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Owen Paterson insisted the Government was investing in flood protection. "My view is that we want the Environment Agency to concentrate on the highly technical and often expensive projects, which have proved incredibly valuable in recen... Continue to article
Downing Street has stressed that a military response to Russia’s incursion into Ukraine is not on the table. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said this morning that only “peaceful and diplomatic” options were being considered at the time.... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron chairs a National Security Council meeting on Ukraine (15.00) Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg meets the EU digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes Business secretary Vince Cable speaks at the National Un... Continue to article
Downing Street confirmed that Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers will meet with First Minister Peter Robinson after he threatened to resign over the collapse of the Hyde Park bombing case. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman... Continue to article
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Downing Street explained the Prime Minister's decision not to meet and debate with Alex Salmond in Scotland today, despite both men being in the country. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "This is a debate and a vote amongst ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron meets with German chancellor Angela Merkel at Downing Street and addresses UK Parliament Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg delivers a speech in Kent on supporting young people, where he is expected to unveil a... Continue to article
Education secretary Michael Gove meets anti-FGM campaigner Fahma Mohamed Foreign secretary William Hague visits Washington D.C. Business minister Michael Fallon speaks the Aerospace Growth Partnership Conference in London (13.35) C... Continue to article
No mistaking the point Greenpeace was trying to make here. Breaking: He's up the creek without a paddle! Owen Paterson on the Thames outside Parliament http://t.co/TK8taGTqRG pic.twitter.com/EZ1mTgdWpB — Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) F...
The first meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Flooding was chaired today by the Prime Minister David Cameron. The new Committee was set up by the Prime Minister earlier this week to coordinate strategic long-term plans on flood recovery a... Continue to article
Government ministers clashed with Labour over the amount of money dedicated to tackling climate change as the extreme weather continued to cause havoc across the UK. Environment minister Dan Rogerson insisted spending on mitigation and a... Continue to article
Chris Smith said the Environment Agency should retreat from some areas of coast to better protect areas further inland. "There are some places particularly on the coast where it makes sense to retreat so we can protect more strongly. I d... Continue to article
Natalie Bennett said the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson should be sacked because he "clearly doesn't" understand the reality of climate change and flooding. "The generally agreed figure is that this government has cut spending on fl... Continue to article
Downing Street palyed down reports of a rift between Owen Paterson and Eric Pickles over the Government's response to flooding in Somerset. The Prime Minister's Offical Spokesman said: "I don't think there's a difference between Eric Pic... Continue to article
My colleague Roger Harrabin reporting that Owen Paterson has complained to the PM about Eric Pickles. #BBCRadio4
PM & Owen Paterson have blocked an increase in cost of gun licence fixed since 2001 with police subsidising by £17million. #sparegunsubsidy
Eric Pickles has pledged a further £30m in emergency funds to repair flood defences, on top of the £100m unveiled by the Prime Minister yesterday. Updating MPs on the Government's response to the flooding that has plagued the South West ... Continue to article
David Cameron defended the Government’s preparations in advance of the recent flooding. “We have been very proactive; we have an emergency planning system in government called COBRA which we called on straightaway and we’ve been planning... Continue to article
Downing St today offered strong backing for Lord Smith's leadership of the Environment Agency "Lord Smith is providing important leadership to the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency is working with other parts of Government, local... Continue to article
Maria Eagle has accused the Government of “badly letting down” Somerset residents in their response to the flooding crisis over the last two months. In an Urgent Question to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, the Shadow Environment Sec... Continue to article
Maria Eagle said the Government's approach to dealing with the flooding across Somerset and elsewhere in the UK was unclear and urged Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to give the House a full statement on how the Government aims to deal ... Continue to article
David Heath defended Owen Paterson and the Environment Agency's response to the floods in the Somerset Levels. "To be fair to him I know Cobra has been meeting regularly. What is most important from last Wednesday is when I and my collea... Continue to article
Maria Eagle said Owen Paterson had lost grip of the flooding crisis. “The reality is that when he came into the department, he removed flood protection from the priorities of the department and we’re seeing the consequences. And the fact... Continue to article
Ken Clarke has hit out at what he called the “lynch mob stuff” around the recent flooding in Somerset. The Government and Environment Agency have come in for sharp criticism for the response to the adverse weather and for failing to pre... Continue to article
Maria Eagle criticised the Government’s handling of the flooding in Somerset and accused the Environment Secretary of being “out of his depth”. “I think some of the measures to alleviate the problems people living in the Somerset Levels ... Continue to article
Owen Paterson said the recent flooding in Somerset had been “absolutely appalling” for those affected and that he had taken action to demand a 20-year plan to tackle the problem. “Obviously I feel very deeply for everybody who’s been flo... Continue to article
Owen Paterson revealed government plans to draft in the Army to help deal with flooding in Somerset. “We had a very constructive discussion with Somerset County Council who have asked for assistance today and as we speak the Ministry of ... Continue to article
Maria Eagle said the fact David Cameron had intervened to pledge that rivers in Somerset would be dredged as soon as possible showed Owen Paterson had not been treating the issue with sufficient urgency. “I do welcome the fact that he’s ... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has announced that the UK will provide refuge to vulnerable Syrian refugees Communities secretary Eric Pickles is expected to make an announcement on supporting local economies, high streets and enterpr... Continue to article
LORDS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Oral questions, to ask the government: - What recent discussions they have had with local authorities about the costs associated with implementing the under-occupancy charge (Baroness Quin, Lab) - What arrange... Continue to article
Owen Paterson said he was working on a plan to prevent flooding in Somerset for decades to come. "I’ve come down here in person. I had a very good meeting last night with representatives of local farmers...and real experts who understand... Continue to article
Maria Eagle said the Government had “real questions to answer” over their funding for flood defences and the Environment Agency. “I think they’ve got real questions to answer. The question is whether Owen Paterson’s climate change scepti... Continue to article
Owen Paterson said the Environment Agency would have to make "efficiency savings". "I’ve had a further meeting this morning with the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and he’s assured me that as with every other department he’s h... Continue to article
Environment secretary Owen Paterson speaks at the Oxford Farming Conference on buying British produce (09.00) Security minister James Brokenshire delivers the opening speech at a Nuclear Forensics event at Lancaster House Crime preven... Continue to article
Owen Paterson said people should "take heed" of impending flood and storm warnings in their area. "As we have more bad weather coming in we’re looking at an exceptional combination of wind, rain, sea and high tide. So there are nearly 50... Continue to article
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee tomorrow in response to the flooding which has torn down power lines, closed roads and flooded homes. Continue to article
Labour party press release Responding to remarks by Owen Paterson that energy companies "let customers down" by not having enough staff on duty to cope with Christmas power cuts, Maria Eagle MP, Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary, sai... Continue to article
Owen Paterson welcomed the findings of a report calling for the creation of a food crime unit following the horsemeat scandal. “I think this is a really interesting report, which I commissioned following the horsemeat scandal. I’m really... Continue to article
The Environment Secretary has used a fringe event at the Conservative party conference to highlight what he says are the positive effects of climate change.
Speaking at the Guardian fringe, Owen Paterson said it there would be a "relief" from a new UN report showing there was a 95% certainty that humans were causing climate change.
"The relief of this latest report is that it shows a really quite modest increase, half of which has already happened. They are talking one to two and a half degrees," he said.
Mr Paterson highlighted deaths in cold winter, which he said would reduce if climate change made weather in Britain warmer.
"Remember that for humans, the biggest cause of death is cold in winter, far bigger than heat in summer. It would also lead to longer growing seasons and you could extend growing a little further north into some of the colder areas," he explained.
The Environment Secretary's comments are at odds with scientific opinion, as the consensus view is that climate change will lead to more severe winters in the UK.
Sinn Fein MPs have been invited to 'write their own oath' in an attempt to persuade them to take up their seats in Parliament. The party has previously boycotted Westminster with its MPs refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the Queen.
The British government has been speaking to dissident republicans, according to Northern Ireland's deputy first minister Martin McGuinness. Northern Ireland secretary of state Owen Paterson recently denied claims the government wanted discussions with dissidents.
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said that "every party and every politician is united in condemnation" of the murder of Ronan Kerr, a 25-year-old Catholic police officer in Omagh, Northern Ireland yesterday.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said: “there’s no sense to it, there’s no merit in it, there’s no point to it, and they should stop – and stop now”.
SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie said those who committed the bombing were "enemies of Ireland both North and South".
Earlier Owen Paterson condemned the murder as “senseless”, “pointless” and “revolting”. The Northern Ireland Secretary told Sky News a “significant number” of events had been thwarted and the Government were determined to bear down on terrorists.
“We are not going to be diverted. This was a revolting, disgusting crime. It will achieve absolutely nothing”. David Cameron yesterday called the attack "wicked and cowardly", while Labour leader Ed Miliband decribed the bombing as an "appalling outrage". Although no group has taken responsibility for the attack, suspicion has fallen on dissident Republicans.
Sir Hugh Orde has said that officer Ronan Kerr represented "the new police service in Ireland that is determined to keep all communities safe, and it will absolutely continue to do that”.
Northern Ireland secretary Owen Patterson has received his copy of the report into the Bloody Sunday shootings at a civil rights march in Londonderry in 1972, after an inquiry was set up to re-examine the 13 deaths following claims the original investogation was a "whitewash". The report to be published on Tuesday afternoon is the result of a 12-year inquiry led by Lord Saville costing around £195m.
Nick Clegg and David Cameron have allowed for Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs to work together on a joint policy prospectus for the coalition in the second half of this parliament.
06/03/2014 on BBC News
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08/03/2014 on Week in Westminster, BBC Radio 4