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Francis Maude has downplayed the importance of turnouts at police and crime commissioner elections. The Cabinet Office Minister told a fringe event at the Conservative conference that the record-low numbers of people voting did not unde... Continue to article
Speaking at the Tory party conference today, Minister for Cabinet Francis Maude attacked the check-off system, or as he called it "the outdated practice by which the employer collects union dues on behalf of the union" and praised some depa... Continue to article
Francis Maude said the Conservatives had managed to deliver “efficient and effective Government” at the party's conference in Birmingham today. The Minister for Cabinet outlined the challenges his party had faced when coming into Office:... Continue to article
Rt Hon Francis Maude MP Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Speech to the Conservative Party Conference You've just heard from Anna about what she and her colleagues at Inclusion Healthcare have achieved. They're makin... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron (14.00), trade minister Lord Livingston, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton and Scottish finance secretary John Swinney speak on the second day of the Commonwealth Games Business Conference in Gl... Continue to article
Conservatives press release 21st Century Industrial Relations Legislation As part of our long-term economic plan to build a stronger and more competitive economy, the next Conservative Government will modernise British industrial relati... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield “All governments contain reformers and resisters,” Francis Maude says. “The reformers favour transparency and the resisters don’t like it. Because transparency always drives r... Continue to article
Thanks to a couple of technical problems, some subscribers haven't received this morning's Waugh Room Memo. Here it is in full: Paul Waugh is away. Today’s memo is written by Josh May. A huge day looms as David Cameron fina... Continue to article
Business secretary Vince Cable meets with British companies who supplied parts for the new Airbus A350 at the Farnborough International Airshow (09.30) and is expected to make an announcement on a UK space port Care minister Norman Lamb,... Continue to article
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has accused Labour of being "weak" because of their failure to support or condemn the public sector worker strikes today. In a statement to the House, Mr Maude pointed out that Ed Miliband and the Sh... Continue to article
Francis Maude said that while he understood the frustrations of public sector workers subject to pay freezes, pay restraint was necessary to balance the national budget. “Yes, I understand that, and we’ve been through a difficult time an... Continue to article
Francis Maude confirmed that a crackdown on strike laws was a “live issue” up for discussion for the Tory 2015 manifesto. “We want to look at whether there should be a threshold. We’ve always said that, but that’s a live issue – whether ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg unveil new emergency police powers to protecting their right to access phone and email data Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg (12.30), work and pensions secretary Iain Dunc... Continue to article
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has suggested that senior civil servants could be sacked if they fail to implement Government policy effectively enough. The plan has been suggested by the Institute for Public Policy Research as a way to achieve greater civil service accountability.
Conservative MPs urged party members to stockpile fuel supplies to increase panic over fuel supplies and "humiliate" the unions, the Telegraph reports.
In a private message to members seen by the newspaper, MPs compared the current row to the fuel shortage in the 1980s, saying: "This is our Thatcher moment."
The union Unite's general secretary, Len McCluskey, accused the Conservatives of using the motorists as "pawns" in their "blame game". He called on the party to "come clean" over the suggestions arising from their messages to members.
Earlier today, the Government changed its advice to motorists, saying there is now "no urgent need" to top up on fuel after two days of panic buying.
Yesterday Unite ruled out any strike action over the Easter weekend, easing the burden on fuel supplies.
Labour have kept up the pressure on Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, who suggested the public should store fuel in jerry cans, after a woman in York suffered severe burns decanting petrol in her kitchen.
The opposition MP John Mann told the BBC this morning that Mr Maude's comments were "inappropriate, dangerous and reckless" and called for David Cameron to replace him with someone "who is up to the job".
An army of "dedicated young people" will spend three quarters of a million hours helping their communities to tackle the social problems that matter most to them, Francis Maude will announce today.
The Cabinet Office Minister will reveal plans for the National Citizen Service 2012 which will enable young people to "gain valuable life experience and new skills, make friends from all walks of life and prepare themselves for their futures".
Welcoming the scheme, David Cameron said: "I want every 16-year-old in our country to be given this opportunity, making them feel more part of our country and helping to build the bigger, stronger society we all want."
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has been attacked for apparently boasting about making the UK a tax haven for the rich. Mr Maude - dubbed the "Minister for Panic" by the Sun - said the accusation the Government wanted to make the UK a place for wealthy foreigners to avoid high taxes was "a compliment".
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude will tell Conservatives they must back gay marriage to gain support from unmarried, ethnic minority and City supporters in a speech later today.
He will say Tories have not done enough to change "backward-looking social attitudes" in the party and warn that opposition to marriage equality will make them "unacceptable and unelectable".
Civil servants have been accused of living in a "parallel universe" after leaked documents showed they could claim compensation for laddered tights or snagged suits. The news will come as a blow to Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, who only this week said reforms under the Coalition were creating a "much leaner, more effective Whitehall machine".
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