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  • 17:41

    Baroness Stowell rejects the Prime Minister's offer to top up her salary with Tory party cash. PoliticsHome has obtained her letter to the leader of the Lords. Read it here.

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  • 17:37

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says there was a 'culture of suspicion' in the Church of England around allowing women to become bishops.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 17:34

    Labour MP Helen Jones confirms she will stand down from the front bench. Read her letter to Ed Miliband and his repsonse here.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 17:16
    Philip Hammond MP

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond tells Sky News that European member states are following Britain's lead by increasing sanctions on Russia.

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  • 16:47

    Read a summary of this afternoon's lobby briefing by Number 10.

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  • 16:34

    EU foreign policy chief to present extended Russian sanctions on Thursday

    Read on at Russia Today

  • 16:29

    EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton tells a press conference in Brussels an extended list of sanctions on Russian individuals and entities will be published on Thursday.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 15:51

    PCS union say the remit of the government's Oakley review into social security sanctions.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 15:47
    Lord Macdonald

    The former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald tells BBC News a public inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko is 'probably the next best thing that we can expect'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 15:45

    Lord Freud tells the Lords the government has no plans to reform the spare room subsidy.

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  • 15:28

    David Cameron tweets: 'We've agreed Dutch request for air accident investigators at Farnborough to retrieve data from #MH17 black boxes for international analysis'.

    Read on at David Cameron

  • 15:26

    A Huffington Post profile of Ed Miliband's wife Justine reveals Labour strategists are planning on giving her a much bigger role in election campaign and possibly pre-leader conference speech.

    Read on at Huffington Post

  • 15:08

    Read Education Secretary Nicky Morgan's statement to the House on Peter Clarke's report on the so-called 'Trojan Horse' schools in full here.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 14:57

    Conservative Parliamentary Private Secretaries are announced. See the list here.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 14:50

    The Foreign Affairs Committee announces they are to launch an inquiry into the UK's relations with Hong Kong.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 14:30

    TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady says the Oakley review on Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions 'identifies some important areas for improvement', but 'its limited remit means the worst excesses of the current sanctions regime look set to remain in place'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 14:15

    Citizens Advice call for further improvements to the Jobseekers' Allowance sanctions system.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 14:06
    Alison Saunders

    Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders tells the World at One she welcomes proposals to prosecute parents of FGM victims.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 14:03
    Shabana Mahmood MP

    Shabana Mahmood tells Radio 4 she is concerned by lack of a plan to move forward on Birmingham schools

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 14:00

    The Foreign Office publishes the report of the Triennial Review of the British Council.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 13:50

    Read Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper's response to Theresa May's statement to the House on police reform in full here.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 13:46

    In a statement to the House of Commons, Theresa May announces that four reviews into police leadership, complaints, disciplinary procedures and whistleblowing.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 13:35

    Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt accuses the Government of leaving schools 'exposed to risk and falling standards'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 13:34
    Boris Johnson

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson says the City of London could withstand any damage caused by the imposition of sanctions on Russia.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 13:30

    Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint says the Government’s fuel poverty strategy is falling 'badly short and as a result fuel poverty is getting worse under David Cameron.'

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 13:17

    The GMB union announces it will ballot 30,000 members who work in the NHS for strike action.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 13:00

    In response to the Peter Clarke report on allegations of a 'Trojan Horse' plot in Birmingham schools, the National Union of Teachers says the relaxation of oversight on free schools and academies was 'always going to lead to problems'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:57

    Business Secretary Vince Cable welcomes the news that the number of small and medium-sized businesses supported through the Regional Growth Fund has trebeled to 5,100.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:56

    At the government-hosted Girls Summit, David Cameron says it is time for a 'global movement' to end the practice of female genital mutilation.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:50

    Read a summary of this morning's lobby briefing by Number 10.

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  • 12:37

    Treasury Select Committee chair Andrew Tyrie says he will write to the chairman of RBS regarding the bank's denial and later admission that their Global Restructuring Group is a profit centre.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:35

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tells MPs the findings of Peter Clarke's report into the so-called 'Trojan Horse' schools are 'disturbing'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:33

    FA Chairman Greg tells Culture, Media and Sport Committee that Fifa reminds him of North Korea.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:22

    Ukip MEP Tim Aker says a recent Lord Ashcroft poll showing a surge in Ukip support is 'welcome news showing that UKIP continues to make steady progress and is on course to make a historic impact in next year's General Election'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:18

    Read Peter Clarke's full report for the Department for Education on allegations of a 'Trojan Horse' extremist plot to take over Birmingham schools here.

    Read on at Department for Education

  • 12:13

    The GMB union announces their NHS members are organising a march and rally on 26 July through Eastbourne town centre against the redployment of 200 staff from the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust to other parts of the country.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:10

    Recent polling by Lord Ashcroft reveals rising support for Ukip has eroded the swing to Labour.

    Read on at ConservativeHome

  • 12:08
    Alex Salmond

    Alex Salmond describes the Commonwealth Games as a 'big opportunity' for Scotland to boost its business links with other nations.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:00

    Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander calls for Europe to act in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, in Foreign Office Questions today.

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  • 11:46

    Read the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism's annual report in full here.

    Read on at Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

  • 11:45
    Justine Greening MP

    International Development Secretary Justine Greening tells BBC News the London FGM summit is 'not just focusing on what Britain is doing itself to try and tackle this issue, it's also bringing together countries from around the world'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 11:42

    The GMB union confirms members working in the North West Ambulance Service have voted in favour of strike action over cover and allowances.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 11:31

    Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Michael Dugher announces a Labour government will set targets for a minimum of 45% of senior civil servants to be women and 8% to be ethnic minorities from 2020.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 11:30

    EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton announces there will be no new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine ahead of the Council of Ministers meeting today.

    Read on at Chris Underwood

  • 11:10

    Conservative MP David Davis and Labour MP Tom Watson confirm they will sue the Government over emergency data laws introduced last week.

    Read on at James Landale

  • 11:05

    Alexander Litvinenko's widow, Marina Litvinenko, says she is 'relived and delighted' that there will be a public inquiry into her husband's death in 2006.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:39

    In response to the latest public borrowing figures, Shadow Treasury minister Chris Leslie says George Osborne is on course to 'break his promise' on deficit reduction.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:25

    The Home Office announces a public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy who was poisoned in the UK in 2006.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:24

    A consultation paper on school admissions by the Department for Education says all state schools will be entitled to give priority give priority in admissions to children in receipt of pupil premium.

    Read on at Department for Education

  • 09:53

    The Government will not be amending the Fourth Carbon Budget, Energy Secretary Ed Davey announces.

    Read on at Department of Energy and Climate Change

  • 09:45

    Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveals public sector net borrowing in June was £11.4bn in June this year - £3.8 billion higher than June last year.

    Read on at Office for National Statistics

  • 09:45

    Shadow Immigration Minister David Hanson says a National Audit Office report on UK borders and immigration 'shows Theresa May's four years at the home office have been a shambles'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 09:24
    Richard Ottaway MP

    Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee Richard Ottaway tells BBC News he welcomes a inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko but questions the timing.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 09:13
    Philip Hammond MP

    Ahead of a meeting with fellow EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Philip Hammond says nations must show they recognise the 'world has changed' since the MH17 disaster and impose tougher sanctions on Russia.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 08:53

    Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds says the NAES Housing Market Report shows that the 'Government has failed to tackle the housing shortage'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 08:51
    Steve White

    Police Federation Chair Steve White tells the Today programme that British police forces are struggling to cope under austerity measures.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 08:35

    Israel says one of its soldiers is missing in Gaza.

    Read on at BBC

  • 08:00

    The Home Office issues multi-agency guidelines on responding to female genital mutilation.

    Read on at Home Office

  • 07:49
    Liam Byrne MP

    Birmingham Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne calls on the new education secretary Nicky Morgan to 'drop the divisive rhetoric' of her predecessor Michael Gove on Birmingham school extremism claims.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 07:47

    Cardiff Business Council writes to Scottish financial companies inviting them to move to Wales if Scotland goes independent in September, the BBC reports.

    Read on at BBC

  • 07:30
    David Anderson QC

    Speaking on the Today programme ahead of his annual report, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation David Anderson says the broad definition of terrorism 'has begun to catch people that it was never really intended to catch'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 07:00

    US Secretary of State John Kerry calls for a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict 'as soon as possible'.

    Read on at Reuters

  • 07:00

    Pro-Russian rebels hand over two flight-data recorders from the downed MH17 flight in eastern Ukraine.

    Read on at Press Association

  • 07:00

    Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary publishes a series of reports into how forces have dealt with austerity.

    Read on at HMIC

  • 07:00

    Home Secretary Theresa May is to unveil an inquiry into the death of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, the Daily Telegraph reports.

    Read on at The Daily Telegraph

  • 07:00

    Labour leader Ed Miliband has held talks with US President Barack Obama.

    Read on at Sky News

  • 07:00

    Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office publishes a report into the UK's immigration and borders system.

    Read on at National Audit Office

  • 07:00

    In an interview with the Times, former attorney general Dominic Grieve says Conservative plans to reduce the influence of the European Court of Human Rights would be like 'driving a coach and horses through international legal obligations'.

    Read on at The Times

  • 00:01

    Inaccurate debt forecasting and a failure to collect student loans effectively is threatening the continued existence of the student loans system, warns the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    David Cameron announces new measures to end the practice of female genital mutilation ahead of a global summit in London.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    Shadow Universities Minister Liam Byrne says: 'the cross-party BIS committee is right to call for an urgent review into the sustainability of the student loan system.'

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh responds to the Transport Select Committee's report Passenger Transport in Isolated Communities saying 'Under the Tories, bus fares are up, passenger numbers are down and communities have been left isolated'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • Monday 21st July
  • 21:25

    Read the full read-out from Downing Street of this evening's meeting of the National Security Council.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

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