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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
Maria Miller defended the decision of David Cameron not to speak in tonight’s same-sex marriage debate, and welcomed the announcement of a review into civil partnerships. "The Prime Minister has been this evening in lobbies voting o... Continue to article
The Prime Minister will vote against Tim Loughton's amendment to the Government's equal marriage bill, No. 10 said today. "I would expect the Prime Minister to be voting tonight. He will vote in the same way as the Secretary of State for... Continue to article
* Gay marriage * Civil partnerships * Gay rights * Maria Miller * Equality * Gay finance * Sexuality * Marriage * Chris Grayling * Pensions * Family * Owen Paterson Tim LoughtonNicholas Watt guardian.... Continue to article
Helen Grant said the Government was continuing to make concessions and changes to equal marriage legislation in light of Tory rebellions. "It’s a great pity that the chairman felt it necessary to visit Downing Street. But at the end of t... Continue to article
Maria Miller argued that introducing same-sex marriage was in line with Conservative values of fairness and liberty. "The bill today that we’re discussing in report in the Commons is all about opening up marriage to those who can’t get m... Continue to article
The Government will not beef-up protections for faith groups who are worried they could be taken to court over equal marriage, the Culture Secretary has said. The Joint Committee on Human Rights asked Maria Miller to explain why the Gove... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Treasury questions (topicals at 12.15am) Main business Queen’s speech debate on the cost of living (opposition speakers: shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint and shadow communities and local government sec... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Treasury questions (topicals at 12.15am) 12.30pm: Ministerial statement on Operation Herrick Main business Queen’s speech debate on the cost of living (opposition speakers: shadow energy secretary Caroli... Continue to article
WORDS: SAM MACRORY Shirley, you have been in Parliament, on and off, for nearly 50 years. How has Parliament changed in terms of the way women MPs are treated? Shirley Williams: I got elected in ’64. We had 23 women MPs – about three-and-h... Continue to article
WORDS: SAM MACRORY Louise Mensch is about to interview Arnold Schwarzenegger. Who is in Los Angeles. Such are the perks of being The Sun’s US-based political commentator – Mensch’s day job since she decided to quit Parliament last summer... Continue to article
DCMS press release Culture Secretary Maria Miller today launched a tourism partnership strategy for Britain which calls for the travel industry and the Government, together with key public and private sector bodies, to unite behind a lon... Continue to article
Justice secretary Chris Grayling announces reforms to the prison regime Culture secretary Maria Miller attends the launch of VisitBritain’s growth strategy for tourism in London (13.00) Health minister Dan Poulter speaks at the Vetera... Continue to article
Maria Miller said she was ready to “fight hard” to protect the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s budget ahead of the next spending review. “It’s my job to fight hard for the budgets that I need to support arts, culture, and the h... Continue to article
Labour party press release Harriet Harman MP, Labour's Deputy Leader and Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, commenting on Maria Miller's speech on the arts, said: "If Maria Miller is going to try to convert her Chancellor and T... Continue to article
WORDS: Jess Bowie If it achieved nothing else, the Culture Committee’s evidence session on a royal charter system of press regulation at least gave rise to some interesting turns of phrase. As MPs questioned Culture Secretary Maria Mi... Continue to article
The Government has not considered contingency plans for a large number of newspapers refusing to sign up to the new press regulator, the minister who came up with the idea of a Royal Charter has admitted. Oliver Letwin said he was c... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Health questions (topicals at 12.15pm) Ten minute rule motion: Abortion Statistics Bill (Fiona Bruce, Con, Congleton) Main business Draft Small Charitable Donations Regulations 2013: Motion to approve ... Continue to article
WORDS: SAM MACRORY Pity any poor would-be lawyers of the future. A question of head-scratchingly difficult proportions is heading their way. It goes like this: when is statutory underpinning not, in fact, statutory underpinning? Confu... Continue to article
Maria Miller said the Conservatives had “stopped Labour’s extreme version” of press regulation, as parties near an agreement on a new regulator. “We’re very close to a deal but I think what has been accepted by all the parties is that th... Continue to article
Maria Miller said there had been "compromise on both sides" over press regulation, to make sure the principles of the Leveson report "work in practice". “I think there has been compromise on both sides to make sure that we take the... Continue to article
Maria Miller said the Royal Charter was a "workable" solution that would meet Leveson's requirements. “I think after three months of cross-party talks, now is the time to bring this to a head, because we want to see action, we know that ... Continue to article
Maria Miller said the Conservatives’ Royal Charter idea was a “workable solution” to the problem of press regulation. “We believe we have a workable solution we can go forward with now which will put in place tough self-regulation of the... 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.
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