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This week Baroness Jay told The House that coalitions could become more common in the future. Judging by the enmity between Nick Clegg and Labour at this week’s DPMQs, any future union of red and yellow will not be a happy marriage. ... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said it would be a false economy to cut complaints procedures. "Complains are a fantastic source of information to your organisation. Every complaint tells you something about why your organisation has failed to meet the ... Continue to article
Business secretary Vince Cable speaks at a CBI and GE Capital event in London on accessing alternative finance for growing businesses (09.30) Foreign secretary William Hague meets Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandian in London ... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said it would be impossible to adequately renegotiate the EU treaties and he agreed with Nigel Lawson that Britain must leave the EU. “Well, the treaties are now so highly developed, I mean since we signed up to the Maastr... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said it was time to be “honest” with the British people on Europe. “It’s about time we were honest with the British people and said ‘look let’s fix this problem, let’s get back our competiveness, let’s get back control of ... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said US foreign policy credibility was on the line. "Both the Prime Minister this morning and President Obama have made this clear that this is a red line. I am generally sceptical about the benefits of foreign interventio... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said there was a "tiny minority" gloating over Lady Thatcher's death and criticised attempts to blame her for Britain's industrial decline. "One has the highest respect for people who take a different view. But it's a tiny... Continue to article
An influential committee of MPs has delivered a stinging warning to the Government over its plans to split the role of the most senior civil servant in the country.
In a report published today, the Public Administration Select Committee also warned that the new part-time Head of the Civil Service would have an "excessive workload" which could undermine the Government's efforts to ensure reform of the civil service is successful.
Committee chair Bernard Jenkin told PoliticsHome that he and his colleagues were "keeping an open mind" on what the Government should do about the two new roles.
The number of ministers in the Commons is at its "absolute limit", a Commons committee has warned. The Public Administration Committee said that its calls to reduce the number of ministers from 121 to 80 has been ignored and that minister's aides are "leaned on for votes" in exchange for promotion rather than used to bring backbench information to policy.
The Government's broad agenda for reforming Britain's public services "will fail" without concurrent reform in Whitehall, the chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee has said. In an exclusive opinion piece for PoliticsHome, Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin said reform cannot happen "unless there is leadership from the centre of government and engagement of the lower levels of management in the objectives and implementation of change", which the select committee had "not found to be evident" in many departments.
The House of Commons has passed the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Reform Bill. MPs backed its move to a second reading by 328 votes to 269. Government whips managed to quell the backbench Conservative anger expressed in the debate to ensure a majority of 59. MPs also approved a quick timetable for the next stage of the bill, where amendments are expected on the date and terms of the referendum on the Alternative Vote. The bill also reduces of the number of MPs and equalises constituencies, which shadow justice secretary Jack Straw called "skulduggery for narrow party advantage".
04/06/2013 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
07/05/2013 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
05/05/2013 on Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4
26/04/2013 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4
15/04/2013 on Daily Politics, BBC 2
10/03/2013 on Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5 Live
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