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  • = Key Development Thursday 22nd January
  • 15:06 William Hague: Leon Brittan was a kind, assiduous and brilliant man House of Commons

    William Hague: Leon Brittan was a kind, assiduous and brilliant man House of Commons

    William Hague has paid tribute to former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, calling him a "kind, assiduous and brilliant man". The Leader of the House made a point of order during a debate on House of Commons governance to inform fellow MPs of... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 19th January
  • 14:26 Dot Commons: A holiday for hardworking people Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome A holiday for hardworking people

    Some (not us at PoliticsHome, of course) would say that a holiday with your boss looks less like a prize, more like workplace bullying. Grant Shapps, however, thinks differently. He of the “reshuffle for hardworking families” has thou...

  • = Key Development Friday 16th January
  • 17:17 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    17:17 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Wales Office questions 12 noon: Prime minister questions Presentation of Bill: Fracking (Measurement and Regulation of Impacts) (Air, Water and Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Bill (Geraint Davies, Lab/Co-op, Swan... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 15th January
  • 14:03 Dot Commons: A place in the country Dot Commons

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    William Hague must have a few quid stashed away somewhere - he's splashing out on a £2.5m mansion to retire to. Cyfronydd Hall in Powys, mid-Wales, will be William and his wife Ffion's main home - but they're planning on keeping a place ...

  • 12:05 Hague advises Miliband against 'reaching for a cap' on energy prices House of Commons

    Hague advises Miliband against 'reaching for a cap' on energy prices House of Commons

    William Hague has attacked Labour’s policy on energy prices, during the Business Statement this morning.   After suggestions yesterday that falling oil prices had prompted the Opposition to rethink their flagship ‘energy price freeze’ po... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 8th January
  • 11:39 Hague and Eagle clash on education spending House of Commons

    Hague and Eagle clash on education spending House of Commons

    William Hague evaded questions in the Commons today on the level of cuts that a future Conservative government would impose on the education budget. Earlier this week the Leader of the House was pictured carrying briefing papers that rep... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 5th January
  • 12:25 Osborne leads Tory attack on Labour spending plans PoliticsHome News

    Osborne leads Tory attack on Labour spending plans PoliticsHome News Osborne leads Tory attack on Labour spending plans

    Conservative Cabinet ministers have rounded on Labour's economic plans, accusing the party of making unfunded spending promises. A group of Tory ministers, led by Chancellor George Osborne, unveiled Treasury analysis that they claim show... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 18th December
  • 12:20 Hague rebuffs Tory MP's call for capital punishment debate House of Commons

    Hague rebuffs Tory MP's call for capital punishment debate House of Commons

    The Leader of the House has rebuffed a Tory MP's suggestion that the death penalty could be reintroduced in the aftermath of a future terrorist attack on the UK. The Pakistani government has lifted its moratorium on capital punishment in... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 16th December
  • 19:09 Editorial blog: The Guardian view on English votes for English laws: devolution for England is essential, but not like this News

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    The UK needs to be remade, but William Hague’s plans are a non-starter Continue to article

  • 16:47 William Hague: Mindless violence in Pakistan shows importance of counter-terrorism On air

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

    William Hague said the “mindless violence” of the attack in Pakistan today showed the importance of counter-terror work. “We do work with other countries all over the world fighting terrorism. This atrocious act, this mindless violence w... Continue to article

  • 13:23 English votes for English laws cannot be 'put aside', says Hague House of Commons

    English votes for English laws cannot be 'put aside', says Hague House of Commons

    The issue of English votes for English laws “can no longer be put aside”, William Hague has said as he published potential resolutions to the issue. In a statement to the Commons today, the Leader of the House outlined solutions put for... Continue to article

  • 12:25 John Redwood: Tories should put forward just one EVEL solution On air

    On Air | John Redwood MP | Conservative MP | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video John Redwood MP

    John Redwood criticised William Hague for bringing forward three separate potential solutions to the question of English votes for English laws. “I think he should have put forward just one. I think the Conservative party by a big majori... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 13th December
  • 08:55 Douglas Alexander: Scottish Labour rewrote statute book but didn't rewrite the story On air

    On Air | Douglas Alexander MP | Shadow foreign secretary | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Douglas Alexander MP

    Douglas Alexander argued that the Labour party in Scotland had failed to update its message for the 21st century. “To understand where Scottish politics is today, as you’ve suggested, you need to understand that we’re still in the immedi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 4th December
  • 11:07 No Coalition agreement yet on Evel - Hague House of Commons

    No Coalition agreement yet on Evel - Hague House of Commons No Coalition agreement yet on Evel - Hague

    The Coalition has yet to reach agreement on plans for English votes for English laws, William Hague has said. David Cameron has promised to set out plans to bolster the powers of English MPs on solely English matters before Christmas, i... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 15:16 Steerpike blog: William Hague’s stuck record News

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    William Hague told the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards last week that he was standing down from the Commons ‘to do some other things I’ve always wanted to do’. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 17:01 In Brief Events

    17:01 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announces a £214m investment in cycling Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome (12:00) Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announces that the Ea... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st November
  • 06:36 William Hague: We will win back the Rochester seat in 2015 On air

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

    William Hague said he believes the Conservatives will win back the seat of newly-elected Ukip MP Mark Reckless at the general election. “We can, and I believe we will, win this seat back at the general election when the future of the gov... Continue to article

  • 04:30 Victorious Reckless tells Ukip votes: We will give you back your country PoliticsHome News

    Victorious Reckless tells Ukip votes: We will give you back your country PoliticsHome News

    Mark Reckless has used his victory speech after becoming Ukip’s second elected MP to tell supporters: “We will give you back your country.” Mr Reckless said after it was announced that he won the Rochester and Strood by-election by 2,900... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 20th November
  • 14:16 Dot Commons: Council goes off-message Dot Commons

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    Ministers have been advising councils to think creatively when it comes to dealing with cuts in government funding, but they probably didn’t have this in mind. At today’s Business Statement, Tory MP Pauline Latham spoke of her disdain fo...

  • 10:52 Labour mocks Gove over PubCo defeat House of Commons

    Labour mocks Gove over PubCo defeat House of Commons

    Labour has ridiculed the Government over its defeat on loosening links between pubs and chain companies. On Tuesday, the Government lost a vote on Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland’s amendment that would allow pubs to buy beer from any brewery... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 10th November
  • 16:58 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    16:58 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 12:00pm: Justice questions (topicals at 12.45pm) Main business Ten minute rule motion: National Defence Medal Bill (Stephen Gilbert, Lib Dem, St Austell and Newquay) National Insurance Contributions Bill: Report s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 6th November
  • 11:00 William Hague: EAW vote will take place on Monday House of Commons

    William Hague: EAW vote will take place on Monday House of Commons

    MPs will vote on Monday on the Government’s plan to opt back into the European Arrest Warrant, William Hague has confirmed. However, it has emerged that a committee of peers and MPs has not yet signed off on the wording of the statutory ... Continue to article

  • 11:00 William Hague: EAW vote will take place on Monday House of Commons

    William Hague: EAW vote will take place on Monday House of Commons

    MPs will vote on Monday on the Government’s plan to opt back into the European Arrest Warrant, William Hague has confirmed. However, it has emerged that a committee of peers and MPs has not yet signed off on the wording of the statutory ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 5th November
  • 15:53 Hague: Strong case for a separate petitions committee House of Commons

    Hague: Strong case for a separate petitions committee House of Commons

    William Hague has backed the creation of a new committee of MPs to oversee petitions sent in by members of the public. E-petitions were brought in by the Coalition in 2011 in a bid to give voters a greater say over the subjects tackled ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 2nd November
  • 09:54 William Hague: Govt 'will work with' people returning from Syria On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said the Government was prepared to consider using the help of Britons who have fought in Syria as long as they had “good intentions” to deter people from joining the conflict. “Perhaps we could and others will just need he... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 31st October
  • 17:15 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    17:15 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11:30am: Committee of Selection: Motion to change committee membership 11.31am: International development questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions Main business Ten minute rule motion: ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 29th October
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  • = Key Development Tuesday 21st October
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  • = Key Development Thursday 2nd October
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  • = 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
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  • = Key Development Monday 22nd September
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  • = Key Development Friday 19th September
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  • = Key Development Wednesday 10th September
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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."