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Iain Duncan Smith has rejected Labour claims of further delays to the Universal Credit welfare reform programme, as the Work and Pensions Secretary confirmed the flagship scheme is to be rolled out to families for the first time. Univers... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves said Emily Thornberry’s controversial tweet of a house in Rochester adorned with England flags was “condescending and disrespectful”. “I was out on the doorstep on Thursday when I saw that tweet. I was up in Leeds ... Continue to article
Natalie Bennett said people were "thoroughly fed up" with the main political parties. "I think we were presenting an image of a different kind of the streets of Rochester where people were coming up to us, explicitly saying ‘you’re the a... Continue to article
This post is written by Rachel Reeves and Stephen Timms This week’s report from Oxfam, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), the Church of England and The Trussell Trust makes shocking reading for anyone... Continue to article
Ed Balls defended the bedroom tax as something the “vast majority of people” will not have to pay. “The vast majority of people… in London, have a property worth nowhere near £2m,” he told LBC’s Call Ed Balls show. “If they are a taxp... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper said the scale and pace of low-skilled EU migration to the UK was too high. "We're talking about practical proposals. I think there has been an arms race between both the Tories and Ukip, and it's the politics of division. ... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves set out three “important announcements” on limiting the entitlement of EU migrants to claim welfare benefits in the UK. “First of all that no-one should be able to come to this country and claim out-of-work benefits. So we ... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves has this afternoon announced that Labour would curb new EU migrants’ access to benefits. Continue to article
In response to Rachel Reeves’ immigration announcement, a Conservative spokesman said: ‘Nobody will believe a word Labour say on immigration or welfare. ‘They had no grip over immigration or the welfare bill and they have opposed ever... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: From doorstep to doorstep, street stall to school gate, coffee morning to public meeting, Labour MPs and candidates are talking to thousands of people every week. And we know that three things come up more... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Rachel Reeves MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on today's IFS report on social security said: "Today's IFS report has confirmed that low pay and the government's chaotic handling ... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves accused David Cameron of “making excuses” for a potential slowdown in growth in the UK by warning about the impact of potential on the UK problems in the global economy. “What I would say to David Cameron is instead of maki... Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to mark Remembrance Day by visiting Aylesford in Kent Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaks at a London Chamber of Commerce Asian Business Association dinner in London (7:00pm) Culture Secret... Continue to article
Iain Duncan Smith has said government ministers across Europe are in agreement that current EU welfare rules need reforming. The Work and Pensions Secretary said he was in regular dialogue with the European Commission and individual memb... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves said it was “outrageous” that Lord Freud, who suggested that some disabled workers were “not worth” the minimum wage, was still in his post as Welfare Reform minister. “I think it is pretty outrageous really that you have g... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves said today's fall in overall unemployment was welcome, but working people were continuing to see pay fall far behind the cost-of-living. "It's really good news that unemployment is falling... but we also need to do more to ... Continue to article
Labour press release Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s Labour Market Statistics, said: “Today’s fall in overall unemployment is welcome, but the new figures show working people are co... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Government ministers have admitted in a series of parliamentary answers that Universal Credit could cost an additional £1.25 billion. The figures were revealed in parliamentary answers to shadow Work and Pens... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves’ interview on BBC Daily Politics may have been excruciating at times, but was it the ‘car crash’ that the Tories are claiming? Continue to article
Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said: Just think conference, it could be less than a year left for the Bedroom Tax. Because the very first thing ... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves has attacked her Government counterpart Iain Duncan Smith in her speech at conference, saying that “everything he touches turns into a complete and utter shambles”. The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary also said she had ... Continue to article
Labour will not fund capital projects through extra borrowing, Ed Balls has announced. The Shadow Chancellor had previously ruled out any uncosted commitments to current spending. But in his keynote speech to Labour’s conference today... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves said a Labour government would not take on any additional borrowing in the next parliament, and they would pay down the debt “as soon as possible within the next parliament”. “What Ed said in his speech, this is an importan... Continue to article
INTRODUCTION Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today. Our goal: ‘a community in which p... Continue to article
We need to build a new United Kingdom. Conference, greetings from a land with a Labour Government. Soon to be joined by another one in May Can I say a special good morning to those of you who are here from Scotland. There are few peo... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Yvette Cooper is late. But she has a pretty good excuse: the wacky races that are London school runs. Like many parents with children on their second day of the new term, she’s... Continue to article
Labour has hit out at the Government's borrowing record, with Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves saying the Coalition is set to borrow a "staggering £158bn more than planned".
The Government received a boost today by better-than-expected figures on public sector borrowing. Public sector net borrowing was £18.1bn in November, a decrease from £20.4bn 12 months ago, while the UK’s net debt was estimated at £977.1bn.
Nick Clegg has been accused of deliberately misleading parliament over the reasons the government cancelled the Sheffield Forgesmasters loan. Labour MPs Barry Gardiner and Rachel Reeves have written to the parliamentary standards watchdog on the subject.
Ken Clarke sparked a fresh row today after declaring that 'a prolonged recession' will lead to a new crime wave. Shadow Chief Secretary Rachel Reeves seized on the Justice Secretary's remarks to MPs as proof that the Coalition was 'planning for a recession rather than preventing it'.
Ms Reeves said that Cabinet members “should be taking urgent action to get our economy growing again, not wringing their hands” about an inevitable recession.
Speaking at Justice questions in the House of Commons today, Mr Clarke had said: “It is possible, with the prolonged recession, with the long period of youth unemployment, there’ll be an increase in acquisitive crime, that is the experience we have in this country. What we’re doing is responding to that and the prison service is responding very well.”
The Labour party has announced in full the new appointments to the shadow front benches. Newly elected MPs Rachel Reeves, Johnny Reynolds, Tom Greatrex, Luciana Berger and Gloria De Piero have been given junior positions. Longer serving MPs including failed Labour leadership contender Diane Abbott, Wayne David, Andy Slaughter, Karen Buck and Alison Sebeck have also been given roles. Chuka Umunna and Anne McGuire have been appointed as private parliamentary secretaries (PPS) to new Labour leader Ed Miliband. Some notable omissions from the list include Ben Bradshaw, David Lammy, Tom Harris and Pat McFadden who all stood for shadow cabinet positions.
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