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Tim Loughton said the Government backed amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill created “glaring inequalities”. “The particular issue that I was pushing this evening was about extending civil partnerships to opposite sex coupl... Continue to article
MPs overwhelmingly reject Tim Loughton's civil partnership amendment. 70 Ayes, 375 Noes #samesexmarriage
Yvette Cooper revealed she would not support Tim Loughton’s amendment calling for civil partnerships to be opened up to opposite-sex couples, and urged MPs instead to get behind Labour’s own amendment. “That [whether Labour will vote for... Continue to article
Tim Loughton claimed Nick Clegg was “patently wrong” to suggest his amendment extending civil partnerships to all was designed to wreck the same-sex marriage bill. “Well he’s just wrong, and patently wrong, because a lot of people from a... Continue to article
Nick Herbert said the Government's proposals for equal marriage would not give same-sex couples full equality under the law. "The problem is that we don’t know what the extent of the demand is because the work hasn’t been done, and I don... Continue to article
The Prime Minister will vote against Tim Loughton's amendment to the Government's equal marriage bill, No. 10 said today. "I would expect the Prime Minister to be voting tonight. He will vote in the same way as the Secretary of State for... Continue to article
* Gay marriage * Civil partnerships * Gay rights * Maria Miller * Equality * Gay finance * Sexuality * Marriage * Chris Grayling * Pensions * Family * Owen Paterson Tim LoughtonNicholas Watt guardian.... Continue to article
Tim Loughton accused the Government of trying to kick the issue of opening up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples into the long grass. The Government has pledged to hold a review of civil partnerships in five years in a bid to fac... Continue to article
Tim Loughton said civil partnerships for heterosexual people needed to be brought about to retain consistency. “The genie is out of the box. The Government has already created [those] two tiers by bringing in gay marriage now on the equi... Continue to article
Tim Loughton is the Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham, and was Parliamentary Under Secretary for Children and Families from 2010 until 2012. Follow Tim on Twitter. David Burrowes set... Continue to article
Tim Loughton said the Conservatives were facing a “credibility problem” rather than a crisis to do with their policies after UKIP’s surge in the polls. “First of all, we shouldn’t panic; secondly we shouldn’t be lurching to the right or ... Continue to article
Tim Loughton insisted the Conservatives were serious about delivering an EU referendum, and warned voting for UKIP made that less likely to happen. “On subjects like Europe, David Cameron – in that announcement in January – went further ... Continue to article
Tim Loughton is not a happy man. After 13 years of toil in opposition, nine of which were spent shaping the Conservative Party’s policies on children and families, he finally got his hands on the levers of power when the Coalition w... Continue to article
Tim Loughton said the working time directive was "excessive regulation" and was getting in the way of doctors and nurses doing their jobs. "The working time directive is having a very serious impact on the ability of our doctors and our ... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said the gap between David Cameron and his backbenchers was “unbridgeable”. “The gap between what David Cameron’s backbenchers are demanding and what European leaders will accept I’m afraid, remain unbridgeable. So I ex... Continue to article
They've had their spats before, but check out this extraordinary Twitter exchange between @toryeducation and former Children's Minister Tim Loughton. I've captured a screengrab, cos I've got a feeling it may be deleted... An... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: International development questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12.00 noon: Prime minister’s questions Ten minute rule motion: Bishops (Consecration of Women) Bill (Diana Johnson, Lab, Kingston upon Hull North) ... Continue to article
Tim Loughton said the Conservatives needed to get their policies in line with public opinion in the wake of the Eastleigh by-election. “This isn’t about lurching to the right or lurching to left. If anything it’s about lurching to the pu... Continue to article
Witchcraft crimes are not investigated properly because authorities are too "cowed" by political correctness, a minister said yesterday.
Tory PPS Tim Loughton said there was a "wall of silence" around the issue.
He added: "Community leaders have been reluctant to challenge beliefs which risk leading to real abuse in their midst, or because authorities misunderstand the causes or are cowed by political correctness."
Parents are putting their children at risk by helping them set up under-age Facebook accounts, the Children's Minister has said. Tim Loughton accued parents who help their children of "aiding and abetting" youngsters to use the site, despite the official age limit being 13.
The Children's Minister has warned that benefit reforms "appear to undermine" government commitments to support carers by cutting payments by as much as £3,500. Tim Loughton has written to Lord Freud explaining children of disabled single parents could suffer from the proposed reforms, the Guardian reports.
The Government is considering ordering an inquiry into state-run children's homes after nine men were jailed for abusing children from homes in Rochdale. The Independent on Sunday reports that the Government has warned of "eye-watering" evidence of the abuse of care homes in England. Children's Minister Tim Loughton has said the level of abuse in homes has been "widely underestimated" and suggested he will take the matter further.
English councils will only be rated 'outstanding' for adoption services if they place children in families within 12 months, Ofsted has announced. The new rules place the emphasis firmly on speed, and have been welcomed by Children's Minister Tim Loughton, who said "I want to see radical improvements to ensure that all children who would benefit from adoption are placed as quickly as possible to make sure they get the start in life they deserve."
The Government has announced an extra £6m a year to help foster carers and vulnerable families.
The money will be shared by 37 local authorities to support programmes such as increasing parenting skills and preventing anti-social behavior.
Children's Minister Tim Loughton said he was "delighted" by the measures and added that the money would be split between helping foster carers and families with children "on the edge" of care.
He said: "For those children who can not remain with their families, we want to ensure that those responsible for caring for them have the right support to help them meet their often challenging needs."
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05/05/2013 on Murnaghan, Sky News
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