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Westminster’s only 24 hour political live news blog

  • Friday 19th December
  • 15:50

    A new briefing note by the Institute for Fiscal Studies describes the government’s fiscal targets and the three main parties’ proposed fiscal stances.

    Read on at Institute for Fiscal Studies

  • 15:15
    Theresa Villiers MP

    Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers says negotiations about spending powers in Stormont may be unsuccessful unless 'difficult decisions' were made by the Northern Ireland parties.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 13:47

    Ukip suspends its candidate for become MP for Croydon, Winston McKenzie.

    Read on at Croydon Advertiser

  • 13:19

    The five main parties at Stormont, Northern Ireland, have agreed proposals to break the deadlock on welfare reform, the BBC reports.

    Read on at BBC

  • 13:11

    The government launches a £2 m fund for organisations reporting an increase in demand on their services prompted by the Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:56

    Shadow Immigration Minister David Hanson, responding to the Home Office disclosure that thousands of illegal entry attempts were detected at Calais and British ports this year, says that the Government 'has ignored repeated warnings about the growing crisis'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:50

    A former aide to David Cameron, who advised the Government on Internet porn filters, has denied possessing sexual images showing children, the Telegraph reports.

    Read on at Telegraph blog

  • 12:47

    Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham , responding to today's A&E performance figures from NHS England showing the worst week in many years, says David Cameron is out of touch and does not have a grip on the NHS.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:33
    Lucy Powell

    Labour election coordinator Lucy Powell tells Daily Politics that she would not discuss whether Yvette Cooper or herself had signed off a document about Labour's immigration strategy.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:26
    Mark Reckless

    Mark Reckless tells the Daily Politics he does not want the 'sour grapes' legal action by the Conservatives against him distract him from representing his constituents.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:22
    Vernon Coaker MP

    Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker tells BBC News that Labour welcomes the review which hopes to lift the ban on women serving on the frontline in the armed forces.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:19

    The Home Office reports that it is joining forces with charities across the country to raise awareness of criminals preying on the homeless and vulnerable this Christmas.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:15

    A Conservative engaged in 'bitter public feuding' with his own MP has been caught loudly plotting his political manoeuvrings in public, according to the blog Political Scrapbook.

    Read on at Political Scrapbook

  • 11:52

    A European ruling that overweight people can be classed as disabled is "totally and utterly ridiculous" and insults those with genuine disabilities, London Mayor Boris Johnson says.

    Read on at Telegraph blog

  • 10:34

    Chris Leslie, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to today's public sector finance figures, says 'these figures show that George Osborne is failing on the deficit.'

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:27

    NHS workers in England will strike for 12 hours on 29 January as part of a row over pay.

    Read on at ITV news

  • 10:24

    Pressures in England's A&E units have hit record levels, with the lowest percentage of patients seen within four hours since monitoring began in 2010, the BBC reports.

    Read on at BBC

  • 10:19

    Ukip leader Nigel Farage tells LBC that Business Secretary Vince Cable is not fit for purpose and that he made a 'made a pig’s ear' of the Royal Mail sale.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 09:35

    A Treasury spokesperson says 'it is encouraging that today's figures show borrowing for the month is lower than last year, due to stronger receipts'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 09:30

    Public sector net borrowing between April and November this year was £75.8bn, the Office for National Statistics reports – a decrease of £0.5bn compared with the same period in 2013.

    Read on at Office for National Statistics

  • 09:11

    Former model Mandy Rice-Davies, one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair, who had cancer, has died, her publicist says.

    Read on at BBC

  • 08:31

    London's £175 million Garden Bridge was today given final approval as Boris Johnson claimed it would be an “oasis of tranquillity” in the heart of the capital, the Standard reports.

    Read on at Evening Standard

  • 08:12
    Michael Fallon MP

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon tells Today that frontline army selection should be done on the basis of ability, not on gender.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 07:32

    Responding to reports that women could be allowed to serve in frontline combat roles by 2016, Shadow Armed Forces Minister Kevan Jones says: 'Labour had called for the ban on women serving in combat roles to be examined with a view to it being ended, and any moves towards that are welcome.'

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 07:00

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announces his hope to open up ground close combat roles to women in 2016.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 07:00

    Scotland's children's minister Aileen Campbell has become the first member of the Holyrood government to take maternity leave, the BBC reports.

    Read on at BBC

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