Political News Archive

  • Sunday 28 September 2014

    After announcing over the summer he was abandoning the Foreign Secretaryship and the Commons at the 2015 General Election to, in truth, get a life, the gathering in Birmingham was always going to be William's swansong.

  • Sunday 28 September 2014

    It has become something of a conference tradition for the Tories to poke fun at Labour from behind the bar.

  • Sunday 28 September 2014

    The Government wants to end "politics of the begging bowl" in Wales by devolving new powers, Stephen Crabb has said.

  • Sunday 28 September 2014

    David Cameron faced another blow as Tory pollster Lord Ashcroft said his research suggested Labour could achieve a "comfortable working majority" at the General Election.

  • Sunday 28 September 2014

    Ministers should "hold their horses" in trying to solve the issue of English votes for English laws ­following the Scottish ­independence referendum which "solved nothing", former Cabinet minister Ken Clarke has said.

  • Sunday 28 September 2014

    GEORGE Osborne will today make a bold election pitch by announcing that potentially hundreds of thousands of Scots and millions of Britons will benefit from a decision to scrap the punitive 55 per cent tax on death charged when people pass on their pension pots to loved ones.

  • Sunday 28 September 2014

    David Cameron has given his ­strongest indication yet that he could back taking the UK out of Europe as he spent the first day of his party conference battling the fallout from a defection to Ukip and the resignation of a minister over alleged "sexting".

  • Friday 26 September 2014

    Nigel Farage set out his pitch to voters yesterday and claimed that Ukip is on the brink on holding the balance of power.

  • Friday 26 September 2014

    THE SNP have been accused by Labour of "playing juvenile politics" after voting against the proposal to launch airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

  • Friday 26 September 2014

    Public sector spending cuts could continue for another five years whichever party is in government, the outgoing head of the the civil service has said.

  • Friday 26 September 2014

    BOMBING Iraq was morally justified, David Cameron told MPs yesterday, stressing there were major differences between UK military action in 2014 and 2003.

  • Friday 26 September 2014

    Millions of people controlled by the "imaginary army" of Islamic State (IS) are inactive in challenging the extremists because of Western polices and invasion, George Galloway has said.

  • Friday 26 September 2014

    Britain has a clear "duty" to join air strikes against Islamic State militants because of the direct threat they pose to the country, David Cameron told an emergency Commons session to approve the deployment of UK forces.

  • Friday 26 September 2014

    The Passport Office is to be made directly accountable to ministers following a summer of chaos that saw outstanding applications soar past half a million.

  • Friday 26 September 2014

    Ukip would fund plans to abolish tax for workers on the minimum wage and cut the rate for higher earners by quitting the European Union and ditching High Speed 2, Nigel Farage has said.

  • Friday 26 September 2014

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned that Britain has "no choice" about tackling the threat of Islamic State (IS), as MPs prepare to vote on whether to join air strikes in Iraq.

  • Thursday 25 September 2014

    The UK should be prepared for military involvement in Iraq for years to come, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has warned.

  • Wednesday 24 September 2014

    THE UN Security Council has demanded that all states make it a serious criminal offence for their citizens to travel abroad to fight with militant groups, or to recruit and fund others to do so, in a move sparked by the rise of Islamic State.

  • Wednesday 24 September 2014

    GREGG McClymont, the much-liked Shadow Pensions Minister and MP for Cumbernauld, takes the plunge this weekend when he will wed his sweetheart, a research consultant.

  • Wednesday 24 September 2014

    LABOUR'S election co-ordinator Douglas Alexander has said Ukip could hurt the party's chances in 2015 - and compared the impact to that of the SNP.

  • Wednesday 24 September 2014

    IN the exhausted aftermath of the Scottish referendum campaign, the Labour Party might have been hoping to enjoy the unseasonal Manchester sunshine but instead was faced with political dark clouds casting a number of long shadows on the delegates.

  • Wednesday 24 September 2014

    Jim Murphy could be leader of Scottish Labour from Westminster by "doing an Alex Salmond", his supporters insist.

  • Wednesday 24 September 2014

    A ROW has erupted amid claims that an education authority is trying to get round new legal protection for rural schools in the way it is trying to close three.

  • Wednesday 24 September 2014

    BRITAIN is set to join a coalition of Western and Arab nations in mounting airstrikes against the "vile threat" of Islamic State terrorists in Iraq after Ed Miliband made clear Labour would support the UK Government in a Commons vote tomorrow.

  • Tuesday 23 September 2014

    SHE would have been forgiven for returning to Holyrood in a spirit of gloom and despair after last week's independence referendum.

  • Tuesday 23 September 2014

    Ed Miliband has pledged to give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote after last week's independence referendum.

  • Tuesday 23 September 2014

    LABOUR should have prevented David Cameron launching a move for "English votes for English laws" while the Prime Minister was still panicking over Scottish independence, senior party figures believe.

  • Tuesday 23 September 2014

    PERHAPS it was the effects of a frantic end to a very long referendum campaign but Ed Miliband's start to his eight-month job interview with the British public was rather underwhelming.

  • Tuesday 23 September 2014

    EVEN Joseph Stalin only had five-year plans.

  • Tuesday 23 September 2014

    THERE was nervousness among Labour chiefs when it emerged Alex Salmond was due to talk at 2.30pm yesterday - the same time as Ed Miliband's conference speech.