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Liam Fox reiterated calls for the UK Government to intervene militarily in Iraq. “I think we have got two options. We have got the option of using our own air power to diminish the capability of ISIS; we have got the capability to give w... Continue to article
Liam Fox said the West had consistently failed to stand up to Vladimir Putin despite numerous opportunities. “I think a lot of people have been saying for a long time that Putin respects only two things: consistency and strength and the ... Continue to article
UKTI press release British music companies behind some of the UK’s most hotly-tipped artists are to receive Government funding to support the promotion of the nation’s music around the world. Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Imoge... Continue to article
DAVID Cameron needs to do more to cut the number of unskilled migrants coming to Britain to look for work, a former Tory Cabinet minister has warned. Continue to article
Now Vince Cable has backed down over selling off the student loan book the Government has lost its nerve over more sell-offs Continue to article
Thanks to a couple of technical problems, some subscribers haven't received this morning's Waugh Room Memo. Here it is in full: Paul Waugh is away. Today’s memo is written by Josh May. A huge day looms as David Cameron fina... Continue to article
SNP press release SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing has condemned the attitude of the UK Government on Dalgety Bay as an insult to Fifers – after the Ministry of Defence said that they expect Fife Council to help pay for the clean-up costs and floo... Continue to article
Better Together press release Expert research has questioned the SNP’s plan to slash corporation tax to boost productivity in a separate Scotland. The report, carried out by Professor Richard Harris and Dr John Moffat of Durham Univer... Continue to article
SNP press release The SNP has today written to the Information Commissioner calling for action to be taken to ensure the UK Government publishes the details of its polling on the referendum – after it emerged that the true cost now stands ... Continue to article
SNP press release The SNP has condemned the DWP’s refusal to commission analysis into the link between foodbanks and welfare cuts – despite Scotland Office Minister David Mundell calling for the research only two weeks ago. A report in ... Continue to article
Liam Fox said there was a “very real risk” of terror attacks in the UK as a result of Britons being radicalised in Syria. “There’s not an inevitability that something will happen, there’s an inevitability that they will try. The balance... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg have announced new growth deals for local authorities and businesses Labour leader Ed Miliband announces new local council devolution plans Home secretary Theresa May ... Continue to article
Labour press release Tom Greatrex MP, Labour's Shadow Energy Minister, commenting on Ofgem's decision to fine British Gas £1 million for mis-selling, said: "This is yet more evidence that Britain's energy market is broken. British Gas ... Continue to article
BCC press release Reacting to the publication of Lord Adonis's independent growth review for the Labour Party, Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director for Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Businesses will be pleased that An... Continue to article
LGA press release Responding to the Adonis Growth Review which proposes devolving up to £30 billion to local areas over the next Parliament, LGA Chairman Sir Merrick Cockell said: "Local government has long been calling for greater fisc... Continue to article
Conservatives press release Responding to Ed Miliband's speech extracts, Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: "Labour are planning tax rises on businesses, tax rises on jobs, and yet more government borrowing - risking wrecking our ... Continue to article
Liam Fox said it would be a mistake if Jean-Claude Juncker did not listen to Britain's concerns about the EU, and criticised Ed Miliband for accusing David Cameron's intervention was a failure. "To hear Ed Miliband today standing up and ... Continue to article
Ed Balls's pro-business line, if developed and sustained, will do more for Labour than all the defrosted corporatism of the past year.
John Mills welcomed Ed Balls’ pledge today that Labour would ensure Britain kept the lowest corporation tax rates in the G7. “Possibly [some of Labour’s rhetoric in the past could be seen as anti-business]. I think that as elections appr... Continue to article
Christian Aid press release The outbreak of competition between UK political parties about who is toughest on tax evasion and avoidance is extremely welcome, says Christian Aid. A Labour Party statement late last week about its thinkin... Continue to article
Ed Balls dismissed suggestions that Labour was 'anti-business'. "As Ed Miliband said in his Sunday Times article, we are pro-business, but we're not pro-business as usual, we know there has to be change in our economy. If you look at the... Continue to article
Shabana Mahmood defended Labour’s target to get 50% of school leavers into higher education, but admitted that the other half did not get sufficient support. “I think Ed’s [Balls] right to say that looking at the skills offer for the w... Continue to article
Grant Shapps said businesses felt Labour had pursued a “deliberate agenda” against businesses. “I think most businesspeople will be watching Ed Balls this morning in complete disbelief. They’ve spent the last four years attacking busines... Continue to article
Liam Fox said security powers and spending needed to be reconsidered in light of the threat of British citizens going to fight with Isis in Iraq and Syria before coming back to the UK to carry out terror attacks. “That’s a real question ... Continue to article
CBI press release Major European languages remain in high demand from British businesses but there are signs of a shift towards languages used in the world’s fastest growing markets, such as Mandarin and Arabic. In the annual CBI/Pea... Continue to article
Liam Fox said the Government's decision to re-open the British embassy in Tehran was not an endorsement of the Iranian government. "It's not exactly time to get the flags out yet in terms of our relations with Iran, but it makes sense to... 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
BIS / IPO press release Pioneering UK inventor, Professor Christofer Toumazou, has won the prestigious European Inventor Award 2014 for research. The prize was presented by UK Minister for Intellectual Property Lord Younger at a gala ... Continue to article
Liam Fox said the UK may have to provide air support for the Iraqi government because it is "imperative" that ISIS is defeated. “I think we’re always reluctant to get involved in warfare where there’s inevitably loss of life and bloodshe... Continue to article
Liam Fox said the surge of terror group ISIS called into question the future of Iraq in its existing state. “It’s important to give support to the government of Iraq as they try to regain control of their own territory. Whether Iraq ac... Continue to article
BIS press release Business Secretary Vince Cable will tomorrow open a new innovation centre for smart transport technology that will improve the movement of people and goods around the world, generating up to £90 billion per year for the ... Continue to article
Liam Fox said the Government was tackling pressure on living standards by increasing employment and reducing taxes. “The most important thing is to get people back into work and once you’ve got people into work, the next best thing you c... Continue to article
A regulator finds a lack of price competition means that payday loan customers may be paying too much. Continue to article
Liam Fox said pro-independence campaigners’ views on Scotland’s defence industry did not provide enough answers to offer reassurance on the industry’s future. “These are all assertions. They don’t actually answer the questions. They don’... Continue to article
UKTI press release The Prime Minister David Cameron will speak today at the launch of the International Festival for Business (IFB) as UK companies have agreed new trade and investment deals worth over £200 million which will create or sa... Continue to article
The Ministry of Defence is failing to support the families of injured servicemen, according to the former Defence Secretary Liam Fox. Mr Fox told the Sunday Times the attitude of the MoD was still that supporting the families was not a "core responsibility". He will tomorrow launch a website to provide free accommodation for service families.
Liam Fox has hit out at the Liberal Democrats’ refusal to weaken employment laws, saying it is harming the UK’s economic recovery.
Writing for the Daily Telegraph, the former Defence Secretary said: “If the economy does not improve, they can expect a very unhappy date in 2015 with the voters, and their antipathy to labour market reform makes this more likely.”
Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox is leading calls from the Tory right for tax cuts, setting the stage for a Conservative-Lib Dem clash over the forthcoming budget.
Writing in the Financial Times today, Dr Fox urges the Chancellor to cut business taxes and ease employment regulation.
The Confederation of British Industry has also advised George Osborne to bring in some "modest" cuts, including a reduction in air passenger duty and lower rates for firms investing in infrastructure.
There may also be renewed calls to drop the 50p top rate of income tax, with new figures showing that the level of income tax paid fell by over £500m last month, suggesting the high rate is not increasing revenues.
Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott has branded Treasury proposals for a further 5% of spending cuts "economic madness". He also responded to Liam Fox's column in yesterday's Telegraph calling for further labour market deregulation, calling the former Defence Secretary's position "foolish".
A scrutiny board established by former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has been accused of allowing an overspend of £6.1bn. A Commons spending watchdog said 15 projects were over budget and a total of 27 years late. Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said: “The country will be shocked at this total inaction from ministers.”
Adam Werritty has admitted he made mistake in his dealings with former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, adding that he had been “certainly naive”. In an interview with the Spectator, Mr Werritty also hit out at much of the reporting on the situation, saying it had been “long on drama and innuendo, but short on details and specifics”.
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