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Graham Allen MP press release Parliament is a democratic institution elected by the British electorate, it is not the plaything of party leaders or the media. It is weak compared to the massively overcentralised and powerful governmen... Continue to article
Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to visit Washington DC Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg announces plans to tackle female genital mutliation in the UK Chancellor George Osborne announces further changes to the government's pensio... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Northern Ireland questions 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Ministerial statement on the special measures regime and next steps Presentation of bill: Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron attends a European Council meeting in Brussels (18.00) Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to deliver a statement to the House of Commons on the progress of hospitals in special measures (12.30) Cabin... Continue to article
Graham Allen said the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s launching of a consultation on Britain’s constitution is designed to trigger a debate among the public. “We’ve set out the case for and against a written constitution ... Continue to article
It is good to be here this afternoon with the Electoral Reform Society, and good to see so many of you here. In my remarks I want to address the democratic decline that we have faced in our country, and I want to argue that we must act urge... Continue to article
Lab MP Graham Allen on DMiliband's line on Iraq war: "The 144 MPs who voted against at the time showed foresight not hindsight"
Graham Allen MP press release After David Miliband's comments on the Iraq War this morning, Graham Allen MP said: "Congratulations to those who are coming to the conclusion that the decision to support George W Bush's adventure in Ir... Continue to article
Graham Allen MP press release Graham Allen, chairman of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, said: "I am surprised not by the beating given to conventional politics by the British people but by their continued tolerance ... 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."
10/07/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
03/04/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
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01/08/2014 on LBC Radio
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01/08/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4