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Prime minister David Cameron meets with EU president elect Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss Britain's position in the European Union and its nominee for European commissioner. David Cameron also hosts a reception for the armed forces and is e... Continue to article
Ed Davey welcomed energy regulator Ofgem’s threat to ban nPower’s telesales if the energy giant did not resolve problems with billing. “I strongly support Ofgem’s measures today. They’re using new powers, new standards of conduct that ha... Continue to article
The Energy Secretary has dismissed a Labour proposal to empower the energy regulator to force firms to pass on falling wholesale costs to consumers as unworkable. The Government rejected the idea of price controls yesterday, a decision w... Continue to article
Wednesday 4 June Early start to get meetings and mail out of the way before being taken hostage for the State Opening, against the Queen’s safe return. Cramped on the way to the Palace with my wand, Michael Cockerell and his cameram... Continue to article
Ed Davey welcomed Ofgem's intervention on wholesale prices. "We strongly support the regulator in piling on the pressure, and it's one of the reasons why we've backed the first ever major investigation into the energy markets to make sur... Continue to article
Today at Bloomberg Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, will deliver a speech entitled ‘Opportunity for Everyone’. The recent local and European election results were incredibly difficult for the Liberal... Continue to article
Ed Davey outlined the revamped Green Deal scheme, insisting the Government had learnt from the problems that dogged the initial scheme. “We’ve certainly learnt from what people were telling us with the old scheme and these are grants, no... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and foreign secretary William Hague meet with UN special envoy Angelina Jolie in London (16.45) Energy secretary Ed Davey (12.40), shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint (14.15), energy and climate change com... Continue to article
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER SPEECH ON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gave a speech on international development today at The Village Hall in Shoreditch, London, hosted by the Omidyar Network. The speech was attended... Continue to article
Ed Davey backed the Competition and Markets Authority inquiry into the ‘big six’ energy companies, which is currently underway, and indicated he would be prepared to support breaking up one of the big energy providers to create more competi... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg launches the Liberal Democrats' local election campaign Communities secretary Eric Pickles speaks at the launch of the First World War centenary battlefield tours programme at the Guards Museum in London ... Continue to article
Energy secretary Ed Davey attends a meeting of G7 energy ministers in Rome Public accounts committee chairman Margaret Hodge MP attends the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development forum in Paris Continue to article
Ed Davey said he was confident the Government contracts for eight major renewable energy schemes would lead to more secure energy for the country. "We're very confident that eight will go ahead, but if a company decides not to go ahead, ... 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.
22/07/2014 on Lib Dem Voice
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18/05/2014 on Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5Live
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