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A press release from Number 10: No 10 spokesperson: "The PM spoke separately to both President-elect of Afghanistan Dr Ghani and Dr Abdullah this morning to congratulate them on the announcement of a National Unity Government. "He cong... Continue to article
Staying or leaving? If David Cameron wins the May election he has promised an In/Out EU referendum by 2017. Even if he does not it is still probable there will be one at some point. National referendu... Continue to article
Although measuring success in opposition has long confounded political observers, a fair judge might be favourably disposed to Labour’s Lordly performance over the past four years. Nearly a hundred division lobby wins, approximate... Continue to article
Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said: Just think conference, it could be less than a year left for the Bedroom Tax. Because the very first thing ... Continue to article
INTRODUCTION Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today. Our goal: ‘a community in which p... Continue to article
Jim Murphy has called David Cameron’s ideas for constitutional reform were “quarter-baked” and “rushed”. “When the results were still being announced, Mr Cameron came out with a quarter-baked idea on this issue of Scots not voting in the... Continue to article
Chuka Umunna has sought to shore up Labour’s pro-business credentials in his speech to the party’s conference. The Shadow Business Secretary emphasised Labour’s commitment to across employers, workers and unions to ensure that the econo... Continue to article
Conference, it’s good to be back in Manchester, Labour Manchester, with a Combined Authority achieving great things. Your example here is why we’ll push power away from Whitehall enabling cities and regions to be masters of their own des... Continue to article
Douglas Alexander said “multilateral efforts” were needed to address the "terror" in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Addressing the Labour Party conference in Manchester, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said: “The blockades m... Continue to article
Labour’s leader in the European Parliament has criticised the media coverage of this year’s European elections. The Opposition increased its number of MEPs to 20 in May, but was overshadowed by the performance of Ukip, which won the nat... Continue to article
David Cameron should heed the words of Ed Miliband and call a Constitutional Convention to “forge a new Union for Britain”, the Shadow Welsh Secretary has said. Kicking off the second day of the Labour conference, Owen Smith welcomed the... Continue to article
Conference, just four months ago there was a national election where Labour did so well that we increased our number of elected representatives by 50 per cent. Yes, 50 per cent! Now in any normal election this would have been headline ne... Continue to article
We need to build a new United Kingdom. Conference, greetings from a land with a Labour Government. Soon to be joined by another one in May Can I say a special good morning to those of you who are here from Scotland. There are few peo... Continue to article
Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said: Good morning Conference, What a pleasure and a privilege to open conference today with our Welsh report. ... Continue to article
Ed Balls said his plan to cap child benefit rises at 1% for the first two years of the next Parliament was evidence that Labour was ready to make the “difficult decisions” on public finances. “I’m desperate to do a better deal for workin... Continue to article
Angus MacNeil said calls for further Scottish devolution to be accompanied by 'English votes for English laws' amounted to broken promises on the part of the Westminster parties. “I think this is reneging on the promises of last week. Th... Continue to article
Angela Eagle MP, Chair of Labour’s National Executive Committee, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said: It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this crucial Labour conference. As we gather here i... Continue to article
Lord Prescott described David Cameron’s bid to link the promise of more powers for Scotland to wider constitutional reform as a “Tory trick”. “I think you need a fairer representation. It may well be, it would be quite radical, talking a... Continue to article
Grant Shapps insisted that 'English votes for English laws' could be implemented in tandem with more devolved powers for Scotland, and denied that constitutional reform for England would take years or even decades to implement. “This is ... Continue to article
Alistair Carmichael said the debate on English devolution should not hinder the delivery of the promises made to Scotland before the independence referendum. “I think he [David Cameron] is reflecting a popular mood that is out there now... Continue to article
Hillary Benn attacked David Cameron's pledge to give more powers to English MPs following the Scottish independence referendum. "He conflated on the one hand a very solemn promise that all three parties made to the people of Scotland abo... Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at UN headquarters in New York Foreign Minister Philip Hammond hosts a ministerial meeting on the side-lines of the UN climate summit 2014 in New York on political transition in Syria (5.30pm EST) N... Continue to article
Downing Street statement on resignation of Alex Salmond Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Alex is a politician of huge talent and passion. He has been an effective First Minister and always fights his corner. While we disagree profo... Continue to article
Nick Clegg welcomed the outcome of the independence referendum but said it was a “ferociously fought campaign”. “Obviously the referendum was a momentous event in the history of Scotland and the United Kingdom. I suspect everybody will r... Continue to article
The question of Scottish independence has been settled for a generation, David Cameron has told reporters outside Downing Street. "The people of Scotland have spoken and it is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations to... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Yvette Cooper is late. But she has a pretty good excuse: the wacky races that are London school runs. Like many parents with children on their second day of the new term, she’s... Continue to article
David Cameron admitted he was "nervous" ahead of the Scottish independence vote, but hailed unemployment figures as a sign of the UK's strength. "Everyone who cares about our United Kingdom, and I care passionately about our United ... Continue to article
Responding to suggestions by fellow Labour MP John Mann, Sarah Champion said she would support David Blunkett 100% of he stood to replace Shaun Wright as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. “I absolutely would. David Blunke... Continue to article
Christopher Chope said the pledge by the main party leaders to give more devolution to Scotland in the event of a 'no' vote was not a 'guarantee' and that parliament had stopped similar deals before. "I certainly think that the people in... Continue to article
David Cameron has pleaded with Scots to vote No to "for devolution" and that it was the "right decision" to have a referendum on independence. "I feel passionately about our United Kingdom. I desperately want our country to stay together... Continue to article
Do you remember when David Cameron announced that the coalition would be the “greenest government ever”? Seems like a long time ago doesn’t it? Continue to article
Say what you like about David Cameron's interventions in the Scottish independence vote, you can't fault the PM for candour. Continue to article
A press release from the Prime Minister's Office: Prime Minister David Cameron today addressed an audience in Aberdeen ahead of Thursday's referendum in Scotland. COUNTDOWN TO THE REFERENDUM OUR COUNTRY AT STAKE We meet in a week t... Continue to article
Alex Salmond said David Cameron had been "caught red handed" trying to "pressurise" businesses into publicly opposing independence. "What I was most interested in was two things: Prime Minister of the UK caught red handed pressurising bu... Continue to article
It’s perhaps the only thing the Yes and No campaigns agree on: this is forever. David Cameron, Alistair Darling et al are at pains to tell Scots that a vote for independence would be permanent and irr... Continue to article
Alistair Burt said the death of aid worker David Haines at the hands of IS terrorists was “appalling and dreadful” and had stiffened resolve to “confront and defeat this menace.” “I think his [David Cameron’s] assessment is also correct ... Continue to article
Nicola Sturgeon accused the anti-independence campaign of “deliberate attempts to misinterpret” comments from businesses about the implications of Scottish independence. “We have the UK government and the No campaign trying to encourage ... Continue to article
No 10 has said it is “puzzled” by the speculation about conversations between the Prime Minister and business leaders who have spoken out against Scottish independence. Reports suggested that David Cameron had been encouraging the busin... Continue to article
The Queen should add her voice to the Scottish independence campaign, Nigel Farage has said. Speaking on the first of his new, fortnightly slots on LBC radio, the Ukip leader said that if polls showed Scotland was likely to leave the un... Continue to article
Even when it is at peace, the Conservative party deals in hypotheticals all of which involve David Cameron being ousted in one way or another. Continue to article
A press release from the Prime Minister's Office: To commemorate the 9/11 attacks on the US and the British victims of those attacks, flowers have been laid from the PM at 9/11 Memorial in Grosvenor Square accompanied by a message from t... Continue to article
Downing Street has signalled its support for Barack Obama after the US President authorised American forces to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) forces in Syria. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said Downing Street w... Continue to article
Ukip leader Nigel Farage says David Cameron is loathed by the Scots and vote is about secession from England. Continue to article
David Cameron's visit to Scotland is probably a "hindrance" to the "No" campaign, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott says. Continue to article
David Cameron said it was important for the rest of the UK to make clear to Scotland that it did not want them to back independence. "We care about this issue, and we care about Scotland. I want to make sure they hear how much the rest o... Continue to article
William Hague has urged Scots to reject independence, saying: "we want you to stay in the United Kingdom." David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg were all absent from this week's Prime Minister's Questions as they toured Scotland in ... Continue to article
David Cameron has made an impassioned plea to the people of Scotland to vote ‘no’ in the upcoming referendum on independence. Speaking to reporters in Edinburgh, the Prime Minister said he would be "heartbroken" if Scotland elected to le... Continue to article
The leaders of the three main Westminster parties are "panicking" ahead of next week's vote on Scottish independence, Alex Salmond has claimed. Addressing reporters on a campaign visit to Edinburgh as David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Mil... Continue to article
Danny Alexander denied that David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg heading to Scotland would be counterproductive for the No side, but said they had a “relatively small place” in the campaign. “I don’t think that’s right at all. Look,... Continue to article
David Cameron's instinct for action is right. But rather than lead the charge, we must work behind the scenes, often in secret. Continue to article
David Cameron said that the UK must "do what is our national interest" and did not rule out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. "Well what I've said is we must do what is in our national interest. We should do what we can to help those on the ... Continue to article
David Cameron is in need of advice right now and there’s plenty of it in the new Spectator – not least from Justine Greening, his Transport Secretary. Continue to article
Douglas Alexander praised the “measured and considered” responses from Ed Miliband and David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions today. “Firstly, let me reiterate the consensus, not just in the House of Commons but, I believe, right ac... Continue to article
David Cameron has insisted that Britain will not bow to pressure from Islamic terrorists and has hinted that the Government could back air strikes in the region. The Prime Minister addressed the Commons after a video emerged last night ... Continue to article
David Cameron called for Ashya King, a five-year old cancer patient, to be “reunited with his parents” who are currently being held in custody in Spain after they removed their son from a Southampton hospital. “I obviously, like e... Continue to article
ComRes press release David Cameron would face public opposition if Britain joins the US in launching air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent. As the Prime Minister left the doo... Continue to article
Yvette Cooper has called on the Government to use de-radicalisation programmes for those coming back into the UK who have been involved with terrorism. "We also think that if anyone is returning the country it should be a requirement to ... Continue to article
The momentum behind airstrikes against the Islamic State is continuing to grow, with Philip Hammond today saying Britain would "certainly consider" such a move.
The Foreign Secretary said the UK had "made no commitment to take part in any airstrikes as yet, but we certainly consider that possibility if we think that it is the best and most effective way to support a credible and inclusive Iraqi government."
This follows talks held last night between the Prime Minister and President Obama on military and political action against Isis, prior to today’s Nato summit which is being held in Wales.
The pair reportedly agreed on a broad campaign which could start as soon as the country agreed a new government.
Speaking today at the summit David Cameron said: "An arc of instability bends from North Africa to the Middle East. Last night we discussed the threat posed by Isil in Iraq and Syria, so our message is clear, we are united in condemnation of these barbaric and despicable acts."
Mr Cameron earlier urged fellow world leaders they should not give in to the Islamic State’s demands for hostage ransoms, labelling the policy “worse that self-defeating” and warning it increased “risk to us at home”.
Downing Street this morning said Nato was "first and foremost" focused on putting together a "regional strategy" to deal with the threat of the Islamic State.
Number 10 said the meeting in Wales would seek "unity and agreement around the right way to do this".
When pressed on whether this would include specific measures such as airstrikes, PMOS said "all of these things are being thought about", but stressed that a regional response was the priority.
Former Army chief Lord Richards this morning urged the Government to consider working with Syria's President Assad in the short term to counter the threat from IS.
"I know how difficult this is for all governments, given the rhetoric and the facts on the ground, but my judgement is one way or another, you’ve got to bring him into this, and then perhaps you’re in a better position downstream to deal with him in a political way," the former chief of the general staff told Today.
But Downing Street reiterated that the UK was pushing for a "transition away from the Assad regime" in Syria, adding: "Russia is an important part of that."
24/07/2014 in Scotland
The Prime Minister may base himself in Scotland for the last two weeks of the campaign over the referendum on Scottish independence.
The move is opposed by the Liberal Democrats, who believe David Cameron's presence could weaken the No campaign.
No 10 confirmed that Mr Cameron was considering the plan, but gave no timetable for it.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have hailed the “bold steps” set out in the Government’s legislative agenda for the final session of the Parliament, but Ed Miliband has said the Queen's Speech should have been more wide-ranging.
Eleven bills were announced in the Queen’s Speech, which introduced a charge for plastic bags and a new Modern Slavery Bill.
However Labour sources said it was "staggering" that the NHS and immigration were not mentioned today and Mr Miliband outlined seven further bills that he would have included.
The speech began with a nod to both the Conservative slogan of a “long-term economic plan”, and the Lib Dems’ promise to build a “stronger economy and fairer society”.
“My government’s legislative programme will continue to deliver on its long-term plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society,” Her Majesty said.
Speaking in the House this afternoon, Mr Cameron said: "Our long-term economic plan is working but there is much much more to do....
"This Queen's Speech sets out the next steps in seeing through this vital plan to secure our future but it will take the rest of this parliament and the next to finish the task of turning our country around. That is the enormity of the challenge we face but, Mr Speaker, it is matched by the strength of our commitment to sorting it out."
Mr Miliband said there were measures his party supported in the Queen's Speech "including tackling modern slavery, an Ombudsman for our Armed Forces and recall".
But he maintained that the speech failed to live up to the scale of the challenges facing Britain and that Mr Cameron should have gone further.
"There is a chasm between the needs and the wishes of the people of this country and whether or not this House and politics is capable of responding," he told MPs.
"We need to rise to this challenge, but this Queen's Speech doesn't do it. But it can be done...
"This is what the Queen’s Speech should have done: A Make Work Pay bill to reward hard work, a Banking Bill to support small business; a Community Bill to devolve power; an Immigration Bill to stop workers being undercut; a Consumers Bill to freeze energy bills; a Housing Bill to tackle the housing crisis; and an NHS Bill to make it easier to see your GP and stop his privatisation."
Downing Street has insisted the UK is investing to boost security at Calais, after Eurotunnel was forced to warn passengers to check their cars for illegal immigrants.
Around 100 illegal immigrants attempted to force their way onto a P&O ferry bound for Dover earlier this week, prompting the Channel Tunnel operator to issue the warning.
Eurotunnel's John Keefe told KentOnline the situation at Calais was "quite dramatic" and that it was "extending...advice to motorists to be on their guard."
But Downing Street today said that £3m of investment had already been committed to boosting security at Calais and was currently "awaiting approval from Calais Chamber of Commerce".
Labour seized on Eurotunnel's advice to accuse the Government of presiding over a "mismanagement of our borders".
"Of course people should be vigilant and help the authorities but ultimately it's for the Government to police our borders properly," Shadow Immigration Minister David Hanson said, adding:
"Now is the time for them to work urgently with the French government and the rest of Europe to get on with it "
The Mayor of Calais yesterday repeated her threat to block the port in a bid to make Britain change its policy towards migrants.
The National Crime Agency should be credited for playing an instrumental role in arresting 660 suspected paedophiles, according to David Cameron.
The Prime Minister told reporters that the NCA, which replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency in 2013, deserved praise for the move.
He said: “I think what these arrests show is that the National Crime Agency, which this Government set up, is now up and running and doing very good job at bringing all the modern methods of policing and technology to go after the perpetrators of a particularly horrible crime.
“Obviously now it’s important that these cases are brought to trial and tried properly. But it’s a good step forward for the National Crime Agency and I commend them for their work.”
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