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Justine Greening MP

International Development Secretary

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  • = Key Development Wednesday 17th December
  • 11:58 Greening pledges to tackle corruption in Pakistan House of Commons

    Greening pledges to tackle corruption in Pakistan House of Commons

    The Secretary of State for International Development has condemned yesterday's Taliban massacre at a Pakistani school as a "terrible atrocity".  Speaking during International Development Questions, Justine Greening said that internationa... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 16th December
  • 16:05 Greening: New UK support for child victims of Ebola Press Release

    16:05| Press Release

    A press release from DFID: Greening: New UK support for child victims of Ebola The UK will provide new funding to protect the growing number of children and women affected by the Ebola outbreak, International Development Secretary Just... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 8th December
  • 13:46 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    13:46 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 9.30am: Environment, food and rural affairs questions (topicals at 10.05am) 10:15am: Church Commissioners, Public Accounts Commission and Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission questions 10.30am: Business st... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd December
  • 12:55 Lobby:Number 10: Dementia Friends training for Cabinet ministers Lobby Briefings

    12:55 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Cabinet ministers underwent training as 'Dementia Friends' at this morning's meeting, Downing Street has said. David Cameron this morning described the condition as “one of the greatest enemies of humanity”, and confirmed £15m of Governm... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 17th November
  • 17:50 Story (5 links): Bird flu risk 'very low' - Truss

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    The risk to public health from a new outbreak of bird flu is "very low", the Environment Secretary has said.

    Liz Truss updated MPs in the House of Commons this afternoon after Defra confirmed a case of avian flu in a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire.

    She reiterated advice given by Public Health England that there was a very low risk to human health and no risk to the food chain.

    "Importantly, the Chief Medical Officer and Public Health England have confirmed that the risk to public health is very low," she said.

    "It's important to note that this disease is highly pathogenic for birds but the Food Standards Agency has advised that avian flu does not pose a food safety risk.

    "Protecting animal health is one of the top priorities for my department and we have extensive and rigorous processes to identify and tackle disease outbreaks.

    "As part of this approach I chair a monthly biosecurity meeting and have reinforced the importance of monitoring and planning for likely risk. We have tried and tested procedures for dealing with such outbreaks and our experts immediately responded when suspicions of the disease emerged."

    Immediate action has been taken to control the outbreak including introducing a 10km restriction zone and a cull of all 6,000 birds on the farm to prevent any potential spread of infection.

    But the Enviornment Secretary told the House that the Government's scientific advisers had ruled out the deadlier H5N1 strain of avian flu.

    "This is the virus that can cause severe disease in people who are infected with close contact with infected birds," she said. "Further tests are being run to identify the exact strain of the disease."

  • 11:55 Lobby:No 10: PM to chair Cobra on Islamic State killing Lobby Briefings

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    Downing Street said David Cameron is to chair an emergency meeting of the C‎obra committee following the most recent killing by the so-called Islamic State. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: ‎"He has been updated during his t... Continue to article

  • 11:16 Defra confirms avian flu outbreak in Yorkshire Press Release

    11:16| Press Release

    A press release from Defra: Defra has confirmed a case of avian flu outbreak in a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire. Defra has confirmed a case of avian flu outbreak in a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire with very low risk to... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 10th November
  • 16:58 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    16:58 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 12:00pm: Justice questions (topicals at 12.45pm) Main business Ten minute rule motion: National Defence Medal Bill (Stephen Gilbert, Lib Dem, St Austell and Newquay) National Insurance Contributions Bill: Report s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 5th November
  • 08:40 Justine Greening: Social impact of immigration needs to be taken into account On air

    On Air | Justine Greening MP | International Development Secr... | Sky News Video Justine Greening MP

    Justine Greening said immigration policy needed to take into account the social as well as economic impact migrants have on the UK. "All the main parties will obviously take a very close look at this report that has just come out, but wh... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 29th October
  • 14:34 UK government will match public donations to Ebola appeal Press Release

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    A press release from DFID: The first £5 million of public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal on the Ebola outbreak will be matched by UK aid. The British government will activate the UK Aid Match scheme for the Dis... Continue to article

  • 13:20 Justine Greening: We have achieved reforms needed to EAW On air

    On Air | Justine Greening MP | International Development Secr... | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Justine Greening MP

    Justine Greening gave her full support for the European Arrest Warrant. "I think we’re happy to put it to a vote now in parliament because we feel we have got the reforms that are needed. There was a time when we had real concerns about ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 15:53 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    15:53 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Northern Ireland Office questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Main business Ten minute rule motion: Railways (Public Sector Operators) Bill (Andy Sawford, Lab, Corby) Motion... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 19th October
  • 10:25 Justine Greening: Free EU movement is not a totally unqualified principle On air

    On Air | Justine Greening MP | International Development Secr... | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Justine Greening MP

    Justine Greening denied that David Cameron would struggle to restrict EU immigration, after comments by Jose Manuel Barroso that free movement of people in the EU is non-negotiable. "I don't think that's true at all, actually, I don't th... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 17th October
  • 07:45 Justine Greening: UK is as well prepared as any country, risk of Ebola remains low On air

    On Air | Justine Greening MP | International Development Secr... | Sky News Video Justine Greening MP

    Justine Greening said the UK was as "well prepared as any country" in Europe in preventing the spread of Ebola. "The UK is well-prepared. We have very robust systems in place, we had a training exercise with the NHS over last weekend to ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 7th October
  • 11:10 Justine Greening: Spanish Ebola case doesn't change UK response On air

    On Air | Justine Greening MP | International Development Secr... | BBC News Video Justine Greening MP

    Justine Greening said the UK's response to Ebola would not change following the infection of a Spanish nurse. "It doesn't change the assessment of the risk to the UK. I think it's worth paying tribute to that nurse and indeed healthcare ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 6th October
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  • 11:33 Transcript: Justine Greening speech to the Conservative Party Conference Transcripts

    Justine Greening speech to the Conservative Party Conference Transcripts

    Justine Greening speech to the Conservative Party conference: It's brilliant to be here, among friends and colleagues, reflecting on what we've done so far; thinking about the work there is yet to do. In the last four years this gover... Continue to article

  • 10:50 UK to step-up fight against Ebola - Greening PoliticsHome News

    UK to step-up fight against Ebola - Greening PoliticsHome News

    The UK is to treble the number of Ebola treatment beds it provides as it seeks to tackle the “invisible threat” the disease poses to West Africa and the world, Justine Greening has said. Speaking on the final morning of the Conservative ... Continue to article

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Bird flu risk 'very low' - Truss

The risk to public health from a new outbreak of bird flu is "very low", the Environment Secretary has said.

Liz Truss updated MPs in the House of Commons this afternoon after Defra confirmed a case of avian flu in a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire.

She reiterated advice given by Public Health England that there was a very low risk to human health and no risk to the food chain.

"Importantly, the Chief Medical Officer and Public Health England have confirmed that the risk to public health is very low," she said.

"It's important to note that this disease is highly pathogenic for birds but the Food Standards Agency has advised that avian flu does not pose a food safety risk.

"Protecting animal health is one of the top priorities for my department and we have extensive and rigorous processes to identify and tackle disease outbreaks.

"As part of this approach I chair a monthly biosecurity meeting and have reinforced the importance of monitoring and planning for likely risk. We have tried and tested procedures for dealing with such outbreaks and our experts immediately responded when suspicions of the disease emerged."

Immediate action has been taken to control the outbreak including introducing a 10km restriction zone and a cull of all 6,000 birds on the farm to prevent any potential spread of infection.

But the Enviornment Secretary told the House that the Government's scientific advisers had ruled out the deadlier H5N1 strain of avian flu.

"This is the virus that can cause severe disease in people who are infected with close contact with infected birds," she said. "Further tests are being run to identify the exact strain of the disease."


Greening insists HS2 still on

Justine Greening has insisted the Government is "passionate" about bringing the High Speed 2 project to fruition.

The Transport Secretary this morning told the Today programme: "We are passionate about getting on with High Speed 2. We know it’s badly needed, I know that we need it done in time for when that capacity crunch comes in the mid-2020s.

"But at the same time, I really understand that there will be many communities it passes through that it affects, and that’s why I’ve worked very, very hard to understand what those effects will be and then look at how we can mitigate them and how we can work with those communities fairly."


Greening's 'Ronseal' rail plan

The Government is taking a "Ronseal approach" to railway reform, according to the Transport Secretary.

Delivering a command statement on the future of the rail industry, Justine Greening told the Commons this afternoon that efficiency savings would create an "efficient, effective and affordable" system in the interests of passengers and taxpayers.

The Government is calling on train companies and Network Rail to close a £3.5bn annual "efficiency gap" identified by rail expert Sir Roy McNulty, whose consultation was commissioned by the last Labour government.

Ms Greening said: "I’ve taken the Ronseal approach – this strategy will do what it says on the tin, put the customer first."

She also offered a challenge to train companies, saying they can only compete for future contracts if "cost issues are addressed".

Ms Greening emphasised the cost of not acting now. "If we duck the reform challenge then it won't just be rail users and the public purse that pays the price, the rail industry and the wider economy will suffer too."

Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle was scathing in response, saying the reforms would allow train companies to "hike fares, cut services, booking offices and frontline staff".

She said there were "deep alliances" between train companies and Network Rail and warned of an increasingly "fragmented" system with private companies managing different sections of the network.

RMT union boss Bob Crow promised industrial action if the Government goes ahead with cuts to rail staff.

He told Sky News: "We don’t believe that at a time when there’s more people using the railways, than they have done for the last 80 years, there’s a necessity to cut back on staffing. Our line in the sand is pretty simple – we’re not going to accept cuts to our members’ terms and conditions and if they try to make anybody compulsorily redundant on the railways we will ballot for strike action."


West Coast line deal pushed ahead

A deal that would see Virgin Trains losing the West Coast mainline franchise could be signed as early as 29 August, a Department for Transport spokesman has indicated. Labour MP Louise Ellman, who also chairs the Transport Committee, has written to Transport Secretary Justine Greening asking for "greater transparency" and investigation of "a number of concerns" over the deal. Over 100,000 people signed an e-petition calling for reconsideration of the decision to award the West Coast mainline rail franchise to FirstGroup. The petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.


Transport Secretary drive for cheap insurance

Transport Secretary Justine Greening will urge companies to make car insurance cheaper for young motorists.

At a Whitehall summit Ms Greening will say young British drivers are among the safest in the world and will tell insurers to use black boxes which monitor speed, acceleration, braking and cornering to prove a driver is not reckless behind the wheel. Insurance premiums can top £3,000 a year for under-25s.

Speaking this morning to Sky News, the Transport Secretary said the Government wanted to make sure motoring was kept affordable: "That is why we have already passed laws in Parliament to take some of the exuberant legal costs out of the insurance system. I want to look today at how we can go further. I think it is about looking across the piece at how we can work with motorists."

The AA has said that over the past two years, claims for whiplash injury contributed to the biggest car insurance premium increases ever recorded.


Greening: HS2 'incredibly important project'

Justine Greening has described the HS2 rail link, which she is expected to be given the green light this week, as an "incredibly important project" with the potential to "transform" Britain's rail network. Speaking to the Sunday Times, the Transport Secretary insisted she had listened to the concerns of people affected, but added that "there comes a time when it [the railway] is simply full".