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Simon Hughes said the Government was "willing to give any resources that the authorities put to us" in a bid to step up the UK's counter-terrorism efforts. "We’re legislating as we speak in the counter-terrorism bill to deal with people... Continue to article
Simon Hughes insisted that further powers were not required to combat the threat of terrorism in the UK. “We’ve worked very hard to get the balance right in recent times. We legislated last year, a Data Retention Bill… it gives additiona... Continue to article
Simon Hughes announced the Liberal Democrats would extend Freedom of Information legislation to cover housing associations and water companies. “Both as the Liberal Democrats and as a Coalition Government, we are extending it before this... Continue to article
Simon Hughes said Facebook had a responsibility, though not a legal duty, to report to the authorities the message from one of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s killers expressing a desire to carry out such a crime. “My view is yes. The legislative r... Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to chair a COBRA meeting in London and visits Rochester and Strood ahead of Thursday's by-election Home Secretary Theresa May (11:00am) and Police Minister Mike Penning (3:30pm) speak at the Asso... Continue to article
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Priti Patel, Justice Minister Simon Hughes and Diane Abbott MP attend the GG2 Leadership Awards in London Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky ... Continue to article
Private companies could be subject to Freedom of Information legislation under proposals announced by the Liberal Democrats.
Simon Hughes is looking to expand the Act so water companies, housing associations and leading energy companies could all be subject to FOI in the plans.
Meanwhile, the Local Government Association has revealed some of the stranger FOI requests local authorities have to deal with; including a request for what plans Wigan council have to protect the town from a dragon attack.
David Laws has put the pressure on George Osborne to raise personal tax allowances in next month's Budget, saying such a move could “end the austerity on household budgets”.
In an interview with Newsnight, the Lib Dem MP followed Simon Hughes and Ed Balls in calling for the tax cuts:
“We have to distinguish between the period of austerity for public spending and for public services, which is clearly going to go on for a period of time, from the austerity that we’ve seen in household budgets… now that we have completed most of the tax increases, now that we’re seeing inflation this year on a firm downward track, that gives us the opportunity, if we can make these other reductions in taxation by increasing the income tax thresholds - as Nick Clegg has suggested - that gives us the opportunity of ending the austerity on households budgets.”
Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes has said in an interview with the Guardian that he hoped the spending review would delay the decision to replace Trident, axe tutition fees and allow councils to build more housing.
The Liberal Democrats, at their annual party conference in Gateshead, voted against discussing the Health and Social Care Bill in an emergency motion tomorrow, which would have aimed to get it withdrawn. Under the party's alternative voting system Baroness Williams's rival motion to support the bill was instead accepted and will be debated tomorrow, rather than a motion to "kill the bill".
Nick Clegg had urged his party to get behind the NHS reforms, saying the Health and Social Care Bill had "changed considerably" and "deserves the support of the whole party".
Deputy leader Simon Hughes earlier defended the Liberal Democrats' record in Government, and insisted he was "not worried" about the future of the party.
Speaking to the BBC's Today programme, Mr Hughes said: "Of course I am worried when people are concerned in the community that we are not doing the right thing, and I have concerns about that, but I am not worried about the future of the party and our ability to achieve in government the sort of changes that would not have been delivered if the Tories were there on their own."
Nick Clegg yesterday stressed the Health and Social Care Bill had been changed beyond "all recognition" since its first publication thanks to Liberal Democrat amendments.
He insisted that Liberal Democrat peers had mad "absolutely sure" competition would always be the servant of the NHS and "not its master".
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, echoed the words of his party leader and welcomed th news that Shirley Williams's motion had been chosen instead of discussing whether to drop the bill.
Speaking to Sky News he said: "Shirley has played a key role along with other Liberal Democrat peers in the House of Lords in terms of improving the bill, improving the bill with a view to passing it into law. I think that’s the right thing for the NHS, I think it’s the right thing for the country and so if that’s the debate we’re going to have tomorrow then I welcome that."
Baroness Williams added that after the changes made she is now prepared to support the bill.
Speaking on Sky News she said: "We’ve done everything we can to support the NHS including dealing with health inequalities and therefore I’m prepared to stand up for those reforms but not the original bill which I think was very ill-judged and very ill-conceived.”
The Liberal Democrats are expected to intensify the divisions within the Coalition over housing benefit caps when deputy leader Simon Hughes makes a speech expressing his concerns over the caps.
Mr Hughes is expected to say that the limits will "break up families" and ask: "Is this really how we want to treat now the adults of the next generation?"
Liberal Democrat sources insist that Mr Hughes supports the idea of a cap in principle, but has been left "deeply concerned" about the consequences of the reforms in central London.
The fourth day of the Liberal Democrat party conference in Liverpool was marked by pleadges of loyalty to the coalition by senior party figures and disquiet over cuts by MPs and party members. Simon Hughes said he backed the government, while MP Bob Russell said cuts could not be fair.
13/01/2015 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
12/01/2015 on BBC News
04/01/2015 on Murnaghan, Sky News
26/11/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
11/11/2014 on PM, BBC Radio Four
12/10/2014 on Murnaghan, Sky News
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
25/01/2015 on Sunday Politics, BBC One
25/01/2015 on Sunday Politics, BBC One
25/01/2015 on Murnaghan, Sky News