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Andy Burnham said the only reason the Government had reversed its position on plain packaging was to avoid political embarrassment. "If the Government were serious it would be taking action now to cut the harm from tobacco to children. I... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron attends the EU Eastern Partnership summit in Lithuania Foreign secretary William Hague delivers a statement to the House of Commons on preventing sexual violence in conflict International development secre... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said the Government's response to warnings on NHS staffing levels did not go far enough. "The Government's response is as good as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough, particularly on the key issue of staffing. Peopl... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt has given the Government’s full response to the Mid-Staffs scandal, outlining a range of measures to tackle failings in the NHS. The Health Secretary issued a statement to the Commons in response to Robert Francis’ report, an... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said it was time to “re-found” the NHS by integrating health and social care. "I would immediately halt the closure of NHS walk-in centres. We heard this week that around one in four walk-in centres has closed and they're a ... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said the Government's announcement on the return of family GPs should come with a "spin warning" and predicted it would still be just as difficult for patients to get appointments. "If it was the contract to blame, we would... Continue to article
Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the National Audit Office report on maternity services, said: "David Cameron promised thousands more midwives, but he's failing to deliver them... Continue to article
Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on revelations that around a dozen NHS executives who were given six figure pay offs in the government's top-down reorganisation have been re-employ... Continue to article
Andy Burnham accused David Cameron had gone back on his pledge not to conduct a top-down re-organisation of the NHS following the revelations that a married couple who were rewarded £1m in redundancy payoffs had been re-hired. “It must b... Continue to article
Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, on the NHS Direct announcement, said: "The NHS has been battered by this Government. But this, by any reckoning, is one of worst acts of vandalism. "It is a ... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said the Government must “get a grip” on the NHS and halt further nursing job losses. “Why is it that nurses are still being made redundant when we know about all of these problems? Around another 500 nursing job losses were... Continue to article
Labour has a “record to be ashamed of” on the NHS, Jeremy Hunt has claimed. As he answered questions in the House of Commons, the Health Secretary was interrupted by John Bercow at one point after making repeated references to the last ... Continue to article
Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to a report by Monitor, said: “This will send a shiver down many a spine. It confirms the suspicion many people have that David Cameron is softenin... Continue to article
Andy Burnham accused Jeremy Hunt of leaving the NHS "on the brink of a very dangerous winter" after a report said pressure on resources could see the health service face a crisis this winter. "This last year has been the worst year year ... Continue to article
Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband MP Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Party Chair and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Harriet Harman MP Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls MP ... Continue to article
I was interested to see that the lawyer acting for Andy Burnham in his Twitter dispute with Jeremy Hunt is Gerald Shamash, the Labour Party’s official solicitor. Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron meets with European Council president Herman Van Rompuy (11.15) Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has made a speech on Britain's relationship with the European Union in London Defence secretary Philip Hammo... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt accused the last Labour government of pressuring the Care Quality Commission to cover up reports of failings within the NHS for political purposes. “What it looks like from these press reports is that the last government want... Continue to article
Dear Sir Jeremy, I am writing to ask that you investigate whether the Civil Service Code was breached during the release, in the run up to the last General Election, of a report into failures of care at Basildon and Thurrock University Ho... Continue to article
Labour press release A Labour spokesperson said: “This is the latest stage of an on-going Conservative Party smear campaign against the last Labour Government. These old, unfounded allegations have already been answered in full. No ev... Continue to article
Tories are now calling for Andy Burnham to resign. That must mean they want him to keep his job in the reshuffle then...
The body that represents solicitors in Northern Ireland has accused the justice department of mismanaging the legal aid budget. Continue to article
Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, responding to research by the Royal College of General Practitioners on cuts to GP budgets, said: "The Prime Minister has spent all year trying to blame the 2... Continue to article
Ed Miliband has challenged David Cameron to commit to holding televised leaders debate in the run-up to the 2015 general election. The Prime Minister has so far refused to be drawn on whether a similar format will occur to that used in ... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said there needed to be more collaboration and less competition in the NHS. "They're trying to take competition to the heart of the NHS, and there is unanimity from across the health service that that will reduce standa... Continue to article
Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: I want to begin by thanking David Sparks and all our Labour councillors, includin... Continue to article
Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference - It's a privilege to open this debate, a debate we approach with a passion and care. T... Continue to article
Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference, we meet here in Brighton. With the General Election now just nineteen months away Determined to defeat th... Continue to article
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander attends the Institute for Civil Engineers’ UK transport conference in London (09.35) Labour Party leader Ed Miliband holds a Q&A session at the Labour Party Conference (14.15) Environmen... Continue to article
Where are you on the policy review? I came last year and our task was to build the policy review, from a bit of a standing start. That’s not a criticism, that’s just because for the first two years it was getting out from un... Continue to article
Stella Creasy attack on Lab's producer instincts is surely an even bigger condemnation of Andy Burnham than of Ed Miliband.
Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on The Times research that 43% of hospital wards fail to meet recommended safe staffing levels, said: “These figures reveal the scale of the proble... Continue to article
Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the Health Select Committee report on the Francis Report recommendations, said: “More than six months after the Francis Report, the Government... Continue to article
Labour party press release Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting in the King’s Fund quarterly report, said: “David Cameron's re-organisation has placed the NHS in the danger zone and the alarm bells are gettin... Continue to article
Andy Burnham has told the Health Secretary to “cut the spin, get a grip, or go” over the problems facing A&E departments. However as he responded to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons, Jeremy Hunt accused Labour of “political pos... Continue to article
Retired British Army Colonel, Edward Loden, was shot and killed during a robbery at his son’s home in Langata, Nairobi, says family. Continue to article
Foreign Office press release The family has released a statement which says: "A retired British Army Colonel, Edward Loden, was shot and killed during a robbery at his son's home in Langata, Nairobi, shortly after returning from dinner ... Continue to article
Anna Soubry defended the Government’s actions to help A&E departments ahead of the winter. “As Andy Burnham himself accepts, there is no single solution to it and it is hugely complicated. I note actually that he didn’t say what he would... Continue to article
Andy Burnham called on the Government to take urgent action to avert a winter crisis in accident and emergency care. "We’ve been warning all year that A&E is under severe pressure. We’ve seen a huge deterioration in A&E over the past yea... 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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19/11/2013 on BBC News
17/11/2013 on Sunday Politics, BBC One
15/11/2013 on Daybreak, ITV1
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12/11/2013 on Labour party
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