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  • 13:35

    The new chief executive of the civil service, John Manzoni, announces he is to stand down from his second job at a drinks company, having yesterday said he would remain in post but waive the £100,000 salary.

    Read on at The Guardian

  • 12:53

    Just one in four support Nick Clegg’s stance on drugs, according to a new poll from Comres and the Christian Institute.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:45

    Labour MSP Neil Findlay says on the Daily Politics that he is not running as the left-wing candidate in the party's leadership race in Scotland.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:27

    Sadiq Khan, Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on the sharp rise in reoffending rates said the figures were 'alarming'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 12:15
    Jacob Rees-Mogg  MP

    Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg tells the Daily Politics the Home Secretary's warning that Britain would become a 'honeypot' for criminals if it withdrew from the European Arrest Warrant is 'not only wrong, but it’s a particularly silly thing to say'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 12:00

    Shadow deputy leader Harriet Harman says the Government actions are 'too little, too slowly' on telecommunications at the Annual Parliament and Broadband Conference.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 11:56

    Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie writes to UK Statistics Authority Chairman Sir Andrew Dilnot alleging 'a number of highly misleading references to the Government’s policy on public spending and taxation' in David Cameron's latest article for The Times.

    Read on at LabourPress

  • 11:49

    Read a summary of this afternoon's lobby briefing by the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 11:45

    The Howard League says that prison deaths have risen to their highest level since records began in 1978, according to a new report.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 11:35

    In an interview with Progress Online, Tony Blair says ending immigration to the UK would be 'a disaster for this country', and warns Labour against echoing the policies of Ukip.

    Read on at Progress Online

  • 11:30
    Jim Murphy MP

    Labour MP Jim Murphy tells Sky and the BBC that 'no one will tell me what to do' if he were to be elected as Scottish Labour leader.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 11:20

    Shadow Home Office minister Diana Johnson accuses the Government of 'a barbaric abandonment of British values' over its decision to withdraw support for search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 10:36
    Dame Anne Begg MP

    Responding to reports the DWP is considering a cut in Employment and Support Allowance, Work and Pensions Committee chair Dame Anne Begg says her committee 'didn't envisage that the Government would necessarily be cutting the amount'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 10:36

    The Shadow Environment Minister Maria Eagle argues in Environment Questions that more solar panels should be put in place on farms and other land to help boost energy reserves.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 10:35

    Campaign groups Amnesty International, The International Commission of Jurists, JUSTICE and REDRESS welcome the Court of Appeal's ruling in Libyan Abdul-Hakim Belhaj's rendition claim against the UK government.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 10:32

    The Court of Appeal rules that a Libyan man can sue the UK government over claims he was illegally rendered to Libya where he faced torture.

    Read on at BBC

  • 10:30

    Read the full judgment from the Court of Appeal in the case of Belhaj & Boudchar -v- The Rt. Hon Jack Straw, Sir Mark Allen (CMG) and others here.

    Read on at The Judiciary of England and Wales

  • 10:20
    Nick Clegg MP

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg tells Sky News the Conservatives' approach on narcotics 'is leading to 2,000 people losing their lives in this so-called war on drugs every year'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 09:57

    Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, calls for tougher tax regimes, closing loopholes, and to simplify the tax systems.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 09:40
    Simon Danczuk MP

    Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says it is an 'exaggeration' for a report led by fellow Labour MP Ann Coffey to claim child sexual exploitation is the 'norm' in some parts of Greater Manchester.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 09:38

    One-in-five employees (20 per cent, or around 4.9 million individuals) earned less than a living wage, a New Resolution Foundation Report announces.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 09:37

    The Conservative approach to drugs policy is 'misplaced, out-dated, backwards looking' as well as 'facile' Nick Clegg tells his Call Clegg radio programme.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 09:00
    Caroline Lucas MP

    Green MP Caroline Lucas tells BBC News today's Home Office report is an 'opportunity to look again at the evidence and make sure that our drugs policy is driven by what works rather than by fear or ideology'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 08:25
    Michael Ellis

    Tory MP Michael Ellis tells today the Liberal Democrats have 'hijacked' a Home Office report into drugs policy, accusing them of 'naked political posturing'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 08:15

    On the Today programme, Lib Dem Home Office Minister Norman Baker attacks the Conservatives for having 'suppressed' a report on drugs policy because it contains 'inconvenient truths'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 08:04

    MPs are to debate government policy on drugs in the House of Commons later. A group of backbench MPs from all parties will call on the government to conduct a review of the 'failing' 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act during the debate, brought by Green MP Caroline Lucas.

    Read on at BBC

  • 07:45

    On Sky News, Home Office Minister Norman Baker says today's report on drugs policy has been 'signed off by the Home Secretary and myself' and accuses Downing Street of 'backpedaling because they've got inconvenient facts.'

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 07:40
    Ann Coffey MP

    Labour MP Ann Coffey tells Today 'because of the increased sexualisation of children' they are no longer being seen as children but as 'young adults' with 'very little regard to their immaturity and vulnerability'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 07:00

    Shadow International Development Secretary Jim Murphy launches his bid to become next Scottish Labour leader, telling the Daily Record: 'I'm applying for the job of First Minister'.

    Read on at Daily Record

  • 07:00

    Responding to claims from former Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont that the Scots party was treated a s 'branch office' of Westminster, Ed Miliband tells the Daily Record: 'I see it differently from the way it’s been described.'

    Read on at Daily Record

  • 06:52

    Writing in the Telegraph, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt hails the launch of a Better Care Fund, saying it represents 'the first step towards wholly integrated care'.

    Read on at The Daily Telegraph

  • 06:35
    Norman Baker MP

    Norman Baker tells ITV's Good Morning Britain that the Government wants to 'crack down on the people who supply' drugs, as well as recognising that addicts have 'a health problem'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 00:01

    Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham says a new report by the King's Fund 'paints a worrying picture of a demoralised NHS'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    On a visit to the South West later, Business Secretary Vince Cable will herald 'a bright future of innovation'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt says today's report by the NAO on school performance is 'an utterly damning account of David Cameron's failure in education'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 00:01

    Graduates who went to private schools earn more than graduates who did not, according to a new report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • Wednesday 29th October
  • 22:57
    Mark Field MP

    Conservative MP Mark Field tells Newsnight that the more politicians talk about immigration, the better Ukip do in the polls.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 22:41

    Chris Leslie, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, responding to David Cameron’s article in The Times, said 'David Cameron will be judged on his actions, not his words... he's raised taxes 24 times'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 18:50

    The Prime Minister hosted the Emir of Qatar at Downing Street today for bilateral talks and a working lunch, number ten announces.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 17:57

    The BBC refuses to include the Green party in the general election TV leader debates, The Guardian reports.

    Read on at The Guardian

  • 17:20
    Graham Brady MP

    Chairman of the 1922 Committee Graham Brady tells Radio 4's PM that the UK must opt out of the EAW as a 'fundamental principle'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 17:16
    Yvette Cooper MP

    Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper calls for a tightening of gun laws following the conviction of 82-year old John Lowe for the murder of his partner and her daughter.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 17:03

    The FCO announces that the Foreign Office Minister condemns Israeli settlement announcement.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 17:00

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce has written an open letter to Conservatives MPs following their accusations that the Liberal Democrats have blocked Bob Neill's EU Referendum Bill.

    Read on at Liberal Democrats

  • 16:34

    Read the full transcript of Labour Lords leader Baroness Royall's contribution to this afternoon's debate in the upper chamber on devolution after the Scotland referendum.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 16:15
    Chris Williamson MP

    Labour's Chris Williamson tells BBC News the Government should ban people from having guns at home.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 16:11

    MPs launch a cross-party national commission on financial inclusion 'to help increase financial services access to all' in the UK.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 15:49

    The taxpayer has paid more than £2million buying smartphones and iPads for staff at NHS England and Public Health England, MailOnline report.

    Read on at BBC

  • 15:47
    Dominic Raab MP

    Conservative MP Dominic Raab tells BBC News the UK should opt out of EAW and negotiate a new deal.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 15:39

    The European Commission's demand for an extra £1.7bn from Britain is not a punishment for the UK's economic success, Lord Hill tells MPs on the European Scrutiny Committee.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 15:30
    Ed Miliband MP

    Conservative MP Crispin Blunt tells BBC News, 'if you vote Ukip, you will get more Europe, not less'.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 14:34

    The UK Government announce they will match public donations to the Ebola appeal.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 14:31

    In an article for Central Lobby, Shadow Treasury Minister Cathy Jamieson accuses the Government of a 'wilful disregard of the risks' attached to its pensions reforms.

    Read on at Central Lobby

  • 14:31

    A special adviser to Michael Fallon was working for a lobbying organisation while also an aide to the Defence Secretary, according to a letter obtained by the Guido Fawkes website.

    Read on at Guido Fawkes

  • 14:30

    Alex Salmond is 2/1 to make a return to Westminster as an MP at next year's general election, according to Ladbrokes.

    Read on at PoliticsHome

  • 14:09

    The German Ambassador to the UK tells the Evening Standard it is “absurd” to claim Britain is being hit with a £1.7 billion EU bill to punish it for economic success.

    Read on at Evening Standard

  • 14:05
    John Redwood MP

    Tory backbencher John Redwood tells BBC News that the UK Government must negotiate a new agreement with European countries to replace the EAW.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

  • 14:00
    George Osborne MP

    Speaking to ITV News, Chancellor George Osborne reiterates UK opposition to an EU demand for an extra £1.7bn toward its budget, and claims Britain's position had sparked a 'proper conversation' on the issue.

    Read on at PoliticsHome Pro

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