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WORDS: SAM MACRORY Shirley, you have been in Parliament, on and off, for nearly 50 years. How has Parliament changed in terms of the way women MPs are treated? Shirley Williams: I got elected in ’64. We had 23 women MPs – about three-and-h... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves said Britain’s credit downgrade would not impact the sterling. “You know we have already seen sterling under pressure. I don’t think the downgrade itself isn’t going to be the cause for pressure. “It’s not the downgrade ... Continue to article
Labour has hit out at the Government's borrowing record, with Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves saying the Coalition is set to borrow a "staggering £158bn more than planned".
The Government received a boost today by better-than-expected figures on public sector borrowing. Public sector net borrowing was £18.1bn in November, a decrease from £20.4bn 12 months ago, while the UK’s net debt was estimated at £977.1bn.
Nick Clegg has been accused of deliberately misleading parliament over the reasons the government cancelled the Sheffield Forgesmasters loan. Labour MPs Barry Gardiner and Rachel Reeves have written to the parliamentary standards watchdog on the subject.
Ken Clarke sparked a fresh row today after declaring that 'a prolonged recession' will lead to a new crime wave. Shadow Chief Secretary Rachel Reeves seized on the Justice Secretary's remarks to MPs as proof that the Coalition was 'planning for a recession rather than preventing it'.
Ms Reeves said that Cabinet members “should be taking urgent action to get our economy growing again, not wringing their hands” about an inevitable recession.
Speaking at Justice questions in the House of Commons today, Mr Clarke had said: “It is possible, with the prolonged recession, with the long period of youth unemployment, there’ll be an increase in acquisitive crime, that is the experience we have in this country. What we’re doing is responding to that and the prison service is responding very well.”
The Labour party has announced in full the new appointments to the shadow front benches. Newly elected MPs Rachel Reeves, Johnny Reynolds, Tom Greatrex, Luciana Berger and Gloria De Piero have been given junior positions. Longer serving MPs including failed Labour leadership contender Diane Abbott, Wayne David, Andy Slaughter, Karen Buck and Alison Sebeck have also been given roles. Chuka Umunna and Anne McGuire have been appointed as private parliamentary secretaries (PPS) to new Labour leader Ed Miliband. Some notable omissions from the list include Ben Bradshaw, David Lammy, Tom Harris and Pat McFadden who all stood for shadow cabinet positions.
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