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Prime minister David Cameron and health secretary Jeremy Hunt attend the G8 dementia summit in London Attorney general Dominic Grieve speaks at a Politeia event in London on trial by jury (18.30) Julian Smith MP attends a Reform event... Continue to article
David Cameron expressed his “extraordinary sadness” after writing in a book of condolence for Nelson Mandela. “First, extraordinary sadness at the passing of such an heroic figure. He lived this extraordinary life, a belief in this simpl... Continue to article
Politicians from around the world have been paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday. Here's a round-up of some of the reaction. From Westminster David Cameron: “A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was... Continue to article
David Cameron said Nelson Mandela was a "hero for all time". "[Nelson Mandela was] a hero of all time. The first President of a free South Africa, a man who suffered so much for freedom and justice and a man who through his dignity and t... Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our time; a legend in life and now in death - a true global hero. Across the country he loved they will be mourning a man... Continue to article
UK Prime Minister David Cameron says former South African President Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95, was a "hero of our time". Continue to article
David Cameron has led international tributes to Nelson Mandela, who has died in South Africa aged 95. Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield Greg Clark is clutching a birthday present from his wife, with the glow of a man whose spouse knows exactly what he wants. The item he describes as ‘one of my proudest possessions’ is not a... Continue to article
Last weekend saw a fascinating Opinium poll for the Observer which surveyed voters not just in the UK, but across the key European Union states of France, Germany and Poland. While British hostility or indifference to the EU is well-do... Continue to article
As the deadline for lifting temporary restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian workers in the United Kingdom approaches, pressure from some MPs and sections of the popular press is mounting on David Cameron to defy EU legislation and ex... Continue to article
Caroline Flint accused the Government of complacency, arguing the recovery was not being shared across all sectors of society. "The truth of is that we have heard today a complacent government that wants to crow about growth which has ac... Continue to article
David Cameron said he did not regret meeting the Dalai Lama, despite it leading to an apparent cooling of relations between Britain and China. “No. I don’t regret any of the things I’ve done in my political life. You make your choices, y... Continue to article
Downing Street said “lower levels of support” were needed for renewable energy as a result of technological advances. On the plans to cut support for onshore wind and solar energy, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman and with economi... Continue to article
The prime minister, David Cameron, meets the mayor of Shanghia during a three-day trip designed to boost trade between Britain and China Continue to article
It surely takes a special kind of skill to get yourself painted into three different corners at the same time, yet that is what David Cameron seems to have achieved. Continue to article
As we know, David Cameron has taken a merry band of ministers with him on his trip to China. Jeremy Hunt, Owen Paterson, Maria Miller, David Willetts, Ian Livingston, and Hugo Swire were all on board the chartered flight, while even the ...
Christmas has come early for David Cameron, as he is faced with the quandary of what to give the person who has everything. The traditional gift exchange between leaders has become one of the more enlightening indicators of international...
On aspiration and social mobility and Sir John Major’s recent comments: “The impulse to look to the future might be shared by us all. But not all of us have access to the means to realise our dreams. We know that for too many people... Continue to article
David Cameron said it was possible to raise issues of trade and human rights during his trip to China and dismissed suggestions he was not being consistent in his approach to the Britain-China relationship. "I'm totally consistent. I com... Continue to article
Jeremy Browne argued Britain's interests would be increasingly tied up with China's over the coming decades. “I think the biggest fact of life in the world today is the rise of China and the rise of Asia more generally. I think it will c... Continue to article
Richard Ottaway argued progress on human rights with China would have to be achieved through negotiations in private rather than public grandstanding. “From long experience, we’ve discovered that megaphone diplomacy doesn’t work – you ha... Continue to article
Ed Balls was out in force on the airwaves today, fulfilling his role as Labour’s baiter-in-chief. In his Andrew Marr interview, he couldn’t resist bringing out his trademark gesture halfway through and was rewarded with what might be the...
After getting into a spin on standardised packaging, David Cameron should get behind Labour’s plans to protect future generations from the perils of smoking. Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "This is a tragic event and our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends who lost a loved one last night. "I want to thank the emergency services who worked tirelessly throughout the night and ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron visits China on a trade mission Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is expected to deliver a speech in Milton Keynes Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg visits a small firm where he is expected to outline plans f... Continue to article
Ed Miliband accused the Prime Minister of weakness after reports this morning that the Government had sought to negotiate a price freeze with the 'Big Six' energy firms. "What we now know is that while David Cameron has in public been op... Continue to article
David Cameron pledged to encourage more competition in the energy industry and "roll back" green levies in order to ease pressure on consumer bills. "I want to help households and families by giving getting sustainably low ene... Continue to article
Words: Jess Bowie Pictures: Paul Heartfield Kevin Spacey might be taken aback if he saw Lord Ridley’s office on Millbank. The Hollywood actor often has cause to call the phone in this room – which is so plainly decorated it feel... Continue to article
Denis, now Lord, Healey’s ‘First Law of Holes’ – when in one, stop digging – is an enduring if frequently ignored piece of advice for those in public life. So too is the observation of the former Labour Chancellor and Deputy Leader tha... Continue to article
David Cameron is tilting at windmills. Freedom of movement exists across Europe but a rational debate about earned entitlement is needed Continue to article
What would Maggie do today? The third annual Centre for Policy Studies Margaret Thatcher lecture, delivered by Mayor of London Boris Johnson at the Gibson Hall, Bishopsgate The amazing thing about the funeral of Baroness Thatcher was the... Continue to article
David Cameron refused to give an estimate of how many Romanians and Bulgarians the Government expects to enter the UK next year. "Yes, of course, there is a right to take up a specific position, if you want to work, but there shouldn’t b... Continue to article
David Cameron was today urged to expel the Spanish ambassador to Britain for his country acting like the “Mugabe regime” by tampering with UK diplomatic bags at the Gibraltar border. Continue to article
Sadiq Khan said he was worried about anything that would suggest the UK was prompting hysteria against Bulgarian or Romanian migrants. "I should say at the outset that nothing that Philip [Hammond] or I have said should be taken as whipp... Continue to article
Last night David Cameron, George Osborne and Lynton Crosby held a meeting with the Conservative parliamentary party. Continue to article
Mark Pritchard welcomed the Prime Minister’s challenge to the “unqualified freedom of movement” in the European Union. “I think it’s absolutely right that we have a debate in Europe about the future direction of Europe, and I hope that G... Continue to article
Vast migrations extract talent from countries that need their best people, writes David Cameron Continue to article
Downing Street said the Government was still looking at what more action could be taken on benefits for immigrants. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "The Government is taking action. Of course we are looking at what more can... Continue to article
Labour party press release Stella Creasy MP, Labour's Shadow Business Minister, responding to the Government's announcement on payday loans, said: "Just two months ago this Government criticised Ed Miliband for wanting to reform broke... Continue to article
Priti Patel said the Government needed to be prepared to "push the boundaries and defy the EU" over changes to benefits for EU migrants. "It was the last Labour government that failed to impose transitional controls with the Free Movemen... Continue to article
What to make of Ed Miliband's Desert Island Discs selection? The Labour leader's choice includes tunes from the likes of Edith Piaf, A-Ha and Robbie Williams. Writing in the Observer, one rather cruel hack says the eight selections ha...
A Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister has voiced concerns over reports that David Cameron is prepared to take on Brussels to impose tougher conditions on European migrants amid fears about the number of... Continue to article
Paddy Ashdown said David Cameron's alleged 'green crap' comments were short-sighted and said green levies should be maintained. "No... I obviously don't [agree with those comments], Lib Dems will resist that, I think it's very short-sigh... Continue to article
Geoffrey Robinson said he had not seen any evidence that Rev Paul Flowers had given advice to Ed Miliband. "The politicians are the last ones who have the time to get the detail of this, they have to rely on advice, and the advice throug... Continue to article
Andrew Tyrie said David Cameron's announcement of a review in to the Co-Op Bank at PMQs was not the best way to secure all-party support. "We’re not the full regulatory inquiry, what we need and what we’re now going to have is a regulato... Continue to article
The Chinese embassy has hit back at Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire after he declared that ‘no one will tell British ministers who they can and can’t see’ in relation to human rights. In a letter to The House magazine, a spokespe... Continue to article
Aside from the economy, since 2010 immigration has consistently been the issue voters say matters most to them – well above health, crime and the Europe Union. Speaking to our sister magazine Total Politics this week, Nigel Farage ... Continue to article
Serai Hann has never voted, and until pretty recently didn’t even know what an MP was. Now, the 23-year-old from Swansea is a passionate Labour supporter and might even consider standing for parliament. Ms Hann’s damascene conversio... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield On Maria Miller’s wall hangs a huge, avant garde photograph of a woman cut in half by an ironing board. On her iPad, she taps at a YouTube video of her son singing Verdi. On her desk, a... Continue to article
Ed Balls accused Nick Clegg of lying over claims that he received a large donation from disgraced Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers. “To allege and smear that I have received £50,000 from Paul Flowers, it’s a lie, and I hope he will withd... Continue to article
Over £1m of the fines taken from banks in the wake of the Libor scandal will be donated to a military charity, the Sun reports. David Cameron announced the measure in advance of the paper's annual military awards.
George Osborne has thrown his weight behind the introduction of gay marriage, despite a survey of Tory constituency chairmen finding nearly half of local Conservative parties have lost members as a result of the policy.
The poll, conducted for the Sunday Telegraph, found that 71% believe the proposals should be abandoned, with just 3% saying they have gained membership from Mr Cameron's gay marriage policy.
Mr Osborne today emphasised that there would be a free vote in the House of Commons on introducing gay marriage, adding that he would be voting "with his conscience" in favour of the motion.
David Cameron has issued a strongly worded criticism of the United Nations' ongoing inaction over Syria.
Reading from the recent Save the Children report documenting the fate of children in the country, Mr Cameron told world leaders at the UN headquarters in New York: "The blood of these young children is a terrible stain on the reputation of this United Nations.
In an apparent attack on Russia and China, he reserved particular criticism for countries who “have failed to stand up to these atrocities and in some cases aided and abetted Assad's reign of terror”.
"If the United Nations Charter is to have any value in the 21st century, we must now join together to support a rapid political transition."
The Prime Minister announced £8m in aid for the war torn country, and continued to speak more widely on the aftermath of the Arab Spring.
He argued Western countries should respect the outcome of post-Spring elections that returned Islamist parties, but warned those parties they would be judged by their actions.
“Will you entrust the rights of citizenship to your countrymen and women who do now share your specific political and religious view? Do you accept that unlike the dictators you replaced, you should never pervert the democratic process to hold on to power if you lost the consent of the people you serve?
“Will you live up to your commitment to protect the rule of law for all citizens, to defend the rights of Christians and minorities, to allow women a full role in society, in the economy and in politics?”
David Cameron is facing a backlash from his own Cabinet over plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. Michael Gove and Andrew Lansley claim the move is unfair on low-income drinkers who consume responsibly. Meanwhile a study from the Adam Smith Institute has cast doubt on whether a minimum price would be successful in cutting crime and preventing health problems.
Conservative campaign organisation Bright Blue has warned the party that another coalition with the Liberal Democrats may be the only way for the party to keep power. The group said the party should continue with its modernising agenda and not lurch to the right, as many core-conservative groups are suggesting.
A poll conducted for The Times has found Labour has stretched its lead over the Conservatives to 15 points. However the Populus survey has discouraging results for Ed Miliband, with 60% of people wanting David Cameron to remain in Downing Street, either because they thought he was doing a good job, or because they prefer him to Mr Miliband.
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