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Andy Burnham said that Tony Caplin's sacking from the Public Works Loans Board had highlighted Government cronyism. "You know, you can't owe money to the Treasury at the same time as being in charge of a major Treasury body that's handin... Continue to article
Labour press release It’s clear the NHS is in crisis when it tells injured patients to go to Asda, not A&E David Cameron’s A"> Patients saw planned operations cancelled as hospitals placed themselves on black or red alert and “dra... Continue to article
In what is fast-becoming an annual tradition, Ed Balls will don the leggings and run 26.2 miles on Sunday for the London Marathon. Several of his parliamentary colleagues have sponsored him so far, including his political arch-rival Geor...
LONDON (Reuters) - An amnesty should be offered to all those involved in 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland, a former British government minister said, ahead of a state visit by the Irish presid... Continue to article
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham calls on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to explain his position on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland. Continue to article
By Matt Foster The proposed EU-US trade deal would not prevent a future Labour government from returning privatised NHS services to the public sector, the European Union's chief negotiator on the agreement has said. In February, Shad... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Chris Leslie is feeling old. The erstwhile Baby of the House says his original arrival in the Commons in 1997 feels like it was “quite a long time ago”. Now 41, he’s a relative... Continue to article
NI's First Minister Peter Robinson warns of potential "nuclear options" if agreement is not reached on welfare reform. Continue to article
Andy Burnham said justice was on its way for the families of victims who died in the Hillsborough disaster. "The families have waited all of that time [25 years] for justice and I think finally it's on its way. This is a momentous day fo... Continue to article
Lord Warner said his idea of a £10 per month membership fee for the NHS would help to close the black hole in the health service’s finances. “[It’s an attempt to] try to face up to the £30bn black hole in the NHS finances by the end of t... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Luciana Berger is angry. From Government policy on food banks to delays on protecting children from smoking, the Shadow Public Health Minister says she has plenty to be annoyed... 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
Andy Burnham labelled the Government’s decision to exclude some NHS staff from a 1% pay rise “very unfair”. “It is very unfair for NHS staff to be singled out in this way. And let’s remember: George Osborne promised this. He promised a 1... Continue to article
The Government have ripped up the coalition commitment to localism in the NHS by voting through sweeping powers for ministers to close hospitals, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said. Continue to article
Andy Burnham dismissed suggestions that Labour was scaremongering voters over the Government's plans to give hospital administrators more powers to downgrade or close services. "Absolutely not. Hospitals will need to change - I changed t... Continue to article
Andy Burnham said no hospital would be safe if Jeremy Hunt was granted the powers he was seeking to close hospitals without local accountability. "The original powers were intended to address problems where there was financial failure in... Continue to article
Stephen Dorrell rejected Andy Burnham's contention that changes to the decision-making process around hospital closures would mean no hospital was safe, but insisted they should not be treated as sacred cows. “I think you were quite righ... Continue to article
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
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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