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  • = Key Development Thursday 18th December
  • 12:20 Hague rebuffs Tory MP's call for capital punishment debate House of Commons

    Hague rebuffs Tory MP's call for capital punishment debate House of Commons

    The Leader of the House has rebuffed a Tory MP's suggestion that the death penalty could be reintroduced in the aftermath of a future terrorist attack on the UK. The Pakistani government has lifted its moratorium on capital punishment in... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 16th December
  • 19:09 Editorial blog: The Guardian view on English votes for English laws: devolution for England is essential, but not like this News

    Blog | Comment is Free source icon

    The UK needs to be remade, but William Hague’s plans are a non-starter Continue to article

  • 16:47 William Hague: Mindless violence in Pakistan shows importance of counter-terrorism On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Sky News Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said the “mindless violence” of the attack in Pakistan today showed the importance of counter-terror work. “We do work with other countries all over the world fighting terrorism. This atrocious act, this mindless violence w... Continue to article

  • 13:23 English votes for English laws cannot be 'put aside', says Hague House of Commons

    English votes for English laws cannot be 'put aside', says Hague House of Commons

    The issue of English votes for English laws “can no longer be put aside”, William Hague has said as he published potential resolutions to the issue. In a statement to the Commons today, the Leader of the House outlined solutions put for... Continue to article

  • 12:25 John Redwood: Tories should put forward just one EVEL solution On air

    On Air | John Redwood MP | Conservative MP | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video John Redwood MP

    John Redwood criticised William Hague for bringing forward three separate potential solutions to the question of English votes for English laws. “I think he should have put forward just one. I think the Conservative party by a big majori... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 13th December
  • 08:55 Douglas Alexander: Scottish Labour rewrote statute book but didn't rewrite the story On air

    On Air | Douglas Alexander MP | Shadow foreign secretary | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Douglas Alexander MP

    Douglas Alexander argued that the Labour party in Scotland had failed to update its message for the 21st century. “To understand where Scottish politics is today, as you’ve suggested, you need to understand that we’re still in the immedi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 4th December
  • 11:07 No Coalition agreement yet on Evel - Hague House of Commons

    No Coalition agreement yet on Evel - Hague House of Commons No Coalition agreement yet on Evel - Hague

    The Coalition has yet to reach agreement on plans for English votes for English laws, William Hague has said. David Cameron has promised to set out plans to bolster the powers of English MPs on solely English matters before Christmas, i... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 15:16 Steerpike blog: William Hague’s stuck record News

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    William Hague told the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards last week that he was standing down from the Commons ‘to do some other things I’ve always wanted to do’. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 17:01 In Brief Events

    17:01 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announces a £214m investment in cycling Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome (12:00) Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announces that the Ea... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st November
  • 06:36 William Hague: We will win back the Rochester seat in 2015 On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said he believes the Conservatives will win back the seat of newly-elected Ukip MP Mark Reckless at the general election. “We can, and I believe we will, win this seat back at the general election when the future of the gov... Continue to article

  • 04:30 Victorious Reckless tells Ukip votes: We will give you back your country PoliticsHome News

    Victorious Reckless tells Ukip votes: We will give you back your country PoliticsHome News

    Mark Reckless has used his victory speech after becoming Ukip’s second elected MP to tell supporters: “We will give you back your country.” Mr Reckless said after it was announced that he won the Rochester and Strood by-election by 2,900... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 20th November
  • 14:16 Dot Commons: Council goes off-message Dot Commons

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    Ministers have been advising councils to think creatively when it comes to dealing with cuts in government funding, but they probably didn’t have this in mind. At today’s Business Statement, Tory MP Pauline Latham spoke of her disdain fo...

  • 10:52 Labour mocks Gove over PubCo defeat House of Commons

    Labour mocks Gove over PubCo defeat House of Commons

    Labour has ridiculed the Government over its defeat on loosening links between pubs and chain companies. On Tuesday, the Government lost a vote on Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland’s amendment that would allow pubs to buy beer from any brewery... 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 Thursday 6th November
  • 11:00 William Hague: EAW vote will take place on Monday House of Commons

    William Hague: EAW vote will take place on Monday House of Commons

    MPs will vote on Monday on the Government’s plan to opt back into the European Arrest Warrant, William Hague has confirmed. However, it has emerged that a committee of peers and MPs has not yet signed off on the wording of the statutory ... Continue to article

  • 11:00 William Hague: EAW vote will take place on Monday House of Commons

    William Hague: EAW vote will take place on Monday House of Commons

    MPs will vote on Monday on the Government’s plan to opt back into the European Arrest Warrant, William Hague has confirmed. However, it has emerged that a committee of peers and MPs has not yet signed off on the wording of the statutory ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 5th November
  • 15:53 Hague: Strong case for a separate petitions committee House of Commons

    Hague: Strong case for a separate petitions committee House of Commons

    William Hague has backed the creation of a new committee of MPs to oversee petitions sent in by members of the public. E-petitions were brought in by the Coalition in 2011 in a bid to give voters a greater say over the subjects tackled ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 2nd November
  • 09:54 William Hague: Govt 'will work with' people returning from Syria On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said the Government was prepared to consider using the help of Britons who have fought in Syria as long as they had “good intentions” to deter people from joining the conflict. “Perhaps we could and others will just need he... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 31st October
  • 17:15 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    17:15 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11:30am: Committee of Selection: Motion to change committee membership 11.31am: International development questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Main business Ten minute rule motion: ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 29th October
  • 16:34 Transcript: Baroness Jan Royall speech to House of Lords debate on 'Devolution post-Scotland referendum' Transcripts

    Baroness Jan Royall speech to House of Lords debate on 'Devolution post-Scotland referendum' Transcripts

      My Lords, I am grateful to the Noble Baroness, the Leader, for agreeing to table this significant and necessary debate in Government time.   I have long recognised the importance of constitutional change, and I am proud ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 15:13 In Brief Events

    15:13 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron meets with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Business Secretary Vince Cable, Leader of the House of Commons William Hagu... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 23rd October
  • 20:00 Trip-Swire The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Trip-Swire

      Words: Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield      “I’ve hugged bears promoting Hamleys in Kuala Lumpur, I’ve been on GREAT-branded tuk-tuks in Phnom Penh, I’ve promoted Lush cosmetics in Mexico, I’ve supported engineering com... Continue to article

  • 11:45 Hague to raise police killer's release with Home Secretary House of Commons

    Hague to raise police killer's release with Home Secretary House of Commons

    William Hague has said he will raise MPs’ concerns about the release of police killer Harry Roberts with the Home Secretary. The Leader of the House was asked by Labour MP Ian Austin to condemn the Parole Board’s decision to release Mr ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 21st October
  • 13:34 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    13:34 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Wales Office questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Presentation of Bill: Electronic Cigarettes (Advertising And Legal Age Of Purchase) Bill (Geraint Davies, Lab Co-op, Swansea Wes... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 16th October
  • 11:25 Hague: Judge Govt on its record for disabled, not Freud comments House of Commons

    Hague: Judge Govt on its record for disabled, not Freud comments House of Commons

    William Hague has repeated that the Government does not agree with Lord Freud’s comments that some disabled workers are “not worth” the minimum wage, but defended the Coalition’s record on helping the disabled. The Leader of the House s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 15th October
  • 16:23 Mark Harper: Lord Freud made a mistake On air

    On Air | Mark Harper MP | DWP Minister | Sky News Video Mark Harper MP

    Mark Harper defended Lord Freud, who today suggested that some disabled people were “not worth” the minimum wage. “I have spoken to David Freud, I have worked with him very closely over the last few years, he has been absolutely passiona... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 14th October
  • 17:20 William Hague: Labour will suffer in the polls if it doesn't embrace Evel On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | BBC News Video William Hague MP

    William Hague suggested Labour would suffer in the polls if it didn't embrace English votes for English laws. "When it comes to England, Labour doesn’t want to know. They don’t want to talk to the Liberal and Conservative parties; they d... Continue to article

  • 13:18 Evel plans will help keep UK together, claims Hague PoliticsHome

    13:18 | PoliticsHome | PoliticsHome PoliticsHome

    Conservative plans to deliver Engish votes for English laws are not at odds with devolution to Scotland, William Hague has insisted. Opening a debate on plans for UK devolution following Scotland's rejection of independence in the recen... Continue to article

  • 12:53 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    12:53 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scotland Office questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Main business Ten minute rule motion: Mental Health Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill (Sir Paul Beresford, Con, Mole Valley) Op... Continue to article

  • 08:14 William Hague: Alex Salmond is looking for some sense of betrayal On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video William Hague MP

    William Hague insisted the vow to give the Scottish Parliament increased powers had not been broken. “Not at all. I think  Alex Salmond is almost looking for and hoping for some sense of betrayal, but let it be very clear that every comm... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 2nd October
  • 07:38 UKIP: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE RT HON WILLIAM HAGUE MP News

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  • = Key Development Wednesday 1st October
  • 07:06 William Hague: We've protected the NHS by cutting the welfare budget On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Good Morning Britain, ITV1 Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said the Conservative-led government had protect spending on the NHS, and that it had done so because it had made welfare cuts. "We’ve been able to afford, in the last few years, to protect the spending on the National Heal... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 24th September
  • 04:42 Story (15 links): Miliband: PM's English devo vow 'panders to Ukip'

    PoliticsHome Miliband: PM's English devo vow 'panders to Ukip' Story View links

    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 powers to Scotland "in tandem" with changes to the role of English MPs. The vow was made in the wake of the Scots independence referendum.

    But the Labour Leader stepped up his attack on the Prime Minister in his party conference speech today.

    Mr Miliband said: “If David Cameron cares so much about the Union, why is he seeking to divide us?

    "He’s learning the wrong lessons from Scotland because what he doesn’t understand is that the lessons are of course about the constitution, but they are not about playing political tactics about England."

    “David Cameron doesn’t lay awake at night thinking about the United Kingdom; he lies awake at night thinking about the United Kingdom Independence Party. Pandering to them is just one more reason why he is not fit to be the Prime Minister of this great country.”

    After the gathering of senior Conservatives at Chequers yesterday, Commons Leaer William Hague warned that the Tories were prepared to take the fight on restricting Scottish MPs’ voting rights to the General Election if they could not reach an agreement.

    The Sun reported this morning that that 30 Labour MPs had discussed forcing a change in their party’s policy in favour of greater powers for English MPs.

    Meanwhile, a Downing Street source has hinted that Scotland could face a cut in central funding as further fiscal powers are devolved to Holyrood.

    Referring to the promise signed by the three Westminster leaders to retain the Barnett formula, the source told the Times:

    “It’s not a change to the Barnett formula per se. But the more control a devolved administration has over its ability to raise and spend funds, the proportion subject to the Barnett formula decreases.”

    See how the day's action unfolded on our extensive liveblog here.

  • = Key Development Tuesday 23rd September
  • 17:22 Transcript: Labour: Speech by Ed Miliband to Labour's Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester Transcripts

    Labour: Speech by Ed Miliband to Labour's Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester Transcripts

    Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech to Labour's Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said: Thank you for that incredibly kind welcome. I want to start by talking about somebody who's from Salford, just down the road... 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

  • 08:33 John Redwood: English people feel that Scots get a better deal On air

    On Air | John Redwood MP | Conservative MP | Video John Redwood MP

    John Redwood reiterated calls for the establishment of an English parliament and said English people were starting to feel like “Scotland gets a better deal”.   “We would meet together as group of English MPs to discuss and vote on the E... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Simon Danczuk: There’s no point in defending status quo (£) News

    Opinion | The Sun source icon

    WHEN Gordon Brown delivered the speech of his life to save the union last week, he made it clear how a two-year campaign would be decided. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 22nd September
  • 17:00 William Hague: English settlement is a matter of fairness On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Pooled clip Video William Hague MP

      William Hague said ensuring greater powers for English MPs in the face of Scottish devolution was an "issue of fairness". "There is already a distinction between different types of members of Parliament and this issue of fairness fo... Continue to article

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Miliband: PM's English devo vow 'panders to Ukip'

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 powers to Scotland "in tandem" with changes to the role of English MPs. The vow was made in the wake of the Scots independence referendum.

But the Labour Leader stepped up his attack on the Prime Minister in his party conference speech today.

Mr Miliband said: “If David Cameron cares so much about the Union, why is he seeking to divide us?

"He’s learning the wrong lessons from Scotland because what he doesn’t understand is that the lessons are of course about the constitution, but they are not about playing political tactics about England."

“David Cameron doesn’t lay awake at night thinking about the United Kingdom; he lies awake at night thinking about the United Kingdom Independence Party. Pandering to them is just one more reason why he is not fit to be the Prime Minister of this great country.”

After the gathering of senior Conservatives at Chequers yesterday, Commons Leaer William Hague warned that the Tories were prepared to take the fight on restricting Scottish MPs’ voting rights to the General Election if they could not reach an agreement.

The Sun reported this morning that that 30 Labour MPs had discussed forcing a change in their party’s policy in favour of greater powers for English MPs.

Meanwhile, a Downing Street source has hinted that Scotland could face a cut in central funding as further fiscal powers are devolved to Holyrood.

Referring to the promise signed by the three Westminster leaders to retain the Barnett formula, the source told the Times:

“It’s not a change to the Barnett formula per se. But the more control a devolved administration has over its ability to raise and spend funds, the proportion subject to the Barnett formula decreases.”

See how the day's action unfolded on our extensive liveblog here.


Pressure on Hague over Shell case

The Foreign Secretary is being accused of hypocrisy over Britain's intervention in an American Supreme Court case, in which families are claiming the right to sue oil giant Shell for its alleged complicity in torture in the Niger Delta. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office wants the Supreme Court to strike out the case, claiming the court should not hear cases where British corporations have allegedly committed crimes outside America. 


MI6 Staff 'breached confidentiality'

Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendiiton, has warned William Hague that MI6 staff may have breached confidentiality in supplying information to the press over the rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhadj to Libya in 2004.

 

In a letter to the Foreign Secretary Mr Tyrie wrote: “These reports are attributed to ‘well-placed sources’. The context suggests that these sources may well be from within MI6. If so this would represent staff from the intelligence agencies briefing the press."


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The EU is to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe after a "landmark decision" by European ministers.

Most of the Restrictive Measures - imposed by the EU in response to human rights abuses and political violence - have been suspended, but European foreign ministers said the sanctions against Robert Mugabe would remain.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement: "This approach will demonstrate to reformers across the political spectrum that the EU is serious about responding to concrete progress on the ground and reflects our confidence in the facilitation process being undertaken by President Zuma and the leaders of SADC.

"It also puts the onus on the Government of Zimbabwe to live up to their commitments."

He later tweeted that it was a "landmark EU decision."

Conservative MEP for the East of England, Geoffrey Van Orden, said: "We have always said that restrictive measures, aimed solely at a governing elite that has trampled on the people of Zimbabwe, could be eased once there was serious change."

The MEP, who has worked to encourage freedom and democratic change in Zimbabwe, warned: "I remain concerned that those with a vested interest in the Mugabe regime and exploitation of Zimbabwe's resources for their own benefit will try and ensure their continued grasp on power."


Hague urges green emphasis

William Hague has urged his fellow Cabinet members to place a greater emphasis on green industries, in a leaked letter which emerged today. The letter states "we should reframe our response to climate change as an imperative for growth" and sets out proposals for how the Government can refocus on the issue.


Hague calls for suspension of Burma sanctions

William Hague has said that sanctions against Burman should be suspended, but does not believe it would be right to lift them entirely.

 

Speaking at talks in Luxembourg, The Foreign Secretary said: "A very important process of change has taken place in Burma. As you know in the United Kingdom we have advocated the suspension of sanctions rather than the complete lifting of sanctions.

 

"I think that is the right thing to do. Great progress is being made in Burma but we remain very concerned about conflict and human rights abuses in some areas of Burma, particularly in Kachin state."