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  • 11:06 Ed Balls: Labour will not do a deal with SNP On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | Sky News Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls ruled out a coalition deal with the SNP after the general election, despite a Sky News poll projection which puts Labour short of an overall majority, and the SNP with strong gains across Scotland. Asked about a deal, he replied:  ... Continue to article

  • 10:19 Transcript: Ed Miliband speech on the NHS Transcripts

    Ed Miliband speech on the NHS Transcripts

      Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech in Trafford on the NHS, said: In just 100 days’ time, you, your friends and neighbours will join with people all over Britain to decide our future as a country. Will we be a ... Continue to article

  • 09:17 Nick Robinson blog: Debates - on or off? News

    Blog | BBC source icon

    Debates - on or off? David Cameron says he wants to take part in TV election debates and that he thinks a deal can be done but... he's also setting new conditions for taking part. The PM told the BBC ... Continue to article

  • 08:10 David Cameron: Right to exempt disabled people from benefit cuts On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | BBC Breakfast Video David Cameron MP

      David Cameron said he would go ahead with the TV debates if the Northern Irish parties were included. "I do want to say yes, and the point I made was that you couldn’t have one minor party, Ukip, without having another minor party, ... Continue to article

  • 07:58 Ed Miliband: Big fight for the NHS at election On air

    On Air | Ed Miliband MP | Labour party leader | Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 live Video Ed Miliband MP

    Ed Miliband said there was a “big fight” for the NHS at the next election, and said he could not remember whether he talked about wanting to “weaponise” the health service as a political issue. “Our plan is to rescue the NHS – that’s wha... Continue to article

  • 07:35 David Cameron: TV debates can go ahead if Northern Irish parties are included On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | BBC Breakfast Video David Cameron MP

      David Cameron said he would go ahead with the TV debates if the Northern Irish parties were included. "I do want to say yes, and the point I made was that you couldn’t have one minor party, Ukip, without having another minor party, ... Continue to article

  • 07:20 David Cameron: I'm worried about prospect of a Labour goverment On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | BBC Breakfast Video David Cameron MP

      David Cameron said he would go ahead with the TV debates if the Northern Irish parties were included. "I do want to say yes, and the point I made was that you couldn’t have one minor party, Ukip, without having another minor party, ... Continue to article

  • 07:10 David Cameron: TV debates can go ahead if Northern Irish parties are included On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | BBC Breakfast Video David Cameron MP

      David Cameron said he would go ahead with the TV debates if the Northern Irish parties were included. "I do want to say yes, and the point I made was that you couldn’t have one minor party, Ukip, without having another minor party, ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 25th January
  • 12:02 Seven-party leaders' debate a 'dog's breakfast' - Creagh PoliticsHome News

    Seven-party leaders' debate a 'dog's breakfast' - Creagh PoliticsHome News

    A televised leaders’ debate incorporating seven parties could be a “dog’s breakfast”, a senior Labour MP has warned. Mary Creagh, the party’s International Development spokesperson, told Pienaar’s Politics that Ed Miliband was in favour ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 23rd January
  • 15:04 Patrick O'Flynn: Cameron is still running scared of debates On air

    On Air | Patrick O'Flynn | UKIP director of communication... | BBC News

    Patrick O’Flynn accused David Cameron of not having the “political courage” to commit to televised leader debates in the run-up to the election, after broadcasters came forward with revised proposals. “The most striking thing is, despite... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 22nd January
  • 15:32 Nicola Sturgeon: Smith Commission proposals have been watered down On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | BBC News Video David Cameron MP

    Nicola Sturgeon said the Smith Commission's proposals on Scottish devolution had been subject to a "significant watering down" by the Government. "Let’s be clear on the politics of this, David Cameron and I have very different views on t... Continue to article

  • 15:14 Scotland will get new powers regardless of May's general election result - Cameron PoliticsHome News

    Scotland will get new powers regardless of May's general election result - Cameron PoliticsHome News

    The Prime Minister has said new powers that were promised to Scotland prior to the independence referendum will be delivered regardless of May’s election result. Speaking in Edinburgh this afternoon David Cameron said Westminster had kep... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 21st January
  • 13:32 James Forsyth blog: PMQs: Cameron canters home News

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    David Cameron cantered home at PMQs today. Armed with both good employment numbers, praise from Obama and the IMF for the UK economy and the delay in publication to the… Continue reading The post PMQs... Continue to article

  • 13:11 Nick Clegg: I'm angry about Chilcot delay On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Pooled Footage Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said he was angry about the latest announcement that the Chilcot Inquiry report would not be published until after the election. “I’m pretty angry that there’s this further, very significant delay in the publication of this re... Continue to article

  • 10:32 David Cameron: I've made my position on Chilcot very clear On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Pooled clip Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron rejected suggestions that delays to the Chilcot inquiry represented a cover-up. "I don't think that's right at all. I've made my position on this very clear and I'll be talking about it in the House of Commons later today."... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 20th January
  • 23:13 Story (1 links): Chilcot delayed until after election

    PoliticsHome Chilcot delayed until after election Story View links

    The official inquiry into the Iraq War will not be published until after the general election, the BBC reports.

    Chairman of the inquiry, Sir John Chilcot is expected to confirm the news in a letter to David Cameron, while Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has written a letter saying he is disappointed with the development.

    In the Lords earlier this month, peers expressed their dissatisfaction with the numerous delays and called on it to be released as soon as possible.

    The inquiry began in 2009 after the controversial invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    It has suffered extensive delays over classified information.

  • 07:00 Guardian: David Cameron has ‘damaged UK’s status in Europe’ News

    News | The Guardian source icon

    Shadow foreign secretary says Labour will ‘review, repair and reset’ Britain’s ties with Europe if it wins May general election During his time in Downing Street, David Cameron has presided over “the ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 19th January
  • 13:25 Dot Commons: Dermot vs Chuka Dot Commons

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    Chuka Umunna has just had a fairly bruising interview with Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News. The Shadow Business Secretary was brought on to discuss David Cameron's push for full employment today, but things took a turn for the worse when Mu...

  • 12:42 Chuka Umunna: Cameron's speech does not address living standards On air

    On Air | Chuka Umunna MP | Shadow Business Secretary | BBC News Video Chuka Umunna MP

    Chuka Umunna said that David Cameron’s speech today setting a goal of full employment did not address the need to improve living standards. “Of course any job is better than no job, but we’re more ambitious for your viewers... No one den... Continue to article

  • 11:58 Lobby:No 10: PM agrees with Pickles letter Lobby Briefings

    11:58 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street said the Prime Minister fully agreed with the letter sent by Eric Pickles to Muslim leaders urging them to do more to turn them away from extremism. On David Cameron’s comments today, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesma... Continue to article

  • 10:55 Cameron defends Pickles' 'reasonable' letter to Muslim leaders PoliticsHome News

    Cameron defends Pickles' 'reasonable' letter to Muslim leaders PoliticsHome News Cameron defends Pickles' 'reasonable' letter to Muslim leaders

    David Cameron has defended a letter sent by Eric Pickles to Muslim leaders urging them to do more to turn them away from extremism. The Communities Secretary, along with his DCLG colleague Lord Ahmad, wrote to more than 1,000 imams enco... Continue to article

  • 07:05 David Cameron: Britain is the jobs factory of Europe Press Release

    07:05| Press Release

    PM commits to full employment David Cameron will today outline the Conservative Party’s second manifesto theme – building a Britain with full employment – with five clear commitments: -       Encourage enterprise and back small business, ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 18th January
  • 11:35 Caroline Lucas: However you cut the cake the Green Party should be included On air

    On Air | Caroline Lucas MP | Former Green Party leader | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Caroline Lucas MP

    Caroline Lucas said the issue of inclusion in debates was the first time the Green Party had agreed with David Cameron. She said her party should be included by any measurement. "I think it probably is the first time and I’m very pleased... Continue to article

  • 11:23 Harriet Harman: Obama and Lagarde wrong about UK economic recovery On air

    On Air | Harriet Harman MP | Deputy Leader of the Labour pa... | Sunday Politics, BBC One Video Harriet Harman MP

    Harriet Harman said Barack Obama had been wrong to endorse the UK’s economic strategy under David Cameron. “He’s wrong in that he’s not reflecting the fact that, although the economy is back in growth, that growth is not being felt by pe... Continue to article

  • 09:41 Nick Clegg: Lib Dems losing half our seats is not going to happen On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said pundit Iain Dale's prediction that the Lib Dems would lose at least half their seats was wrong. "Iain Dale will have to eat his words, because I really don’t think that’s going to happen. He’s a good man but some of his p... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 17th January
  • 11:18 Lord Patten: Miliband, not Farage, should worry the Tories most On air

    On Air | Lord Patten | Former Conservative party chai... | Week in Westminster, BBC Radio 4 Video Lord Patten

    Lord Patten warned the Tories not to underestimate the threat posed by Ed Miliband in the runup to the general election. “On Ed Miliband, this time if I was chairman of the Conservative party the thing that would most worry isn’t [Nigel]... Continue to article

  • 11:17 Jack Straw: Cameron's reticence on TV debates is a compliment to Ed Miliband On air

    On Air | Jack Straw MP | Former Justice Secretary | Week in Westminster, BBC Radio 4 Video Jack Straw MP

    Jack Straw said David Cameron's reluctance to take part in pre-election televised leaders' debates was a testament to Ed Miliband's prowess. “On Ed Miliband, I think Chris [Patten] is right in implying that Ed Miliband is not to be under... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 16th January
  • 17:20 Cameron and Obama united in tackling terrorism PoliticsHome News

    Cameron and Obama united in tackling terrorism PoliticsHome News

    The UK and the US will work closely together to tackle “violent extremism” in the wake of the Paris attacks, David Cameron has said.  Speaking at a press conference with Barack Obama at the White House this evening, the Prime Minister sa... Continue to article

  • 17:16 Cameron: threat levels to Jewish commnunity and police News

    Blog | Gary Gibbon on Politics source icon

    Prime Minister David Cameron confirms that raising the threat level for the Jewish community would mean stepping up police patrols. Continue to article

  • 16:06 In Brief Events

    16:06 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on the economy and achieving 'full employment' Prime Minister David Cameron, Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid all meet with New Zealand Prime Minister J... Continue to article

  • 13:40 David Cameron: Universities and scientific research make Britain great On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video David Cameron MP

     David Cameron paid tribute to the 50th birthday of the World at One, and spoke about how British universities and science make Britain great. “A very happy 50th birthday to the World at One. Now, you asked for my view of one of the 50 t... Continue to article

  • 12:30 Transcript: Ed Miliband speech at Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Transcripts

    Ed Miliband speech at Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Transcripts

    It is great to be here with Paul Blomfield, the local MP and Ollie Coppard, our candidate in Sheffield Hallam who is running such a brilliant campaign. And I want to thank Ivan Lewis and Lisa Nandy for being here and leading this process... Continue to article

  • 11:03 Dot Commons: Vote for your favourite feline friend to be the next Purr Minister Dot Commons

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    If the Queen purred when David Cameron told her the result of the Scottish referendum, one only can imagine her meow when she finds out Westminster’s cat of the year. There are no safe litterboxes in the battle to become Purr Minister in...

  • 09:05 LabourList blog: LabourList readers say Miliband shouldn’t rule out an SNP pact News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    This week has been all about TV debates. With David Cameron refusing to commit to debates, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage formed an unlikely coalition and each set the PM an identical letter... Continue to article

  • 08:10 David Cameron: US-UK cyber attack testing will protect UK further On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron said the UK’s cyber defences were very capable, and new test attacks with America would help create a system terrorists would not attack. “We’ve got hugely capable cyber defences, we’ve got the expertise. That’s why we shou... Continue to article

  • 07:00 James Kirkup: David Cameron meets Barack Obama: are British voters impressed? News

    Opinion | The Daily Telegraph source icon

    As David Cameron visits the White House, James Kirkup finds that Ukip voters are least impressed with the US President Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 15th January
  • 22:15 David Cameron: There are warning lights on the global economy but they can be overcome On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | BBC News Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron said there were "warning lights" on the global economy but that they could be overcome.  "Yes, there are problems, slow growth in Europe, slower growth than there was in the emerging economies, challenges like we have betwe... Continue to article

  • 20:00 Screen Test The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Screen Test

      Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield      For a woman whose weekend lie-in was ruined by pre-dawn tablet computer action, Nicky Morgan looks remarkably bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. “Alex woke us up at half past fiv... Continue to article

  • 14:00 Grammar time? The House Magazine

    14:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Grammar time?

      Ditch the rose-tinted glasses. In reality, most children were failed by the grammar system, says Kevin Brennan A schools system based on selection at 11 is not the way to raise standards or promote social mobility. Instead we should... Continue to article

  • 13:10 Story (21 links): Cameron to press Obama on ISP terror action

    PoliticsHome Cameron to press Obama on ISP terror action Story View links

    David Cameron is to urge greater co-operation from internet firms in tackling extremist material when he holds talks with Barack Obama later.

    The Prime Minister is en route to Washington for a meeting with the US President in his final planned trip before the election, and is expected to discuss the role he believes internet service providers (ISPs) can play in tackling terrorism-related content.

    A Downing Street spokesperson this morning said that the British Government's focus was "principally centred on the companies themselves", but stressed the need for Transatlantic cooperation on security matters.

    "I think it's important to be clear our ask here is of course focused on the ISPs... That, for example, is what lies behind the emergency legislation that was passed in June and July last year partly in response to requests from ISPs for greater clarity," he said.

    The spokesperson added: "We have a number of shared... challenges [with the United States] with the need to keep legislation up to speed with technology. So I'm sure that there'll continue to be areas of very close common and shared interest."

    The visit comes in the week Conservative ministers have made the case for new surveillance powers in the wake of last week's deadly attacks in Paris.

    Mr Cameron has previously said that technology companies have a "social responsibility" to deal with jihadists and pushed for firms to introduce a simplified method of flagging terrorism-related content.

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, whose Liberal Democrats blocked a bill proposing new snooping powers for the security services amid civil liberties concerns, told LBC earlier than any measures should “focus on the threat, not on millions of innocent people who don’t pose a threat".

    Ahead of the visit, Mr Cameron and President Obama made a joint vow to defeat the “distorted ideology” of terrorism.

    Writing in the Times, the two leaders pledged: "Whether we are facing lone fanatics or terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, Islamic State or Boko Haram, we will not be cowed by extremists. We will defeat these barbaric killers and their distorted ideology".

    Mr Cameron is also expected to use his trip to the United States to discuss economic issues including the slowdown in the Eurozone and the upcoming EU-US trade deal.

    Downing Street confirmed that the Prime Minister would also raise the case of Guantanamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer with President Obama, with Mr Cameron "making the case" for his release.

    Mr Aamer, a British citizen, has been detained at the controversial military prison - which President Obama promised to close - for 13 years.

  • 12:56 Lobby:Number 10: We have shared security challenges with USA Lobby Briefings

    12:56 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    David Cameron is to urge greater co-operation from internet firms in tackling extremist material when he holds talks with Barack Obama later, Downing Street has said. The Prime Minister is en route to Washington for a meeting with the US... Continue to article

  • 12:30 Kevin Maguire: If the UK ever adopts a constitution, TV debates should be written on the parchment The House Magazine

    12:30 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Kevin Maguire: If the UK ever adopts a constitution, TV debates should be written on the parchment

      In a few months from now, thousands of MPs and seasoned politicians – from Aberdare to Aberdeen and Bodmin to Belfast – will exchange friendly small talk with strangers before engaging them in ferocious gladiatorial battles to the deat... Continue to article

  • 11:44 UKTI release: PM celebrates us investment and jobs boost on Washington trip Press Release

    11:44| Press Release

    UKTI press release PM CELEBRATES US INVESTMENT AND JOBS BOOST ON WASHINGTON TRIP As the Prime Minister sets off for talks with President Obama on global economic security, UK companies have announced US trade and investment deals wort... Continue to article

  • 11:11 Ed Balls: Leaving EU could threaten UK’s relationship with the US On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | BBC News Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls warned that leaving the EU could threaten the UK’s relationship with the United States.     "I think we have a common challenge not just to meet issues of international security but also to make sure that our economies not only ... Continue to article

  • 09:27 Clegg condemns Ward for offensive tweets on Paris march PoliticsHome News

    Clegg condemns Ward for offensive tweets on Paris march PoliticsHome News

    Nick Clegg has condemned Liberal Democrat MP David Ward for his tweets over the Israeli Prime Minister at the Paris march on Sunday. During the march, which followed last week’s terror attacks in the French capital that left 17 people de... Continue to article

  • 07:55 George Osborne: NHS problems a matter of regret for me and Government On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said it was a "matter of regret" that the NHS had experienced problems over the winter, after a story emerged of a patient who was left to sleep in a hospital cupboard. "Every time a patient doesn’t get the treatment that ... Continue to article

  • 00:01 PM in Washington for talks with Obama PoliticsHome News

    PM in Washington for talks with Obama PoliticsHome News

    David Cameron is travelling to Washington to meet Barack Obama, in a visit expected to focus on the state of the global economy and national security co-operation. During what is the last planned trip by the Prime Minister to the United ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 14th January
  • 23:28 Suzanne Evans: Ukip would not use TV debates to make rash promises like Lib Dems did On air

    On Air | Suzanne Evans | Ukip deputy chairman | Newsnight, BBC 2

    Suzanne Evans said Ukip would not use any TV debates to make “rash promises” like the Liberal Democrats had done the last time.  “First of all we are not just going to say what we like. When we bring our manifesto forward ahead of the ge... Continue to article

  • 23:19 Dominic Grieve: Cameron was right to say Greens should be included in TV debates On air

    On Air | Dominic Grieve MP | Former attorney general, Conse... | Newsnight, BBC 2 Video Dominic Grieve MP

    Dominic Grieve dismissed suggestions that David Cameron was resistant to taking part in TV debates because he thought they would be advantageous to the smaller parties.   “It may have done that for the liberals in 2010 but on the other h... Continue to article

  • 13:43 Nick Clegg: PM should stop ducking and weaving over TV debates On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Sky News Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg called on the Prime Minister to “stop ducking and weaving” and commit to taking part in the general election TV debates. “My message to David Cameron is just stop ducking and weaving, stop coming up with all these specious exc... Continue to article

  • 13:39 Mark Ferguson blog: PMQs Verdict: This is why Cameron is bottling the TV debates News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    David Cameron isn’t keen on the TV debates. That much is clear. He’d rather they didn’t happen. He fears they’ll erode his leadership ratings lead over Ed Miliband if the two men are seen side by side. Continue to article

  • 13:23 Transcript: Letter from Natalie Bennett to Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage Transcripts

    Letter from Natalie Bennett to Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage Transcripts

    Letter from Natalie Bennett to Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg 14 January 2015 Dear Ed, Nick and Nigel, ELECTION DEBATES The proposals put forward by the broadcasters for the 2015 election debates have yet to win the ac... Continue to article

  • 13:04 PMQs: Miliband pressures Cameron on televised debates House of Commons

    PMQs: Miliband pressures Cameron on televised debates House of Commons PMQs: Miliband pressures Cameron on televised debates

    Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of "running scared" from televised general election debates. The Prime Minister has previously signalled that he would not be willing to take part in debates proposed by the broadcasters that includ... Continue to article

  • 09:28 Douglas Alexander: Cameron must not be allowed to bully broadcasters On air

    On Air | Douglas Alexander MP | Shadow foreign secretary | Sky News Video Douglas Alexander MP

    Douglas Alexander accused David Cameron of trying to “bully” broadcasters by demanding the inclusion of the Greens as a precondition of his attendance at televised leader debates. “We want these debates to happen and essentially what the... Continue to article

  • 08:57 Nigel Farage: Sharia courts are practising in the UK On air

    On Air | Nigel Farage | UKIP leader | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage claimed that some parts of Britain were ruled by Sharia law. “There are 80 practising Sharia courts around the United Kingdom. And I’ve got no problem with different religions and different groups having their own private ob... Continue to article

  • 07:42 Lord Ashdown: Cameron mustn't get away with debate no-show On air

    On Air | Lord Ashdown | Former Liberal Democrat leader | Breakfast, BBC One Video Lord Ashdown

    Lord Ashdown accused David Cameron of trying to hold the TV leaders’ debates to ransom by demanding the inclusion of the Greens.   “Is it perfect for the Liberal Democrats? No, it’s not, but in the interests of having these debates, we g... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 13th January
  • 15:30 David Cameron: Some hospitals facing real difficulties On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | BBC Sussex Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron acknowledged the pressures facing hospital accident and emergency departments. "I accept that our hospitals are facing some real difficulties this winter. But we should start from the point that they come into this winter w... Continue to article

  • 12:46 David Cameron: We're doing everything we can to protect Jewish community from attacks On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Pooled Footage Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron has told leaders of the Jewish community that the UK is doing everything possible to ensure their security, in the wake of the attacks in Paris which included a siege at a kosher supermarket. At a meeting in Downing Street,... Continue to article

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PM: 'No harm done' by hoax call

David Cameron has insisted there was "no harm done" by a hoax caller who was put through to him pretending to be a spy chief.

The Prime Minister briefly spoke to the man, who claimed to be Robert Hannigan, director of GCHQ, before it emerged it was a hoax and the call was ended.

After a major speech on tax policy, the Tory leader explained what had happened, saying: “I had Florence on my back to add to the exercise regime that I’m undertaking. My Blackberry went in my pocket, I answered it and it claimed to be a conference call established – which I do obviously very frequently – between the head of GCHQ and some of the staff in my office.

"A voice came through, a voice I didn’t recognise. The voice said he said he was sorry to wake me up, which I thought was strange as it was eleven o’clock in the morning, and so I quite rapidly asked ‘who is this?’, to which the answer came ‘it is a hoax call’, and so I pushed the red button on the Blackberry which ended the call."

Downing Street has pledged to review security after the incident, but today the Prime Minister played down the incident.

"No harm was done, no national security was breached," he said.

The Prime Minister’s spokesperson added that Downing Street was not looking to press criminal charges.

It has been claimed the hoaxer was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he made the call.


Cameron to press Obama on ISP terror action

David Cameron is to urge greater co-operation from internet firms in tackling extremist material when he holds talks with Barack Obama later.

The Prime Minister is en route to Washington for a meeting with the US President in his final planned trip before the election, and is expected to discuss the role he believes internet service providers (ISPs) can play in tackling terrorism-related content.

A Downing Street spokesperson this morning said that the British Government's focus was "principally centred on the companies themselves", but stressed the need for Transatlantic cooperation on security matters.

"I think it's important to be clear our ask here is of course focused on the ISPs... That, for example, is what lies behind the emergency legislation that was passed in June and July last year partly in response to requests from ISPs for greater clarity," he said.

The spokesperson added: "We have a number of shared... challenges [with the United States] with the need to keep legislation up to speed with technology. So I'm sure that there'll continue to be areas of very close common and shared interest."

The visit comes in the week Conservative ministers have made the case for new surveillance powers in the wake of last week's deadly attacks in Paris.

Mr Cameron has previously said that technology companies have a "social responsibility" to deal with jihadists and pushed for firms to introduce a simplified method of flagging terrorism-related content.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, whose Liberal Democrats blocked a bill proposing new snooping powers for the security services amid civil liberties concerns, told LBC earlier than any measures should “focus on the threat, not on millions of innocent people who don’t pose a threat".

Ahead of the visit, Mr Cameron and President Obama made a joint vow to defeat the “distorted ideology” of terrorism.

Writing in the Times, the two leaders pledged: "Whether we are facing lone fanatics or terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, Islamic State or Boko Haram, we will not be cowed by extremists. We will defeat these barbaric killers and their distorted ideology".

Mr Cameron is also expected to use his trip to the United States to discuss economic issues including the slowdown in the Eurozone and the upcoming EU-US trade deal.

Downing Street confirmed that the Prime Minister would also raise the case of Guantanamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer with President Obama, with Mr Cameron "making the case" for his release.

Mr Aamer, a British citizen, has been detained at the controversial military prison - which President Obama promised to close - for 13 years.


Merkel concerned over Cameron's EU calls

David Cameron has said he remains convinced he can “fix” the problems with Britain’s relationship with the European Union, despite Angela Merkel sidestepping his demands for EU treaty change.

The German chancellor accepted there was a need to tackle “abuse” of EU rules governing benefits for migrants but stood firm on the principle of freedom of movement, saying that any changes would most likely be at a national level.

“We would very much like to have the UK in a strong and successful Europe,” she said after talks at Downing Street yesterday.

Mr Cameron has called for curbs on EU welfare payments ahead of a referendum on EU membership.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s farming minister has said that leaving the EU would be a disaster for the UK’s farmers. Richard Lochhead accused the Government of “gambling with the livelihoods of tens of thousands of farmers and food businesses.”


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Chilcot delayed until after election

The official inquiry into the Iraq War will not be published until after the general election, the BBC reports.

Chairman of the inquiry, Sir John Chilcot is expected to confirm the news in a letter to David Cameron, while Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has written a letter saying he is disappointed with the development.

In the Lords earlier this month, peers expressed their dissatisfaction with the numerous delays and called on it to be released as soon as possible.

The inquiry began in 2009 after the controversial invasion of Iraq in 2003.

It has suffered extensive delays over classified information.


PM and Chancellor target 'Northern powerhouse'

The Prime Minister and Chancellor are visiting businesses in Manchester today to flesh out their plans to create an 'economic powerhouse' in the North.

Unveiling a "six-point long-term economic plan" for the North West, David Cameron said he wanted to see Britain emulate the United States' geographical spread of "major centres of industry", rather than relying on the success of London.

“When it comes to the next generation – to Britain’s long-term future – few things are more important than rebalancing our economy," he said.

"We can only have a strong British economy if no part of the country is left behind. In the USA they’ve got major centres of industry not just in New York but in Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Atlanta. That is what we should aspire to in the UK, economic might not just held in one city but spread right across our country."

George Osborne meanwhile insisted it was "within our power" to overcome the "gap" between the economic performance of the North of England and London and the South.

The Chancellor said: "The economy of the North West is growing, creating jobs, and doing so more quickly than other parts of the country.

"That has not, frankly, been the case over much of the last thirty or forty years, as our economy has become more unbalanced, and the gap between the economic performances of the north of England lagged behind that of London and the South.

"Our message today is that is not inevitable, it is not something we should accept; it is instead something we have in our power to overcome."

As part of the six-point plan, the pair pledged to raise the long-term growth rate of the North-West to "at least" match that forecast for the UK as a whole. Mr Osborne also revealed he had appointed Highways Agency chief Colin Matthews to look at improving Trans-Pennine roads as part of a bid to improve the region's infrastructure.


Lansley confirms UN nomination

Andrew Lansley has confirmed that David Cameron has nominated him to replace Baroness Amos as the next humanitarian chief at the United Nations.

The former health secretary told the World at One that he would like the position, but he acknowledged it was “not a given” he would get the job.

“We had a conversation about it some time ago,” he said.

Mr Lansley is due to stand down as an MP next year.

“If I didn’t make the decision to leave, it would be incredibly difficult to leave in the future and do something substantial,” he explained.