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Politicians from around the world have been paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday. Here's a round-up of some of the reaction. From Westminster David Cameron: “A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was... Continue to article
Jim Murphy said he had helped with the efforts to rescue people after a police helicopter crashed into a busy pub in Glasgow last night. "No-one knew what it was. People inside the pub that I spoke to didn’t know what it was and I didn’t... Continue to article
Downing Street said Ofgem was doing an "important" job but would not say whether it was going a good job. Asked if the regulator was fit for purpose, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "Ofgem has an important role and it's imp... Continue to article
Labour press release Caroline Flint MP, Labour's Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on analysis by Ofgem showing that wholesale costs have only increased by 1.7% in the last year, while retail prices have increased by... Continue to article
Greg Barker reiterated that there was no “silver bullet” to bring down energy bills. “We want to change the market here in the UK, but what we’re not going to do is pretend that there’s a silver bullet. We’ve had three years, we’ve had t... Continue to article
Lord Jenkin said he could not understand ministers’ opposition to his proposal to introduce a responsibility on ministers to promote competition in the electricity-generating market. “I moved similar amendments at the committee stage, wh... Continue to article
Alex Salmond said he was still hopeful that an agreement can be reached to save Grangemouth petrochemical plant from closure. “No I don’t [see the closure as inevitable]. The reason for that is I know how close how close both management ... Continue to article
John Swinney described the closure of the petrochemical plant was a “serious hammer blow” to Scotland’s economy. “[We will be looking to see] if there is a way to avert what is a very serious hammer blow to the Scottish economy as a cons... Continue to article
The Government is “saddened” by the announcement that Ineos would close its petrochemical plant at Grangemouth, the Energy Secretary has said. Ed Davey told the House of Commons he was ready to work with the Scottish government to help ... Continue to article
TUC press release Commenting on the decision today (Wednesday) by Ineos to close the Grangemouth chemical plant, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: “This is a savage blow to the Grangemouth workforce and the wider Scottish eco... Continue to article
It is “deeply concerning” that the United Nations’ aid funding requests for Syria have only been half-met, the International Development Secretary has said. Justine Greening stressed that Britain was meeting its obligations, and challen... Continue to article
DECC press release Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey said: “I am saddened to hear of INEOS’ plans to place petrochemicals business into administration, particularly because of the impact it will have on th... Continue to article
Michael Connarty blamed the negotiating strategy of owners Ineos for the closure of the petrochemical plant at Grangemouth. “It wasn’t a flexible approach. That’s a nonsense. They were talking about everybody being taken off their final ... Continue to article
LONDON (Reuters) - The Scottish government has been talking to potential buyers for the troubled Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical plant in Scotland, further raising the stakes in a bitter disput... Continue to article
Peter Lilley said he was fine with energy companies making large profits if they came through increased investment. "Putting taxes on energy prices will put up the cost of energy. Indeed it’s already going up because of Mr Miliband’s Cli... Continue to article
Margot James said she was in favour of the Government having a decarbonisation strategy, but insisted we must not exceed our international obligations. "I’m actually not against the decarbonisation strategy, I am against exceeding our i... Continue to article
Chris Huhne said George Osborne was practicing utter hypocrisy over green taxes. "That is nonsense, and it’s coming from people like George Osborne who ought to know better. One of the utter hypocrisies of this is that the one person in ... Continue to article
Jim Murphy denied claims that Labour had “lurched to the left” and insisted it was a “centrist” party. "Vernon Coaker, who’s taken over from me [as Shadow Defence Secretary], is a really good guy and amongst his many qualities, and among... Continue to article
Ed Davey said Ed Miliband's energy price freeze was a "con". "We’re helping the poorest through the warm homes discount, through cold weather payments, we’re trying to push competition to get the price down, we’re trying to help people t... Continue to article
Caroline Flint called on David Cameron to question whether or not energy price rises was justified. "I think the prices that were announced by SSE were probably formulated before the announcement at our party conference, but the truth is... Continue to article
Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband MP Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Party Chair and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Harriet Harman MP Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls MP ... Continue to article
Labour press release Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on reports of a fall in Army recruitment, said: "The chaotic Capita contract is failing to meet targets and objectives and is undermining the strength of... Continue to article
Labour is at risk of following in the footsteps of the Conservative party in Scotland, a leading Shadow Cabinet member has warned. Jim Murphy told a fringe event at the Labour conference that his party needed to ensure it did not become ... Continue to article
Jim Murphy MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: I want to start by paying tribute to the men and women involved in this the twelfth and penultimate year... Continue to article
Jim Murphy said Ed Miliband had "real substance" compared to David Cameron, who he said was "superficial". "Our big effort at this conference is to show that a time when the country is hurting, many of those people are in real grinding p... Continue to article
Jim Murphy insisted Labour are not contemplating the prospect of a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. "I listen to Nick Clegg and I quite like some of the Liberal Democrats. But I listen to his speech and others of Liberal Democrats ... Continue to article
Energy secretary Ed Davey begins a ten-day trade visit to China Policing minister Damian Green speaks at the Association of Chief Police Officers excellence in policing conference in Coventry (09.30) Scottish deputy first minister Ni... Continue to article
Profits from shale gas extraction should be put in a state investment fund to ensure they are not squandered, the UK Independence Party says. Continue to article
Britain should eventually hold an in-out referendum on its European Union membership, the Shadow Defence Secretary has said.
Jim Murphy told the BBC's Sunday Politics the time for a vote would come after greater integration of the eurozone nations.
"I think at some point there will have to be a referendum on the EU. I don't think it's for today or for the next year, but I think it should happen.
"My preference would be an in-or-out referendum when the time comes. Whenever the referendum comes, almost everyone in the Labour Party, along with the Liberal Democrats and British business, will be arguing we should stay part of the EU, because it is good for our economy and good for Britain."
Ed Miliband has been criticised for being "two-faced" for criticising government cuts to the defence budget whilst planning more if he is elected.
In a leaked letter seen by The Sun, Mr Miliband makes it clear to Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy that he wants to force through “further savings” if Labour wins the next election.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond criticised the comments, accusing Labour of "secretly planning to go much further with deep cuts to our military".
The Government's defence cuts are happening at such a rapid rate they are putting important military skills at risk, the National Audit Office has warned.
The NAO's report said that "profound changes" were needed to working practices if the current level of military performance is to be maintained.
Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said the report was an "astonishing criticism" and that there would be "real worries that the drive for redundancies is rushed and wrongheaded."
The Ministry of Defence has announced around 4,100 job cuts across the armed forces today, as part of planned reduction in force numbers by 20,000 over the next five years.
Minister Andrew Robathan insisted that the MoD would "retain the capabilities that our Armed Forces require in order to meet the challenges of the future".
But Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy responded: "We are concerned about the human and military impact of these job losses. Capability is being lost, as are people's livelihoods."
Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy has asked the Government to explain its "confused" aircraft carrier programme.
Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, Mr Murphy said the "disarray" of defence policy was "totally of the Government's own making", and demanded ministers "replace uncertainty with clarity" at today's Defence Questions.
He described a potential Government U-turn over the carriers as a "humiliation", which marked one of the "biggest public procurement messes for many decades".
Labour has warned the Government against outsourcing control of defence procurements, the Financial Times reports. The move comes days before ministers are due to unveil plans to radically shake-up how equipment is purchased for the military. The Government is expected to set up a separate body from the Ministry of Defence to handle procurement, but Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said he would be "concerned if government didn’t retain a leading role in the business of procurement".
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