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It is important to get to the bottom of fraud claims surrounding Tower Hamlets council, the Communities Secretary has said. Eric Pickles called on inspectors to look into allegations of maladministration in the local authority under its ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron meets with Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi in London Children and families minister Edward Timpson (09.45) and shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt (11.40) speak at a NSPCC conference in London on chi... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron visits Yorkshire and the Humber this afternoon after returning from the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude delivers the Oakeshott memorial lecture at an ICAEW event in ... Continue to article
MPs have held a special session to pay tribute to Tony Benn, who died last week. Mr Benn’s son Hilary was among those to share their memories of the Labour politician, describing how touched he had been by the comments since his passing... Continue to article
Diane Abbott said Tony Benn had been vindicated in many of his rows with the right of the Labour party. “Tony Benn brought so many people into politics. He didn’t breed cynicism; he brought so many people into the Labour party. On issues... Continue to article
Hilary Benn said David Cameron should say he was wrong to to remove from local councils the right to automatically waive council tax on unoccupied properties that need repairs. "In the 2007 floods, we made available our recovery fund and... Continue to article
Hilary Benn hit out at Eric Pickles for blaming the Environment Agency for the slow response to the flooding crisis in Somerset. "I think the Environment Agency staff have absolutely worked their socks off and I know that from my own exp... Continue to article
Hilary Benn said the poorest did not benefit from the Government's council tax freeze. "I think councils understand very well the pressure on household budgets and are doing their darnedest to keep household bills down. It isn’t helped ... Continue to article
Eric Pickles says details of high wages at local authorities shows there is still room to crack down on "dodgy pay deals and boomerang bosses" at councils. The Communities Secretary was responding to research from the Taxpayers' Alliance which found that over 3,000 council staff were earning over £100,000 a year. Labour's Hilary Benn said the Conservative Party needed to "get their house in order" as the research showed nine out of ten of "top town hall earners" were employed by Tory councils.
Labour's "green manifesto" reveals that the party would be prepared to legislate to ensure greater competition in energy markets. The manifesto, released yesterday, revealed it wanted to open the retail energy market which it said was dominated by the "big six".
Environment secretary Hilary Benn has ruled out compulsory insurance for dog owners, saying the government did not want to "penalise" responsible owners. The Conservatives have accused the government of a "humiliating u-turn."
Immigrants who are not taught to speak English "like a native" face life as members of an unemployable "sub-class", Eric Pickles has said.
In an exclusive interview with PoliticsHome's sister publication The House magazine, the Communities Secretary said the Government wanted people to speak adequate English, adding that there would be a £10m grant to help teach immigrants.
Labour have criticised Mr Pickles' language, with Hilary Benn saying he should be "thinking of practical ways to ensure that anyone settling in this country is able to speak English rather than talking about sub-classes".
The government has set out proposals which would license farmers to cull badgers, to help combat tuberculosis in cattle.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has written to David Cameron urging him to rule out a repeal of the fox hunting ban - today is the fifth anniversary of the ban's introduction.
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