

What's happening

Today David Cameron is in the US. He will travel to Ohio with Barack Obama to watch an NCAA tournament basketball game. Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron will participate in an Olympics-themed event with local school children in Washington DC

Today Financial secretary to the Treasury Mark Hoban attends a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels

Today Iain Duncan Smith launches his social justice strategy, which is expected to contain a strong endorsement of marriage

Today Lord Heseltine is awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool

7.45 Theresa May speaks at a Female FTSE 100 event at Barclays

8.15 Boris Johnson and Justine Greening attend the unveiling of the Crossrail tunneling machines

9.30 Campaigners deliver a petition to Downing Street in an effort to keep libraries open

10.00 Former chancellor Lord Lawson launches the Care charity's report on the government's plan to raise the personal tax allowance to £10,000, calling it expensive and inefficient

10.05 The transport select committee hears evidence from Network Rail's chief executive David Higgins

10.30 David Willetts gives evidence to the science and technology select committee on science and heritage

10.30 Culture minister Ed Vaizey gives evidence to the culture, media and sport select committee on library closures

11.00 The House of Lords continues work on the Health and Social Care Bill

14.30 Ken Clarke takes justice questions in the Commons

16.00 Labour holds a debate on the Healtha and Social Care Bill in the Commons

19.00 David Laws makes a speech on the future of the coalition at the House of Commons

What's been said

Barack Obama and David Cameron have a joint article in the Washington Post about the close nature of the alliance between the US and the UK. They say: 'with confidence in our cause and faith in each other, we still believe that there is hardly anything we cannot do'

Labour has lots its liberal heritage, argues Patrick Diamond and Michael Kenny in The Guardian. The party has to decide what kind of liberal social democracy the party wants to espouse, they say.

Mary Riddell in the Daily Telegraph suggests that Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have lost the economic argument, but crime and policing could provide them with more of an audience

Inspired by the Charlie and Lola stories, Rachel Sylvester in The Times (£) argues that David Cameron should unite his expert adviser on behaviour and the head of his troubled-families team in No 10 to deal with 'broken Britain' - there could be a political prize in it too

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