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Jeremy Hunt said the new analysis suggesting that money spent stockpiling drugs at the height of the swine and bird flu crises made the case for greater access to pharmaceutical companies’ data. “We obviously make our decisions based on ... Continue to article
David Cameron has hailed the Government's tax cuts that come into effect tomorrow, saying they played a key role in delivering Conservative values. The personal allowance will rise to £10,000, which, according to Treasury analysis, will ... Continue to article
Spare a thought for Jeremy Hunt, who this month finds himself without either of his special advisers. Last year, the Health Secretary appointed the impressive Christina Robinson to cover for his long serving media SpAd Sue Beeby whi... Continue to article
Words: Tony Grew Photos: Paul Heartfield Dan Poulter can’t remember exactly how many babies he has delivered – “many, many” – but like every doctor he can remember the first one. “I was a fourth year medical student an... Continue to article
Technical gremlins mean the Waugh Room Memo probably hasn't hit all of your inboxes this morning. Below is the essential preview of what's happening in Westminster today. As it happens, now and again, I put up a public version of the Me... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and UKIP leader Nigel Farage debate Europe (19.00) Business secretary Vince Cable (08.25), culture secretary Maria Miller (08.35) and Lord Davies (09.15) speak at the launch of a report by Cranfield Schoo... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt accepted there was "an element of risk" to the scheme he announced today that gives patients with life-threatening or debilitating conditions access to new medicines before they are licensed. "There’s always an element of ri... Continue to article
Andy Burnham labelled the Government’s decision to exclude some NHS staff from a 1% pay rise “very unfair”. “It is very unfair for NHS staff to be singled out in this way. And let’s remember: George Osborne promised this. He promised a 1... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt denied he was being deliberately provocative by rejecting the recommendations of the Independent NHS Pay Review Body, arguing that to do otherwise would entail thousands of redundancies among nursing staff. “Quite the opposit... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt sparked a furious row in the NHS by denying a one per cent wage rise to 600,000 health workers benefiting from pay progression contracts. Continue to article
Today, Jeremy Hunt will ask Parliament to give him new powers to impose cuts to hospitals across the country and give local people and clinicians little chance to object Continue to article
Andy Burnham said no hospital would be safe if Jeremy Hunt was granted the powers he was seeking to close hospitals without local accountability. "The original powers were intended to address problems where there was financial failure in... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron attends an extraordinary meeting of EU heads of state or government in Brussels on the Ukraine (10.30) and holds meetings with French president Francois Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel Business s... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron delivers a speech in Coventry on skills and the economy Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg speaks at the Royal United Services Institute in London on security and privacy in the internet age (08.15) Labour ... 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
Jeremy Hunt called for end to long waits for dementia diagnosis. "I’m not blaming anyone on this but I do think it’s totally unacceptable that it can take up to six months, because some parts of the country have more efficient systems th... Continue to article
* Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust * NHS * Hospitals * Jeremy Hunt James Meikle theguardian.com © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this conten... Continue to article
The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Jeremy Hunt): I wish to inform the House that I have made a decision regarding the action recommended by the Trust Special Administrators (TSAs) of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (Mid Staffs, or... Continue to article
Labour have offered to help rescue the Government's beleaguered care.data programme on the condition of new safeguards for patients' personal data. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said the "important scheme" could be saved by restor... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt urged the Tories not to get "deflected" by the threat of UKIP. “We must be very careful not to get deflected into too much of a discussion about this party on the right and this party on the by-election. When it comes to a g... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt urged the Tories not to get "deflected" by the threat of UKIP after they finished ahead of his party in the Wythenshawe by-election. "We must be very careful not to get deflected into too much of a discussion about this part... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt attending this evenings COBRA . I presume cos of public health concerns over impact of #floods
Jeremy Hunt said that care was “getting better” in the NHS, one year on from the publication of the Francis Report into the failings in Mid Staffs NHS Trust. “I’m saying things are getting better, but I’m not saying the problem has been ... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said the NHS needed to make savings, but warned cutting back on care was a “false economy”. “It is a real challenge and there are things you can do like properly investing in technology, which we’re now starting to do in the ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron delivers a speech on the importance of Scotland to the UK at the Olympic Park, London Chancellor George Osborne is expected to make an announcement on Northern Hub rail upgrades during a visit to Manchester A... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne are expected to attend the annual Conservative Party fundraising ball in London Defence secretary Philip Hammond is expected to make a statement on Afghanistan in the House of Co... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt said today's NAO report showed "a dramatic fall in the number of people waiting a long time" for NHS treatment. "Let's step back for a moment, why does this matter? If you need a hip replaced and you're in a lot of pain, one ... Continue to article
David Cameron would vote for a “modest” reduction in the time limit for abortions, he said today.
After Jeremy Hunt’s backing for the limit to be halved to 12 weeks provoked controversy, the Prime Minister reiterated that the Government would not be introducing any legislation to reduce the limit.
However he said he would vote in favour of a motion to reduce the limit, if it was introduced by backbench MPs: “A modest reduction from the 24 weeks would be right, and I would vote for that.”
Along with health experts and women's rights campaigners, Conservatives were also angered at the timing of Mr Hunt's remarks and for re-opening such a sensitive debate.
Nick Clegg has told Liberal Democrat MPs they can abstain from tomorrow's vote on Jeremy Hunt's referral to the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests.
The move increases the likelihood that tomorrow's motion will be passed, and that Mr Hunt will be censured, but a Downing Street spokesman has said that the Prime Minister is "relaxed" about the vote.
The Labour party promised to table a motion when the Prime Minister announced that he would not be referring Mr Hunt, shortly after the Culture Secretary's appearance at the Leveson Inquiry.
Liberal Democrat sources have said Mr Clegg told the Prime Minister that he should be referred "twice" since Mr Hunt gave his evidence at the Inquiry.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt could yet face an independent investigation into whether he broke the ministerial code in his dealings with BSkyB, the Cabinet Secretary has warned.
Giving evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee this morning, Sir Jeremy Heywood said Mr Hunt could still be referred to the independent adviser on ministerial interests if new evidence was unearthed by the Leveson Inquiry.
“In the light of that investigation, if something comes up on the day of evidence etc – that warrants further investigation or bears his adherence to the ministerial code then we may have to take further action at that point.”
Sir Jeremy also defended his decision to recommend to the Prime Minister that Mr Hunt be investigated, at least initially, by the Lord Justice Leveson.
“I genuinely felt that Lord Justice Leveson would be the right, most rigorous and searching investigation that could be done, and that if we tried to suggest that an alternative approach was set up…I think we’d have been criticised very strongly."
The Leveson Inquiry has delivered letters to witnesses likely to be censured, in a sign that the inquiry is nearing completion. The Independent reports that those concerned now have several weeks to respond before the final report is published.
Labour will demand a Commons vote on whether Jeremy Hunt should be referred to the independent adviser on ministerial interests, Harriet Harman has revealed.
Appearing this morning on BBC News, the Opposition deputy leader said David Cameron had "torn up" the ministerial code, and added: "So what we're going to do is have a vote in the House of Commons, to ask for it to be referred to the independent investigator on the ministerial code."
Earlier Ms Harman had said it was "deplorable" for the Prime Minister to allow Mr Hunt to get away with an "open and shut resignation offence".
Conservative MP Michael Fallon has responded to Ms Harman's comments by accusing her of bias, and arguing that she "had made her mind up before she'd even seen his evidence." Mr Fallon said that Mr Hunt's evidence had shown that "the ministerial code wasn't breached".
The Culture Secretary's former special adviser Adam Smith and News Corporation lobbyist Fred Michel will be called before the Leveson Inquiry before the end of the month, it has been announced.
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with her husband Charlie and four others, were charged with perverting the course of justice over the ongoing investigation into phone hacking.
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