The agenda

Written by What's happening on 1 March 2012 in Diary
Everything happening in politics today

What's happening

Today David Cameron comments on the passage of the Welfare Reform Bill. He is expected to say: "Today marks an historic step in the biggest welfare revolution in over 60 years".

Today The UK Border Force is officially separated from the UK Border Agency

Today The Labour Party hosts a summit in Westminster on safe cycling

Today Vince Cable meets EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding in London

9.45 Care minister Paul Burstow visits the Marjory Warren ward at King's College Hospital

11.00 The House of Lords has the third reading of the House of Lords Reform Bill

11.30 Caroline Spelman takes environment, food and rural affairs questions in the Commons

13.15 Health secretary Andrew Lansley announces £102m of funding for health research on visit to a children's hospital in Liverpool

14.30 The House of Commons debates a backbench business motion on pensions uprating

15.00 Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg visits an apprenticeship training scheme in Watford

18.00 Transport secretary Justine Greening visits Scotland to talk about high speed rail. She meets with Scottish business leaders and with Scotland ecretary Michael Moore and Keith Brown MSP

18.00 A 'Reading the riots' community discussion takes place in Liverpool, discussing last year's August riots

19.00 Liam Byrne and Gisela Stuart speak at a Progress event entitled 'is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?'

What's been said

Writing about the government's 'work fare' scheme in the Daily Telegraph, Dan Hodges says that 'instead of boycotting firms that provide the placements, we should be making business participation mandatory'

There is some truth in rightwing caricatures of lefties, says Zoe Williams in The Guardian

In his Times diary, Matthew Parris praises Norman Fowler for his recent work in the Lords on Aids treatment for migrants to Britain

Thomas Hammarberg in The Independent argues that central government has a duty to seek a 'mediated settlement' on Traveller sites

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