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DAVID Cameron’s strong words on the latest attempt by the EU to take cash from British taxpayers are to be welcomed. Continue to article
George Freeman said NHS reorganisation must come from "local leadership". "Most people work in the real world. The conversation we need to be having, the key point today is that it’s about local leadership. "[Simon Stevens] is a man ... Continue to article
David Cameron, arriving at the European Council, said he wanted to address the risks of Ebola and of the European economy during the summit. "What I hope for at this summit is that we address some of the risks that we face. Risk number o... Continue to article
It’s not just José Manuel Barroso who has warned David Cameron that his party is taking the wrong approach when it comes to talk of an EU exit. Continue to article
It’s great to be here in Rochester and Strood but I want to start by saying my thoughts are with our parliamentary colleagues in Canada, who faced a terrorist attack yesterday. We stand in solidarity with the Canadian people. ... Continue to article
Downing Street said David Cameron understood the public mood over the news that police killer Harry Roberts is to be freed, but that it was a matter for the Independent Parole Board. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "The Prime ... Continue to article
David Cameron confirmed security services were reviewing the UK's anti-terror measures following the killing of a solider at an Ottawa war memorial yesterday. "The threat level in Britain is set independently and it's very important we d... Continue to article
Labour and the Conservatives have both welcomed the five-year plan unveiled today for the National Health Service, while attacking each other’s policies on healthcare. This morning, six national bodies called for major reform of service... Continue to article
The MigrationWatch chairs divisive views have been rewarded with a seat on the crossbenches. This was only possible because of a power-grab by David Cameron, which degrades the House of Lords. Continue to article
David Cameron's angst over Ukip is pushing us towards an EU exit. We need a real debate on free movement. Continue to article
It didn’t work. But it was a good idea. David Cameron prepared an ambush for Ed Miliband at PMQs today. Continue to article
Downing Street said that the Prime Minister remained confident in Fiona Woolf as chair of child abuse inquiry. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said David Cameron's position had not changed. He said the Prime Minister was "very co... Continue to article
David Cameron has clashed with Ed Miliband over the Government's record on the NHS. In a session of Prime Minister's Questions dominated by the health service, the Labour leader seized on a recent letter signed by medical practitioners w... Continue to article
James Brokenshire said increasing the number of foreign criminals deported remained at the top of the Government’s agenda, despite criticism of progress by the National Audit Office today. “This is an absolute priority for this Governmen... Continue to article
David Cameron gives a peerage to Sir Andrew Green of MigrationWatch, which has caused controversy with its use of data, and harsh proposals regarding immigration. Continue to article
David Cameron is "confident" Fiona Woolf should lead the Government's inquiry into child abuse, Downing Street has said, as she faced calls to quit over her links to Lord Brittan. In a letter published this morning, it emerged that Ms Wo... Continue to article
Immigration campaigner Sir Andrew Green is among several public figures to be nominated for a peerage by David Cameron. Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron attends the European Council to discuss the final energy 2030 package Natural Environment Minister Lord de Mauley attends the visit of Singaporean President Tony Tan to Kew Gardens Social Democrat and La... Continue to article
David Cameron responded to criticism of the Conservatives' European Union stance from European Commission president Jose Manuel Barosso, and vowed to secure reform. "What we need in Britain is a renegotiation of our relationship with the... Continue to article
Nick Clegg has said he wants to change the Government’s MP recall proposals, but hit out at Conservative Zac Goldsmith’s plan as the “rich man’s recall”. The Coalition's plans have come under fire from critics because a House of Commons ... Continue to article
Andrew George said he thought that David Cameron’s in Europe problems were political ones, not immigration ones. “As many Britons are living and working in the EU, as we have EU citizens working here. We need to be careful that we don’t ... Continue to article
Lisa Nandy said that David Cameron’s announcement on trying to negotiate a migrant quota for the EU was isolating the UK from Europe. “It’s not entirely clear what problems David Cameron’s going to deal with. We’ve had these announcement... Continue to article
Mark Garnier said that, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, who today said that Mr Cameron would not be permitted to put any caps on migrants, was “probably right”. “It’s way above my pay-grade to start looking at t... Continue to article
Emma Reynolds said Labour would prioritise capital spending towards housing, but stressed that the party’s plans to boost house building went beyond increasing public funding. “Both Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have been clear that housing w... Continue to article
Grant Shapps brushed off a warning from Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, that any attempt to impose an “arbitrary cap” on EU immigration would be incompatible with European rules. “Barroso’s only the latest ... Continue to article
Liam Fox said David Cameron’s proposal to cap National Insurance numbers in order to restrict immigration from the EU was “at the edge of this European debate.” “There are a number of questions here: One is about economic stability, we... Continue to article
Lord Heseltine said David Cameron was likely to win support for his plans to reform immigration rules within the European Union because of the impact of the recession on public opinion. “He’s got one big thing going for him: we’ve had a ... Continue to article
José Manual Barroso said David Cameron wanted Britain to remain in the European Union and warned the UK would have “zero” influence if it left. “What I know from Prime Minister Cameron, I have a very frank and open and friendly dialogue ... Continue to article
Baroness Stowell said David Cameron’s intention to cut low-skilled immigration from the European Union by limiting National Insurance numbers showed that he had a “sensible” approach to the issue. “He has got a big article on page 12 of... Continue to article
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has called on other European countries to step up efforts to combat the Ebola virus, including raising $1.3 billion of funding. Continue to article
David Cameron said other countries needed to do more to tackle Ebola, which he described as the "biggest health problem facing our world in a generation". "Today the other issue that we can importantly discuss here is the global crisis o... Continue to article
No ifs, no buts - if David Cameron is Prime Minister after the next election there will be a referendum. Today, in Parliament and across the country, Conservative will be out fighting for that victory and to give you your say. Continue to article
Douglas Carswell is a fan of Oliver Cromwell’s early work. The Conservative Member for Clacton – sorry, the Ukip Member for Clacton – admires the insurgent leader of the parliamentary forces in the English Civil War to such an extent t... Continue to article
David Cameron is putting spin before substance on EU migration, and raising hopes that will be dashed. Continue to article
Is David Cameron about to announce emergency controls on European jobseekers or a points-based system on EU migration? Continue to article
David Cameron is planning a “gamechanging” promise on Europe and immigration, it’s said. Continue to article
David Cameron would not be drawn on reports he is set to announce plans for an 'emergency brake' for EU migration. "We'll be setting out all of our plans in due course. But we've already taken a lot of action, closing down bogus colleges... Continue to article
Reports of new plans by the Prime Minister to curb EU immigration are "speculation", Downing Street has said. The Times and the Sun reported this morning that David Cameron will request an “emergency brake” on movement of people from ce... Continue to article
Downing Street said Lord Freud's apology for his comments about disabled people and the minimum wage was the right approach. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "As soon as the Prime Minister left the chamber he instructed his ... Continue to article
A Labour Party Spokesperson said: “This attempt at an apology is not the end of the matter. Lord Freud claims he merely accepted ‘the premise of the question’ but it was he who said some disabled people are ‘not worth the full wage’ and ... Continue to article
A spokesperson for the disability charity Scope said: “The suggestion that disabled people should be prepared to be paid less than minimum wage is unacceptable. “It was reassuring to hear David Cameron make it clear today that this is... Continue to article
David Cameron’s welfare supremo has advocated treating those most in need differently by paying them below the national minimum wage. Lord David Freud, speaking at a fringe event at Conservative Part... Continue to article
Cameron says comments made by Lord Freud at Tory conference do not represent view of government David Cameron has been forced to disassociate himself from the welfare reform minister Lord Freud after ... Continue to article
Ed Miliband has called for the resignation of a Conservative welfare minister after he was recorded suggesting that disabled people are “not worth” the full national minimum wage. In a recording obtained by PoliticsHome, Lord Freud also ... Continue to article
LONDON (Reuters) - Less than a month after Scots spurned independence, separatists said on Tuesday that British Prime Minister David Cameron was betraying Scotland by reneging on pledges to grant more... Continue to article
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted to cut inheritance tax so that it is only paid by the very rich, the Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday. Continue to article
Only the very wealthy should pay, prime minister says in Q&A at Age Concern UK David Cameron said he would like to ensure that only the very wealthy pay inheritance tax as he voiced support for raisin... Continue to article
David Cameron said it was a “matter of great regret” that Labour had chosen not to take part in cross-party discussions on devolution. “What we need is obviously more devolution for Scotland but a settlement that is fair for the whole of... Continue to article
David Cameron and Philip Hammond addressed Cabinet this morning on the Government's efforts to combat ISIL, while George Osborne and Danny Alexander updated the Cabinet on the Autumn Statement. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman sai... Continue to article
David Cameron is not, on any normal definition, a Eurosceptic. He likes the EU well enough as it is. Sure, he’d ideally prefer to make some tweaks to it. Continue to article
David Cameron has made it clear that parliaments recognition of the state of Palestine wont alter UK policy. Whats really needed is a new push for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Continue to article
Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of laying a "Tory trap" for Scottish voters with his plans for devolution.
The former prime minister wrote to constituents to warn that his successor's plans to tie greater devolution to a fresh settlement for English MPs would undermine the "no strings attached" promise made to woo 'no' voters in the Scots referendum.
Mr Brown wrote: "The Tory trap that we are in danger of falling into is to devolve all decisions on Scotland's income tax rates away from Westminster and then to deny Scotland representation in votes on budget decisions on income tax rates."
He said "no party leader ever suggested... any further caveats" in discussions over the vow to give Scotland more powers, which was made just days before the independence vote.
Mr Brown told BBC Scotland that the Conservative plans meant "budgets at Westminster will be distorted by having two classes of members of Parliament voting on them."
“It is not in Scotland’s interest," he added.
"Scotland has an interest in the decisions on income tax, indeed all tax, that are made in the UK, because even under the Conservatives’ proposals, about half of the budget of the Scottish Parliament is still financed from Westminster.”
The intervention by Mr Brown comes after David Cameron told a Scottish Conservatives reception his party needed to target areas that voted 'No' to independence to encourage a Conservative comeback in Scotland.
He named a series of regions, including Alex Salmond’s Aberdeenshire constituency, that used to vote Tory but were now voting SNP.
“We’ve got the people, we’ve got the message, we’ve got the leader,” he said. “Now I think we can really turn the next 200 days into the opportunity to deliver more Conservative seats in the Westminster parliament for Scotland."
David Cameron has attempted to downplay the defection of a former Boris Johnson aide to Ukip.
Former deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes announced the move this morning, saying that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems do not “speak the language of normal people”.
He told the Evening Standard that Ukip was the only party with answers on Europe, immigration and transport, and branded Conservative plans to renegotiate a deal with Europe were “unrealistic”.
But the Prime Minister told 5 News: "I don't think this one was particularly significant. I don't think it was a name on your lips before this morning, was it?"
He added: "The election isn't changed by this defection or that defection. The choice still comes down to a very straight one."
Mr Johnson attempted to tackle the subject as he addressed delegates at the Conservative party conference today.
He asked: "Are there any quitters or splitters? Anyone feeling a bit yellow around the edges – like a kipper?"
The Mayor added: "If I can quote a great Midlands author: 'He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart.'"
There were also reports this morning that Mr Cameron had launched an extraordinary attack on Mark Reckless, whose defection to Ukip was announced on Saturday.
According to MailOnline, Mr Cameron is said to have told Tory members at a conference event that if Mr Reckless "got off his fat arse and worked harder he wouldn't have to defect to UKIP to save his skin".
Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said the Conservative Party appeared to be "falling apart at the seams."
“The defection of Boris's right-hand man and former Deputy Mayor also shows once again that UKIP is a party of Tory politicians, Tory policies and Tory money," he said.
Mr Barnes served as deputy mayor from 2008 to 2012. He was embarrassed last year after naked self-portraits appeared on his Facebook account.
Also today, Ukip announced that the son of Eurosceptic Tory MP Bill Cash had joined the party. William Cash Jr is being appointed heritage spokesman for Ukip and is hoping to stand in Warwickshire in the general election next year.
David Cameron has admitted that he wanted to resign if Scotland had voted for independence.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the Prime Minister said he had “thought about it a lot” and he would have been “very winded and wounded” should Scotland have voted Yes.
The PM said he had ultimately decided it was his “duty” to stay on as Prime Minister, saying resigning would not have been the right thing to do.
On referendum night he admits he “did not sleep” and watched the results come in with his children on his knee. “I think they sensed how worried I was by it,” he said.
David Cameron has unveiled plans to see GP surgeries open 12 hours a day, seven days a week by 2020.
The policy is part of a new contract for GPs set out at the Conservaitve Party conference in Birmingham.
“People need to be able to see their GP at a time that suits them and their family. That’s why we will make sure everyone can see a GP seven days a week by 2020,” the Prime Minister said.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that 5,000 more GPs would receive training, and said a future Conservative government would "have no greater priority than to protect and invest in our NHS."
He promised to give patients access to their medical records online by next April, and also warned Labour against claiming to be the party of the NHS.
"It's not a Labour health service or a Conservative health service, it’s a National Health Service," he said.
Conservative MP and chair of the Health Select Committee Sarah Wollaston welcomed the move to boost GP numbers.
"What I was pleased about is to see recognition that it can’t be achieved without addressing the workforce shortfall in general practice," she told BBC News.
But Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association's GP committee, warned that the announcement failed to take into account "the current reality" facing doctors.
"We need immediate solutions to the extreme pressures that GP practices are facing, with inadequate numbers of GPs and practice staff to manage increasing volume of patients, who are already having to wait too long for care," he told ITV news.
The Prime Minister’s former chief military adviser said yesterday that David Cameron must not become too wrapped up in the action against Islamic State in Iraq.
General David Richards, head of the armed forces until last year, said he should “give his military commanders the flexibility to meet his political intent.”
He praised Mr Cameron’s “highly effective” leadership and said he was better than previous prime ministers at engaging in debate about military action.
David Cameron has warned that the UK cannot "opt out" of the fight with Islamic State militants.
Speaking in the United States where he is set to discuss international action against the extremist group with Barack Obama as well as Iraq's new prime minister Haider al-Abadi, Mr Cameron said:
“There is no doubt in my mind it has already undertaken and is planning further plots in Europe and elsewhere, specifically in Belgium, in Brussels. It was an Isil plot that went into a Jewish museum and killed entirely innocent people.
“And there are other plots they have been attempting including in my own country - in order to kill and maim innocent people. And the same applies to the United States of America. So this is a fight you cannot opt out of.”
Mr Cameron's warning came after Ed Miliband said he would back airstrikes against Islamist terrorists in Syria, but cautioned that the United Nations “must play its part”.
In his Labour conference speech after the US and five Arab nations hit targets in Syria for the first time, Mr Miliband said: "We support the overnight action against ISIL. Now the UN must play its part - a UN Security Council resolution to counter the threat of ISIL."
He promised: “This country will never turn our back on the world, and never turn our back on the principles of internationalism.
The new Defence Secretary earlier warned the confrontation with Islamic State militants represented "a new Battle of Britain".
“We’ve had attacks on the streets of London, on our transport system, at Glasgow Airport, the murder of Lee Rigby – how much more evidence do you need that this is a very clear and dangerous threat to our way of life and to all the democracies of the west,” Michael Fallon told the Spectator.
Meanwhile, the family of Alan Henning, the British aid worker held by Islamic State militants, tonight confirmed that they had received a tape of Mr Henning pleading for his life and issued a fresh plea for his release.
"I have seen Muslims across the globe question Islamic State over Alan’s fate," Mr Henning's wife Barbara said in a statement.
"The voices of the people have spoken out loud and clear. He was working with Muslims to help the most vulnerable within Syria. Nothing has changed. He went to Syria to help his Muslim friends deliver much needed aid."
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