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Labour and the Coalition are embroiled in a dispute over who should take credit for Japanese manufacturer Hitachi relocating some of its operations to the UK. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said rail contracts awarded by the Coal... Continue to article
Mary Creagh called on the Government to do all it could to expedite the passage of the HS2 bill through Parliament. “We welcome Sir David [Higgins]’s report - it’s a very thorough and honest piece of work, and we’ve made it clear that we... Continue to article
I'm delighted to say our House Magazine Guide to the Spring Conferences boasts pieces from all of the main party leaders, plus their party activists. We have a strong section on Scotland, with Alex Salmond, Johann Lamont and Ruth Davidson w... Continue to article
Mary Creagh said important questions had been raised over the decision to acquit John Downey, the suspected Hyde Park bomber, after a letter was sent to him by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) stating he was not wanted in relat... Continue to article
Mary Creagh rejected the charge that Ed Miliband was seeking to politicise the issue of climate change, and accused the Prime Minister of backsliding on action to tackle it. “No, I don’t think he’s politicising it at all. I think what Ed... Continue to article
Mary Creagh accused the Government of failing to answer questions about funding for rail repairs in flood-affected areas in the south-west. "I asked the Secretary of State this morning what happened to those promises by the Prime Mi... Continue to article
Commons Urgent Question granted to Mary Creagh on floods and transport links, 1030am. 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."
17/03/2014 on BBC News
28/02/2014 on The House - 2014 Spring Conference Special
26/02/2014 on BBC Radio Four, World at One
16/02/2014 on Murnaghan, Sky News
02/01/2014 on Daybreak, ITV1
25/11/2013 on BBC News
29/10/2013 on BBC Radio 5Live
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
16/04/2014 on Channel 4 News
16/04/2014 on PM, BBC Radio 4
16/04/2014 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4