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Maria Miller said there was a "real problem" with the under-representation of women in Parliament. "I think that there is a real problem there. We only have 22% of Members of Parliament [who] are female. At a time where we're seeing youn... Continue to article
David Cameron has indicated that the Government is receptive to calls for mandatory reporting of child abuse. The Prime Minister told MPs today that it could be time to draw up such legislation and revealed that ministers were looking a... Continue to article
It is good to be here this afternoon with the Electoral Reform Society, and good to see so many of you here. In my remarks I want to address the democratic decline that we have faced in our country, and I want to argue that we must act urge... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 9.30am: Energy and climate change questions (topicals at 10.15am) 10.30am: Business statement Main business Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2014: Motion to approve ... Continue to article
Words: Jess Bowie Photos: Paul Heartfield Matt Hancock has come over all shy. It’s rare for this confident and forthright Minister to find himself tongue-tied, but answering questions about one’s career ambitions –... Continue to article
George Osborne has thrown his weight behind the introduction of gay marriage, despite a survey of Tory constituency chairmen finding nearly half of local Conservative parties have lost members as a result of the policy.
The poll, conducted for the Sunday Telegraph, found that 71% believe the proposals should be abandoned, with just 3% saying they have gained membership from Mr Cameron's gay marriage policy.
Mr Osborne today emphasised that there would be a free vote in the House of Commons on introducing gay marriage, adding that he would be voting "with his conscience" in favour of the motion.
Senior Conservatives are reportedly urging David Cameron to bring forward his anticipated Cabinet reshuffle in response to failing poll ratings. The Daily Mail reports the reshuffle could now take place as soon as next weekend, following the local elections on May 3.
The Government's planned cuts to transport allowance for people in residential homes have been reversed, Maria Miller has said. The Minister for Disabled People told the Times that plans had been made to remove the £51 per week allowance in last year's spending review because some local councils provided a service, but that the provision is now seen as "patchy".
Measures to introduce super-fast broadband in the UK received a boost today after the Culture Secretary announced a number of ways to speed up internet access.
The new changes will reduce costs to install equipment and drop the need for councils to approve the installation of internet cables.
Maria Miller said the announcement showed the Government "means business" and is "determined to cut through the beaurocracy that is holding us back".
The Government is to defend its plans to charge parents for using the Child Support Agency, revealing it costs £450m a year to administer maintenance payments. Work and pensions minister Maria Miller said: “The child maintenance system is broken. Our proposals will give families options, not just force them to use the CSA. This [will allow] couples to work together rather than have the state facilitate conflict at huge expense to the taxpayer.” The agency is so inefficient it costs 40p to distribute every £1 in maintenance payments.
21/07/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
13/07/2014 on Murnaghan, Sky News
13/04/2014 on Murnaghan, Sky News
10/04/2014 on Daybreak, ITV
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