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Nadine Dorries has confirmed she will “never” run for the job of Commons Speaker. At a Dods hustings event with the seven candidates for the job, she put forward her case for why she should get the job. Simon Burns told the hustings h... Continue to article
Simon Burns Conservative MP for Chelmsford The role of the Deputy Speakers is to ensure the smooth running of the House, both in the Chamber and on the Parliamentary Estate. My 26 years’ experience as an MP leads me to believe ... Continue to article
Downing Street has confirmed that the "major" appointments of the reshuffle have now been announced. A Number 10 spokesman described the reshuffle as one which focused on "talent...it's not about camps or cabals." However, the spokesman re... Continue to article
The runners and riders are off already in the race for Deputy Speaker. Simon Burns was first out of the stalls on Friday and in many ways he will be seen as the favourite, not least because he has both Dave’s backing and the goodwill of... Continue to article
Simon Burns isn’t the only Tory MP who fancies a crack at the Deputy Speakership Continue to article
Maria Eagle MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of Transport, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference, Do you remember David Cameron’s promise on rail fares last year? Capping future increases at just one p... Continue to article
Simon Burns said the Government’s determination to press ahead with HS2 was vindicated by new analysis from KPMG. “The Public Accounts Committee report was based on outdated figures that were over 18 months old, didn’t take into account ... Continue to article
Simon Burns disputed the Public Accounts Committee's report on HS2. "I believe that they have got it wrong in a number of areas, because the NAO report that is the basis of their inquiry was also based on outdated figures. "The figure... Continue to article
Andy Burnham has accused David Cameron of being an "NHS con-man", after it emerged that spending on the health service fell by £26m last year, despite the Prime Minister's pledge to increase it.
The Shadow Health Secretary said Mr Cameron's pre-election promise to increase spending was "about cynical, self-serving re-branding of the Tory Party and nothing much else."
"People will today see David Cameron for the NHS con-man he is: repeatedly cutting the budget on the quiet while letting patients pay the price," the Labour MP said.
“He cynically promised to give the NHS more money, but today it’s clear he’s cut its budget for the second year running."
But the Department of Health has insisted the NHS is in "robust financial health".
Health Minister Simon Burns said the Government had honoured its pledge to provide a real terms increase in the health budget, and insisted frontline spending had risen by £3.4bn, or 3.5%, in cash terms compared to the previous year.
"Our increases in frontline spending are already showing results – waiting times have been kept low, there are more doctors, the NHS has performed more diagnostic tests and planned operations, and infections have been reduced even further," he said.
A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed the Government was "spending more on frontline services in the NHS."
Health minister Simon Burns has apologised after calling Speaker John Bercow a "stupid, sanctimonious dwarf" yesterday in parliament. In a statement, he said: "If I have caused any offence to any group of people then I unreservedly apologise."
The NHS electronic records system is offering "precious little" to patients, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). The report claims the £7bn system is behind schedule and not providing value for money. Health Minister Simon Burns blamed Labour for pouring millions into the project, saying: "Labour’s box-ticking bureaucracy tied doctors and nurses up in red tape and stopped resources getting to where they were really needed ...This report underlines exactly why we need to modernise the NHS".
A pledge to abolish hospital car parking charges in England within three years are likely to be abandoned as part of a coalition drive to save billions of pounds by "devolving" spending decisions to local bodies.
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