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  • = Key Development Tuesday 21st October
  • 13:34 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    13:34 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Wales Office questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Presentation of Bill: Electronic Cigarettes (Advertising And Legal Age Of Purchase) Bill (Geraint Davies, Lab Co-op, Swansea Wes... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 16th October
  • 11:25 Hague: Judge Govt on its record for disabled, not Freud comments House of Commons

    Hague: Judge Govt on its record for disabled, not Freud comments House of Commons

    William Hague has repeated that the Government does not agree with Lord Freud’s comments that some disabled workers are “not worth” the minimum wage, but defended the Coalition’s record on helping the disabled. The Leader of the House s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 15th October
  • 16:23 Mark Harper: Lord Freud made a mistake On air

    On Air | Mark Harper MP | DWP Minister | Sky News Video Mark Harper MP

    Mark Harper defended Lord Freud, who today suggested that some disabled people were “not worth” the minimum wage. “I have spoken to David Freud, I have worked with him very closely over the last few years, he has been absolutely passiona... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 14th October
  • 17:20 William Hague: Labour will suffer in the polls if it doesn't embrace Evel On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | BBC News Video William Hague MP

    William Hague suggested Labour would suffer in the polls if it didn't embrace English votes for English laws. "When it comes to England, Labour doesn’t want to know. They don’t want to talk to the Liberal and Conservative parties; they d... Continue to article

  • 13:18 Evel plans will help keep UK together, claims Hague PoliticsHome

    13:18 | PoliticsHome | PoliticsHome PoliticsHome

    Conservative plans to deliver Engish votes for English laws are not at odds with devolution to Scotland, William Hague has insisted. Opening a debate on plans for UK devolution following Scotland's rejection of independence in the recen... Continue to article

  • 12:53 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    12:53 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scotland Office questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Main business Ten minute rule motion: Mental Health Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill (Sir Paul Beresford, Con, Mole Valley) Op... Continue to article

  • 08:14 William Hague: Alex Salmond is looking for some sense of betrayal On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video William Hague MP

    William Hague insisted the vow to give the Scottish Parliament increased powers had not been broken. “Not at all. I think  Alex Salmond is almost looking for and hoping for some sense of betrayal, but let it be very clear that every comm... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 2nd October
  • 07:38 UKIP: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE RT HON WILLIAM HAGUE MP News

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  • = Key Development Wednesday 1st October
  • 07:06 William Hague: We've protected the NHS by cutting the welfare budget On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Good Morning Britain, ITV1 Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said the Conservative-led government had protect spending on the NHS, and that it had done so because it had made welfare cuts. "We’ve been able to afford, in the last few years, to protect the spending on the National Heal... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 24th September
  • 04:42 Story (15 links): Miliband: PM's English devo vow 'panders to Ukip'

    PoliticsHome Miliband: PM's English devo vow 'panders to Ukip' Story View links

    Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of "pandering" to Ukip in his pledge to increase the powers granted to English MPs.

    The Prime Minister yesterday gathered MPs at his Chequers residence to discuss a promise to only hand new powers to Scotland "in tandem" with changes to the role of English MPs. The vow was made in the wake of the Scots independence referendum.

    But the Labour Leader stepped up his attack on the Prime Minister in his party conference speech today.

    Mr Miliband said: “If David Cameron cares so much about the Union, why is he seeking to divide us?

    "He’s learning the wrong lessons from Scotland because what he doesn’t understand is that the lessons are of course about the constitution, but they are not about playing political tactics about England."

    “David Cameron doesn’t lay awake at night thinking about the United Kingdom; he lies awake at night thinking about the United Kingdom Independence Party. Pandering to them is just one more reason why he is not fit to be the Prime Minister of this great country.”

    After the gathering of senior Conservatives at Chequers yesterday, Commons Leaer William Hague warned that the Tories were prepared to take the fight on restricting Scottish MPs’ voting rights to the General Election if they could not reach an agreement.

    The Sun reported this morning that that 30 Labour MPs had discussed forcing a change in their party’s policy in favour of greater powers for English MPs.

    Meanwhile, a Downing Street source has hinted that Scotland could face a cut in central funding as further fiscal powers are devolved to Holyrood.

    Referring to the promise signed by the three Westminster leaders to retain the Barnett formula, the source told the Times:

    “It’s not a change to the Barnett formula per se. But the more control a devolved administration has over its ability to raise and spend funds, the proportion subject to the Barnett formula decreases.”

    See how the day's action unfolded on our extensive liveblog here.

  • = Key Development Tuesday 23rd September
  • 17:22 Transcript: Labour: Speech by Ed Miliband to Labour's Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester Transcripts

    Labour: Speech by Ed Miliband to Labour's Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester Transcripts

    Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech to Labour's Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said: Thank you for that incredibly kind welcome. I want to start by talking about somebody who's from Salford, just down the road... Continue to article

  • 15:25 Miliband: PM's English powers vow 'pandering to Ukip' PoliticsHome News

    Miliband: PM's English powers vow 'pandering to Ukip' PoliticsHome News

      Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of "pandering" to Ukip in his pledge to increase the powers granted to English MPs. The Prime Minister yesterday gathered MPs at his Chequers residence to discuss a promise to only hand new powe... Continue to article

  • 08:33 John Redwood: English people feel that Scots get a better deal On air

    On Air | John Redwood MP | Conservative MP | Video John Redwood MP

    John Redwood reiterated calls for the establishment of an English parliament and said English people were starting to feel like “Scotland gets a better deal”.   “We would meet together as group of English MPs to discuss and vote on the E... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Simon Danczuk: There’s no point in defending status quo (£) News

    Opinion | The Sun source icon

    WHEN Gordon Brown delivered the speech of his life to save the union last week, he made it clear how a two-year campaign would be decided. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 22nd September
  • 17:00 William Hague: English settlement is a matter of fairness On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Pooled clip Video William Hague MP

      William Hague said ensuring greater powers for English MPs in the face of Scottish devolution was an "issue of fairness". "There is already a distinction between different types of members of Parliament and this issue of fairness fo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 21st September
  • 13:32 Tristram Hunt: No quick fix to English question On air

    On Air | Tristram Hunt MP | Shadow Education Secretary | World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4 Video Tristram Hunt MP

    Tristram Hunt argued that the question over the powers for English MPs could not be sorted out by a “quick fix”. “To say that the English question could, as it were, be resolved with just a four-month committee led by William Hague seems... Continue to article

  • 11:50 Grant Shapps: 'English votes for English laws' should be on same timetable as more Scots devolution On air

    On Air | Grant Shapps MP | Tory Party chairman | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Grant Shapps MP

    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

  • = Key Development Friday 19th September
  • 07:37 William Hague: Details of Scottish devolution will be set out in coming weeks On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | BBC News Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said the timetable for further devolution to Scotland had been set out but the content would be decided in the coming weeks.    “That is already the policy of all three main parties including the two parties in the Coalitio... Continue to article

  • 07:15 Scottish independence settled for a generation, says Cameron PoliticsHome News

    Scottish independence settled for a generation, says Cameron PoliticsHome News

    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

  • = Key Development Wednesday 10th September
  • 12:40 Hague and Harman: we want Scots to stay House of Commons

    Hague and Harman: we want Scots to stay House of Commons

    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

  • = Key Development Thursday 28th August
  • 13:54 William Hague: Carswell defection is regrettable and counter-productive On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | BBC News Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said Douglas Carswell's defection to Ukip was regrettable and counter-productive "It's a regrettable thing and it's a totally counter-productive thing to do of course, because the only chance of real change in Europe, the o... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 22nd August
  • 12:40 Peter Oborne blog: William Hague has betrayed the Commons by backing John Bercow over Carol Mills News

    Blog | Telegraph politics blog source icon

    William Hague was a dud as foreign secretary. He is now in danger of turning into a useless Leader of the Commons. Continue to article

  • 09:39 Transcript: Letter from Bernard Jenkin, Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett to David Cameron on the appointment of the Clerk of the House Transcripts

    Letter from Bernard Jenkin, Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett to David Cameron on the appointment of the Clerk of the House Transcripts

    20 August 2014 Dear Prime Minister You may have seen today's Times report concerning the above.  I understand that the Speaker may already have sent you his recommendation for the new Clerk of the House.  I thought I should write to c... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 28th July
  • 00:01 Lords to debate Leader of the House status PoliticsHome News

    Lords to debate Leader of the House status PoliticsHome News

    David Cameron is expected to come under further pressure about his decision to downgrade the post of Leader of the House of Lords today. Baroness Stowell, the new Leader, will be paid more than £20,000 less than her predecessor Lord Hil... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 17th July
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  • = Key Development Monday 14th July
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  • = Key Development Wednesday 9th July
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  • = Key Development Sunday 29th June
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  • = Key Development Monday 23rd June
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Miliband: PM's English devo vow 'panders to Ukip'

Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of "pandering" to Ukip in his pledge to increase the powers granted to English MPs.

The Prime Minister yesterday gathered MPs at his Chequers residence to discuss a promise to only hand new powers to Scotland "in tandem" with changes to the role of English MPs. The vow was made in the wake of the Scots independence referendum.

But the Labour Leader stepped up his attack on the Prime Minister in his party conference speech today.

Mr Miliband said: “If David Cameron cares so much about the Union, why is he seeking to divide us?

"He’s learning the wrong lessons from Scotland because what he doesn’t understand is that the lessons are of course about the constitution, but they are not about playing political tactics about England."

“David Cameron doesn’t lay awake at night thinking about the United Kingdom; he lies awake at night thinking about the United Kingdom Independence Party. Pandering to them is just one more reason why he is not fit to be the Prime Minister of this great country.”

After the gathering of senior Conservatives at Chequers yesterday, Commons Leaer William Hague warned that the Tories were prepared to take the fight on restricting Scottish MPs’ voting rights to the General Election if they could not reach an agreement.

The Sun reported this morning that that 30 Labour MPs had discussed forcing a change in their party’s policy in favour of greater powers for English MPs.

Meanwhile, a Downing Street source has hinted that Scotland could face a cut in central funding as further fiscal powers are devolved to Holyrood.

Referring to the promise signed by the three Westminster leaders to retain the Barnett formula, the source told the Times:

“It’s not a change to the Barnett formula per se. But the more control a devolved administration has over its ability to raise and spend funds, the proportion subject to the Barnett formula decreases.”

See how the day's action unfolded on our extensive liveblog here.


Pressure on Hague over Shell case

The Foreign Secretary is being accused of hypocrisy over Britain's intervention in an American Supreme Court case, in which families are claiming the right to sue oil giant Shell for its alleged complicity in torture in the Niger Delta. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office wants the Supreme Court to strike out the case, claiming the court should not hear cases where British corporations have allegedly committed crimes outside America. 


MI6 Staff 'breached confidentiality'

Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendiiton, has warned William Hague that MI6 staff may have breached confidentiality in supplying information to the press over the rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhadj to Libya in 2004.

 

In a letter to the Foreign Secretary Mr Tyrie wrote: “These reports are attributed to ‘well-placed sources’. The context suggests that these sources may well be from within MI6. If so this would represent staff from the intelligence agencies briefing the press."


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Zimbabwe sanctions lifted

The EU is to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe after a "landmark decision" by European ministers.

Most of the Restrictive Measures - imposed by the EU in response to human rights abuses and political violence - have been suspended, but European foreign ministers said the sanctions against Robert Mugabe would remain.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement: "This approach will demonstrate to reformers across the political spectrum that the EU is serious about responding to concrete progress on the ground and reflects our confidence in the facilitation process being undertaken by President Zuma and the leaders of SADC.

"It also puts the onus on the Government of Zimbabwe to live up to their commitments."

He later tweeted that it was a "landmark EU decision."

Conservative MEP for the East of England, Geoffrey Van Orden, said: "We have always said that restrictive measures, aimed solely at a governing elite that has trampled on the people of Zimbabwe, could be eased once there was serious change."

The MEP, who has worked to encourage freedom and democratic change in Zimbabwe, warned: "I remain concerned that those with a vested interest in the Mugabe regime and exploitation of Zimbabwe's resources for their own benefit will try and ensure their continued grasp on power."


Hague urges green emphasis

William Hague has urged his fellow Cabinet members to place a greater emphasis on green industries, in a leaked letter which emerged today. The letter states "we should reframe our response to climate change as an imperative for growth" and sets out proposals for how the Government can refocus on the issue.


Hague calls for suspension of Burma sanctions

William Hague has said that sanctions against Burman should be suspended, but does not believe it would be right to lift them entirely.

 

Speaking at talks in Luxembourg, The Foreign Secretary said: "A very important process of change has taken place in Burma. As you know in the United Kingdom we have advocated the suspension of sanctions rather than the complete lifting of sanctions.

 

"I think that is the right thing to do. Great progress is being made in Burma but we remain very concerned about conflict and human rights abuses in some areas of Burma, particularly in Kachin state."


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