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MP calls for Culture and BIS cuts

The Government should scrap the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as a "metaphor" for the need for wider spending cuts, David Ruffley has said.

The Conservative MP told PoliticsHome that the proposals would not affect higher education funding.

He said: "The overall figure is of just over £1bn. It doesn't involve mucking around with the Student Loans Company, it doesn't involve mucking around with the science budget."

Speaking at a Free Enterprise event at the Institute for Economic Affairs, Mr Ruffley said the financial viability of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport should also be assessed.

Mr Ruffley also called for the Government to "re-open" the investigation into public spending cuts, and said there was still a "lot of fat to be pruned".


Tory MP David Ruffley suffered only cuts and bruises after throwing himself in front of a train at London's Victoria station during rush hour on Thursday, the Sun report. British Transport Police have ruled out the possibility of an accidental fall.


Goodwin 'could be prosecuted'

Sir Fred Goodwin could be prosecuted for his role in the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Daily Telegraph reports today. A report by the Financial Services Authority could indicate that RBS chiefs broke the UK's accountancy laws. Two senior figures at the FSA have been called to give evidence before the House of Commons Treasury Committee next month over the regulator’s role in the collapse of the bank. The chief executive of the regulator Hector Sants, who will appear alongside Lord Turner, has come under fire for being awarded a bonus of £114,000 in the year RBS collapsed, with Tory MP David Ruffley describing the figure as “unbelievable”.


David Ruffley, the Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds, tried to commit suicide by throwing himself in front of a train after he became depressed over the expenses scandal, according to reports. Mr Ruffley escaped from the incident in Victoria station with minor injuries.


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