Political News Archive

  • Thursday 24 July 2014

    DAVID Cameron has rejected calls for the Tories to hand back a £160,000 donation to the Conservatives from the wife of a former member of Vladimir Putin's government.

  • Wednesday 23 July 2014

    BARONESS Stowell of Beeston is to forego a £36,000 Tory HQ top-up to her salary after angry protests following David Cameron's reshuffle last week when the role of Leader of the House of Lords was downgraded to a part-time member of the Cabinet.

  • Wednesday 23 July 2014

    PAYMENTS totalling £972.9 million have now been made to victims of the Equitable Life scandal but 160,000 policyholders who are due a payout still need to be tracked down, the Government has said.

  • Wednesday 23 July 2014

    FLAWS in the benefit system for people with disabilities and health conditions are so "grave" that they cannot be solved simply by rebranding eligibility tests and appointing a new private sector contractor to conduct them, a parliamentary report has said.

  • Wednesday 23 July 2014

    LABOUR promised action to boost the number of women and ethnic minority officials in the upper echelons of the Civil Service, accusing the Government of having "lost sight of the diversity agenda".

  • Wednesday 23 July 2014

    ARMS and other dual-use military equipment worth tens of millions of pounds are still being exported from Britain to Russia, MPs have warned, despite fears Moscow has been arming the separatist rebels in Ukraine.

  • Tuesday 22 July 2014

    Daytime television advertisements are fuelling a rise in personal injury claims, the Westminster Justice Secretary has said amid claims he is making law based on myths.

  • Tuesday 22 July 2014

    A "BIG Society" project which won an £830,000 lottery grant with its plan to recruit a million members in a year managed just 64, according to a report from a spending watchdog.

  • Tuesday 22 July 2014

    Nick Griffin has been replaced as leader of the British National Party (BNP), the far-right group announced.

  • Tuesday 22 July 2014

    MILLIONS of UK savers are to get free and impartial guidance on how they can access their pension pots following the Government's planned radical shake-up of the pensions system, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

  • Tuesday 22 July 2014

    FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair has claimed the Labour-led Better Together campaign has done enough to save the United Kingdom from Scottish independence.

  • Monday 21 July 2014

    THE current arrangements in the European Union are "simply not acceptable", Foreign secretary Philip Hammond said as he confirmed he would vote to sever ties with Brussels unless there are significant reforms.

  • Monday 21 July 2014

    MORE than 1,200 Scots a year facing life-threatening illnesses or surgery are securing transplants or blood transfusions from English or Welsh donors, new figures published by Gordon Brown will reveal.

  • Saturday 19 July 2014

    STRIKES would be "close to impossible" under a Tory plan to make illegal any ballot that did not have at least half of eligible workers participating in it, trade union chiefs have warned.

  • Saturday 19 July 2014

    ANGRY peers are set to table a parliamentary motion condemning David Cameron's decision not to make the Leader in the House of Lords a full-time member of the Cabinet.

  • Saturday 19 July 2014

    POLICE Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House and his most senior officers have pledged to review the controversial decision to routinely deploy armed police officers.

  • Saturday 19 July 2014

    ED Miliband will today seek to make a clean break with New Labour and Gordon Brown's time in No.

  • Friday 18 July 2014

    FRESH concerns over the impact of changes to the welfare system have been raised by the SNP after figures showed significant rises in the number of disabled people, women, lone parents and young people facing benefit sanctions.

  • Friday 18 July 2014

    CHARGES of cynicism and hypocrisy have been levelled at Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrat leadership after they announced a change of heart on the bedroom tax, calling for radical changes to one of the coalition's most contentious policies.

  • Friday 18 July 2014

    CALLS have been made for Nick Clegg to forfeit a £2.4 million ­donation after a watchdog found the Electoral Commission guilty of maladministration in failing to vet properly the gift from fraudster Michael Brown.

  • Friday 18 July 2014

    MICHAEL Gove, the reshuffled ­minister, got off to a less than ­auspicious start in his new role as the Commons Chief Whip when he became locked in a Commons lavatory.

  • Thursday 17 July 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have called for a fundamental reform of the so-called "bedroom tax" in a dramatic withdrawal of support for one of the coalition's highest-profile welfare reforms.

  • Thursday 17 July 2014

    David Cameron's choice for Britain's European Commissioner could be voted down by MEPs because of his "radical ­anti-European views", the President of the European Parliament has said.

  • Thursday 17 July 2014

    THE day after the day before and Red Ed, amid the blood and guts of the Conservative reshuffle, was ready to unfurl a well-prepared left hook.

  • Thursday 17 July 2014

    A furious Labour leadership has branded David Cameron a liar after the Prime Minister quoted Harriet Harman as suggesting Labour would put up taxes if they won power.

  • Wednesday 16 July 2014

    Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has turned down the offer of a return to Government as a Foreign Office minister.

  • Wednesday 16 July 2014

    David Cameron is shaking up the most-senior posts in the Civil Service, with the creation of a new chief executive to lead the Government's programme of reform in Whitehall.

  • Wednesday 16 July 2014

    AFTER the night of the long knives, it was the day of the tender handshakes as David Cameron changed the guard and put in place the more youthful and female team he hopes will convince voters to put him back in Downing Street next May.

  • Wednesday 16 July 2014

    MINISTERS have come under fire for a £4million underspend by the fund which provides crisis grants to the poorest in society.

  • Wednesday 16 July 2014

    New Environment Secretary Liz Truss has made it to the Cabinet after only four years as an MP, and aged only 38.