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Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield Caroline Flint would like to make clear that she is not Robert de Niro. As she recounts how Labour avoided leaks of its surprise energy bills freeze plan last year, the Shadow Sec... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron chairs a National Security Council meeting on Ukraine (15.00) Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg meets the EU digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes Business secretary Vince Cable speaks at the National Un... Continue to article
I'm delighted to say our House Magazine Guide to the Spring Conferences boasts pieces from all of the main party leaders, plus their party activists. We have a strong section on Scotland, with Alex Salmond, Johann Lamont and Ruth Davidson w... Continue to article
Labour’s call for wholesale energy to be pooled in a bid to encourage new competitors into the energy supply market is “already out of date”, Ed Davey has said. Speaking at Energy Questions, Mr Davey heralded Ofgem’s announcement that e... Continue to article
Department for Energy and Climate Change press release The British economy could receive a potential £200 billion boost over the next 20 years, through the recovery of an additional 3-4 billion barrels of North Sea oil and gas, according t... Continue to article
Ed Davey accused the SNP of “putting all their eggs in one basket” by overestimating how much revenue could be raised from North Sea oil and gas and warned against comparing Scotland with Norway. "First of all, Norway has an awful lot m... Continue to article
Sam Laidlaw said he was open to a proposal by Labour to separate power generation and power retail, but that Ed Davey was wrong to call for British Gas to be broken up. "If you look at the data today, he was using old data, if you look a... Continue to article
Downing Street has rejected Alex Salmond’s complaints of Westminster trying to bully Scotland into rejecting independence. Asked about Alex Salmond's letter to David Cameron accusing him of trying to 'bully' the Scottish people: "He is v... Continue to article
Ed Davey insisted the Government had been “galvanised” by the need to respond properly to the flooding crisis. “There’s been a lot of planning before this. We were spending a lot of money on coastal defences and on flooding defences gene... Continue to article
Ed Davey said evidence from government scientists demonstrated a link between the recent extreme weather and climate change. “Today we are thinking, working together to help the people who are without power, who are hit by the floods – t... Continue to article
Tom Greatrex attacked Ed Davey for not doing more to deal with energy markets' profit margins. "To suggest that these are new figures is just, frankly, not the case. They are from the segmented accounts which are published which Ed ... Continue to article
Ed Davey said he wanted companies to "think radically" on gas market competition and suggested firms who abuse market power could be broken up. "I want them to think radically: it’s an independent process – they can choose to take no ac... Continue to article
Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election Prime minister David Cameron and foreign secretary William Hague host an international conference on the illegal wildlife trade in London. Cameron also chairs the first Cabinet committee on flooding ... Continue to article
Ed Davey said the economic recovery marked a “real success” for the Government. “Recovery was always going to take a long time – we had the deepest recession in 100 years and with the massive financial mess that was left. So it’s taken t... Continue to article
It is vital that Europe implements a 30% cut in carbon emissions by 2020, Nick Clegg and Ed Davey have said. Writing in the Guardian, the Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Secretary insist that ambitious targets for reducing emissions will "help grow our low-carbon industries", ensuring Europe remains competitive as well as boosting the UK economy.
David Cameron was today accused by petrol retailers of "creating a crisis" out of the fuel strike today as a row broke out over Government advice to motorists to fill up their tanks.
Brian Madderson, the chairman of the Petrol Federation, told BBC Radio 4: "This Government appears intent on creating a crisis out of a serious concern, and we would have told them, had we been engaged ahead, that there are now 6,000 fewer forecourts than there were at the time of the last blockade in 2000.
The Unite union has agreed to talks with conciliation service Acas in order to try to prevent a strike by petrol tanker drivers.
Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “We welcome the prospect of exploratory talks and await a formal invitation from Acas. Unite has said all along that we want a negotiated settlement through meaningful talks.
The news came after Labour leader Ed Miliband earlier urged the Government to "do the responsible thing" and get oil firms and unions together to negotiate.
The Prime Minister and Francis Maude both advised the public to fill up their tanks with petrol to avoid shortages in the event of a strike.
Mr Maude said having "a bit of petrol in a jerry can in the garage is a sensible precaution to take", but within minutes the Fire Brigades Union warned that it would be illegal and unsafe to keep a full jerry can in a garage. The Cabinet Office minister then denied he had offered specific advice on the issue.
Mr Cameron told a press conference that there was "absolutely no justification" for strike action planned by fuel tanker drivers but he was contradicted by the Retail Motor Industries Federation, which said stations had their lowest stocks ever due to financial strains.
Following a meeting of the COBRA committee this afternoon, a Downing Street spokesman said: "Ministers also agreed that motorists should continue to take sensible precautions to prepare for the impacts of a possible strike. There is no need to queue for petrol, but in the normal course of business, motorists should consider keeping their tanks topped up. But there is no shortage of fuel at present and forecourts are being replenished."
There was also rancour about Mr Maude's words on storing extra fuel, with the head of the Fire Brigades Union, Matt Wrack, saying it was "grossly irresponsible" and would put the public and firefighters in danger.
David Miliband yesterday admitted that the government wouldn't have entered the conflict in Iraq if it knew then what it knows now. The foreign secretary was speaking at a foreign affairs spokesmen debate on the BBC.
Ed Davey has said it would be "reckless and unwise" for the UK to rule out joining the euro in the future. In an interview with the New Statesman magazine, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary said David Cameorn's veto of the new European fiscal union was nothing more than a "blip" and that the Coalition would eventually be remembered as more pro-European than Tony Blair's government.
Three more Lib Dem MPs have been secretly recorded by The Daily Telegraph criticising Coalition policies. Ed Davey and Steve Webb criticised child benefit cuts. Michael Moore said he did not want to work with Liam Fox for long.
07/03/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
28/02/2014 on The House - 2014 Spring Conference Special
24/02/2014 on Department for Energy and Climate Change
24/02/2014 on Daybreak, ITV 1
20/02/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4
13/02/2014 on Channel 4 News
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