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Transport minister Robert Goodwill has reassured MPs that airlines were doing the best they could to address the confusion surrounding new restrictions on electronic gadgets in hand luggage. Mr Goodwill made the comments in response to ... Continue to article
Mary Creagh accused the Prime Minster of dodging the issue of whether former Cabinet Secretary Gus O’Donnell had advised him against the appointment of Andy Coulson, in Prime Minister’s Questions today. “Ed Miliband was asking some very,... Continue to article
Mary Creagh said the Government’s “botched franchise” of the West Coast Main Line had cost taxpayers “hundreds of millions of pounds in lost revenue”. “It’s the latest chapter in this incompetent Government’s botched franchise of the W... Continue to article
Labour have hit out at the Government's handling of UK water supplies, with Mary Creagh accusing Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman of being "reluctant to get a grip".
With the news today that there would be a hosepipe ban next month for much of the south-east of England, the shadow environment secretary said the Government should "back Labour’s proposals for new laws to help people struggling to pay their bills".
Ms Spelman earlier insisted the Government was doing all it could, and that the implementation of the ban was a preventative measure to thwart further "draconian measures".
The House of Commons has backed the scrapping of the role of chief coroner, despite a second Conservative backbench rebellion in two days.
A number of Tory backbenchers backed an amendment submitted to the Bill by Conservative MP Andrew Percy which would force ministers to appoint a chief coroner. The Government has refused to make the appointment on the grounds of cost, but backbenchers are concerned it will mean inquests into military deaths are delayed by months as the position was designed to ensure the system moved swiftly and military inquests are conducted by coroners with specialist training.
Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Michael Dugher earlier urged Ken Clarke to reconsider his plans. Mr Dugher told PoliticsHome: "David Cameron should show he is listening, show some leadership and rethink this bad decision. Bereaved families including those from the forces deserve better.
"Ministers are happy to wear poppies on their lapels at this time of remembrance. It is now time to show they mean it when they say they will support the armed forces and their families."
Labour MPs have also attacked a clause in the Bill which would abolish the Agricultural Wages Board, taking £9m "out of the rural high street". In an opinion piece for PoliticsHome, Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh said this was an "unjustified attack on some of our lowest paid workers who do an essential job in one of our most dangerous industries".
Mary Creagh has accused David Cameron of being “totally silent on climate change”. Writing for PoliticsHome, the Shadow Environment Secretary argues that the Coalition has “constructed a false divide between economic growth and environmental protection”, and says last week’s Autumn Statement included a series of further blows to the UK’s environmental credentials.
Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire for commenting that jobless parents ought to "recycle" their children's clothes, the Daily Mirror reports. Labour MP Mary Creagh said the comments were "out of touch, impractical and insulting."
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28/02/2014 on The House - 2014 Spring Conference Special
26/02/2014 on BBC Radio Four, World at One
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