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Mark Field criticised Maria Miller's "unacceptably perfunctory" Commons apology over her expenses claims, arguing the row was damaging the Conservative party more broadly. “I think my sympathies are now with the 35% or so of MPs of the 2... Continue to article
Jeremy Browne said he was “nervous” about his party’s lack of reforming zeal in government. “I think my party deserves a lot of credit because I think we wouldn’t be seeing the economic recovery we’re experiencing if it wasn’t for the re... Continue to article
David Laws said he would not comment on Maria Miller's expenses but eventually said he supported the Culture Secretary. "Each set of circumstances are different and it’s not my job to comment on her situation, it’s the Standards and Priv... Continue to article
David Laws criticised today's strike action by the National Union of Teachers. "Talks have been going on now for three weeks, they are detailed and serious talks. There are seven major teaching and headteacher unions in this country. All... Continue to article
David Laws said it was important not to "overdo" green measures which could make businesses leave the country. "I think overall the environmental strategy of the Government is absolutely right. We occasionally need to make sure that we d... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Defence questions (topicals at 3.15pm) Main business Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Bill: Second reading and remaining stages Motions to approve ways and means resolution relating to the Pe... Continue to article
Schools in underfunded areas are to receive a £350m funding boost in 2015/16, the Schools Minister has announced. Giving a statement in the Commons, David Laws insisted that no local authorities would lose out as a result of the new allo... Continue to article
Schools Minister David Laws announces "a substantial £350m boost to schools in the least fairly funded local authorities in the country"
David Laws dismissed the suggestion from Dominic Cummings that the Department of Education was opposed to the Liberal Democrats' free school meals plan was "complete and utter balls". "Dom is a bright and controversial figuire... what he... Continue to article
Commenting on the reaction to a speech on immigration by minister James Brokenshire, the Prime Minister's official spokesperson said: "The speech was setting out the Government's approach to immigration policy, it's a policy the Prime Mini... Continue to article
David Laws warns against an immigration "feeding frenzy" that stops people coming to Britain, after the Brokenshire speech #pienaarspolitics
David Laws called for an end to the "witch hunt" for MPs and peers who employ foreign domestic nannies or maids. "I hope that this witch hunt will end because we rely upon in our country - for things like the National Health Service and ... Continue to article
David Laws on @JBrokenshire speech: "dangerous for the Conservative party".
David Laws tells @JPonpolitics he wants an end to the "witch hunt" for MPs who employ foreign nannies or maids
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
I'm delighted to say our House Magazine Guide to the Spring Conferences boasts pieces from all of the main party leaders, plus their party activists. We have a strong section on Scotland, with Alex Salmond, Johann Lamont and Ruth Davidson w... Continue to article
David Laws pledged to press for the introduction of a new definition of child poverty. “What is disappointing is that the Coalition Government has not been able to agree on a new set of measures to target child poverty and to reduce chil... Continue to article
"Sharp-elbowed" parents who move house to get their children into better schools should not be criticised, the Schools Minister has said. David Laws rejected the idea that some working-class children were being pushed aside to make room... Continue to article
David Laws tells me he will publish the Teacher Workload Survey on March 4 -
Nick Clegg has sought to end the row between Liberal Democrat figures and Michael Gove. Mr Gove was criticised by Mr Clegg and Schools Minister David Laws over his decision to end Baroness Morgan’s tenure as chair of Ofsted, while Mr... Continue to article
Tristram Hunt said Labour wanted to see state schools and private schools learn from each other more. “We think that the state sector has a great deal to learn from private schools, but we also think that private schools have a great dea... Continue to article
Michael Gove ruled out the possibility of Schools Minister David Laws appointing the next chairperson of Ofsted. “No. No politician will have a responsibility for finding a replacement… They [independent panel] will make a recommendation... Continue to article
Liam Fox has joined the calls for tax cuts to be included in the Chancellor’s Budget next month.
Writing for Wednesday’s Financial Times, the former Defence Secretary argues for a reduction in employers’ national insurance contributions across the board, to be paid for by spending reductions.
Dr Fox also acknowledges that Lib Dem calls for an increase in the income tax threshold may be necessary as part of the Coalition agreement. David Laws has this evening reiterated the advantages of such a move, writing in the Guardian that “the case for bringing forward tax cuts is overwhelming”.
Speaking on Newsnight yesterday, the Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury predicted that household incomes would rise for first time in four years if the Coalition cuts taxes for low earners.
“Now that we’re seeing inflation this year on a firm downward track, that gives us the opportunity, if we can make these other reductions in taxation by increasing the income tax thresholds….that gives us the opportunity of ending the austerity on households budgets and allowing the budgets of most people, the household budgets of most people, to start expanding again from later on this year into next year.”
The Lib Dem confirmed he wanted to fund the move by cutting higher rate pension tax relief.
Nick Clegg has asked David Laws to lead cross-party talks on party funding, continuing the political rehabilitation of the former Cabinet minister. Mr Clegg has proposed talks between the parties on donations, unions and state funding.
Nick Clegg is prepared to oppose what he sees as "arbitrary and vindictive cuts" to the benefits bill next year, the Financial Times reports. He was joined by David Laws, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who said the Coalition should stick with plans to increase benefits by 5.2% in line with inflation. It is feared that cutting the benefits increase would lead to a "significant rise" in poverty in the run-up to the 2015 election.
David Laws has put the pressure on George Osborne to raise personal tax allowances in next month's Budget, saying such a move could “end the austerity on household budgets”.
In an interview with Newsnight, the Lib Dem MP followed Simon Hughes and Ed Balls in calling for the tax cuts:
“We have to distinguish between the period of austerity for public spending and for public services, which is clearly going to go on for a period of time, from the austerity that we’ve seen in household budgets… now that we have completed most of the tax increases, now that we’re seeing inflation this year on a firm downward track, that gives us the opportunity, if we can make these other reductions in taxation by increasing the income tax thresholds - as Nick Clegg has suggested - that gives us the opportunity of ending the austerity on households budgets.”
A group of economists and politicians from all sides have said the eurozone cannot survive in its present form. Writing for the Independent, expert figures including Alistair Darling, David Laws and Ed Balls warn the single currency is doomed without reform.
David Laws, the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has warned that companies and entrepreneurs could quit Britain unless the 50p top rate of income tax is abolished. In an interview with The Independent, Mr Laws contradicted Nick Clegg and his successor as Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander by calling for the abolition of the 50p rate.
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