PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers
- Sign up to see last 24 hours
Dont have an account?Sign up here
Welsh Government News press release Minister welcomes success of GCSE English and Maths workshops. A series of GCSE English and Maths workshops have been well received by Wales' secondary schools. The aim of the workshops was to provide... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper condemned yesterday’s “vile” murder of a soldier in Woolwich and proclaimed Labour’s support for the Government’s response. “This was a truly vile attack, and I think all of our thoughts will be with the victim’s family and... Continue to article
Welsh Government News press release Further Education Teacher Training Incentives announced. The Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, has announced new initial teacher training (ITT) incentives for eligible students un... Continue to article
Labour party press release Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, responding to reports that some Afghan interpreters may be allowed to settle in Britain, said: "This is a welcome about turn by the Prime Minister. We called ... Continue to article
The legislation to legalise same-sex marriage has passed to the House of Lords after MPs overwhelmingly backed its third reading. MPs backed the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill by 366 votes to 161, although a majori... Continue to article
Welsh Government press release First Minister announces Public Policy Institute Wales Consortium Cardiff University will head up a consortium of research organisations and think tanks to run the Public Policy Institute for Wales, Firs... Continue to article
Welsh Government press release Too many questions about welfare changes remain unanswered - Minister The UK Government’s welfare changes are throwing a question mark over the Welsh Government’s ability to deliver support to some of Wal... Continue to article
Welsh Government press release Cardiff Airport key to Wales' position in global market- First Minister The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, will this evening reiterate the importance of Cardiff Airport in securing Wales’ position within ... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper revealed she would not support Tim Loughton’s amendment calling for civil partnerships to be opened up to opposite-sex couples, and urged MPs instead to get behind Labour’s own amendment. “That [whether Labour will vote for... Continue to article
Welsh Government press release Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes Minister for Housing and Regeneration Carl Sargeant will today (Monday 20 May) launch a White Paper for c... Continue to article
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has urged David Cameron not to let the gay marriage bill get lost "in the vortex of Tory infighting". Her comments came as Tory MP Nick Herbert called on fellow Tories fighting the bill to "move on". ... Continue to article
On April 21 seven of Parliament’s hardiest souls lined up in Greenwich Park to take on 26.2 miles of road-pounding pain. Thankfully all of them survived to tell The House their London Marathon highlights. The intrepid (or foolhardy) p... Continue to article
Plaid Cymru's Westminster Group has tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech expressing disappointment that a new Government of Wales Bill implementing the recommendations of the Silk Commission was not included in the Address. The cros... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper argued that efforts to bring down levels of immigration should focus on the type of immigration, not just the pace, emphasising the importance of a crackdown on illegal immigration. “Well, we’ve said that the pace of immigr... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron continues his visit to the United States. He will attend meetings of the UN High Level Panel on development goals in New York Universities and science minister David Willetts announces a funding boost to the ... Continue to article
It is dangerous to dismiss UKIP as a protest vote, one of the party's most senior figures has said. Executive Party Chairman Steve Crowther said his party was now well established and represented a threat to the three main political part... Continue to article
Welsh Government press release Minister calls for more to be done to increase diversity of Councillors in Wales. More needs to be done to ensure County and Community Councils better reflect the communities they serve, Local Government ... Continue to article
A £400m funding boost to increase the supply of housing in Wales will help realise the Welsh Government's ambitious plans to deliver 7,500 new affordable homes by 2016, Finance Minister Jane Hutt will announce today (Friday 3 May). Despi... Continue to article
Could this be a cunning new social media strategy from Labour’s home affairs team? UiIiiiIOoiiOIyuyyUioiIiIIiiuuuUyTTtTtttttttttttttt — Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) May 2, 2013 Cassandra sxqqcsxsddz a — stellacreasy (@s...
Welsh Government press release The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, today set out the purpose and remit of a new Commission established to review Wales's public services. The Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery will: ... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper said the large increase in 'community resolution' measures was caused by government cuts placing the police under pressure. “I think you are seeing police officers under pressures to deal with cases as rapidly as possible a... Continue to article
Welsh Government press release Youth Engagement and Progression We identified increasing youth engagement and employment as a priority in our Programme for Government. Our aim is to help all young people overcome the challenges they f... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper asked why the Home Secretary had not appealed against the ECHR judgement in the Abu Qatada case over 12 months ago "when she had the chance". "She could have appealed against the European Court judgement then. She chose not... Continue to article
Welsh Government press release Update on Business Rates When I made a statement to the Chamber on March 5th, I promised to provide a further update on the recommendations of the Morgan report to Members after the Easter recess. Tod... Continue to article
Welsh Government news press release When I made my Oral Statement on Enterprise Zones in January I said would provide a further update in April. In each Enterprise Zone we are focusing on capacity building activities. In Anglesey a num... Continue to article
Shadow Home Secretary press release Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, said: “As we mark 20 years since the senseless and despicable murder of Stephen Lawrence, I pay tribute to Stephen’s family for their courageous campaigning to ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron is expected to hold a PM Direct event in Cumbria Health secretary Jeremy Hunt attends the Electronic Patient Records Conference in London (09.50) Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper delivers a keynote spee... Continue to article
Welsh Government News press release Minister welcomes Commission's recommendations for renting homes in Wales. Carl Sargeant, the Minister for Housing and Regeneration, has welcomed a report by the Law Commission, recommending improveme... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper said “urgent action” was needed by the Home Office to get the Abu Qatada case back on track. “We did raise concerns a year ago about the Home Secretary’s legal strategy and whether they were taking us back to square on... Continue to article
Welsh Government press release Developing fairer taxes to support the Welsh economy will be top of the agenda today when Wales' Finance Minister, Jane Hutt, meets Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growt... Continue to article
Labour party press release Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, said: "The Home Secretary appears to have rushed forward this announcement after the unravelling of the Prime Minister's immigration speech yesterday and the damning repor... Continue to article
Theresa May has announced the troubled UK Borders Agency will be split into two new bodies. The new organisations will not have agency status, and will operate from within the Home Office, Ms May told the Commons. The move follows a s... Continue to article
If you were placing your bets the way you always must in the Grand National - taking past history into account - you wouldn’t see why William Hague, Theresa May, David Miliband and Yvette Cooper are the bookies’ favourites to take the lead if Ed or Dave fall at Becher’s, given that they are all from previous intakes. Continue to article
Yvette Cooper said the Prime Minister’s announcements on immigration were “very confused”. “I think it’s that we have to have sensible immigration policies for this country; we know that people who come to this country and have done so o... Continue to article
The Home Secretary announced that Sir Jonathan Evans would step down as director general of the security service next month. Theresa May said at Home Office Questions that Sir Jonathan's "tireless work helped ensure the safe delivery of... Continue to article
Andrew Davies argued the UK was stronger together a "united nation and ultimately a united entity in the world". “What the SNP are asking for is a complete break up of the union which is the United Kingdom. We are stronger together... Continue to article
Today I want to talk about immigration. The debate is opening up and that’s a good thing. We’ve now heard from the Labour party about some of their mistakes in office. And the Prime Minister and I are setting out how the Coalition is cor... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper said borrowing was going up because businesses and the economy were not growing. “We would have had the deficit coming down more slowly from the start. We said, for example, we could have done a £12bn VAT cut in order to ge... Continue to article
Elfyn Llwyd insisted that Wales needs its own separate legal system. “Speaking as a lawyer, I can say to you this, that if you practiced in administrative law, constitutional law, family or even crime, unless you knew the way in whi... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper argued that the Government was failing to deal with the real impact of immigration on Britain. "I think the first thing is it is right to have those transitional controls because they do mean that people are then going... Continue to article
Labour press release Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, speaking on International Women's Day, said: "International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and to reflect on wo... Continue to article
Labour press release Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, said: “The Coroner’s call for ‘root and branch’ reform of gun licensing should be acted upon by the Home Secretary. “When I met with Bobby Turnbull earlier this year to discus... Continue to article
Successive governments have been “pretty pathetic” at enforcing fair policies for immigration, Ken Clarke has said. But the Conservative minister rejected the idea of blocking immigration from within the European Union, but emphasised th... Continue to article
Welsh Government press release Local Government, Communities and Transport Minister Carl Sargeant has described a meeting with the UK Minister of State for Transport Simon Burns to discuss the future of rail in Wales as ‘very positive’. ... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper denied Labour was moving to the right by promising stricter immigration controls. “We are not going to get into an arms race on this. What we’re talking about is very sensible, specific proposals. What the Government seems ... Continue to article
Welsh Government Press Release New figures published show that the Welsh Government cut its carbon emissions last year by 18 per cent. The figures, in the UK Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme Performance ... Continue to article
Thank you to IPPR for welcoming us today. For too long immigration has been one of those difficult subjects politicians don’t talk about, and the public worry about. Yet it is too important to our economy, our society and our future no... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper said the Government's net migration target did not take account of different types of immigration. "Overall what they’ve done is set a net migration target, I think there’s real problems with that because, although they’ve ... Continue to article
Labour made mistakes in its immigration policy when the party was in Government, Yvette Cooper will say today. Speaking to the IPPR thinktank, Ms Cooper will say: "Labour got some things wrong on immigration in Government". In particu... Continue to article
On Wales's national day we should recognise that only Labour can make a case for both solidarity and local autonomy Continue to article
Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women & Equalities, has declared "David Cameron must not backtrack on equal marriage."
Yvette Cooper has hit out at the Government’s cuts to the police budget, warning they are having a “disproportionate” impact on female victims of domestic violence.
In an exclusive interview with The House magazine, the Shadow Home Secretary cites evidence from an upcoming report on women’s services which suggests women’s refuges have been cut by 31%: “That’s disproportionate. They are facing higher cuts than other services.”
Yvette Cooper has ended Labour's opposition to elected police and crime commissioners, saying party candidates will "make the best of a bad job" and represent communities. The Shadow Home Secretary said Labour candidates would stand on a platform of fighting cuts.
Labour has put pressure on the Government to take action after the report into the cause of last summer’s riots said poor education and lack of opportunity for young people were partially to blame for the violence.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the Government’s response had been “very limited” and called for a “much more comprehensive” response.
On the Today programme this morning the chair of the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel, Darra Singh, said there was a group in society that needed "intensive intervention" and that it was important not to "paper over the cracks".
David Cameron has paid tribute to David Rathband, the policeman shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, after the officer was found dead aged 44.
The PM said: “For charities and for other injured police officers and for families who had lost police officers in the line of duty, he was a very, very brave man and I’m extremely sad about what’s happened today.”
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said PC Rathband had shown “extraordinary bravery and determination” and said her thoughts were with his family. Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with PC Rathband's death.
Police forces across the country face a £500m budget gap, equivalent to thousands of officers being lost.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the figures - obtained from police forces and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary - proved the Government's cuts went "too far, too fast". She called on the Coalition to "urgently change course and stop undermining the fight against crime".
Speaking this morning on the Andrew Marr Show, Ms Cooper also said the Government's policing reforms were in "chaos and confusion".
23/05/2013 on BBC News
20/05/2013 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4
12/05/2013 on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC1
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
24/05/2013 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
24/05/2013 on Sky News
24/05/2013 on Today, BBC Radio 4
2 hours ago