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A chief constable was forced to apologise today after the prosecution of Hyde Park bombing suspect John Downey collapsed due to a "monumental" blunder by his force. Continue to article
A brother of one of the four soldiers killed says the fact that suspect John Downey will return to normal life is a "torment". Continue to article
Labour press release Shadow Secretary for State for Northern Ireland, Ivan Lewis MP, responding to today’s High Court ruling by Mr Justice Sweeney on prosecution of John Downey, said: “We should never forget those members of our armed... Continue to article
Nigel Dodds argued that the policy of giving assurances to 'on the runs' that they would not face trial had not been subjected to appropriate democratic oversight. “This clearly has been a terrible mistake made on the part of people invo... Continue to article
LONDON (Reuters) - An Irishman accused of a bombing that killed four soldiers on horseback in London in 1982 walked free on Tuesday after it emerged at his trial that Northern Irish police had given h... Continue to article
John Downey’s suspected links to IRA’s activities in the Fermanagh and Donegal area stretch back as far as 1971, the Old Bailey heard. Continue to article
Peter Hain said that without the processes of guaranteeing 'on the runs' in Northern Ireland freedom from prosecution there would have been more suffering in the province. "Where Northern Ireland is now compared with where it was in the ... Continue to article
Jeffrey Donaldson strongly criticised the decision not to prosecute suspected IRA terrorist John Downey. "His rights have come before the rights of innocent victims. This is happening far too often and the message that goes out to terror... Continue to article
Theresa Villiers said the PSNI should investigate who was responsible for the Hyde Park bombing "mistake" of giving a suspect a pledge he would not be tried. "My thoughts are with the families of the victims of that terrible atrocity. I ... Continue to article
Labour have offered to help rescue the Government's beleaguered care.data programme on the condition of new safeguards for patients' personal data. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said the "important scheme" could be saved by restor... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said the reforms Ed Miliband has made to the relationship between the Labour party and trade unions would move the party into a new era. "It’s the most exciting change internally within the Labour party in my political life... Continue to article
Andy Burnham delivered a ‘state of the NHS’ analysis during a One Nation event in Birmingham yesterday. Continue to article
Andy Burnham said he was glad the Government had agreed to accept some Syrian refugees. "The UN has a resettlement programme because some people need to be taken away from the region, I think the government has done the right thing, I’m ... Continue to article
Can I start by saying that it is an honour to have been invited here today to address your event; and can I also say thanks to Paul for his opening remarks. It is also a real privilege to speak here in the Senate Room of Queens; a Univer... Continue to article
Wednesday 8 January It must be more than 13 years since I last wrote The House magazine diary. It’s taken at least three editors to get over my earlier efforts and ask me again. My first job in London was writing and editing The Hou... Continue to article
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham accuses coalition of not listening to warnings because of its 'obsession' with NHS reform Labour has blamed the coalition's NHS reforms for a surge in the use of t... Continue to article
Andy Burnham blamed an increase in spending on doctors to plug gaps in A&E staffing on the Government's reorganisation of the NHS. “My diagnosis is that the full consequences of the Government’s reorganisation of the NHS are now being fe... Continue to article
The leaders of Stormont's five main parties are due to meet to discuss the way ahead following the lack of agreement over the Haass proposals. Continue to article
Andy Burnham called on the Government to bring back the guarantee for patients to see their GP within 48 hours over the winter to relieve the pressure on A&E departments. “The experience I hear around the country, people say to me ‘I’m ... 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.
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