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  • = Key Development Friday 7th February
  • 14:51 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    14:51 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Deputy prime minister questions (topicals at 11.50am) 12.10pm: Attorney general questions 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: Additional Charges for Utility Bills Not Paid by Direct Debit (Limits) Bill (Robert ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 4th February
  • 12:19 Alan Johnson: I'm proud of Miliband's union reforms On air

    On Air | Ed Miliband MP | Labour party leader | Daily Politics, BBC2 Video Ed Miliband MP

    Alan Johnson denied that Ed Miliband's reforms would make Labour more reliant on the trade unions. "I accept that there's a risk about funding to this change. But the principle has to come first... I think there's lots of people who woul... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 31st January
  • 15:15 In Brief Events

    15:15 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne are expected to attend the annual Conservative Party fundraising ball in London Defence secretary Philip Hammond is expected to make a statement on Afghanistan in the House of Co... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 23rd January
  • 20:00 Reviews: Malcolm Wicks' My Life The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Reviews: Malcolm Wicks' My Life

      My Life Malcolm Wicks  Matador, £9.99 Nobody who had the privilege of being a friend of Malcolm Wicks will be surprised to learn that, somewhere in America, there is someone who thinks that he was actually the grandson of Dr Watson.... Continue to article

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  • 21:12 Story (3 links): Johnson had "no appetite" for hacking review

    PoliticsHome Johnson had "no appetite" for hacking review Story View links

    Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson had "no appetite" for a police review of Scotland Yard's original phone-hacking investigation according to the Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

    Sir Denis O'Connor told the Leveson Inquiry he advised the Home Office an independent review was required after a Guardian story in July 2009 alleged illegal interception of voicemails was far more widespread than previously believed.

    "I said - looking at this - that I thought the revelations merited some form of independent review....I thought that the allegations that were there - if true in any degree - would raise substantial public confidence issues, and I would not be surprised if the HMIC were asked to assist in some way to facilitate such an approach...

    "My understanding was that, as with a number of other options, discussions ensued with ministers and the Home Secretary at the time and there was no appetite for the HMIC being involved.

    "So it never really got off the ground, sadly."

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Johnson had "no appetite" for hacking review

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson had "no appetite" for a police review of Scotland Yard's original phone-hacking investigation according to the Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

Sir Denis O'Connor told the Leveson Inquiry he advised the Home Office an independent review was required after a Guardian story in July 2009 alleged illegal interception of voicemails was far more widespread than previously believed.

"I said - looking at this - that I thought the revelations merited some form of independent review....I thought that the allegations that were there - if true in any degree - would raise substantial public confidence issues, and I would not be surprised if the HMIC were asked to assist in some way to facilitate such an approach...

"My understanding was that, as with a number of other options, discussions ensued with ministers and the Home Secretary at the time and there was no appetite for the HMIC being involved.

"So it never really got off the ground, sadly."


Johnson warns Labour to pick right leader

Alan Johnson has warned the Labour party that picking the "wrong leader" could lead to an extended spell in opposition, as he reaffirmed his support for David Miliband. Mr Johnson said Labour had to adopt "sensible approach" to the deficit.


Alan Johnson's wife wants a divorce

Alan Johnson's wife has asked for a divorce according to the Sunday Telegraph. The police bodyguard who was suspended over an affair with the former Home Secretary's wife, is now to be questioned over a possible second affair with Mr Johnson's personal assistant in his Hull constituency.


Unison reviews Labour ties

A third major trade union has announced it is reviewing its links with the Labour party following Ed Miliband's decision to back the public sector pay freeze.

The Evening Standard reports that Unison has launched a review of its relationship with the party. This comes as senior Labour figures went on the offensive against the trade unions, with Alan Johnson warning that trade unions are at risk of falling back into the "fantasy utopias" of the 1970s,

Writing in the Guardian, the former Home Secretary and trade union leader said the unions risked becoming the "delusional left".

But other Labour MPs continue to oppose the plan. Writing for PoliticsHome, backbencher John Mann called on Mr Miliband and Shadow Chancellor to go "back to the drawing board" on the party's economic strategy. He wrote: "The reality is that this is a political gesture, because a pollster has told Ed Miliband that he is seen as a weak leader and Ed Balls as weak on the economy. Solution: kick the highest voting and self-identifying group of floating voters and a group that is nationwide! Back to the drawing board lads."


Johnson: I couldn't 'cope' as Shadow Chancellor

Alan Johnson has said he couldn't have "coped properly" with the demands of being Shadow Chancellor whilst dealing with problems in his personal life, but has not ruled out a return to frontline politics. In his first interview since standing down with his local paper he said: "If you are trying to deal with your job as an MP, deal with your job as a frontbench spokesman in the shadow cabinet and shadow chancellor and at the same time you have got lots of problems to sort out at home, you can't do all three."


Balls will 'get on with the job'

The special operations police officer who allegedly had an affair with Alan Johnson's wife has been suspended following media reports of an inappropriate relationship, Channel 4 News reports.

Mr Johnson's replacement as Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls earlier called for the media to respect the privacy of his predecessor, who resigned yesterday. Paul Rice, who protected Mr Johnson during his time as Home Secretary, is reported to have been the police officer in question.

Ed Balls has acknowledged that he has a “big responsibility” to work with Ed Miliband on the economy.

The new Shadow Chancellor said: “I'm going to get on with the job. This is a huge debate about the future of the country, it's about jobs, it's about mortgage rates, it's about public services, and I've got a big responsibility now to do my bit with Ed Miliband to take this argument to the Coalition."

Conservative Deputy Chairman Michael Fallon this morning hit out at Ed Balls, describing him as "Gordon Brown's chief lieutenant" and claiming he was "the man who took us to the brink of bankruptcy". His Labour counterpart Harriet Harman hit back at those suggestions, saying: "I think they'll have a very dynamic and productive relationship with Ed Balls being an excellent Shadow Chancellor under Ed Miliband's leadership." She added that Mr Balls would be taking forward the economic path set out by Mr Johnson and Mr Miliband since the election.


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