Work and pensions secretary fighting rearguard action against any changes that would involve slashing at key benefit schemesIain Duncan Smith is “pushing back” against attempts to “salami slice” through the welfare budget to deliver the prime minister’s pledge of £12bn in savings, allies of the work and pensions secretary have claimed.Duncan Smith was surprised when the sheer scale of the cu
An inquiry into leak by Alistair Carmichael intended to damage SNP leader could lead to new poll in constituency he won only by 817 votes in general electionThe Liberal Democrats were thrown into fresh crisis on Saturday as their only MP in Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, faced the prospect of a full parliamentary inquiry and a byelection fight against the SNP over his role in a Whitehall leak i
The former deputy prime minister says his choice shows many of the skills and qualities of Tony BlairFormer deputy prime minister John Prescott is backing Andy Burnham as Labour leader. Announcing his support, Prescott says he sees the skills and qualities of a young Tony Blair in the shadow health secretary.Prescott says in his _Sunday Mirror _column that he believes Burnham, who was first
MPs in Westminster will join other parties to fight against Conservatives scrapping act that offers ordinary men and women ‘fairness’, says SNP leaderThe SNP’s MPs will join forces with other opposition parties in an effort to block Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act, Nicola Sturgeon has said.The first minister claimed the Conservatives’ agenda “lacks legitimacy in Scotland”, where D
Labour leadership contender says that the party needs to have energy and direction, not agonise over defeatLife was never going to be easy for the Cooper-Balls household after the 2015 general election. Had Labour formed the government, they would have instantly become the most powerful married couple in Britain. Ed would have been chancellor of the exchequer and Yvette, in all likelihood, home
Day after announcing her bid, deputy leader says she is ‘proud’ of 20 MSPs’ support, while Ken Macintosh is also in the runningKezia Dugdale has won the backing of more than half of her party colleagues at Holyrood after announcing she is standing to be the next leader of Scottish Labour.Dugdale confirmed she was running for the leadership on Friday while MSP Ken Macintosh also announced h
Prime minister uses Riga summit to begin his campaign for EU renegotiation, and dismisses objections of foreign politicians as ‘noise’David Cameron has warned fellow European leaders that he wants to get on with EU reform and will bring it up at every summit for the foreseeable future, while dismissing the objections of foreign politicians as “noise”.The prime minister said he was not gree
Schools and adoption bill will require local authorities to merge services in effort to increase pool of potential adopters and reduce waiting timesCouncils will be forced to merge services in order to speed up adoption rates, according to plans to be set out in the Queen’s speech next week. Adoption is “happening at too small and localised a scale”, the Department for Education said, and mer
Irish people living overseas have been tweeting news of their journeys home to vote in same-sex marriage pollIrish citizens have been sharing photographs and stories on social media as they travel home to vote in the gay marriage referendum.Ireland could become the first country to legalise same-sex marriage through a referendum. More than 3 million people are eligible to vote, including 6
Senior Lib Dem Kirsty Williams and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood among assembly members criticising the raise as wrong in the face of public-sector cutsSenior Welsh politicians who are to receive a £10,000 pay rise after next year’s assembly election have said they will not accept the increase. The annual salary of backbenchers will jump by 17% to £64,000, it was confirmed on Friday by th
Matthew Hancock calls former chair of public accounts committee, whose toughness on heads of big business has earned admirers, ‘extremely partisan’ In his first speech since taking over the role of minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock accused Margaret Hodge, the high-profile chair of the public accounts committee, of being biased and inserting an “anti-government line” into report
Animal welfare campaigners promise to ‘buy Scottish’ if new MPs in Scotland vote against Tories’ promised motion to repeal Labour’s 2004 Hunting ActNew Scottish National party MPs are being lobbied by voters in the rest of the UK who are promising to holiday in Scotland and buy more whisky if they vote against the repeal of the hunting ban.Traditionally, SNP MPs do not vote on legislation
Ryan Coetzee says fear of Labour-SNP government and failure to win credit for coalition policies were at heart of Lib Dems’ catastrophic resultFear of the prospect of a Labour government propped up by the Scottish nationalists and a long-term failure to win credit for policy successes in government were central to the Liberal Democrats’ comprehensive election defeat, argues Ryan Coetzee, Nick
Debate will be hosted by Laura Kuenssberg and forms part of acting Labour leader Harriet Harman’s desire to ‘let the public in’ on the contestThe BBC’s Newsnight programme will broadcast Labour’s official leadership hustings, as part of the party’s desire to “let the public in” on the contest.The debate will be presented by Newsnight’s chief correspondent, Laura Kuenssberg, and broadcast l
Exclusive: Former culture secretary Sajid Javid told prime minister he was unable to support home secretary’s proposal as it infringed free speechA plan by the home secretary to introduce counter-extremism powers to vet British broadcasters’ programmes before they are transmitted has been attacked in the bluntest terms as a threat to freedom of speech by one of her own Conservative cabinet co
Shadow health secretary says decision demonstrates independence and puts him in stronger position to defend unions Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, has made a surprise move to assert his independence from the trades unions by saying he will not take any union cash to fund his Labour leadership campaign. Burnham made his announcement as one of his chief rivals, Liz Kendall, tried to
Party’s deputy leader acknowledges scale of defeat in general election and says she represents a ‘new generation with vision’ for ScotlandThe deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party, Kezia Dugdale, has announced her intention to stand as leader as part of a “new generation with vision”, making her the clear favourite to succeed Jim Murphy.Murphy resigned last weekend following the party
Downing Street announces that former secretary of state for communities and local government will be made a knight bachelorThe former cabinet minister Eric Pickles is to be given a knighthood, Downing Street has announced.The secretary of state for communities and local government in the previous parliament will be made a knight bachelor in recognition of his public service as an MP, and h
Alex Salmond set to lead debate in Commons following allegations that UK’s nuclear deterrent is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’The Scottish National party has secured an adjournment debate in the first week of the new parliament to ensure that allegations by Faslane whistleblower William McNeilly are not “swept under the carpet by the Ministry of Defence”.The newly appointed SNP foreign aff
Leadership candidate criticises Ed Miliband’s policies such as freezing energy prices and says she would back free schools that deliverLabour leadership candidate Liz Kendall has warned the party not to cling to the “fantasy” that Britain has swung to the left, as she backed successful free schools and pledged to fight defence cuts.Kendall, who is now the bookies’ second favourite to win b
Interim leader Harriet Harman admits voters want a say on membership and that her party will support David Cameron’s planned referendum bill Continue reading...
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SNP MP Stewart Hosie tells former Scottish secretary to ‘consider very seriously stepping down’ after he admitted leaking potentially damaging memo Continue reading...
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Former shadow chancellor accepted his share of blame for Labour’s disastrous results and signalled move towards writing about economy Continue reading...
Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael apologises for a leak intended to hurt the Scottish National party's chances in the general election. The former secretary of state for Scotland authorised the release of a memo including details of a private conversation in which Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, purportedly said she wanted David Cameron to remain prime minister Continue reading..
Tories were most successful among voters aged 65 or above and Labour only had a clear lead among those in the 18-34 age bracket, according to Ipsos Mori Continue reading...