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Hilary Benn accused the Government of disproportionately targeting poorer areas with cuts to local government spending. “I’m the first to recognise that councils have done an extraordinary job in very difficult circumstances, but let’s f... Continue to article
Councils will see their overall funding cut by an average of 1.8% in 2015-16, the Communities Minister has announced. In a statement to the House Kris Hopkins told MPs: “We have kept the overall reduction to 1.8%, lower than last yea... Continue to article
Hilary Benn denied that the Labour party was unwilling to cooperate over the issue of English votes for English Laws. “What we weren’t interested [in] was... his blatant attempt, at 7 o’clock in the morning after the Scottish referendum ... Continue to article
Home Secretary Theresa May speaks at a Women’s Aid event in the House of Commons (4:00pm) Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has announced further roll out of universal credit Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone pu... Continue to article
Eric Pickles has accused Hilary Benn of failing to back the Labour leader Ed Miliband, during Communities questions today. The Communities Secretary confronted his opposition counterpart in the House of Commons, suggesting that his absen... Continue to article
Hillary Benn defended Labour's opposition to the Government's proposals for an 80% elected House of Lords, and set out his party's plans for an elected senate. "The party's long been in favour of a 100% elected House of Lords. The issue,... Continue to article
Hilary Benn said prioritising first-time buyers for new housing was essential to encouraging more people to consent to new developments. “If you’re talking about private housebuilding – and that’s the majority of the new homes, how they’... Continue to article
Hilary Benn said David Cameron's plan to stop Scottish MPs voting on English issue was a "recipe for deadlock". "There is an issue here, we’ve accepted that, we’ve said we’re prepared to look at it. The Prime Minister hasn’t actually mad... Continue to article
INTRODUCTION Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today. Our goal: ‘a community in which p... Continue to article
Judging by the reaction in the conference hall, Hilary Benn’s speech was the best of this afternoon’s session. Several people gave him a standing ovation. Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, in a speech to Labour's Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said: Conference, I want to begin by saying thank you. To all our g... Continue to article
Eric Pickles says details of high wages at local authorities shows there is still room to crack down on "dodgy pay deals and boomerang bosses" at councils. The Communities Secretary was responding to research from the Taxpayers' Alliance which found that over 3,000 council staff were earning over £100,000 a year. Labour's Hilary Benn said the Conservative Party needed to "get their house in order" as the research showed nine out of ten of "top town hall earners" were employed by Tory councils.
Labour's "green manifesto" reveals that the party would be prepared to legislate to ensure greater competition in energy markets. The manifesto, released yesterday, revealed it wanted to open the retail energy market which it said was dominated by the "big six".
Environment secretary Hilary Benn has ruled out compulsory insurance for dog owners, saying the government did not want to "penalise" responsible owners. The Conservatives have accused the government of a "humiliating u-turn."
Immigrants who are not taught to speak English "like a native" face life as members of an unemployable "sub-class", Eric Pickles has said.
In an exclusive interview with PoliticsHome's sister publication The House magazine, the Communities Secretary said the Government wanted people to speak adequate English, adding that there would be a £10m grant to help teach immigrants.
Labour have criticised Mr Pickles' language, with Hilary Benn saying he should be "thinking of practical ways to ensure that anyone settling in this country is able to speak English rather than talking about sub-classes".
The government has set out proposals which would license farmers to cull badgers, to help combat tuberculosis in cattle.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has written to David Cameron urging him to rule out a repeal of the fox hunting ban - today is the fifth anniversary of the ban's introduction.
18/12/2014 on BBC News
16/12/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
02/11/2014 on Sunday Politics, BBC One
16/10/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
23/09/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
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19/12/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
19/12/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two