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Douglas Carswell said he would abstain on the amendment regretting the lack of provision of a referendum on the EU in the Queen’s Speech, saying people needed to “calm down”. “I’m going to be abstaining. I mean this amendment’s certainly... Continue to article
Chris Heaton-Harris said the Tories were united on Europe. "I think, bizarrely, the parliamentary party is remarkably united, now, with the Prime Minister’s speech at Bloomberg and now with a draft bill, if you can get people across the ... Continue to article
Douglas Carswell was disappointed by the content of the Queen’s Speech. “I hesitate to be critical of the coalition, as you know, but listening to the Queen’s Speech I just wondered if perhaps it’s the sort of Queen’s Speech one would ex... Continue to article
Douglas Carswell said he “would not be totally surprised” if legislation to bring forward an EU vote were included in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech. “Personally speaking I would love us to bring forward the legislation for an In/Out ref... Continue to article
Foreign secretary William Hague speaks at the Lord Mayor’s Easter banquet (20.00) Health secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks at a UK Faculty of Public Health conference on creating conditions for safety (11.30) Education secretary Michael Go... Continue to article
Douglas Carswell said if the mainstream political parties don’t recognise the rise of “organised citizen-consumers online” then they will “go the way of the old Liberal party”. “If we’d been having this conversation 100 years ago to... Continue to article
Business secretary Vince Cable speaks at the second day of the Innovate UK 2013 technology conference in London (13.00) Energy secretary Ed Davey and energy ministers John Hayes and Baroness Verma meet EU member states to discuss nuclear... Continue to article
Douglas Carswell said the Conservatives must look at why they are “disproportionately suffering” from a feeling of anti-politics. “You know, what I do know from Eastleigh to Italy, what we’ve seen over the past two weeks is that there is... Continue to article
The Ministry of Justice has said it does "not comment on individual prisoners or their partners" in relation to the case of a prisoner who is being allowed to use NHS facilities to become a father. It also confirmed that had not provided any funding for the treatment. Downing Street earlier confirmed that the Ministry of Justice was looking into the matter.
The statement from the Ministry of Justice also says that: "The Secretary of State will review the issues raised in due course, in order to provide guidance and clarity for future cases of this kind."
Conservative MPs Philip Davies and Douglas Carswell have criticised the effects of human rights legislation on the treatment of prisoners. Mr Davies said "the public are sick to the back teeth" of prisoners' human rights, while Mr Carswell said "It's another step towards an insane world where criminals have more rights than the rest of us".
The government has defeated a backbench rebellion by eurosceptic Tory MPs trying to reduce the UK's contribution the EU budget. 42 MPs voted in favour of the amendment, tabled by rightwinger Douglas Carswell, with 252 votes against. Meanwhile, economic secretary Justine Greening said a proposed 6% rise in the EU budget was "unacceptable" when member states were cutting their own spending.
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