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Westminster’s only 24 hour political live news blog

  • Thursday 17th April
  • 23:25

    No 10 confirms the Prime Minister and president Obama spoke on the phone this evening following the Geneva talks and they 'agreed that the outcome of the Geneva meeting represented a positive step forward, but that it was essential that the agreements reached were rapidly implemented in order to reduce tensions'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 23:10

    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's National Front says she is 'keeping her arms open' for Nigel Farage if he wants UKIP join forces with her party against the EU.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 22:33

    Ed Miliband has hired David Axelrod, Obama's chief strategist in the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, to advise Labour.

    Read on at Patrick Wintour

  • 22:05

    Labour confirms the appointment of David Axelrod to help manage the party's 2015 election campaign.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 21:53

    No 10 confirms the Prime Minister and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, 'agreed that the outcome of the Geneva meeting represented a positive step forward'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 21:52

    Foreign Secretary William Hague says 'I welcome the commitments made in the Geneva talks today. The steps contained in the joint agreement offer a route for de-escalation'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 19:36

    Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander says 'if implemented, the deal agreed by all parties to de-escalate the crisis in Eastern Ukraine would be a welcome step forward'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 18:03

    US secretary of state John Kerry confirms all parties involved in Geneva talks have agreed that Ukraine must refrain from violence and intimidation.

    Read on at Sky News Break

  • 17:46

    Labour MP Sarah Champion tells BBC News the noise in Prime Minister's Questions does put her off from contributing saying 'democracy is falling if we can't hold our prime minister to account'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 17:09
    John Bercow MP

    Speaker John Bercow tells PM he is worried that a lot of MPs are reluctant to take part in Prime Minister's Questions because 'the histrionics and cacophony of noise are so damaging as to cause them to look elsewhere'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 16:36

    US defence secretary Chuck Hagel confirms the US will send additional non-lethal support such as medical supplies to Ukraine.

    Read on at Sky News

  • 15:50

    The NHS has breached its target to have 90% of patients starting treatment within 18 weeks, new figures show.

    Read on at Health Service Journal

  • 15:18

    Trussell Trust chair Chris Mould tells PoliticsHome that an anonymous Whitehall briefing against his charity could be seen as an attempt to 'blame the messenger'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 15:00
    Caroline Lucas MP

    Speaking after being cleared along with four others of breaching a public order, Green MP Caroline Lucas says 'we're very pleased that the court upheld our right to peacefully protest against fracking... this judgement is right, but it is not a victory or a cause of celebration'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 14:55

    Labour's Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne says new figures showing the Government has missed a key NHS waiting times target are 'further proof that you can't trust the Tories with the NHS'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 14:54

    Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven says the decision to clear Caroline Lucas of breaching a public order during an anti-fracking protest is 'a victory for the right to peaceful protest but more importantly for Britain’s growing movement of ordinary people opposing fracking'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 14:42

    The RMT union confirms London Underground workers will strike from 9pm Monday April 28 for two days and from 9pm Monday May 5 for three days.

    Read on at Sky News Break

  • 14:31

    Green MP Caroline Lucas is found not guilty of breaching a public order during anti fracking protests in West Sussex last year.

    Read on at Simon Israel

  • 14:19

    RMT union confirms London Underground workers will take five days of strike action in the coming weeks over ticket office closures at tube stations.

    Read on at Sky News Break

  • 14:13

    The Royal Bank of Scotland is cleared by law firm Clifford Chance over allegations that it forced small businesses to close so that it could make a profit.

    Read on at BBC

  • 13:50
    Vince Cable MP

    Responding to the Co-operative's results today, Business Secretary Vince Cable says 'terrible mistakes have been made in the Co-op, they clearly need to modernise'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 13:48

    Foreign Secretary William Hague says he condemns Israeli steps towards settlement expansion in the West Bank and says 'settlements are illegal and an obstacle to peace, and these decisions detract from ongoing efforts to deliver a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 13:47

    Speaking to the Evening Standard, Home Office Minister Norman Baker admits the problem of gang violence against women has been 'underplayed' and vows to do more to tackle the issue.

    Read on at Evening Standard

  • 11:58

    Offering condolences to those affected by the sinking of the Sewol ferry off South Korea yesterday, Foreign Secretary William Hague says his 'thoughts are with all the bereaved families and their relatives and friends, and those people still waiting for news of their loved ones'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 11:37

    The GMB union announces it is calling for public support to save 120 jobs at Kew Gardens in London and Sussex.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:49
    Steve Webb MP

    Pensions Minister Steve Webb defends plans to offer people advice on how long they might live for when they reach retirement, saying the scheme will help pensioners 'plan effectively' for the future.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 10:30

    Transport for London managers belonging to the Transport Salaried Staffs Association have voted by three to one in favour of strike action over pay and pensions.

    Read on at BBC

  • 09:54

    The Institute of Directors warns that 'without major changes to its governance model, the Co-operative Group will struggle to survive over the medium term'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 09:40

    US Secretary of State John Kerry meets his Ukrainian and Russian counterparts ahead of Geneva talks on the Ukraine crisis.

    Read on at ITV news

  • 09:31

    Mortgage lending is up 37% year-on-year, says the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 09:30

    In 2011, 39.4% of socially rented households had at least one spare bedroom, compared with 49.5% of privately rented households and 82.7% of owner-occupied homes, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    Read on at Office for National Statistics

  • 09:11

    Union Unite says that today's losses at the Co-Op should 'sharpen minds and leave people in no doubt of the need for reform to secure jobs and the Co-op Group’s future'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 09:00

    The Co-operative Group confirms losses of £2.5bn for 2013, the worst year in the group's history.

    Read on at BBC

  • 08:46
    Gary Streeter MP

    Conservative MP Gary Streeter tells Today that David Cameron's call for Christians to be 'more evangelical' reflects 'a new-found confidence in the church in Britain in the last few years'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 08:01

    EU foreign affairs representative Baroness Ashton and US Secretary of State John Kerry start their bilateral meeting ahead of today's Geneva talks on the Ukraine crisis.

    Read on at EU at UN in Geneva

  • 07:00

    The Trussell Trust is engaged in 'fairly misleading and emotionally manipulative publicity seeking' over its claims on food bank use, according to a senior Whitehall source.

    Read on at The Daily Mail

  • 07:00

    A Labour government would retain work capability assessments but would redesign them to be more receptive to the needs of claimants, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves announces.

    Read on at The Independent

  • 07:00

    One in every 16 people treated at an NHS hospital falls victim to an infection, a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence study finds.

    Read on at The Guardian

  • 07:00

    Jewish News publishes an interview with Labour leader Ed Miliband during his recent Middle East trip, in which the leader says he understands 'why Israel feels so concerned about its security'.

    Read on at Jewish News

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