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  • 13:25
    Ed Balls MP

    Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls tells the World at One that the country is on track to have its first Parliament where 'people in work, working people will be absolutely worse off' at the end than they were at the start.

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  • 12:45

    Better Together's Blair McDougall says 'as part of the UK we can have the best of both worlds - our strong Scottish Parliament, with the guarantee of more powers, backed up by the strength, security and stability of being part of the larger UK'.

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  • 12:34

    SNP Angus Brendan McNeil says a poll showing 55% support for a Yes vote to Scottish independence in the Western Isles shows 'it is game on in the referendum campaign'.

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  • 12:22

    International Development Secretary Justine Greening announces the launch of the UK's first ever development impact bond aimed at improving healthcare in Africa by bringing together private and public investment.

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  • 12:15

    Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is facing a police investigation for allegedly driving off after hitting a car without reporting it.

    Read on at The Times

  • 11:51

    The Sunday Times wins the right to appeal a High Court decision that they defamed former Conservative party co-treasurer Paul Cruddas in a report where he claimed he was prepared to accept foreign donations to the party.

    Read on at Press Gazette

  • 11:37

    Commenting on today's labour market statistics, CIPD chief economist Mark Beatson says recent earnings growth has been concentrated 'in wholesale and retail, hotels and restaurants, manufacturing and construction and may in part be due to more hours being worked rather than an increase in hourly pay'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 11:36
    Danny Alexander MP

    Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander welcomes today's earnings and jobs figures, but tells BBC News that the Government will 'continue to stick with many of the difficult decisions that have got us this far'.

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  • 11:27

    Commenting on today's labour market figures, Resolution Foundation chief economist Martin Whittaker says 'the good news on wages and employment is genuine, but its effects won't be felt uniformly across the population just yet'.

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  • 11:19

    At the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey, former Downing Street director of communications Andy Coulson admits to listening to former home secretary David Blunkett's voicemails.

    Read on at BBC

  • 10:59

    TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady says today's labour market figures are 'not worth even half a cheer' as 'workers are still on average £40 a week worse off than they were in 2010'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:51

    The Confederation of British Industry describes today's labour market statistics as 'a positive set of figures which shows again that our flexible jobs market works'.

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  • 10:49

    Commenting on today's labour market figures, Institute of Directors chief economist James Sproule highlights private sector employment as 'the outstanding success story of the last few years'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:47

    PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka says today's Trussell Trust report of a rise in food bank use shows that 'our economy is very far from showing signs of a recovery for all'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:46
    James Arbuthnot MP

    Defence Committee chair James Arbuthnot tells BBC News that MPs were given 'inadequate information' when investigating the 2012 Camp Bastion raid.

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  • 10:45

    On a visit to Somalia, Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds says the UK 'remains at the vanguard of international efforts to support the people of Somalia in their desire to build a stable, democratic and prosperous society'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:41

    Former Co-operative Bank chairman Paul Flowers has been charged with possession of drugs.

    Read on at BBC

  • 10:40
    Rachel Reeves MP

    Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves tells BBC News government talk of a 'seismic shift' in the UK economy 'sounds incredibly complacent compared to the lives that most people are leading'.

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  • 10:32

    Commenting on today's labour market figures, GMB general secretary Paul Kenny says: 'The recovery underway is welcome but we have a very long way to go to climb out of the hole caused by the recession'.

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  • 10:29

    Commenting on today's labour market statistics, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey says ordinary people will be 'bewildered at the self-congratulatory tone of the government that has presided over the growing shame of food bank Britain'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:15

    Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves welcomes today's earnings and unemployment figures, but highlights the youth joblessness rate and says that 'after four years when prices have risen faster than wages there is a huge amount of lost ground to catch up'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:01

    The Federation of Small Businesses says today's unemployment statistics 'highlight the ambition of small businesses'.

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  • 09:59

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says Easter represents 'love, forgiveness and tolerance', in his 2014 Easter message.

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  • 09:54

    Nick Clegg says today's employment and earnings figures show the Coalition has 'laid the foundations for a stronger economy'.

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  • 09:50

    George Osborne describes today's statistics as 'compelling evidence' of the efficacy of the Govenment's economic plan.

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  • 09:50
    Esther McVey  MP

    Employment Minister Esther McVey tells Sky News today's labour market statistics represent more than a 'small victory' for the Government.

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  • 09:40
    Esther McVey  MP

    Commenting on today's employment and earnings figures, Employment Minister Esther McVey tells BBC News 'we really are putting this country back on a path to prosperity'.

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  • 09:39

    ONS chief economist Joe Grice says that today's job figures 'continue the strong trend in the labour market that has been seen in recent months', and highlights the 'prominent growth' in self-employment.

    Read on at Office for National Statistics

  • 09:33

    Danny Alexander hails today's employment and earnings figures as the 'strongest evidence yet' that the benefits of economic recovery are spreading.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 09:30

    Average earnings grew by 1.7% in the three months to February compared with 12 months earlier while unemployment fell by 77,000 from September to November 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    Read on at Office for National Statistics

  • 08:49

    Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker calls on the Ministry of Defence to disclose 'all of the outstanding information' requested by the Defence Committee in relation to the 2012 attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 07:45
    Simon Danczuk MP

    Labour MP Simon Danczuk tells Today if Liberal MP Cyril Smith had been prosecuted, 'then the house of cards would have fallen in terms of that paedophile network, and it could have brought the government down'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 07:13

    Tesco announces pre-tax profits fell 6% to £3.3bn in the last 12 months.

    Read on at Tesco

  • 07:00

    The number of packages handed out by food banks rose from under 350,000 to more than 900,000 last year, according to figures from the Trussell Trust.

    Read on at BBC

  • 07:00

    Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves says today's figures showing an increase in the use of food banks prove that the 'cost-of-living crisis' is deepening for many people.

    Read on at Central Lobby

  • 00:01

    Shadow Defra Secretary Maria Eagle says today's figures showing the increased dependence on food banks prove the 'shocking truth' about the situation in Britain.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    The TUC says today's figures showing taxpayer support for the railways make the case for nationalisation.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    The Defence Select Committee says British commanders must 'bear a degree of responsibility' for the failings that led to two American soldiers dying in an attack on Camp Bastian.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    A group of bishops and other faith leaders calls on the Government to take action to end food poverty.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    A TUC report finds that contrary to common perceptions of a prevailing 'compensation culture', workplace compensation claims have dropped by 50% over the past decade.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    A Local Government Association poll finds nine in ten people think powers to create and maintain new schools should be returned to councils.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    Research by the Resolution Foundation think tank finds that 72% of self-employed workers 'prefer their current situation to being an employee'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • Tuesday 15th April
  • 22:50

    Read William Hague's speech to the Lord Mayor's Easter banquet here, including the latest remarks on the Ukraine situation

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 22:45

    Pressed on signs of economic recovery, Shadow Exchequer Secretary Shabana Mahmood tells BBC Newsnight that "people don't live their life on a graph".

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 17:46
    Khalid Mahmood MP

    Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood tells BBC News that the appointment of former counter-terror chief Peter Clarke could 'bring into disrepute' the investigation into extremism in Birmingham's schools.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 17:34

    The BBC reports that the Electoral Commission will write to UKIP, amid a row over the party leader Nigel Farage's expenses.

    Read on at Ross Hawkins

  • 17:10

    West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims tells PM that the appointment of former anti-terror chief Peter Clarke to probe extremism claims in Birmingham schools risks the issue being seen through the 'single lens' of terrorism.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 16:32

    Shadow Treasury Financial Secretary Cathy Jamieson says consumer group Which? 'is right to highlight the lack of competition in our banking system'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 16:11

    Commenting on UKIP leader Nigel Farage's claim that the electricity bill for his constituency office runs to £3,000, The Big Deal's Henry de Zoete says 'like millions of Britons, Nigel Farage is being ripped off by the Big Six energy companies'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 15:45

    Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham is warmly greeted by the crowd at Anfield, as Liverpool marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium tragedy.

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  • 15:43

    UKIP say that The Times is staffed by members of David Cameron's 'chumocracy', after the paper raised questions over leader Nigel Farage's expenses.

    Read on at UKIP

  • 14:53

    The Confederation of British Industry describes today's fall in inflation as 'encouraging', predicting: 'Lower inflation should also allow monetary policy to stay loose for longer, providing support to the UK’s continuing recovery'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 14:51

    A ComRes survey of 150 MPs finds 73% anticipate continued economic growth, while 66% expect the jobless total to fall over the coming year.

    Read on at ComRes

  • 14:21

    MEPs give final approval to European Union 'banking union' reforms aimed at minimising the risk of future taxpayer-funded bank bailouts.

    Read on at BBC

  • 14:14
    Andy Burnham MP

    Labour MP Andy Burnham says the decision to quash the original accidental death verdict for the 96 people killed at Hillsborough 25 years ago was 'true vindication' for the city of Liverpool.

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