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Sir Menzies Campbell said the threat of a similar attack to that which left 12 people dead in Paris yesterday meant the UK needed to consider measures which would be “in ordinary circumstances unacceptable”. “Unlike Lee Rigby – and remem... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell defended the role of fixed-term parliaments in ensuring successful passage of legislation. "It introduces certainty, it allows people to plan ahead, it means that legislation can be planned on a proper basis rather t... Continue to article
Labour has attacked the Government’s record on helping to resettle Syrian refugees, and called on them to join the UN’s scheme of offering places to those in need instead. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, during an Urgent Question in... Continue to article
Terror suspects subject to new "managed return" anti-terror powers will be able to appeal them through judicial review, Theresa May has confirmed. Temporary Exclusion Orders are one of the key measures included in the Government's new Co... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell said the £130m pledged by the Government for intelligence services was not enough. "That works out at 3% of what will be spent over the next three years. I don’t think that’s enough, indeed I said so in the Chamber, ... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 12:00pm: Justice questions (topicals at 12.45pm) Main business Ten minute rule motion: National Defence Medal Bill (Stephen Gilbert, Lib Dem, St Austell and Newquay) National Insurance Contributions Bill: Report s... Continue to article
The Paralympics will "inspire a whole generation" and change people's views about disability, David Cameron has claimed.
The Prime Minister said Britain should be "incredibly proud" about hosting the Games - which will begin tonight with an opening ceremony at the Olympic stadium.
"We can be very proud that more Paralympians are taking part in more sports, in more stadia, watched by more people, than at any time in the past," he said.
"I think the Paralympics will really demonstrate to people some things about disability, some things about what these incredible people can achieve, that will change their views and inspire a whole generation of new people."
Speaking at the official pre-ceremony reception at the Guildhall earlier, Nick Clegg said the UK was on the “brink of making history”.
“We want to go further, faster in London 2012: hitting fast forward to help deliver a big and lasting elevation of disability sport," he said.
"If 1948 was the birth of the Paralympic movement, let 2012 be a milestone in its journey.”
Writing for PoliticsHome today, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said: "Make no mistake, those competing are not the disabled who happened to be athletes, these are athletes who happen to be disabled."
Armed Forces minister Nick Harvey hinted that a decision on Trident could be delayed until after the next election, as Liberal Democrat pass a motion supporting putting the nuclear weapons system in the strategic defence review. Party whip Tessa Munt has threatened to resign her post over the issue.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell has said that the strategic defence and security review will be "skewed" if it excludes consideration of the Trident nuclear missile system. He also blasted Tory backbenchers for their "obsession" with the issue.
The head of US intelligence has warned of the growing likelihood Iran will carry out attacks against America or its allies.
Director of Intelligence James Clapper used his annual worldwide threat assessment to suggest Iran was "more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived US actions that threaten the regime".
Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, Sir Menzies Campbell warned that there was "no single action" that could be taken against Iran that would be "without risk".
Nick Clegg has written to Lib Dem MPs describing the decision to endorse a rise in student tuition fees as "one of the most difficult decisions" he has had to make. Mr Clegg also said he would understand if MPs voted against the reforms.
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