PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers
- Sign up to see last 24 hours
Dont have an account?Sign up here
David Cameron is in need of advice right now and there’s plenty of it in the new Spectator – not least from Justine Greening, his Transport Secretary. Continue to article
Department for International Development press release More UK aid flights into Erbil deliver food and essential kit for aid workers Two more UK aid flights carrying emergency food and tents for displaced Iraqi families and essential k... Continue to article
Department for International Development press release British aid for Yazidi refugees fleeing Mount Sinjar Britain will boost its support for 12,000 Yazidi refugees who have escaped from Mount Sinjar and made it to a refugee camp a... Continue to article
Justine Greening said there are many people on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq are in “desperate straits” and added that it was vital for the UK to continue delivering humanitarian assistance to the region. “It has been difficult to get th... Continue to article
Department for International Development The UK has delivered a fourth round of emergency assistance to northern Iraq following two further successful deliveries of UK aid overnight, International Development Secretary Justine Greening ann... Continue to article
Department for International Development press release International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced British support for charities operating in Iraq. Britain will give £3 million to help Mercy Corps, Save the Chil... Continue to article
Department for International Development press release International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: “The world has been shocked by the plight of the Yazidi community. They face appalling conditions, cut off on Mount Sinj... Continue to article
Department for International Development Press Release Two aircraft carrying UK aid on their way to help Iraqis Below is a quote from International Development Secretary Justine Greening including new details of aid that is being sent... Continue to article
Department for International Development press release The UK is releasing an £8 million package of emergency humanitarian assistance to get lifesaving aid to tens of thousands of people across northern and central Iraq who have fled ISI... Continue to article
Justine Greening dismissed allegations that it was hypocritical of the British Government to condemn the violence in Gaza whilst continuing to sell arms to Israel. “Israel obviously has an army and it will want to equip that army but I... Continue to article
Justine Greening said it was a “tragedy” that people in Gaza were being targeted in places designated by the UN as safe areas, following reports that a refugee camp in the region has been bombed. “We weren’t there on the ground, th... Continue to article
Department for International Development press release The UK is stepping up its humanitarian response to the Gaza crisis with an additional £3 million for the World Food Programme’s emergency appeal to help deal with food shortages, Pri... Continue to article
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 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.
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".
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."
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."
The clearest sign yet that the controversial HS2 rail link will be approved was given this morning with a review carried out by Network Rail concluding that the alternative options would mean more overcrowding, works and delays.
The report comes after key supporters of the project wrote to national newspapers yesterday urging the Government to back HS2.
Meanwhile, a number of Tory MPs as well as 18 Local Authorities have signalled their opposition against the plans, arguing that the Government "has not made the business case for the project".
14/08/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
09/08/2014 on Department for International Development
05/08/2014 on Sky News
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
2 hours ago on NBC News
5 hours ago on BBC News
5 hours ago on BBC News
37 minutes ago