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Nick Herbert said public spending should be reduced, regardless of whether the UK had a deficit or not. "If resources are tighter, it produces the incentive and indeed the necessity to think about how you are going to deliver services di... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said the Government had slowed the pace of deficit reduction to stop the economy being taken "backwards". "We’re performing better than pretty well any other economy in the western world which shows you how difficult these thi... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said the secret to why he had lasted so long in politics that he was laid back and he enjoyed crises. "I'm obviously an addict, I'm clearly an anorak and I'm not giving it up now....How have I lasted so long when so many good ... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Ed Balls is feeling the pressure. In just a few days, he faces yet another big test of his ability, with huge amounts at stake if he fails. But it’s not the Autumn Statement tha... Continue to article
Ken Clare denied calling Ukip clowns in a previous interview with Sky 18 months ago. “Let’s not bore everybody… I have never called them clowns, that was one taken out of the interview and spun by a newspaper years ago… For the sake of t... Continue to article
Andy Burnham accused Ukip of having “dangerous” views on immigration and vowed that Labour would take them on. Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary denied on BBC Question Time that Ukip had been right all along, but admitted that they had be... Continue to article
David Cameron has warned that “decision time is coming” for the issue of English Votes for English Laws. The Prime Minister hinted at some of the criteria he believed needed to be met for a lasting settlement on the issue when he appear... Continue to article
David Cameron has said the UK must stick to a “plan for growth and jobs" to secure "a better future for our country” in the aftermath of the G20 summit in Australia. Speaking to the House of Commons about the discussions he had over the ... Continue to article
Ken Clarke advised embattled party leaders to "stick to their guns". "I think it always has made a big difference it’s one of the few things that hasn’t changed because politics is a bit different now than it was in my time than it was b... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said the free movement of labour among EU nations was “essential” for Britain’s economic success. “Free movement of labour is absolutely essential if you have a single market. Not only is that one of the principles of the EU, ... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said it would be an “outrage” to not opt back in to the European Arrest Warrant, a debate which will be held in Parliament in the next few weeks. “I was delighted to hear the Prime Minister so clear today. It was certainly the... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said he has "closed down more hospitals than most people have had hot dinners." "Margaret [Thatcher] had decided she wanted to reform the health service. She wanted to have compulsory insurance and then have a fall back system... Continue to article
True, the odd big beast like Ken Clarke is still roaming around the parliamentary reservation savaging the occasional Eurosceptic straggler he might come across. Continue to article
LORDS CHAMBER 3.00pm: Oral questions, to ask the government: - What assessment they have made of the treatment of workers in Qatar during the construction of World Cup 2022 venues (Lord Monks, Lab) - What progress has been made by t... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said Eurosceptics were pushing David Cameron into making an announcement on EU immigrant caps and advised him to ignore them and “get back to common sense.” “This excitement’s been caused by right-wing people who want the Prim... Continue to article
Ken Clarke is one of the biggest beasts left in the Tory jungle. He had been a fixture in every Tory government since Ted Heaths time until Cameron retired him. Continue to article
Ken Clarke cautioned against complacency following the election of the first Ukip MP. "I think it's very dangerous to be complacent about it. I think it's very worrying. I never did think that it was just the usual flash-in-the-pan when ... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said he found Conservative plans to give MPs a veto on rulings by the European Court of Human Rights "rather bewildering." "We are promised a draft bill in due course which I hope will address this in slightly more detail and ... Continue to article
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has warned the UK is "plainly losing" the war on drugs.
Speaking at the Home Affairs Select Committee today, Mr Clarke expressed "despair" at the fact that "policy has not been working".
Mr Clarke urged greater communication on tackling the issue of drugs, but cautioned against de-criminalisation, which he argued was an important deterrent.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has ordered a crackdown on people who fraudulently make insurance claims for whiplash after a car accident. The Sun reports that teams of specialist medics will be set up to identify people who fake injuries to claim compensation. Ministers believe the new measures will help reduce payouts and bring down the cost of motor insurance.
MPs have voted to overturn the House of Lords’ amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill after the Government offered a series of concessions. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke announced women would be able to have freer access to legal aid than under the previous plans.
Vince Cable has said the Liberal Democrats faced “veiled threats” from News International if the BSkyB takeover was not given the green light.
Giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, the Business Secretary said he believed the threats about Liberal Democrats' depictions in News International newspapers had come after a conversation with News Corporation lobbyist Frederic Michel.
He also hit out at Mr Michel's “systematic attempt to politicise the process” of adjudicating on the takeover. He confirmed he had been told about this by Liberal Democrat colleagues who had spoken with Mr Michel.
“I’m trying to explain the context in which I made my own comments [to undercover Telegraph journalists]… and what it was that had made me seriously disturbed.”
Dr Cable explained he was in an “emotional frame of mind” when he told two undercover Daily Telegraph reporters he was “waging war” on the Murdoch empire.
“There was a near riot taking place outside my constituency office… in order to prevent the disorder getting out of control, I invited in some of the protestors into my office. We had a very long conversation… I was struggling to keep my temper in this situation…
“I was in an extremely tense and emotional frame of mind. And the two women who I thought were constituents… I did offload onto them a lot of pent-up feeling, to just about the BSkyB case that I was dealing with but my colleagues in Government… in language I wouldn’t usually use.”
Also appearing at Leveson today was Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, who said that the media had "far greater" power than Parliament does.
Mr Clarke urged the inquiry not to curtail free speech, but argued the power of the media “has grown, is excessive, and ought to be diminished”.
Senior Conservatives are reportedly urging David Cameron to bring forward his anticipated Cabinet reshuffle in response to failing poll ratings. The Daily Mail reports the reshuffle could now take place as soon as next weekend, following the local elections on May 3.
Theresa May and Ken Clarke have made a push to win the backing of MPs for their controversial plans to strengthen the powers of the security services, after their proposals for 'secret justice' were criticised.
The Home Secretary and Justice Secretary have both sent letters to Tory MPs claiming that suspected terrorists could be given British passports if the Government unable to fight their deportation using sensitive evidence.
04/12/2014 on The World At One, BBC Radio 4
03/12/2014 on BBC News
02/12/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
23/11/2014 on Murnaghan, Sky News
20/11/2014 on Question Time, BBC 1
15/11/2014 on Week In Westminster, BBC Radio 4
07/11/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
19/12/2014 on Pool clip
19/12/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
19/12/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two