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  • 05:59

    Business Secretary Vince Cable welcomes a report into the privitisation of Royal Mail, but insists the Government were right to not take the risk of floating the shares for a higher price.

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  • 00:01

    The House of Commons International Development Committee says DfID and the World Health Organisation initially failed to recognise the scale and severity of the Ebola crisis and were too slow to respond.

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  • 00:01

    Official figures revealed today show that 1.3 million more children are now eating a healthy lunch since the policy was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in September.

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  • 00:01

    The public should be permitted to see how local A&E departments perform over Christmas and New Year, and the Government should end the ‘news blackout’ the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham says.

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  • 00:01

    The CBI is hosting talks in Brussels with European political leaders, including David Cameron, European business groups and international companies to try and persuade them to secure the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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  • 00:01

    Business Minister Jo Swinson pledges Government support, including £80,000 start-up funding, for a new human rights benchmark that will assess and rank the corporate human rights performance of international companies.

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  • 00:01

    Fifty of Britain’s leading doctors and health experts have chosen Andrew Lansley as the worst health secretary in their lifetime and Aneurin Bevan the best, the BMJ says,

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  • 00:01

    Pat McFadden, Shadow Europe Minister, commenting on the British Chambers of Commerce ‘EU Business Barometer’, says it shows 'the danger to UK businesses and UK jobs posed by David Cameron’s approach to Europe.'

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  • Wednesday 17th December
  • 22:30

    Topline figures for the latest YouGov/Sun poll: CON 33%, LAB 33%, UKIP 14%, LDEM 8%, GRN 7%.

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  • 22:14

    Ukraine's pro-European leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels in the east of the country agreed to hold fresh peace talks.

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  • 22:10

    The BBC reports that Nats chief executive Richard Deakin has told MPs he is 'not proud' of Friday's disruption to flights following an air traffic control failure.

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  • 19:00

    NHS emergency consultant Adrian Boyle tells ITV the NHS is 'going to have a very, very tough winter'.

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  • 18:53

    Stephen Greenhalgh - Boris Johnson’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime – confirms his intention to stand as the Conservative Party’s candidate for the next Mayor of London. Mr Johnson describes his deputy as having had an 'outstanding career in London government'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 18:34

    Chancellor George Osborne is said to be resisting calls by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to save a fund for people hit by floods or domestic violence or who run out of food, the Guardia reports.

    Read on at The Guardian

  • 18:31

    Labour's Chris Leslie says George Osborne has 'finally admitted he approved the plans for deeper cuts which the OBR says will take public spending as a share of GDP back to 1930s levels' during a Treasury Committee grilling.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 18:04

    Former foreign secretary Jack Straw tells the BBC he was 'never complicit' in the rendition or torture of terror suspects following a report criticising the CIA's post-9/11 conduct.

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  • 17:42

    Shadow Pensions Minister Gregg McClymont, commenting on the findings of the independent inquiry into UK pensions savings ‘at risk’ from pension companies overcharging, said ‘some pension companies are treating their existing customers as a cash cow to be milked with rip-off charges’.

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  • 17:41

    At a Treasury Committee hearing, George Osborne defends a claim to have slashed in half a demand for £1.7bn towards the European Union's budget.

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  • 17:34

    Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says on LBC that the NHS is going backwards under the Conservatives, but that Labour would make cuts every year until the budget is balanced.

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  • 16:55

    Parliament will now vote on whether to allow a change in legislation which would see the first three parent babies born by 2016, the Telegraph reports.

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  • 16:44

    Jack Dromey, Shadow Police Minister, responding to the police grant settlement, says 'this statement confirms a real terms cut of £415 million on top of cuts'.

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  • 16:34

    MPs vote down a Labour motion to abolish the so-called 'Bedroom Tax' cuts to housing benefit by 298 to 266.

    Read on at Labour Whips

  • 16:26

    An FCO spokesperson says 'today's EU General Court judgement is procedural and does not mean the EU and UK have changed their position on Hamas. The effects of the EU Hamas listing, including asset freezes, remain in place.'

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 16:10

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond welcomes unanimous adoption of UNSC resolution 2191, which renews UNSC resolution 2165, ensuring continued cross-border aid into Syria.

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  • 16:05

    The European Court of Justice announces that Hamas's presence on a European list of terrorist organisations has been annulled as a result of factual imputations derived from the press and internet.

    Read on at European Court of Justice

  • 15:53

    US and Cuba are to start talks to normalise diplomatic ties in a historic shift in relations between the two countries, the BBC reports.

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  • 15:44

    The Coalition government inherited a defence budget that was “out of control” and a “shambles”, the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon tells the Defence Committee.

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  • 15:42

    Two government-appointed commissioners have been sent in to take control of specific areas of Tower Hamlets council, in east London, the BBC reports.

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  • 15:35

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says 'I would never endorse TTIP, which is a big new deal which is being negotiated between Europe and America, unless it was absolutely crystal clear that we are allowed to do exactly what we want with our public services.'

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 15:17

    Pensions companies have been told they must draw up urgent plans to end charges to more than a million customers, Pensions Minister Steve Webb tells the Telegraph.

    Read on at The Daily Telegraph

  • 14:52

    George Osborne announces a further sale of Lloyds shares and the date of the 2014 Budget.

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  • 14:49

    The Chancellor George Osborne announces that the government will sell part of its remaining shareholding in Lloyd's bank through a trading plan.

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  • 14:42

    Mencap is calling for Personal Independence Payments and the DWP to work effectively to support people with a learning disability with the extra costs they face.

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  • 14:34

    Osborne appears before MPs in 10 minutes. Key question: Why is he targeting a mysteriously and needlessly big £23bn surplus in 2019-20?

    Read on at Michael Savage

  • 14:04

    Responding to a report from the Chief inspector of borders, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper says: '"This report reveals yet another border control failure from Theresa May to add to the catalogue of chaos at the Home Office.'

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  • 13:48

    Minister of State for Policing Mike Penning gives a written statement to the Commons, announcing 'a total cash reduction of £299m' in the overall police funding budget compared to last year.

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  • 13:42

    Coral suspends betting on the Queen announcing her abdication in Christmas Day broadcast after a reported rush of bets today.

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  • 13:42
    Jeremy Browne MP

    Lib Dem MP Jeremy Browne says his party should be 'proud' of its contribution to the economic recovery under the Coalition.

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  • 13:40
    Michael Fallon MP

    Michael Fallon said he was 'relieved' with the verdict of the Al-Sweady inquiry into allegations of the abuse of Iraqi detainees, and said the Government would attempt to recoup some of the legal costs.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 13:30

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband have clashed over Tory spending plans in the final Prime Minister’s Questions of the year. Read the full report here.

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  • 13:29
    Tristram Hunt MP

    Labour’s Tristram Hunt says Conservative spending plans mean there is an ‘ideological choice’ between Labour and the Tories in 2015.

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  • 13:28
    Esther McVey  MP

    Employment Minister Esther McVey tells the World at One that the jobs being created by the Government were not part-time or low paid, as Labour claims.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 13:15

    The Intelligence and Security Committee says: 'the scale of our Inquiry into detainee treatment is such that it will not be completed in the next three months'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 13:09

    The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon tells MPs that the inquiry into accusations made by Iraqi detainees against the British Army has put 'to rest once and for all these shocking and, we now know, completely baseless allegations.'

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 13:01

    The latest ICM poll for the Guardian hands Labour a five-point lead over the Tories. The Liberal Democrats increase their vote share to 14% to tie Ukip for third place.

    Read on at The Guardian

  • 12:55

    Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Vernon Coaker, responding to the report of the Al Sweady Inquiry, says 'serious allegations of unlawful killing, torture and mutilations levelled against British troops were wholly without foundation.'

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:42
    Greg Clark MP

    Universities Minister Greg Clark tells Daily Politics that with tough action the Conservatives can reduce the deficit and that Labour would take the country backwards.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:42

    Shadow DWP minister Stephen Timms, responding to ONS statistics on Universal Credit released today, says 'Universal Credit, the great hope of the Department for Work and Pensions, is still making glacial progress'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:40
    Chuka Umunna MP

    Business Secretary Chuka Umunna tells Daily Politics that the idea that Labour caused the financial crash was 'patent nonsense'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:36

    The Intelligence and Security Committee announces it is launching an inquiry into whether British security services had sought redactions in a US Senate report on rendition and torture to avoid embarrassment.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:06

    The UK's tax havens comes under pressure to end financial secrecy after the European Union moved to shine a light on who owns millions of companies, Christian Aid say.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:01

    Conservative MEPs oppose a compromise budget package for the European Union, saying 'the deal offers little concrete in terms of addressing outstanding budgetary issues including the payments crisis'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 11:58

    The Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening pledges to tackling corruption in Pakistan, after yesterday’s terror-attack on a school which left over 135 dead, mostly children.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 11:55

    Unison says it will appeal after the High Court turned down its application for judicial review against the Government's introduction of fees for employment tribunals.

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  • 11:52
    Natalie Bennett

    Green leader Natalie Bennett says the next general election will leave the first-past-the-post system 'utterly exposed'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 11:38
    Chuka Umunna MP

    Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna tells the Daily Politics the UK must stand 'shoulder to shoulder with the Pakistani people,' following a terrorist attack on a Pakistani school, which resulted in the death of 132 children and nine staff.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 11:21

    Shadow Leader of the Commons Angela Eagle, welcomes the publication of the report from the House of Commons Governance Committee and says 'that will help bring the House in to the 21st century'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 11:19

    The Government publishes its science and innovation strategy, setting out its plans to protect Britain's status as a leading centre for research in coming years. Read the full document here.

    Read on at Gov.UK

  • 11:09

    The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders publishes his report on how the Home Office handles the cases of individuals with no right to stay in the UK. Read the full report here.

    Read on at Independent Chief Inspector of Borders

  • 10:52

    Commenting on today's unemployment statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady says wages will take over a decade to recover at current rate.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:49

    The Government publishes its inquiry into allegations of mistreatment and abuse of Iraqi troops by the British Army.

    Read on at Al-Sweady Inquiry

  • 10:46
    Justin Welby

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says he is 'absolutely delighted' by the appointment of the Church of England's first female bishop.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 10:44

    Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable says that today's figures were 'remarkable' but more needed to be done to tackle youth unemployment.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:38

    The Government unveils new plans to invest £6bn in British science and innovation.

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  • 10:33
    George Osborne MP

    George Osborne tells Sky new figures showing that both employment and wages have risen over the past year represent a 'major moment in the British economic recovery'.

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  • 10:23

    Both the Chancellor and the Chief Economic Secretary to the Treasury welcome the latest labour figures which show a rise on wages and employment.

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  • 10:17

    The Commons Governance Committee releases a report backing a shake-up of internal Parliamentary procedures. Among its recommendations is that the current recruitment process for the next Clerk of the House should be 'formally terminated' and that the post should be split in two.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:15

    Labour's Rachel Reeves welcomes today's statistics showing another fall in unemployment, but says there is still a 'huge amount of lost ground to catch up'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:14

    David Cameron welcomes the appointment of the first female bishop, Libby Lane.

    Read on at David Cameron

  • 10:11

    Downing Street confirms the Government will introduce legislation this week designed to fast-track female bishops into the House of Lords, after Libby Lane's appointment today.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 09:59

    Lord Myners' report will find the Government's sell-off of Royal Mail should have brought in up to £180m to the Exchequer, not the £1bn suggested by MPs, according to Sky News.

    Read on at Sky News

  • 09:48

    On Twitter, George Osborne says today's job and wage statistics represent a 'major moment' in the UK's economic recovery.

    Read on at George Osborne

  • 09:36

    David Cameron welcomes the latest ONS labour market statistics which show that both wages and employment have both increased over the past year.

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  • 09:31

    The ONS announces new labour market figures, showing that unemployment has fallen by 455,000 over the past year.

    Read on at Office for National Statistics

  • 09:31

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander welcomes today's jobs and wage statistics, and says the UK must not ' lurch away' from the policies which have been enacted by the Government.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 08:56

    Greenpeace says an EU-wide deal on fish quotas 'will fail to end overfishing'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 08:55
    General Sir Mike Jackson

    Former Chief of General Staff General Sir Mike Jackson tells Today that said allegations made against the British Army that troops had murdered Iraqi prisoners were a 'tissue of lies'.

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  • 08:48
    Dr Peter Carter

    Dr Peter Carter, the head of the Royal College of Nursing, says the Government needs to 'get a grip' on nurse training.

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  • 08:08

    The Fabian Society says 56,000 young people not in education, employment or training have gone missing from local authority statistics.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 07:31

    The Ministry of Defence announces it has agreed a deal to sell the Defence Support Group, which maintains and repairs land vehicles for the Armed Force, for £140m.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

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