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Bernard Jenkin said Britain was becoming a “honey pot nation” in the European Union because of its economic growth. “What I would say is, first of all this [removing tax credits from EU immigrants] is opposed by the Commission and you’ve... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said Angela Merkel’s suggestion that EU rules on free movement of labour could not be changed was “renegotiation positioning.” “This is all renegotiation positioning, what matters is that we win the election and that we ca... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said he believed imposing quotas on European Union immigration would be in breach of existing EU treaties, but backed such a move regardless. “I think I would [support a quota, even if it was in breach of EU treaties] and ... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said it was time to address the issue of English votes for English laws. “What will lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom is if the Westminster parties carry on arguing about what powers the Scottish parliament should ... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin attributed the rise of Ukip to "despair" against "Westminster-village politics". "Many of us have been warning... for some time, that the main political parties, by ignoring the very important, fundamental, constitutional ... Continue to article
It’s polling day in Clacton-on-Sea, when voters get their long-awaited opportunity to exercise their democratic right and choose their MP. Judging by the pictures here, Douglas Carswell enjoyed his visit to the polling booth, apparently ...
Bernard Jenkin said he was "furious" with Douglas Carswell for defecting to Ukip, and that he would "deeply regret it". "I really want to win this election, I really think it would be a disasterous result for this country if we don't win... Continue to article
Bernard Jenkin said he had not been informed prior to Douglas Carswell's defection to Ukip. "[It was] absolutely a bolt from the blue. As far as I know he consulted nobody, not even his closest political friends in Parliament. And I’m s... 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".
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