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Andy Burnham attacked Jeremy Hunt after the Health Secretary said he had taken his children to A&E in order to avoid waiting for a GP. "It is highly unusual to have a secretary of state for health standing in the House of Commons, at the... Continue to article
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announces a £214m investment in cycling Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome (12:00) Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announces that the Ea... Continue to article
Andy Burnham accused Ukip of having “dangerous” views on immigration and vowed that Labour would take them on. Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary denied on BBC Question Time that Ukip had been right all along, but admitted that they had be... Continue to article
Treasury Committee press release Commenting following the Liaison Committee session with the Prime Minister this morning, Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, said in a personal capacity: "For the first time, the Prime ... Continue to article
The prime minister says a change to the way the level of Welsh government funding is set is not "on the horizon". Continue to article
David Cameron angered Conservative MPs today by rejecting their demands to scrap the Barnett formula on the grounds that it hands too much taxpayers’ money to Scotland. Continue to article
David Cameron has warned that “decision time is coming” for the issue of English Votes for English Laws. The Prime Minister hinted at some of the criteria he believed needed to be met for a lasting settlement on the issue when he appear... Continue to article
Dominic Raab denied that adjusting the Barnett formula in the context of wider constitutional changes would constitute a breach of David Cameron's 'vow' to voters in the referendum on Scottish independence. “No, absolutely not. So I supp... Continue to article
MPs are preparing to debate devolution this afternoon, with a motion from Dominic Raab which includes a call for a review of the Barnett formula and a resolution to the… Continue reading The post Labo... Continue to article
SNP press release Further weight has been added to calls for the devolution powers over immigration today – after UK immigration policy was branded as “not fit for Scotland’s future” in a letter to the Smith Commission by a range of indu... Continue to article
Press Release From SNP: SNP URGE VOTE TO SAVE THE ‘VOW’ WESTMINSTER’S FEET MUST BE HELD TO THE FIRE In advance of today’s debate at Westminster on ‘Devolution and the Union’ - the SNP has tabled an amendment and is asking for cross p... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said the Government had failed to meet cancer care targets, and called on ministers to "urgently" get services "back on track". "I think they offer confirmation that cancer care is getting worse. And as you say, we've got th... Continue to article
Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, has today called on Ukip leader, Nigel Farage to answer questions about Ukip’s policy over the NHS. Continue to article
Andy Burnham defended Ed Miliband's leadership of the Labour party. "He has put us in a position where six months out, as a first-term opposition, we are in a position to win. And there has been a campaign on in the last few days to dest... Continue to article
Andy Burnham was unable to confirm or deny this morning whether his leader Ed Miliband had investigated the 62 Labour MPs who have employed staff under zero hours contracts. “I’m sure he has. I don’t run his office, but if he has said that... Continue to article
The chairman of the Commons Northern Ireland Committee has criticised Tony Blair’s “totally unsatisfactory” attitude towards an inquiry into the scheme for “on-the-runs”. Conservative MP Laurence Robertson said the former prime minister... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said the “smoke signals” David Cameron was sending in relation to his thoughts on Europe was “damaging the national interest” abroad. “I think the problem is that all of these smoke signals that Cameron is sending and repeat... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to a report from the King’s Fund on low staff morale in the NHS and deteriorating performance, said: “This report paints a worrying picture of a ... Continue to article
Allegations of sex crimes by IRA members are “shocking”, the Northern Ireland Secretary has said, as she called on Sinn Fein to respond to the reports. Mairia Cahill claims to have been raped by an IRA member when she was 16-years-old a... Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron meets with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Business Secretary Vince Cable, Leader of the House of Commons William Hagu... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said reading former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley's whitepaper for the Health and Social Care Bill made him think it was a "recipe for chaos". "I remember reading Lansley’s whitepaper, and there was this one phrase… it lea... Continue to article
Labour and the Conservatives have both welcomed the five-year plan unveiled today for the National Health Service, while attacking each other’s policies on healthcare. This morning, six national bodies called for major reform of service... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said he was "ready to accept" the "challenges" laid out in a report on the NHS. "It’s a good report, and to be honest it’s a fair challenge to all of the political parties, its calling for more money, it’s calling for big ch... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Andy Burnham writes to David Cameron on his failure to answer questions on the NHS Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary, in a letter to the Prime Minister sent this afternoon, said: 22 October, 2... Continue to article
The English health system is being put under pressure by Welsh patients travelling across the border to access services, the Health Secretary has said. During Health Questions today, Jeremy Hunt told the Commons: “As far as this sid... Continue to article
Andy Burnham ruled out standing for the Labour leadership. "I rule it out... No, I am [a] Labour loyalist to my core. I am loyal to the leader, and the leader of our party, Ed Miliband, has said, the NHS will be his big priority going to... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said: "If this is designed to bring patients and NHS workers back on side, then it won't work and will only make them more furious. "David Cameron's re-o... Continue to article
Andy Burnham hit out at the "media script" around the Clacton and Heywood and Middleton by-elections. "I know the media script at the moment is to proclaim everything a disaster for Labour... it's the way the media is operating at the mo... Continue to article
A press release from Labour: Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said: "The public and airport staff want to know that the Government is doing everything it can to prevent this terrible disease from reaching the UK. Mini... Continue to article
Andy Burnham has pledged to bring social care into the NHS. In his address to the Labour Party conference in Manchester, the Shadow Health Secretary signalled a shift towards free end-of-life care, and said it was "time to complete Nye B... Continue to article
It’s great to be at Labour Party Conference in Manchester. A fantastic city. A city with a great Labour council leading the way. It’s here four years ago here that I won the leadership of this great party. We meet at Conference in seriou... Continue to article
Andy Burnham was asked whether Labour would support UK airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to combat IS. “Well, Ed said today, didn’t he, that we will support the action that’s being taken by our partners? Anybody who went through the deba... Continue to article
Caroline Flint said Ed Miliband would be outlining major plans for reform in his conference speech today. “They’re big proposals because we need big changes in our country to make sure that we can support people through difficult times s... 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
NHS hospitals will be free to gain up to half their income from private work in a move which risks increased Coalition tensions over health reforms, The Times reports.
Critics have warned that the changes, in which foundation hospitals will have their private patient income cap raised dramatically, could lead to a "two-tier health system".
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham expressed his concern, saying: "This surprise move, sneaked out just before Christmas, is the clearest sign yet of David Cameron's determination to turn our precious NHS into a US-style commercial system, where hospitals are more interested in profits than people."
The warning comes as the Telegraph reports that more than 1m people were registered with a GP who served more than 3,000 patients, almost twice the average list size of 1,600.
The Shadow Health Secretary has said that the Government are "burying" the true cost of NHS reform, claiming that the coalition's plans will cost nearly £3.4 billion. Andy Burnham says that the overhaul will cost £1.69 billion this year and £1.7 billion in 2011/12.
Ed Miliband has won the Labour leadership by 1.3% after a close competition with his brother David. Speaking after Ed's win, David Miliband said "this is Ed's day" and his younger brother said "my relationship with David is excellent and it will remain excellent". The new Labour leader stressed he would "unify" the party and said that "today a new generation has taken charge of Labour". His appointment has already been criticised by Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Warsi, who said it seemed like a “great leap backwards” for the Labour party and “Ed Miliband owes his position to the votes of the unions”.
The Government has admitted that parts of planned reforms to the elderly care system may not come into effect before 2025. Andrew Lansley also refused to rule out the possibility of a tax on pensioners to fund the rising costs of care. Andy Burnham hit out at the Government for the delay on reforms, saying the problem was “urgent” and “this is not good enough from the Health Secretary”.
Andrew Dilnot, who chaired a review into elderly care, said this morning that such a delay would be "completely unacceptable". He told the BBC's Today programme the Government should act by Easter next year: "I see no official sign that there is any suggestion that a decision will be delayed beyond that, and any such delay would be a betrayal of peoples’ trust."
Four Labour shadow ministers face a parliamentary inquiry for failing to register potential conflicts of interest. Ed Balls, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Liam Byrne are all accused of seeking to amend legislation in favour of trade unions from which they received funding.
The FT reports that Ed Miliband has offered the shadow chancellor job to older brother David, despite their differing views on tackling the deficit, but spokespeople for the new leader have dismissed the reports as "speculative froth". In his first full day as Labour leader, Mr Miliband faced criticism from both the Conservatives and the Lib Dems. In an interview for the Andrew Marr show he rejected claims that he is a union stooge, saying that he was "his own man". He dismissed the 'Red Ed' label as "tiresome and rubbish". David Miliband has remained tight-lipped on his future in the shadow cabinet.
26/11/2014 on Sky News
20/11/2014 on Question Time, BBC 1
13/11/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
13/11/2014 on Good Morning Britain, ITV
07/11/2014 on Sky News
05/11/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
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