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Ken Clarke said George Osborne's Autumn Statement was a "masterful performance" and said Ed Balls was in a "ridiculous position. "I thought it was a masterful performance; we've got a Chancellor who's on top of the worst financial crisis... Continue to article
As we know, David Cameron has taken a merry band of ministers with him on his trip to China. Jeremy Hunt, Owen Paterson, Maria Miller, David Willetts, Ian Livingston, and Hugo Swire were all on board the chartered flight, while even the ...
Ken Clarke defended Boris Johnson and accused the media of taking his comments out of context. "I did the unusual thing of looking at Boris' lecture, I read it [and] it didn't bear the slightest resemblance to the spin that has been put ... Continue to article
Alison Saunders said the Crown Prosecution Service would not rush a decision on whether or not to bring charges over ‘Plebgate’ and its aftermath, but added that it would explain its reasons if it decided against prosecutions. “The prose... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said women should not wear the veil if they were giving evidence in court and insisted his claim was not Islamaphobic. "I think we do need a clear rule. I was years ago a barrister at the bar in criminal cases for about 15 yea... Continue to article
Over in the Press Gallery we hold monthly lunches with a guest speaker to do a turn at the end. We political journalists pay £65 for two (without wine, I should add) and invite an MP or a Peer or other VUC – Very Useful Contact – t... Continue to article
Ken Clarke said people like him needed to make the case for the EU in a referendum in 2017 and that he would vote Yes. "I’ve always preferred parliamentary democracy and holding people accountable for their long-term, medium-term, conseq... Continue to article
Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the powers of Parliament to oversee the activities of the intelligence agencies had already been “dramatically increased”, despite calls from senior Lib Dems for further action. “Already there has been action. I ... Continue to article
Kenneth Baker is on a mission. And, like all good missionaries, he is brimming with evangelical enthusiasm about his cause. The former Education Secretary, who in the late 80s introduced the most radical overhaul of schooling since R.A... Continue to article
Lord Tebbit argued David Cameron's modernisation programme had driven Conservative voters away to UKIP, suggesting it should be reversed and he should be removed. "I think we have to take UKIP seriously because so many ex-Tory voters are... Continue to article
Shirley Williams has suggested that Simon Hughes’ opposition to universal free school meals only came about because he is not a parent. Mr Hughes, who is not married, accused Southwark Council of “wasting extraordinary amounts of money”... Continue to article
Cabinet minister Ken Clarke said Britain should be supportive of ‘anything which genuinely looks like bringing an end to the threat of gas attacks’. Continue to article
The Government could have won the Commons vote on military action in Syria if it had been held a week later, according to Ken Clarke. Speaking at a lunch with Westminster journalists, he said: “With time it is conceivable that we could hav... Continue to article
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has warned the UK is "plainly losing" the war on drugs.
Speaking at the Home Affairs Select Committee today, Mr Clarke expressed "despair" at the fact that "policy has not been working".
Mr Clarke urged greater communication on tackling the issue of drugs, but cautioned against de-criminalisation, which he argued was an important deterrent.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has ordered a crackdown on people who fraudulently make insurance claims for whiplash after a car accident. The Sun reports that teams of specialist medics will be set up to identify people who fake injuries to claim compensation. Ministers believe the new measures will help reduce payouts and bring down the cost of motor insurance.
MPs have voted to overturn the House of Lords’ amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill after the Government offered a series of concessions. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke announced women would be able to have freer access to legal aid than under the previous plans.
Vince Cable has said the Liberal Democrats faced “veiled threats” from News International if the BSkyB takeover was not given the green light.
Giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, the Business Secretary said he believed the threats about Liberal Democrats' depictions in News International newspapers had come after a conversation with News Corporation lobbyist Frederic Michel.
He also hit out at Mr Michel's “systematic attempt to politicise the process” of adjudicating on the takeover. He confirmed he had been told about this by Liberal Democrat colleagues who had spoken with Mr Michel.
“I’m trying to explain the context in which I made my own comments [to undercover Telegraph journalists]… and what it was that had made me seriously disturbed.”
Dr Cable explained he was in an “emotional frame of mind” when he told two undercover Daily Telegraph reporters he was “waging war” on the Murdoch empire.
“There was a near riot taking place outside my constituency office… in order to prevent the disorder getting out of control, I invited in some of the protestors into my office. We had a very long conversation… I was struggling to keep my temper in this situation…
“I was in an extremely tense and emotional frame of mind. And the two women who I thought were constituents… I did offload onto them a lot of pent-up feeling, to just about the BSkyB case that I was dealing with but my colleagues in Government… in language I wouldn’t usually use.”
Also appearing at Leveson today was Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, who said that the media had "far greater" power than Parliament does.
Mr Clarke urged the inquiry not to curtail free speech, but argued the power of the media “has grown, is excessive, and ought to be diminished”.
Senior Conservatives are reportedly urging David Cameron to bring forward his anticipated Cabinet reshuffle in response to failing poll ratings. The Daily Mail reports the reshuffle could now take place as soon as next weekend, following the local elections on May 3.
Theresa May and Ken Clarke have made a push to win the backing of MPs for their controversial plans to strengthen the powers of the security services, after their proposals for 'secret justice' were criticised.
The Home Secretary and Justice Secretary have both sent letters to Tory MPs claiming that suspected terrorists could be given British passports if the Government unable to fight their deportation using sensitive evidence.
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