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  • 18:11

    Lord Ramsbotham calls for a halt to what he describes as an 'uncosted and rushed' Criminal Justice Bill in the House of Lords.

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  • 17:44

    Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, tells the BBC that rules on the freedom of movement within the EU cannot be changed. '[If] we change rules on freedom of movement today, tomorrow others will try to change freedom of movement of capital,' he says.

    Read on at BBC

  • 17:09

    Responding to reports that a Tory councillor said travelling communities should be 'executed', a Labour spokesperson urges David Cameron to 'take immediate action', saying allowing him to remain in the Conservative party 'would be utterly unacceptable'.

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  • 16:07

    Downing Street says that Prime Minister remains confident in Fiona Woolf as chair of child abuse inquiry. At this afternoon's lobby briefing, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman also says he is not aware of David Cameron speaking to Ms Woolf today.

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  • 16:00

    The Government's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, tells MPs in the Commons' Health Committee that the UK has 'excellent' Ebola contingency plans, but adds she is concerned about the level of training of frontline NHS staff in hospitals around the country.

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  • 15:58

    Liberal Democrat hereditary peer, the Earl of Oxford & Asquith, joins the House of Lords following a by-election yesterday.

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  • 15:52

    A new poll by ComRes for ITV News poll finds that Ukip and the Conservative Party now share the 'nasty party' tag.

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  • 15:46

    Research by media brand High50 finds that 34% of over-50s are undecided on how to vote at the next election.

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  • 15:45

    The TUC says cutting the Independent Living Fund would end equality for disabled people, as the Royal Court of Justice starts hearing a case against the fund's closure.

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  • 15:42

    Conservatives MEPs call for the European Union to 'slash spending on wasteful pet projects and focus investment on jobs, growth and competitiveness.'

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  • 14:35

    The General Secretary of the TUC Frances O'Grady expresses her concern 'that the Universal Credit pilots are putting claimants at greater risk of falling behind with their bills.'

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  • 14:20

    Shadow Minister for Europe Pat McFadden says David Cameron 'can’t control his own backbenchers in Westminster on Europe, and now it seems he’s lost control of his MEPs in Brussels too,' after he asked Conservative MEPs to abstain in the vote for the new European Commission.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 14:13

    Left Unity says the head of the Government's inquiry into child sex abuse, Fiona Woolf, is 'completely unsuitable to head this inquiry. She must step down immediately.'

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  • 14:04

    British support for EU membership reaches its highest level for 23 years, with a new Ipsos Mori poll saying 56% of people support staying in, and 36% want to get out.

    Read on at Ipsos Mori

  • 13:56

    George Osborne has held talks with the NFL about permanently housing an American Football team in London, the Chancellor tells the Evening Standard.

    Read on at Evening Standard

  • 13:50
    Iain Duncan Smith MP

    Speaking to BBC News, Iain Duncan Smith says the 'last elements' of Universal Credit will be rolled out in 2018, but warns that 'arbitrary dates and deadlines are actually the enemy of secure delivery.'

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  • 13:42

    Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham writes to David Cameron on his 'failure' to answer questions on the NHS at PMQs.

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  • 13:28
    Francis Maude MP

    Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude defends child abuse inquiry head Fiona Woolf, saying she has been 'completely meticulous' in disclosing her links to other establishment figures.

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  • 13:24

    The Public and Commercial Services Union rejects Iain Duncan Smith's claim that his universal credit scheme is still on track.

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  • 13:18
    Jim Murphy MP

    Labour's Jim Murphy says it is Jim Murphy said it is 'difficult' to see how Fiona Woolf could be an effective chair of the Government’s child abuse inquiry.

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  • 13:17

    Home Secretary Theresa May defends the Government's record on deporting foreign criminals, as Yvette Cooper accuses her of 'faffing around' on the issue.

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  • 13:17
    Keith Vaz MP

    Chair of the Home Affairs Select Commitee Keith Vaz tells the World at One that critics of Fiona Woolf need to 'calm down' and wait for her responses to the commitee.

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  • 13:00

    After MEPs voted in favour of the new European Commission today, the Institute of Directors calls on the Commission to 'shunt the EU in a more pro-enterprise direction'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:48

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets U.S. General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, in London today.

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  • 12:46
    Caroline Flint MP

    Labour's Caroline Flint tells the Daily Politics the chair of the Government's sex abuse inquiry, Fiona Woolf, cannot stay in post if she has lost the trust of victims.

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  • 12:44

    Shadow Welfare Reform Minister Chris Bryant accuses Iain Duncan Smith of having 'repeatedly broken his promises on Universal Credit', and claims only 1% of the total number of eligible people will be enrolled on the scheme by next May.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:41

    Clive Betts, Chair of the Communities and Local Government committee, welcomes a report calling for the devolution of powers to promote growth in England’s metro areas.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:13

    The chair of the Committee on Arms Exports Controls writes to the Business Secretary Vince Cable to ask for clarification on licensing for tear gas to be sent to Hong Kong. Read the letter here.

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  • 11:57

    Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith accuses the Government of a 'war on Wales' through its attacks on the Welsh NHS.

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  • 11:47

    Follow all the action from this week's PMQs with our liveblog here.

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  • 11:45
    Mark Harper MP

    Tory MP Mark Harper says the inquiry into historic child abuse is "not a one woman band" as he defends Fiona Woolf's appointment on the Daily Politics.

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  • 11:42

    Labour frontbencher Diana Johnson calls on Fiona Woolf, the head of the child abuse inquiry, to meet victims' groups to reassure them they can have confidence in the inquiry.

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  • 11:37

    Labour peer Lord Falconer tells the House of Lords Constitution Committee that the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has 'absolutely no understanding' of his other role as Lord Chancelllor.

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  • 11:35
    Simon Danczuk MP

    Labour MP Simon Danczuk tells the Daily Politics programme that Fiona Woolf is 'too connected' to both the 'Establishment' and Leon Brittan.

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  • 11:33

    MEPs have voted to approve the new European Commission by 423 to 209, with 67 abstentions.

    Read on at Dods Monitoring

  • 11:30

    Early findings from the Government's major shake up of the welfare system show it is helping move people into work more quickly, DWP Secretary Iain Duncan Smith claims.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 11:25

    The Office for National Statistics releases figures that show UK manufacturing output has risen above levels seen in the late 1970s.

    Read on at Office for National Statistics

  • 11:11

    The City Growth Commission publishes its final report on devolving power to Britain's cities, saying such a move could unlock up to £79bn.

    Read on at City Growth Commission

  • 10:59

    Labour's Yvette Cooper has been granted an Urgent Question in the Commons on the National Audit Office's report on the deportation of foreign criminals.

    Read on at Labour Whips

  • 10:56

    In response to the City Growth Commission's final report, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna says the Government must go 'further and faster' in devolving powers to cities.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:49

    Graham Stuart, the chairman of the Education Select Committee, renews his criticism of the Government for not handing Ofsted the powers to inspect academy chains. Mr Stuart tells Education Secretary Nicky Morgan he 'can’t even begin to grasp the rationale'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 10:48

    Ladbrokes announces that it will refund all bets on the Ukip Calypso song reaching No. 1. after it was withdrawn.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:45
    John Hemming MP

    Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming says he is concerned the inquiry set up to investigate historic child abuse will 'turn a blind eye' to some allegations.

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  • 10:28

    Mike Read, the former Radio 1 DJ behind the controversial Ukip calypso song, issues an apology and promises to have the track removed by his record company.

    Read on at Nick Sutton

  • 10:26

    Home Office Minister James Brokenshire defends the chair of the Government's child sex abuse inquiry, Fiona Woolf, and says it is time to get on with the job.

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  • 09:46

    Lib Dem MP John Hemming tells the BBC's Ross Hawkins that Fiona Woolf should stand down as chair of the child abuse inquiry because she is 'clearly a fully fledged member of the establishment'.

    Read on at Ross Hawkins

  • 09:46

    In a European Parliament debate on the new Juncker Commission, Tory MEP Syed Kamall says his group will abstain. Ukip leader Nigel Farage describes the new line-up as a 'bunch of non-entities'.

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  • 09:43

    Lawyers acting on behalf of a victim of child abuse have launched a legal challenge to the appointment of Fiona Woolf as chair of the Government's child abuse inquiry, reports the BBC's Robin Brant.

    Read on at Robin Brant

  • 08:53

    Economic Secretary to the Treasury Andrea Leadsom welcomes the news that the Competition and Markets Authority announcement today that it has issued 2 banks, First Trust Bank and HSBC, with written directions to ensure they comply with existing requirements relating to banking services for SMEs.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 08:50
    David Laws MP

    On Sky News Schools Minister David Laws says the 'burdens of accountability for teachers have increased massively over the last 20 years'.

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  • 08:15

    Child Abuse Inquiry panel member Sharon Evans tells the Today programme she is 'very confident that this inquiry can do its job', amid questions over the impartiality of chairperson Fiona Woolf.

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  • 07:48
    James Brokenshire MP

    Immigration Minister James Brokenshire says deporting foreign criminals is an 'absolute priority' for the Government, after criticism from the National Audit Office.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 07:15

    On Today, Alison Millar, whose law firm represents alleged victims of abuse at the Elm Guest House, calls for child abuse inquiry chairperson Fiona Woolf to step down over her links to Lord Brittan.

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  • 07:04

    Campaign group FairFuelUK said that drivers “have been ripped off by successive governments”.

    Read on at Central Lobby

  • 06:48
    Caroline Flint MP

    Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint says people are being 'worn down' by the energy complaints system.

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  • 06:44

    Speaking to LBC last night, Labour's Chuka Umunna says the Ukip Calypso song is 'distasteful' and unintentionally racist.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    The Public Accounts Committee says there is 'confusion' about the responsibilities at the heart of the Government between the Cabinet Office, Treasury and No 10.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    Labour's Caroline Flint describes the existing energy complaints procedures as 'completely unacceptable'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    Labour's David Hanson says the Government has 'failed to deliver' on removing foreign criminals, after the National Audit Office criticised the progress made under the Coalition.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    The Charities Commission is to be handed an extra £8m to crack down on organisations that promote extremism and criminal activity, David Cameron announces.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    In a speech today, Nick Clegg will launch a drive to reduce the workload of teachers.

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