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David Cameron said it was possible to raise issues of trade and human rights during his trip to China and dismissed suggestions he was not being consistent in his approach to the Britain-China relationship. "I'm totally consistent. I com... Continue to article
DCMS press release New cultural agreement leads to closer co-operation between Britain and China A new cultural agreement was signed today by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller and Chinese Minister for Cult... Continue to article
Labour press release Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minister, commenting on Jeremy Hunt joining David Cameron on his trip to China, said: "With A&Es bursting at the seams, the NHS stands on the verge of a winter crisis yet o... Continue to article
Federation of Small Businesses press release Finance is cheaper but alternative funders still need to engage with FLS, says FSB Commenting on the Bank of England’s announcement on Funding for Lending figures, John Allan, National Chai... Continue to article
Liam Fox said the state of the economy did not meant there was nothing to look forward to, but that Government still needed to put "downward pressure" on public expenditure. “There’s quite a lot for people to look forward to, a million n... Continue to article
Jeremy Browne argued Britain's interests would be increasingly tied up with China's over the coming decades. “I think the biggest fact of life in the world today is the rise of China and the rise of Asia more generally. I think it will c... Continue to article
Nick Clegg said the Government's action on energy bills would provide more certainty for consumers than Labour's plan for a price freeze. "What we are trying to say to people is we are going to deliver you something you can believe in. T... Continue to article
Downing Street responded to reports about the size of the delegation accompanying the Prime Minister to China by insisting that every member was paying their own costs. A Number 10 spokesman said: “Each delegate pays their way. In terms ... Continue to article
Richard Ottaway argued progress on human rights with China would have to be achieved through negotiations in private rather than public grandstanding. “From long experience, we’ve discovered that megaphone diplomacy doesn’t work – you ha... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield When Mark Francois lays a wreath at the Cenotaph this Sunday, it will be an act of private remembrance as well as public duty. Like many men his age, the recently appointed Minister for the... Continue to article
"Careless words cost jobs". That is the warning big business issued to politicians of all colours this morning. The words were used by the CBI's President, Sir Mike Rake, at the organisation's annual ... Continue to article
Thank you, Mike. And on a personal note, let me start by saying that - while for many of you this session may feel like just one more in a long line of politicians speaking today - for me this is actually a bit of a milestone. I first at... Continue to article
Ed Balls has pledged that Labour will work together with British businesses to develop policies to help Britain’s economy. The CBI director general John Cridland has recently said that some of the rhetoric emanating from the Labour conf... Continue to article
The CBI today responded to the Prime Minister, David Cameron’s speech to the CBI Annual Conference. John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said: On Europe: “The Prime Minister’s positive reaction to the CBI’s ‘Our Global Future’ repo... Continue to article
CBI press release CBI President Sir Mike Rake will today argue that recent rhetoric suggesting that business is the enemy couldn’t be further from the truth, warning that only the private sector can deliver jobs, growth and rising living... Continue to article
Gareth Thomas welcomed the CBI’s report backing the UK’s membership of the European Union. “Europe represents the biggest single market in the world, so why would we want to make it more difficult for British business to get access to th... Continue to article
Nigel Farage dismissed the suggestion that Britain’s membership of the EU was necessary to secure economic benefits. “Absolute rubbish. There are two differences here: one thing is political union – and we don’t want to be members of pol... Continue to article
Labour press release Gareth Thomas MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Europe, responding to the CBI's report: 'Our Global Future: the business vision for a reformed EU', said: "The CBI's report clearly shows that the business community d... Continue to article
CBI press release In with reform or out with no influence - CBI chief makes case for EU membership EU benefits each UK household by up to £3000 a year CBI rules out alternatives to full membership The CBI is today publishing the... Continue to article
Labour press release In a speech to the CBI Annual Conference today, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP is expected to say: “We meet here with economic recovery finally getting going again after a long and protracted period of stag... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Defence questions (topicals at 3.15pm) Main business National Insurance Contributions Bill: Second reading Motion relating to EU document on financial audits Motions to change the membership of select c... Continue to article
Environment secretary Own Paterson speaks at a Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce event on the role of civil society in achieving the government’s objectives for Department for Environment, Food and Rural... Continue to article
CBI press release The CBI today responded to an announcement by INEOS that Grangemouth is to reopen with immediate effect. John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said: “This is great news. “We welcome the decision to restart operat... Continue to article
Labour press release Margaret Curran MP, Labour's Shadow Scottish Secretary, responding to today's news about Grangemouth, said: "People across Scotland will be relieved that a deal has been struck, and the men and women who work at G... Continue to article
Michael Fallon said the decision to save Grangemouth from closure was “excellent news” for Scotland and the UK. “It comes on top of the very strong growth figures you’ve seen this morning. The economy is clearly turning the corner now to... Continue to article
DECC press release Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said; “This is a very positive result. Grangemouth is important to the Scottish economy, the UK economy and most importantly to the local economy where 800 job... Continue to article
Mary Creagh accused the Government of “obsessing” about returning the East Coast Main Line to the private sector after it took the first steps towards refranchising the line. “We think that David Cameron should tackle his cost-of-living ... Continue to article
Alex Salmond said he was hopeful that the deal to save the Grangemouth petrochemical plant from closure would safeguard the facility for the next quarter of a century. “It’s certainly a much better morning, and particularly for the peopl... Continue to article
TUC press release Government has “lost the plot” over East Coast Main Line privatisation Commenting on today’s announcement by the Government on the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady s... Continue to article
Stephen Hammond argued ultimately returning the East Coast franchise to the private sector had been the express intention of the last Labour government when it took the line back into public ownership. "What we’re doing is returning it t... Continue to article
David Cameron said he was focusing on cutting red tape on business at the European Council, declining to comment on the spying scandal overshadowing the summit. “It’s absolutely essential in Europe to cut regulations and help businesses ... Continue to article
ICAEW press release Companies are unaware of the efforts Government is making to reduce regulation and the majority do not think that the UK regulatory environment has improved in the last year, according to the latest ICAEW Enterprise S... Continue to article
Liam Fox downplayed the power of the international community to secure a diplomatic agreement in Syria. “The diplomatic route is always open but it’s not produced great dividends so far and this is a pretty brutal regime. In fact, you’ve... Continue to article
Liam Fox warned that Parliament’s refusal to countenance military strikes against Syria would harm Britain’s standing internationally. “I’m very disappointed at the position that Parliament has taken because decisions will be taken about... Continue to article
Liam Fox: “I can’t see why replacing the Assad regime... with al-Qaeda and an anti-West, anti-Israel coalition.” #murnaghan #syria
Liam Fox on Syria vote: “There is clearly the option for Parliament to be asked to look again in the light of the wider evidence” #murnaghan
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”.
02/12/2013 on Daily Politics, BBC2
09/09/2013 on Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 5live
08/09/2013 on Murnaghan, Sky News
05/09/2013 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
02/09/2013 on Boulton & co, Sky News
29/08/2013 on Today, BBC Radio 4
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
06/12/2013 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
06/12/2013 on BBC News
06/12/2013 on Pooled clip