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Diane Abbott and Simon Danczuk debate whether Labour should put immigration high up its agenda. Continue to article
The Defence Secretary was under pressure today to explain to Parliament why he had informed the media on the UK’s position in Iraq, before he had updated the House. Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker rounded on Michael Fallon, accusi... Continue to article
Simon Danczuk said he was “concerned” about a leaked Labour document suggesting that party activists steer conversations with voters away from immigration. “I am concerned about the document in terms of the fact that it tells Labour ... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper distanced herself from a leaked Labour document suggesting to MPs that they should consider ‘moving the conversation on’ when voters raise the issue of immigration on the doorstep. “No I didn’t [sign the document off]. And ... Continue to article
TUC press release Responding to Ed Miliband’s speech on immigration today (Monday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This government’s opposition to basic rights at work, and unwillingness to enforce those that exist, has he... Continue to article
Labour press release Launch of Labour’s second election pledge Ed Miliband today (Monday) unveils the second of Labour’s five key election pledges. “We will control immigration with fair rules. “People who come here won’t be abl... Continue to article
The Telegraph's excellent scoop today on Labour's anti-UKIP campaign document is perfectly timed. With Ed Miliband due to make a speech in Great Yarmouth (a key Farage target), his plans to curb migrant employment will be overshadowed by... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves pushed back at a leaked document outling Labour's strategy for dealing with Ukip. "It's quite funny because at the weekend I was talking to local councillors in my constituency about what stories we were going to put in our... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Labour will make it a criminal offence for employers to undercut wages of workers by exploiting migrants. Ed Miliband will today (Monday) announce plans for a new law to stop the exploitation of workers, w... Continue to article
Liam Fox warned that the Prime Minister’s speech on immigration from the European Union would not settle the question of Britain’s EU membership on the Tory benches. “He’s set out what was a very balanced view on the wider immigration is... Continue to article
Dr Liam Fox said the issue of funding for intelligence services had not been resolved despite a pledge to increase their budget by £130m. "There are a number of questions about funding. As I’ve pointed out in the House of Commons today, ... Continue to article
Next week's Autumn Statement by the Chancellor must address three key areas where George Osborne has failed Continue to article
The Prime Minister has pledged a vote in the coming weeks on the European Arrest Warrant, despite a potential Tory backbench rebellion. David Cameron denied dithering on the contentious issue after Ed Miliband piled on the pressure at P... Continue to article
Liam Fox said David Cameron’s proposal to cap National Insurance numbers in order to restrict immigration from the EU was “at the edge of this European debate.” “There are a number of questions here: One is about economic stability, we... Continue to article
Conservative plans to boost the role of English MPs will not delay a pledge to hand more powers to Scotland, the Scottish Secretary has insisted. Following Scotland’s rejection of independence in last month's referendum, David Cameron pr... Continue to article
HM Treasury press release Following today's announcement that a senior banker from a leading British bank pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court on 3 October 2014 to conspiracy to defraud in connection with manipulating LIBOR, please se... Continue to article
Labour is "resistant to change" in the NHS, Norman Lamb has said, as he warned Liberal Democrat activists against trusting either of the two other parties with the future of the health service. Addressing the Lib Dem conference in Glasgo... Continue to article
Nicky Morgan said lowering immigration was one of the reasons the Tories backed an referendum on EU membership. "That's why we have committed to having an in-out referendum in the course of the next parliament. The Prime Minister made it... Continue to article
Gordon Brown hit out at Conservative plans to seek a new settlement for English and Scottish MPs at Westminster. “The most important thing is this: that the Conservative proposal means that there would be no decision on income tax rates ... Continue to article
The Conservatives will keep their target to reduce net immigration to less than 100,000 by next year, Theresa May has said. The most recent figures put net migration at 242,000 – around the same level as when the Coalition came to power... Continue to article
Liam Fox has laid out an alternative vision for the future of the Conservative party. The former defence secretary delivered a speech calling for the right to fight back against what he saw as a socialist equal opportunity agenda. “W... Continue to article
The prime minister often talks about benefits as if they are paid to people who don't work and paid for by people who do. The truth is that the benefits freeze the chancellor announced yesterday will ... Continue to article
TUC press release ONS revisions shows fall in living standards worse than thought New figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK’s living standards crisis is worse than previously... Continue to article
Labour press release Toby Perkins MP, Labour’s Shadow Small Business Minister, responding to Vince Cable admitting that the Funding for Lending Scheme has failed said: “Vince Cable has admitted what Britain’s businesses have known for y... Continue to article
The Cabinet is due to meet at 1:00pm to discuss the recall of Parliament, scheduled for tomorrow, and the Iraqi Government's request for air strikes to support operations against ISIL Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets with G7 foreig... Continue to article
Liam Fox said Gordon Brown had “played a blinder” in his speech during the final days of the Scottish independence campaign but cast doubt on the affect it had had on voters. “I think he did make a positive contribution to that campa... Continue to article
Institute of Directors press release Commenting on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum, Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said: “There can be no doubt that many businesses will breathe a sig... 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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