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Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to chair a COBRA meeting in London and visits Rochester and Strood ahead of Thursday's by-election Home Secretary Theresa May (11:00am) and Police Minister Mike Penning (3:30pm) speak at the Asso... Continue to article
Graham Allen set out the proposals in his committee's new consultation on improving democratic engagement. "We could have a national holiday to encourage voting, but the heavier things are really around compulsory voting, with the abilit... Continue to article
Graham Allen said there was a growing movement outside of Westminster for greater devolution, as shown by George Osborne’s announcement of a directly-elected mayor for Greater Manchester. “Whitehall and the Westminster bubble will have t... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scotland Office questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Main business Ten minute rule motion: Mental Health Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill (Sir Paul Beresford, Con, Mole Valley) Op... Continue to article
Nick Clegg today called on the banks to back new projects to help the poorest parents and under-fives in Britain. He said: "The financial institutions of the City have an important role to play, not only in rebalancing the economy, but also in rebalancing society in a fairer direction." Only early intervention can improve the lives of vulnerable children and break the "inter-generational cycle of dysfunction and under-achievement", according to a report for the Government by Labour MP Graham Allen. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that there was no “quick fix” or “magic bullet” but poverty could be addressed by getting private companies to invest in schemes which target the young: "We've identified what we call the best 19 out of the many hundreds of programmes out there and that's where we'd like to focus any additional money that we can raise, from sources such as the City of London of financial institutions... This is really, in my opinion, the way you address poverty." Mr Allen was asked by the Coalition to assess how children from disadvantaged backgrounds could be given the best start in life.
The controversy surrounding the government's political and electoral reform proposals has been further stoked today after a committee of MPs said the amount of time it has been given to look at the plans was "inadequate".
Newly-elected chairman of the Commons political and constitutional reform committee, Labour MP Graham Allen, said that Parliament resembled a "dwarf" compared to the "800 pound gorilla" of government. "In just four or five weeks, we have seen a rebalancing of parliament," he said. "It was the emaciated dwarf, with government as an 800lb gorilla. We've seen the dwarf have a bit of a work out and grow some muscles, but I for one would like to see that going further."
14/11/2014 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4
03/11/2014 on BBC News
17/09/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
16/09/2014 on BBC News
09/09/2014 on BBC Radio 4, Today
19/08/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
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19/12/2014 on Pool clip
19/12/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
19/12/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two