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COMMONS CHAMBER 12:00pm: Justice questions (topicals at 12.45pm) Main business Ten minute rule motion: National Defence Medal Bill (Stephen Gilbert, Lib Dem, St Austell and Newquay) National Insurance Contributions Bill: Report s... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said he thought the Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud should be given a “second chance” after comments emerged that he thought some disabled people were “not worth” the minimum wage. Speaking on Question Time, the Health Sec... Continue to article
The bulk collection of personal communications data is essential to ensure public safety, the Home Secretary has insisted. During an appearance before Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, Theresa May defended the activity of... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell said Nick Clegg had roused delegates with his conference speech. "He’s marching his troops to the sound of gunfire. He’s ready for the fight." Sir Menzies said there was a big “hole” in the centre of British po... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell said there was “no legal impediment” for the UK to take airstrikes to Syria. “There was no appetite, nor indeed after the Prime Minister came into the House of Commons with a motion that was specifically against any ... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell said he was now 'rather more sympathetic' to the case for military intervention in Iraq and Syria to confront IS militants. “You’ve got regional instability. You’ve got regional support from those countries that have... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell said Alex Salmond had made an “enormous contribution” to Scottish politics. “There’s no doubt that the fact that we had a referendum yesterday – it seems a long time ago now – and the fact that 45% of the people were... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell said it was not possible for the UK to rule concerted military action against the so-called Islamic State. “I don’t think you can rule it out. You have to ensure, as I say, you’ve got a clear set of both political an... Continue to article
Former Olympian athlete, one-time party leader, Companion of Honour: Sir Menzies Campbell is many things. But here's an exchange from yesterday's debate on the Middle East that threw up an unusual gem: Stephen Barclay: Is the right hon....
Sir Menzies Campbell warned against the SNP's independence plans for the military. "What would happen would be we would withdraw from a set of military arrangements which place the United Kingdom very much at the top table. And it's perf... Continue to article
Lord Carlile said that taking away the passports from Britons when they were outside of the country, making them stateless, would be unlawful. "I agree with Dominic Grieve and Sir Menzies Campbell who said the same, the day before yester... Continue to article
David Cameron has called for new measures to be debated in Parliament to tackle threats of extremism in the UK. The Prime Minister called for more police powers to stop suspects at the border. "Passports are not an automatic right. W... Continue to article
Sir Menzies Campbell urged the Government to exercise caution in pushing for new powers to strip citizenship from UK nationals who joined the Islamic State. “I think it’s rather difficult and it might well constitute illegality because o... Continue to article
The Paralympics will "inspire a whole generation" and change people's views about disability, David Cameron has claimed.
The Prime Minister said Britain should be "incredibly proud" about hosting the Games - which will begin tonight with an opening ceremony at the Olympic stadium.
"We can be very proud that more Paralympians are taking part in more sports, in more stadia, watched by more people, than at any time in the past," he said.
"I think the Paralympics will really demonstrate to people some things about disability, some things about what these incredible people can achieve, that will change their views and inspire a whole generation of new people."
Speaking at the official pre-ceremony reception at the Guildhall earlier, Nick Clegg said the UK was on the “brink of making history”.
“We want to go further, faster in London 2012: hitting fast forward to help deliver a big and lasting elevation of disability sport," he said.
"If 1948 was the birth of the Paralympic movement, let 2012 be a milestone in its journey.”
Writing for PoliticsHome today, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said: "Make no mistake, those competing are not the disabled who happened to be athletes, these are athletes who happen to be disabled."
Armed Forces minister Nick Harvey hinted that a decision on Trident could be delayed until after the next election, as Liberal Democrat pass a motion supporting putting the nuclear weapons system in the strategic defence review. Party whip Tessa Munt has threatened to resign her post over the issue.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell has said that the strategic defence and security review will be "skewed" if it excludes consideration of the Trident nuclear missile system. He also blasted Tory backbenchers for their "obsession" with the issue.
The head of US intelligence has warned of the growing likelihood Iran will carry out attacks against America or its allies.
Director of Intelligence James Clapper used his annual worldwide threat assessment to suggest Iran was "more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived US actions that threaten the regime".
Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, Sir Menzies Campbell warned that there was "no single action" that could be taken against Iran that would be "without risk".
Nick Clegg has written to Lib Dem MPs describing the decision to endorse a rise in student tuition fees as "one of the most difficult decisions" he has had to make. Mr Clegg also said he would understand if MPs voted against the reforms.
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