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The Chinese embassy has hit back at Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire after he declared that ‘no one will tell British ministers who they can and can’t see’ in relation to human rights. In a letter to The House magazine, a spokespe... Continue to article
Tim Loughton said the solutions to Birmingham City Council's children's services' problems must come from Birmingham. “Frankly, the Department for Education taking over management of Birmingham [Council children’s services] is not a uni... Continue to article
From: Tim Loughton MP Sent: 18 October 2013 09:48 Dear Richard We all welcome recent announcements about Chinese investment in British energy, new opportunities for British financial services in Chinese markets and mutually benef... Continue to article
LORDS CHAMBER 3.00pm: New peer: Lord Allen of Kensington will be introduced Oral questions, to ask the government: - Whether they will pursue a dialogue with the governments of Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq in order to ascertain ... Continue to article
Tim Loughton called for the introduction of central guidance to end the "postcode lottery" of sex education and properly combat the rise of 'sexting' among children. "Whether it’s part of the core curriculum, we need central guidance whi... Continue to article
Tim Loughton what he claimed was Tristram Hunt's conversion to supporting Free Schools. "Clearly Tristram has been on a crash course at the Labour Retraining Free School and it sounds as though there needs to be a rather big queue with M... Continue to article
Tim Loughton has accused one of his local police officers of having “clearly lost the plot” after being served with a Police Information Notice. The Tory MP was granted an emergency debate in the House of Commons, and he told fellow MPs... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 9.30am: Transport questions (topicals at 10.05am) 10.15am: Questions to the Leader of the House and House of Commons Commission 10.30am: Business questions Ministerial statement on Syria Main business Backbe... Continue to article
Lisa Nandy was at the 2009 Conservative Party conference when she decided to run for Parliament. She hadn’t fallen under the sway of David Cameron – she was there in her capacity as policy adviser at The Children’s Society, where she... Continue to article
Witchcraft crimes are not investigated properly because authorities are too "cowed" by political correctness, a minister said yesterday.
Tory PPS Tim Loughton said there was a "wall of silence" around the issue.
He added: "Community leaders have been reluctant to challenge beliefs which risk leading to real abuse in their midst, or because authorities misunderstand the causes or are cowed by political correctness."
Parents are putting their children at risk by helping them set up under-age Facebook accounts, the Children's Minister has said. Tim Loughton accued parents who help their children of "aiding and abetting" youngsters to use the site, despite the official age limit being 13.
The Children's Minister has warned that benefit reforms "appear to undermine" government commitments to support carers by cutting payments by as much as £3,500. Tim Loughton has written to Lord Freud explaining children of disabled single parents could suffer from the proposed reforms, the Guardian reports.
The Government is considering ordering an inquiry into state-run children's homes after nine men were jailed for abusing children from homes in Rochdale. The Independent on Sunday reports that the Government has warned of "eye-watering" evidence of the abuse of care homes in England. Children's Minister Tim Loughton has said the level of abuse in homes has been "widely underestimated" and suggested he will take the matter further.
English councils will only be rated 'outstanding' for adoption services if they place children in families within 12 months, Ofsted has announced. The new rules place the emphasis firmly on speed, and have been welcomed by Children's Minister Tim Loughton, who said "I want to see radical improvements to ensure that all children who would benefit from adoption are placed as quickly as possible to make sure they get the start in life they deserve."
The Government has announced an extra £6m a year to help foster carers and vulnerable families.
The money will be shared by 37 local authorities to support programmes such as increasing parenting skills and preventing anti-social behavior.
Children's Minister Tim Loughton said he was "delighted" by the measures and added that the money would be split between helping foster carers and families with children "on the edge" of care.
He said: "For those children who can not remain with their families, we want to ensure that those responsible for caring for them have the right support to help them meet their often challenging needs."
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