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  • 13:11 Michael Dugher blog: 20 things Cameron forgot in his conference speech News

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    Yesterday David Cameron stood up in Birmingham to set out his vision to the country. He announced £7.2 billion of spending commitments. Continue to article

  • 13:02 Chris Leslie: Tory tax plans are a fiction On air

    On Air | Chris Leslie MP | Shadow Chief Secretary to the ... | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Chris Leslie MP

    Chris Leslie described the Conservative plan to increase the personal income tax allowance and raise the 40p rate threshold as “an offer of fiction”. “The offer is one of certainty versus an offer of fiction that we’re getting from Grant... Continue to article

  • 12:30 Grant Shapps: I will not write future budgets by ruling out VAT rise On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | Daily Politics, BBC 2 Video Grant Shapps MP

    Grant Shapps refused to rule out increasing VAT to pay for tax cuts in the next parliament. “I have absolutely no intention of writing future budgets on your programme. What I can tell you I that we believe in living within our means as ... Continue to article

  • 11:17 Douglas Carswell: Leaving Tories frees me to speak up for Clacton On air

    On Air | Douglas Carswell | Ukip candidate | BBC News Video Douglas Carswell

    Douglas Carswell said his defection to Ukip had freed him to stand up more strongly for his constituents. “When I was a Conservative MP, I often had my hands tied behind my back by the Whip’s Office. That constrained my ability to hold m... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th September
  • 21:59 Story (5 links): Brown blasts Cameron over English votes 'trap'

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    Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of laying a "Tory trap" for Scottish voters with his plans for devolution.

    The former prime minister wrote to constituents to warn that his successor's plans to tie greater devolution to a fresh settlement for English MPs would undermine the "no strings attached" promise made to woo 'no' voters in the Scots referendum.

    Mr Brown wrote: "The Tory trap that we are in danger of falling into is to devolve all decisions on Scotland's income tax rates away from Westminster and then to deny Scotland representation in votes on budget decisions on income tax rates."

    He said "no party leader ever suggested... any further caveats" in discussions over the vow to give Scotland more powers, which was made just days before the independence vote.

    Mr Brown told BBC Scotland that the Conservative plans meant "budgets at Westminster will be distorted by having two classes of members of Parliament voting on them."

    “It is not in Scotland’s interest," he added.

    "Scotland has an interest in the decisions on income tax, indeed all tax, that are made in the UK, because even under the Conservatives’ proposals, about half of the budget of the Scottish Parliament is still financed from Westminster.”

    The intervention by Mr Brown comes after David Cameron told a Scottish Conservatives reception his party needed to target areas that voted 'No' to independence to encourage a Conservative comeback in Scotland.

    He named a series of regions, including Alex Salmond’s Aberdeenshire constituency, that used to vote Tory but were now voting SNP.

    “We’ve got the people, we’ve got the message, we’ve got the leader,” he said. “Now I think we can really turn the next 200 days into the opportunity to deliver more Conservative seats in the Westminster parliament for Scotland."

  • 20:14 Story (23 links): Cameron vows seven-day GPs

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    David Cameron has unveiled plans to see GP surgeries open 12 hours a day, seven days a week by 2020.

    The policy is part of a new contract for GPs set out at the Conservaitve Party conference in Birmingham.

    “People need to be able to see their GP at a time that suits them and their family. That’s why we will make sure everyone can see a GP seven days a week by 2020,” the Prime Minister said.

     Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that 5,000 more GPs would receive training, and said a future Conservative government would "have no greater priority than to protect and invest in our NHS."

    He promised to give patients access to their medical records online by next April, and also warned Labour against claiming to be the party of the NHS.

    "It's not a Labour health service or a Conservative health service, it’s a National Health Service," he said.

    Conservative MP and chair of the Health Select Committee Sarah Wollaston welcomed the move to boost GP numbers.

    "What I was pleased about is to see recognition that it can’t be achieved without addressing the workforce shortfall in general practice," she told BBC News.

    But Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association's GP committee, warned that the announcement failed to take into account "the current reality" facing doctors.

    "We need immediate solutions to the extreme pressures that GP practices are facing, with inadequate numbers of GPs and practice staff to manage increasing volume of patients, who are already having to wait too long for care," he told ITV news.

  • 19:45 Nicky Morgan: Ukip cannot deliver an EU referendum On air

    On Air | Nicky Morgan MP | Education Secretary | Channel 4 News Video Nicky Morgan MP

    Nicky Morgan said lowering immigration was one of the reasons the Tories backed an referendum on EU membership. "That's why we have committed to having an in-out referendum in the course of the next parliament. The Prime Minister made it... Continue to article

  • 19:45 Gordon Brown: Tory plans mean Westminster budgets will be distorted by two classes of MP On air

    On Air | Gordon Brown MP | Former prime minister | BBC News Video Gordon Brown MP

    Gordon Brown hit out at Conservative plans to seek a new settlement for English and Scottish MPs at Westminster. “The most important thing is this: that the Conservative proposal means that there would be no decision on income tax rates ... Continue to article

  • 19:37 Story (23 links): Boris' former deputy defects to Ukip

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    David Cameron has attempted to downplay the defection of a former Boris Johnson aide to Ukip.

    Former deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes announced the move this morning, saying that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems do not “speak the language of normal people”.

    He told the Evening Standard that Ukip was the only party with answers on Europe, immigration and transport, and branded Conservative plans to renegotiate a deal with Europe were “unrealistic”.

    But the Prime Minister told 5 News: "I don't think this one was particularly significant. I don't think it was a name on your lips before this morning, was it?"

    He added: "The election isn't changed by this defection or that defection. The choice still comes down to a very straight one."

    Mr Johnson attempted to tackle the subject as he addressed delegates at the Conservative party conference today.

    He asked: "Are there any quitters or splitters? Anyone feeling a bit yellow around the edges – like a kipper?"

    The Mayor added: "If I can quote a great Midlands author: 'He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart.'"

    There were also reports this morning that Mr Cameron had launched an extraordinary attack on Mark Reckless, whose defection to Ukip was announced on Saturday.

    According to MailOnline, Mr Cameron is said to have told Tory members at a conference event that if Mr Reckless "got off his fat arse and worked harder he wouldn't have to defect to UKIP to save his skin".

    Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said the Conservative Party appeared to be "falling apart at the seams."

    “The defection of Boris's right-hand man and former Deputy Mayor also shows once again that UKIP is a party of Tory politicians, Tory policies and Tory money," he said.

    Mr Barnes served as deputy mayor from 2008 to 2012. He was embarrassed last year after naked self-portraits appeared on his Facebook account.

    Also today, Ukip announced that the son of Eurosceptic Tory MP Bill Cash had joined the party. William Cash Jr is being appointed heritage spokesman for Ukip and is hoping to stand in Warwickshire in the general election next year.

  • 17:30 Michael Fallon: First UK bombs dropped in Iraq On air

    On Air | Michael Fallon MP | Defence Secretary | Video Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon confirmed that RAF jets had dropped their first bombs on Iraq since MPs voted to back military action there. "I can confirm that the RAF were in action today in support of the Iraqi government in north west Iraq. Two GR4 T... Continue to article

  • 16:28 Hunt pledges patient access to medical records PoliticsHome News

    Hunt pledges patient access to medical records PoliticsHome News

    Every patient in England will be able to access their own medical record online for free, the health Secretary has said. Jeremy Hunt told the Conservative party conference that Britain would be the first country in the world to make the ... Continue to article

  • 12:43 Only David Cameron can change the European Union, says Boris PoliticsHome News

    Only David Cameron can change the European Union, says Boris PoliticsHome News

    Boris Johnson has backed David Cameron's EU negotiation strategy, arguing that the Prime Minister is "the only leader" who can deliver reform of the supranational block. Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham today, ... Continue to article

  • 11:37 Peter Bone: I understand why people want to vote UKIP On air

    On Air | Peter Bone MP | | Sky News Video Peter Bone MP

    Peter Bone said he understood why people wanted to vote UKIP. "I understand why people want to vote UKIP but as the Prime Minister says if you vote UKIP you’re going to get Labour who won’t do anything about Europe and won’t do anything ... Continue to article

  • 08:30 Story (7 links): Leave ISIS war to military, PM told

    PoliticsHome Leave ISIS war to military, PM told Story View links

    The Prime Minister’s former chief military adviser said yesterday that David Cameron must not become too wrapped up in the action against Islamic State in Iraq.

    General David Richards, head of the armed forces until last year, said he should “give his military commanders the flexibility to meet his political intent.”

    He praised Mr Cameron’s “highly effective” leadership and said he was better than previous prime ministers at engaging in debate about military action.

  • = Key Development Monday 29th September
  • 23:27 David Cameron: I've got a double battle on my hands with UKIP and Labour On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Newsnight, BBC Two Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron said he had a "double battle" on his hands with Labour and UKIP. "I don’t see it: I would say the divide is still on the centre-right and right you have parties and people you grow an economy through free enterprise, you ta... Continue to article

  • 14:00 Sam Macrory blog: Osborne Observations News

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    Choose life There’s a great interview with Johnny Marr in Saturday’s Guardian, in which the ex-Smiths guitarist repeats his warning for David Cameron to stop liking his former band. Continue to article

  • 12:17 Osborne vows two-year welfare freeze PoliticsHome News

    Osborne vows two-year welfare freeze PoliticsHome News

    Working age benefits will be frozen for two years under the next Conservative government, George Osborne has announced. Addressing the Tory party conference in Birmingham, the Chancellor said the UK's £100bn welfare bill was "not sustai... Continue to article

  • 11:31 David Cameron to ConservativeHome/1922 Committee reception PoliticsHome News

    David Cameron to ConservativeHome/1922 Committee reception PoliticsHome News

    David Cameron addressed the ConservativeHome/1922 Committee reception at Conservative conference last night. Hear an exclusive recording of what he had to say: Continue to article

  • 08:01 BBC: PM's rallying call to Welsh MPs News

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    The prime minister David Cameron gives a rousing speech to the Welsh Conservatives over seats to target in next year's general election. Continue to article

  • 07:10 George Osborne: Pension tax cut shows economic plan is working On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Good Morning Britain, ITV News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne hailed today's pension tax cut announcement as a 'major change'. "For pensioners and for people saving for a pension this is a major change. This is all about securing a better, brighter future for them. And I am today abo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 25th September
  • 23:24 Swinney: Cameron undermined Scots powers pledge PoliticsHome News

    Swinney: Cameron undermined Scots powers pledge PoliticsHome News

    John Swinney has accused David Cameron of trying to “undermine the commitments” made by the Westminster parties in the Scotland referendum campaign. The leaders of the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats signed a pledge promisin... Continue to article

  • 22:00 Labour: UKIP is a party of Tory money, Tory people and Tory policies Press Release

    22:00| Press Release

    Labour press release UKIP claims to be on the side of working people, but the truth is UKIP is made up of senior figures with a history in the Tory party, UKIP relies more and more on Tory funding and UKIP shares a Tory policy agenda. Th... Continue to article

  • 17:23 Mark Field: Iraq vote means end of executive authority for war On air

    On Air | Mark Field MP | Conservative MP | PM, BBC Radio 4 Video Mark Field MP

    Mark Field said tomorrow’s vote on military action in Iraq signalled the end of the Government taking decisions on war without consulting Parliament. “The slight concern I have – it’s only a slight one – is that in many ways we’re now in... Continue to article

  • 12:45 Suzanne Evans: Parliament recall a cynical ploy against Ukip On air

    On Air | Suzanne Evans | UKIP communities spokeswoman | Daily Politics, BBC Two

    Suzanne Evans accused David Cameron of a “cynical ploy” to divert attention away from Ukip’s conference by recalling Parliament to approve British airstrikes against terrorists in Iraq. “I’m afraid I do. I think I’ve been in politics lon... Continue to article

  • 12:13 James Gray: PM should authorised action against Isis without parliamentary vote On air

    On Air | James Gray MP | | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video James Gray MP

    James Gray said the Prime Minister should have used his authority to initiate airstrikes against Islamic State forces without referring a decision on intervention to the House of Commons. “Chris [Nineham, of the Stop the War Coalition] a... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Sun: We must not be frozen with fear (£) News

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    Says David Cameron with RAF ready to blitz IS Continue to article

  • 07:00 Sun: PM sorry to Queen for 'purr' remarks (£) News

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  • 07:00 Mirror: David Cameron's grovelling apology for saying the Queen "purred" News

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  • = Key Development Wednesday 24th September
  • 18:34 Comres/ITV News poll shows Miliband’s “forgotten” passages are Labour’s weakest issues Press Release

    18:34| Press Release

    COMRES / ITV NEWS POLL SHOWS MILIBAND’S “FORGOTTEN” PASSAGES ARE LABOUR’S WEAKEST ISSUES    Following today’s suggestions that Ed Miliband forgot key sections of his Labour Party Conference speech, newly published ComRes polling for I... Continue to article

  • 18:10 David Cameron: I have been asked by the Iraqi government for our help On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron confirmed the recall of Parliament to vote on airstrikes against Islamist militants in Iraq. "I have been asked by the Iraqi government for our help and so I'll be recalling the British Parliament on Friday so that Britain ... Continue to article

  • 15:30 The Tories will 'throw mud at Ed' in the 2015 election campaign, Harman warns PoliticsHome News

    The Tories will 'throw mud at Ed' in the 2015 election campaign, Harman warns PoliticsHome News

    Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman defended Ed Miliband at Labour’s conference in Manchester today, and warned that the Conservatives would target him in the 2015 election campaign. Ms Harman told delegates: “We know The Tories are goin... Continue to article

  • 07:59 Richard Ottaway: Exit strategy must be when the Isil threat is eliminated On air

    On Air | Richard Ottaway MP | Chair Foreign Affairs Select C... | BBC News Video Richard Ottaway MP

    Richard Ottaway said the exit strategy for action against Isil should be "when the threat is eliminated". "As far as the Labour party is concerned, in all honesty I’m not too clear. This time yesterday I was listening to a member of the ... Continue to article

  • 07:10 Ed Miliband: Yesterday's speech was all about the economy, despite forgetting my lines On air

    On Air | Ed Miliband MP | Labour party leader | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video Ed Miliband MP

    Ed Miliband admitted he had forgotten some of his lines during his keynote speech at Labour's conference. "Absolutely, yes, but it’s not really about memorising the speech. What I try and do is I try and write a speech and then I use it ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 23rd September
  • 23:06 Story (47 links): No 'opt out' in Islamic State fight - Cameron

    PoliticsHome No 'opt out' in Islamic State fight - Cameron Story View links

    David Cameron has warned that the UK cannot "opt out" of the fight with Islamic State militants.

    Speaking in the United States where he is set to discuss international action against the extremist group with Barack Obama as well as Iraq's new prime minister Haider al-Abadi, Mr Cameron said:

    “There is no doubt in my mind it has already undertaken and is planning further plots in Europe and elsewhere, specifically in Belgium, in Brussels. It was an Isil plot that went into a Jewish museum and killed entirely innocent people.

    “And there are other plots they have been attempting including in my own country - in order to kill and maim innocent people. And the same applies to the United States of America. So this is a fight you cannot opt out of.”

    Mr Cameron's warning came after Ed Miliband said he would back airstrikes against Islamist terrorists in Syria, but cautioned that the United Nations “must play its part”.

    In his Labour conference speech after the US and five Arab nations hit targets in Syria for the first time, Mr Miliband said: "We support the overnight action against ISIL. Now the UN must play its part - a UN Security Council resolution to counter the threat of ISIL."

    He promised: “This country will never turn our back on the world, and never turn our back on the principles of internationalism.

    The new Defence Secretary earlier warned the confrontation with Islamic State militants represented "a new Battle of Britain".

    “We’ve had attacks on the streets of London, on our transport system, at Glasgow Airport, the murder of Lee Rigby – how much more evidence do you need that this is a very clear and dangerous threat to our way of life and to all the democracies of the west,” Michael Fallon told the Spectator.

    Meanwhile, the family of Alan Henning, the British aid worker held by Islamic State militants, tonight confirmed that they had received a tape of Mr Henning pleading for his life and issued a fresh plea for his release.

    "I have seen Muslims across the globe question Islamic State over Alan’s fate," Mr Henning's wife Barbara said in a statement.

    "The voices of the people have spoken out loud and clear. He was working with Muslims to help the most vulnerable within Syria. Nothing has changed. He went to Syria to help his Muslim friends deliver much needed aid."

  • 22:50 Adam Holloway: Solution to Islamic State is political, not military On air

    On Air | Adam Holloway MP | Conservative MP | Newsnight, BBC Two Video Adam Holloway MP

    Adam Holloway urged caution amid calls for military intervention in Iraq and Syria to tackle Islamic State militants. “Of course we have a role to play. You know, this will be settled ultimately by politics and not military force. And I th... Continue to article

  • 21:01 David Cameron: ISIS wants to kill us On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | NBC News Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron warned about the threat posed by Islamic State militants. “There is no doubt in my mind it has already undertaken and is planning further plots in Europe and elsewhere, specifically in Belgium, in Brussels. It was an Isil p... Continue to article

  • 17:45 Dominic Grieve: PM may have extremely good case for military intervention against IS On air

    On Air | Dominic Grieve MP | Former attorney general, Conse... | BBC News Video Dominic Grieve MP

    Dominic Grieve said David Cameron "may well be able to make an extremely good case for military intervention" in Iraq and Syria. "Clearly, what’s happening in both northern Syria and northern Iraq is horrifying. I think because it involv... Continue to article

  • 17:39 Sir Menzies Campbell: I'm rather more sympathetic to IS military action On air

    On Air | Sir Menzies Campbell MP | Former Liberal Democrat leader | BBC News Video Sir Menzies Campbell MP

    Sir Menzies Campbell said he was now 'rather more sympathetic' to the case for military intervention in Iraq and Syria to confront IS militants. “You’ve got regional instability. You’ve got regional support from those countries that have... Continue to article

  • 16:05 Andy Burnham: Parliament would need to make the decision over Syria/Iraq airstrikes On air

    On Air | Andy Burnham MP | Shadow Health Secretary | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Andy Burnham MP

      Andy Burnham was asked whether Labour would support UK airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to combat IS. “Well, Ed said today, didn’t he, that we will support the action that’s being taken by our partners? Anybody who went through the deba... Continue to article

  • 15:25 Miliband: PM's English powers vow 'pandering to Ukip' PoliticsHome News

    Miliband: PM's English powers vow 'pandering to Ukip' PoliticsHome News

      Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of "pandering" to Ukip in his pledge to increase the powers granted to English MPs. The Prime Minister yesterday gathered MPs at his Chequers residence to discuss a promise to only hand new powe... Continue to article

  • 14:03 Richard Ottaway: Cameron should bring IS military plan to Parliament On air

    On Air | Richard Ottaway MP | Chair Foreign Affairs Select C... | BBC News Video Richard Ottaway MP

    Richard Ottaway said David Cameron should bring a proposal to Parliament for the UK to engage in military action against Islamic State. “What’s been important here is his willingness to build an international coalition and we’re seeing i... Continue to article

  • 13:47 Sadiq Khan: Parliament should decide if military strikes against IS are legal On air

    On Air | Sadiq Khan MP | Shadow justice secretary | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Sadiq Khan MP

    Sadiq Khan said any potential military action by the UK government against IS should be set out before Parliament in order to establish a legal basis.   “To be fair to the Prime Minister he has given that assurance that should the UK par... Continue to article

  • 12:56 Hilary Benn: English votes plan is a recipe for deadlock On air

    On Air | Hilary Benn MP | Shadow Communities and Local G... | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Hilary Benn MP

    Hilary Benn said David Cameron's plan to stop Scottish MPs voting on English issue was a "recipe for deadlock". "There is an issue here, we’ve accepted that, we’ve said we’re prepared to look at it. The Prime Minister hasn’t actually mad... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 22nd September
  • 16:48 PM in calls with Dr Ghani and Dr Abdullah over new Afghan government Press Release

    16:48| Press Release

    A press release from Number 10: No 10 spokesperson: "The PM spoke separately to both President-elect of Afghanistan Dr Ghani and Dr Abdullah this morning to congratulate them on the announcement of a National Unity Government. "He cong... Continue to article

  • 16:20 Open Europe blog team blog: Yesterday Scotland, tomorrow the EU? Are there lessons for the 'In'and 'Out' camps? News

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    Staying or leaving? If David Cameron wins the May election he has promised an In/Out EU referendum by 2017. Even if he does not it is still probable there will be one at some point. National referendu... Continue to article

  • 15:50 Uppity chamber The House Magazine

    15:50 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Uppity chamber

        Although measuring success in opposition has long confounded political observers, a fair judge might be favourably disposed to Labour’s Lordly performance over the past four years. Nearly a hundred division lobby wins, approximate... Continue to article

  • 15:14 Transcript: Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester Transcripts

    Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester Transcripts

    Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said:   Just think conference, it could be less than a year left for the Bedroom Tax. Because the very first thing ... Continue to article

  • 12:13 Transcript: Ed Balls' speech to the Labour conference Transcripts

    Ed Balls' speech to the Labour conference Transcripts

    INTRODUCTION Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today. Our goal: ‘a community in which p... Continue to article

  • 11:56 Umunna pushes 'pro-business' Labour case PoliticsHome News

    Umunna pushes 'pro-business' Labour case PoliticsHome News

    Chuka Umunna has sought to shore up Labour’s pro-business credentials in his speech to the party’s conference. The Shadow Business Secretary emphasised Labour’s commitment to across employers, workers and unions to ensure that the econo... Continue to article

  • 11:15 Douglas Alexander calls for terror to cease in the Gaza conflict PoliticsHome News

    Douglas Alexander calls for terror to cease in the Gaza conflict PoliticsHome News

    Douglas Alexander said “multilateral efforts” were needed to address the "terror" in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Addressing the Labour Party conference in Manchester, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said: “The blockades m... Continue to article

  • 10:47 Media coverage of European election unfair - top Labour MEP PoliticsHome News

    Media coverage of European election unfair - top Labour MEP PoliticsHome News

    Labour’s leader in the European Parliament has criticised the media coverage of this year’s European elections. The Opposition increased its number of MEPs to 20 in May, but was overshadowed by the performance of Ukip, which won the nat... Continue to article

  • 10:18 Cameron must heed calls for a constitutional convention - Shadow Welsh Secretary PoliticsHome News

    Cameron must heed calls for a constitutional convention - Shadow Welsh Secretary PoliticsHome News

    David Cameron should heed the words of Ed Miliband and call a Constitutional Convention to “forge a new Union for Britain”, the Shadow Welsh Secretary has said. Kicking off the second day of the Labour conference, Owen Smith welcomed the... Continue to article

  • 06:48 Ed Balls: Labour prepared to take difficult decisions on public finances On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls said his plan to cap child benefit rises at 1% for the first two years of the next Parliament was evidence that Labour was ready to make the “difficult decisions” on public finances. “I’m desperate to do a better deal for workin... Continue to article

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Brown blasts Cameron over English votes 'trap'

Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of laying a "Tory trap" for Scottish voters with his plans for devolution.

The former prime minister wrote to constituents to warn that his successor's plans to tie greater devolution to a fresh settlement for English MPs would undermine the "no strings attached" promise made to woo 'no' voters in the Scots referendum.

Mr Brown wrote: "The Tory trap that we are in danger of falling into is to devolve all decisions on Scotland's income tax rates away from Westminster and then to deny Scotland representation in votes on budget decisions on income tax rates."

He said "no party leader ever suggested... any further caveats" in discussions over the vow to give Scotland more powers, which was made just days before the independence vote.

Mr Brown told BBC Scotland that the Conservative plans meant "budgets at Westminster will be distorted by having two classes of members of Parliament voting on them."

“It is not in Scotland’s interest," he added.

"Scotland has an interest in the decisions on income tax, indeed all tax, that are made in the UK, because even under the Conservatives’ proposals, about half of the budget of the Scottish Parliament is still financed from Westminster.”

The intervention by Mr Brown comes after David Cameron told a Scottish Conservatives reception his party needed to target areas that voted 'No' to independence to encourage a Conservative comeback in Scotland.

He named a series of regions, including Alex Salmond’s Aberdeenshire constituency, that used to vote Tory but were now voting SNP.

“We’ve got the people, we’ve got the message, we’ve got the leader,” he said. “Now I think we can really turn the next 200 days into the opportunity to deliver more Conservative seats in the Westminster parliament for Scotland."


Boris' former deputy defects to Ukip

David Cameron has attempted to downplay the defection of a former Boris Johnson aide to Ukip.

Former deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes announced the move this morning, saying that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems do not “speak the language of normal people”.

He told the Evening Standard that Ukip was the only party with answers on Europe, immigration and transport, and branded Conservative plans to renegotiate a deal with Europe were “unrealistic”.

But the Prime Minister told 5 News: "I don't think this one was particularly significant. I don't think it was a name on your lips before this morning, was it?"

He added: "The election isn't changed by this defection or that defection. The choice still comes down to a very straight one."

Mr Johnson attempted to tackle the subject as he addressed delegates at the Conservative party conference today.

He asked: "Are there any quitters or splitters? Anyone feeling a bit yellow around the edges – like a kipper?"

The Mayor added: "If I can quote a great Midlands author: 'He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart.'"

There were also reports this morning that Mr Cameron had launched an extraordinary attack on Mark Reckless, whose defection to Ukip was announced on Saturday.

According to MailOnline, Mr Cameron is said to have told Tory members at a conference event that if Mr Reckless "got off his fat arse and worked harder he wouldn't have to defect to UKIP to save his skin".

Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said the Conservative Party appeared to be "falling apart at the seams."

“The defection of Boris's right-hand man and former Deputy Mayor also shows once again that UKIP is a party of Tory politicians, Tory policies and Tory money," he said.

Mr Barnes served as deputy mayor from 2008 to 2012. He was embarrassed last year after naked self-portraits appeared on his Facebook account.

Also today, Ukip announced that the son of Eurosceptic Tory MP Bill Cash had joined the party. William Cash Jr is being appointed heritage spokesman for Ukip and is hoping to stand in Warwickshire in the general election next year.


Cameron 'wanted to resign if Scotland voted Yes'

David Cameron has admitted that he wanted to resign if Scotland had voted for independence.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the Prime Minister said he had “thought about it a lot” and he would have been “very winded and wounded” should Scotland have voted Yes. 

The PM said he had ultimately decided it was his “duty” to stay on as Prime Minister, saying resigning would not have been the right thing to do. 

On referendum night he admits he “did not sleep” and watched the results come in with his children on his knee. “I think they sensed how worried I was by it,” he said.


Cameron vows seven-day GPs

David Cameron has unveiled plans to see GP surgeries open 12 hours a day, seven days a week by 2020.

The policy is part of a new contract for GPs set out at the Conservaitve Party conference in Birmingham.

“People need to be able to see their GP at a time that suits them and their family. That’s why we will make sure everyone can see a GP seven days a week by 2020,” the Prime Minister said.

 Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that 5,000 more GPs would receive training, and said a future Conservative government would "have no greater priority than to protect and invest in our NHS."

He promised to give patients access to their medical records online by next April, and also warned Labour against claiming to be the party of the NHS.

"It's not a Labour health service or a Conservative health service, it’s a National Health Service," he said.

Conservative MP and chair of the Health Select Committee Sarah Wollaston welcomed the move to boost GP numbers.

"What I was pleased about is to see recognition that it can’t be achieved without addressing the workforce shortfall in general practice," she told BBC News.

But Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association's GP committee, warned that the announcement failed to take into account "the current reality" facing doctors.

"We need immediate solutions to the extreme pressures that GP practices are facing, with inadequate numbers of GPs and practice staff to manage increasing volume of patients, who are already having to wait too long for care," he told ITV news.


Leave ISIS war to military, PM told

The Prime Minister’s former chief military adviser said yesterday that David Cameron must not become too wrapped up in the action against Islamic State in Iraq.

General David Richards, head of the armed forces until last year, said he should “give his military commanders the flexibility to meet his political intent.”

He praised Mr Cameron’s “highly effective” leadership and said he was better than previous prime ministers at engaging in debate about military action.


No 'opt out' in Islamic State fight - Cameron

David Cameron has warned that the UK cannot "opt out" of the fight with Islamic State militants.

Speaking in the United States where he is set to discuss international action against the extremist group with Barack Obama as well as Iraq's new prime minister Haider al-Abadi, Mr Cameron said:

“There is no doubt in my mind it has already undertaken and is planning further plots in Europe and elsewhere, specifically in Belgium, in Brussels. It was an Isil plot that went into a Jewish museum and killed entirely innocent people.

“And there are other plots they have been attempting including in my own country - in order to kill and maim innocent people. And the same applies to the United States of America. So this is a fight you cannot opt out of.”

Mr Cameron's warning came after Ed Miliband said he would back airstrikes against Islamist terrorists in Syria, but cautioned that the United Nations “must play its part”.

In his Labour conference speech after the US and five Arab nations hit targets in Syria for the first time, Mr Miliband said: "We support the overnight action against ISIL. Now the UN must play its part - a UN Security Council resolution to counter the threat of ISIL."

He promised: “This country will never turn our back on the world, and never turn our back on the principles of internationalism.

The new Defence Secretary earlier warned the confrontation with Islamic State militants represented "a new Battle of Britain".

“We’ve had attacks on the streets of London, on our transport system, at Glasgow Airport, the murder of Lee Rigby – how much more evidence do you need that this is a very clear and dangerous threat to our way of life and to all the democracies of the west,” Michael Fallon told the Spectator.

Meanwhile, the family of Alan Henning, the British aid worker held by Islamic State militants, tonight confirmed that they had received a tape of Mr Henning pleading for his life and issued a fresh plea for his release.

"I have seen Muslims across the globe question Islamic State over Alan’s fate," Mr Henning's wife Barbara said in a statement.

"The voices of the people have spoken out loud and clear. He was working with Muslims to help the most vulnerable within Syria. Nothing has changed. He went to Syria to help his Muslim friends deliver much needed aid."