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Jim Murphy said the Government's policy of recruiting reservists to cover cuts in the number of regular soldiers "just isn't working". “I think we don’t need the numbers that we previously did, for example during the Cold War era. That’s... Continue to article
Jim Murphy said the public would be “absolutely sickened” by this morning’s cash for access revelations, and called for disciplinary action against those involved. “I’ve watched the video tape of what the Sunday Times has and what’s... Continue to article
Peter Lilley said it would be “premature” for the Government to commit to a 2030 decarbonisation target, arguing that climate change theories were uncertain. “It isn’t in dispute that, if you double the amount of carbon dioxide in the at... Continue to article
Tim Yeo urged the Government to accept his amendment to include a 2030 decarbonisation target in its Energy Bill, arguing it was not a departure from government policy. “It’s quite a challenge, but of course it is really the Government’s... Continue to article
Tom Greatrex said the Government’s proposals for energy tariff simplification would not work. “I think the research from Which? demonstrates that the action the Government have proposed and are taking doesn’t actually make it simpler... ... Continue to article
Greg Barker acknowledged that the Government’s plans to cut the number of energy tariffs remained a “work in progress” after criticism from consumer group Which?. “It’s still very much a work in progress. We’re bringing in the legislatio... Continue to article
To rebuild our power supply could cost £200bn. It is a once-in-a-generation challenge, but also opportunity, for Britain. Continue to article
Which? press release New Which? research has found Government plans to simplify energy tariffs are still too complex for consumers to identify the cheapest deal. Just three in ten (28%) got the right answer when asked to identify the ... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne announces a change in tax rules to prevent businesses claiming capital allowances for costs met by other firms. Continue to article
Labour party press release Labour is calling on train operating companies to look into extending concessionary travel for the Armed Forces to UK veterans. The Government has fallen short and now Labour believes concessionary travel sho... Continue to article
On April 21 seven of Parliament’s hardiest souls lined up in Greenwich Park to take on 26.2 miles of road-pounding pain. Thankfully all of them survived to tell The House their London Marathon highlights. The intrepid (or foolhardy) p... Continue to article
SNP press release A report in today’s Sunday Times newspaper states that, based on price projections by the internationally respected Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the wholesale value of Scotland’s oil an... Continue to article
Jim Murphy said the “ridiculous insults” from Conservative politicians against UKIP, such as Ken Clarke calling them "clowns" helped the eurosceptic party in last week's local elections. “No, and I think insulting a party is basically in... Continue to article
Unite general secretary says Miliband will be "defeated" and "cast into the dustbin of history" if he gets "seduced" by "the Jim Murphys and the Douglas Alexanders". Continue to article
Labour press release Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to warnings from the German minister of defence that Britain’s standing as a military power could be jeopardised by leaving the EU, said: “David Cameron... Continue to article
Labour press release Labour is today launching a campaign, ‘Fighting Fitter’, to encourage the leisure sector to offer discounted services to members of the Armed Forces. Whether Local Authority-led or privately-run, fitness facilities p... Continue to article
Labour party press release Labour is today launching a campaign, ‘Fighting Fitter’, to encourage the leisure sector to offer discounted services to members of the Armed Forces. Whether Local Authority-led or privately-run, fitness facili... Continue to article
Jim Murphy defended his party’s decision to wait to set out their spending plans, saying Government did not know what its policies were “week to week”. “We’ll come up with our own plan and it’s right for the opposition party to come up w... Continue to article
Downing Street said the Government wanted to establish a broad consensus around its proposals to relax planning laws following comments by Eric Pickles. "What the Secretary of State has rightly said is that we want to try and establish a... Continue to article
Labour press release Ian Lavery MP, a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, commenting on the admission by the CEO of RWE npower that his company has paid no corporation tax in the last three years, said: “In the l... Continue to article
Jim Murphy said that despite the attack on the Boston Marathon he had “never been more certain that I want to run a marathon”. “It’s too early to say who carried out the atrocity in Boston of course. I think it’s right for the Londo... Continue to article
TUC press release Rise in gas bills has tightened living standards squeeze, says TUC. Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show that CPI inflation remained unc... Continue to article
Unite press release As the British people shiver, the sun shines on greedy top bosses at British Gas' owner, Centrica who have pocketed £16.4 million in pay and bonuses, Unite, the country's largest union, said today (Wednesday 27 March).... Continue to article
Man-made global warming is a menace to the planet. For this reason, we must not only cut our carbon emissions, but do so faster than our competitors. Continue to article
SNP press release The announcement of public funding for nuclear energy projects has shattered Westminster's no nuclear subsidy promise and demonstrated that the Westminster Government simply cannot be trusted to keep its word. Lib De... Continue to article
BCC press release Commenting on the Department for Energy and Climate Change's release of new evidence that links government policy decisions to rising business energy bills, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs at t... Continue to article
UKIP press release Families will be paying £286 a year in Green energy taxes by 2020. UKIP Energy spokesman Roger Helmer MEP said: "The government should come clean and stop trying to bamboozle people with talk of consuming less en... Continue to article
Jim Murphy refused to rule out a comeback to British politics for David Miliband, who today announced he was standing down as MP. “I think David’s only just announced today that he’s leaving Parliament, and it’s a bit premature to talk a... Continue to article
Greg Barker said the Government’s plans to boost investment in energy infrastructure would “cushion consumers” from the increasing global gas prices. “We’ve got a long-term plan to cushion consumers here in the UK and reduce our dependen... Continue to article
Energy bills have been going up. Average duel fuel bills have increased by 13 per cent in real terms since 2010. People struggling to make ends meet are hit hard by these rises. Continue to article
Labour party press release Ministers have been accused of cooking the books on household energy bills, after figures obtained by Labour revealed that the Government's claim that energy bills will be £166 lower in 2020 is only true if peo... Continue to article
Greenpeace press release Responding to DECC's report on the impact of climate change and energy policies on bills, Greenpeace Policy Director Doug Parr said: “The energy shambles of the last few days has reminded us just how risky our... 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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