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Communities minister Stephen Williams speaks at the Local Government Association launch of their new programme on local public services (10.00) Shadow international development secretary Jim Murphy visits Lebanon this week The We Mad... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron delivers a speech in Coventry on skills and the economy Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg speaks at the Royal United Services Institute in London on security and privacy in the internet age (08.15) Labour ... Continue to article
Greg Barker said Ofgem's decision to order the 'big six' energy firms to hand back hundreds of millions of pounds owed to customers was a warning shot to the industry. "I think today’s announcement by Ofgem, fully backed by the Coalitio... Continue to article
Labour press release Caroline Flint MP, Labour's Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on analysis from Ofgem suggesting that energy suppliers hold £400 million in credit from closed accounts, said: "This is just the ... Continue to article
In its White Paper on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies released today, the EU announced an overall target requiring renewable energy to supply some 27 per cent of the EU's energy by 20... Continue to article
Labour has warned ministers that Britain will be seen as “shrill and unwelcoming” if it continues to refuse to accept refugees from the Syrian war. A UN-backed campaign is calling on nations to accept some of the most vulnerable refugee... Continue to article
Jim Murphy said the Thatcher government's stance on apartheid had made him question his pride in British politics. "I had grown up in Glasgow and my family had emigrated to avoid unemployment in this country, but in terms of the point ab... 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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