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Peter Hain said the fact Martin McGuinness had attended a state banquet with the Queen ahead of the Irish president's visit to Parliament showed there had been a complete sea-change in relations between Britain and Ireland over recent years... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Communities and local government questions (topicals at 3.15pm) Main business General debate on the UK’s 2014 justice and home affairs opt-out decision Draft Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regula... Continue to article
Peter Hain said Tony Benn went against the grain of ageing politicians by becoming more radical as he grew older. "He could talk about values, of equality, justice, liberty, democracy and speak almost in parables and people found that b... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Cabinet Office questions (topicals at 11.53pm) 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: Private Rented Sector Bill (Dr Julian Huppert, LD, Cambridge) Main business Intellectua... Continue to article
Sir Malcolm Rifkind described the flashpoint in Ukraine as the “most serious crisis since the end of the Cold War”. “I do broadly agree with what he said, with one reservation. There is no doubt this is probably the most serious crisis s... Continue to article
Peter Hain said negotiations in the run-up to the Good Friday Agreement could not be open and transparent. “The idea that you can do this all out in the open – there had to be negotiations with Ian Paisley’s DUP on the one hand and with ... Continue to article
Peter Hain claimed that letters of assurance sent to on-the-run terror suspects by the authorities had not been presented as unconditional amnesties. “What the Police Service [of] Northern Ireland did was they had a painstaking investiga... Continue to article
Peter Hain argued it was incredible that Northern Irish politicians would not have been aware of arrangements to deal with on-the-run terror suspects. “I’m not saying they knew about the letters going to whom they went to – that’ s a pri... Continue to article
The error which led to the collapse of the trial of John Downey for the 1982 Hyde Park was a “grave mistake”, the Northern Ireland Secretary has said. The case against Mr Downey dropped after it emerged he had been informed by the PSNI ... Continue to article
Peter Hain said that without the processes of guaranteeing 'on the runs' in Northern Ireland freedom from prosecution there would have been more suffering in the province. "Where Northern Ireland is now compared with where it was in the ... Continue to article
Labour leader Ed Miliband may be forced into a shadow cabinet reshuffle after Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain announced his intention to leave front line politics.
The former cabinet minister has said he wants to leave "on a high" after Labour's strong gains in the local elections.
The Sunday Times reports that Mr Miliband had been considering a reshuffle after the local elections but delayed as the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt remained in the media spotlight over the BSkyB bid.
New polling suggests former Liberal Democrat voters switching to Labour could help give Ed Miliband an outright majority at the next election.
A YouGov survey for the Fabian Society found that 75% of "converts" to Labour previously voted for Nick Clegg's party, while 18% were former Tory voters.
The Labour leader had another boost with an approval rating poll for the Sunday Times putting him six points ahead of David Cameron.
The decision to take former Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain to court could leave the taxpayer facing a £300,000 legal bill. Mr Hain will learn on Tuesday more details about the contempt charge against him, surrounding criticisms he made about Lord Justice Paul Girvan in his autobiography Outside In.
Peter Hain has met with the Metropolitan Police regarding an investigation into the alleged hacking of his official and personal computers during his time as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Mr Hain's office have released a statement confirmed that the Shadow Welsh Secretary has "instructed the lawyer Charlotte Harris of Mishcon de Reya to act on his behalf".
Taxpayers will cover the legal costs of former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw should he face a court case over the rendition of terror suspects. Libyan military commander Abdelhakim Belhaj plans to sue Mr Straw over suspected British involvement in events leading to his torture by Muammar Gaddafi's regime. Separately, the Daily Mail reports that a contempt of court case against Peter Hain to court could cost the taxpayer £300,000.
The Conservatives could have avoided coalition with the Liberal Democrats if the proposed boundary changes to constituencies were in place at the 2010 election. The analysis by the Guardian comes as the Boundary Commission for Wales publishes it's planned alterations; the number of Welsh MPs will be cut from 40 to 30 and every constituency re-drawn. Peter Hain, the Shadow Welsh Secretary, called the cut in numbers "diabolical", while Plaid Cymru also opposed the cut.
Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain has been told by police that during his tenure as Northern Ireland Secretary his personal computer might have been hacked. According to the Guardian, officers working as part of Operation Tuleta have told Hain that files were likely to have been accessed by private detectives, possibly working for News International.
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02/03/2014 on Murnaghan, Sky News
01/03/2014 on Week in Westminster, BBC Radio 4
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27/02/2014 on BBC News
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