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He may be a Conservative but that won't stop me saying I like Ken Clarke. Great interview with him in the Observer
Nick Clegg said the housing benefit reform known as the bedroom tax was not “working in the way that it was intended” and needed to be fixed. “We are not binning the whole thing, we are actually going to say that it has to apply to new t... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said his loss of a Cabinet position in yesterday’s reshuffle had not come as a surprise. “He would have had to persuade me [to stay as a minister] but he had to persuade me to come back in the first place. I didn’t think I was... Continue to article
Jeremy Browne said the departures of Dominic Grieve and Ken Clarke from David Cameron’s government showed the Prime Minister was “making concessions to the right”. “Dominic’s a fascinating insight into the tussle that is taking place wit... 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
Ken Clarke has said it was the right time for him to go and said David Cameron's reshuffle less than a year before the general election made sense. "Well I've just celebrated another birthday, so I was expecting to retire, I thought I'd ... Continue to article
Boris Johnson paid tribute to Ken Clarke’s contribution to frontline politics, as he departs the Cabinet. “Ken was a massive contributor to frontline politics and he still will make a great contribution. When I came into Parliament, I th... Continue to article
Cabinet Ministers William Hague is leaving the Foreign Office to become Leader of the House. He will not stand as an MP in 2015 Ken Clarke stands down as Minister without Portfolio Owen Paterson has been sacked as Environment Secre... Continue to article
Lord Heseltine paid tribute to Ken Clarke as he left the Conservative frontbench for the first time in decades. “I regard Ken as a good friend and he was of course a hugely valuable and successful colleague. I have the happiest of memori... Continue to article
Sorry to see Ken Clarke leave Government. Was a rare voice of sanity on Europe in today's Tory Party.
Ken Clarke said David Cameron’s decision to respond to the guilty verdict handed out to Andy Coulson was “unwise”. “It was unwise and they should have taken some legal advice first, but I doubt whether it ever crossed David’s mind. It wo... Continue to article
Catherine McKinnell welcomed today's inflation figures but said there was still "a disconnect between the wealth of the nation and the wealth of people's finances". "A fall in inflation is obviously welcome, but there's no room for compl... Continue to article
Ken Clarke acknowledged there was widespread discontent with Europe and called on MPs to make the "intelligent case" for staying in the EU. "It's symbolic of the disillusion; people are blaming foreigners and blaming Brussels or that sec... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said he is not surprised that Nigel Farage has chosen not to stand in Newark because voters would not have responded favourably to the UKIP leader. “Well I’m not really surprised, whatever else Nigel is he’s not an idiot and I... 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.
17/07/2014 on Call Clegg, LBC Radio
16/07/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
15/07/2014 on Sky News
15/07/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
14/07/2014 on BBC News
14/07/2014 on BBC News
25/06/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
17/06/2014 on BBC News
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
22/07/2014 on Sky News
22/07/2014 on BBC News
22/07/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4