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Liz Kendall ‘will back white working-class young’

hildren from white working class backgrounds in particular need to be taught more about aspiration and the chance to improve their lives, Liz Kendall, one of the Labour leadership candidates, has said. The shadow minister for care and older p eople put education at the heart of her mission to be Labour leader as she […]

May 30th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Andy Burnham to tell business leaders Labour should value spirit of enterprise

Andy Burnham, the frontrunner to be the next Labour leader, is to argue that his party should value entrepreneurial businessmen and women as much as nurses and teachers. The shadow health secretary, who is the favourite for the leadership, over Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, will promise an audience of business leaders on Friday that […]

May 29th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

EU referendum: David Cameron to warn leaders over reforms

David Cameron is to warn European leaders Britain will vote to leave the EU unless they agree to his reforms, the foreign secretary has said. Philip Hammond said the PM was confident of securing “substantive” changes ahead of the UK’s referendum. And he did not rule out a vote next year if talks went well […]

May 28th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Queen’s speech 2015: guide to bills and other measures

European Union referendum bill The British people are to be given their first chance since 1975 to have a say over Britain’s membership of the EU under the terms of the European referendum bill. This will pave the way for an in/out referendum on Britain’s EU membership that will have to be held by the […]

May 27th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

PM tells EC president Britons ‘unhappy with status quo’

David Cameron has told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that “British people are not happy with the status quo” in Europe. The prime minister hosted Mr Juncker at Chequers ahead of a week of efforts to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership. The EC president “reiterated that he wanted to find a fair deal for the UK”, […]

May 26th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

EU citizens not eligible for referendum vote, says No 10

Citizens from most EU countries living in the UK will not get a vote in the referendum on Europe, No 10 has said. The franchise will be broadly the same as for a general election, rather than local or European elections. Irish citizens in the UK are eligible. Residents from two other EU nations, Malta […]

May 25th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Harman: Labour’s leader or deputy leader must be a woman

t would be unacceptable if the both deputy leader and leader of the Labour party turned out to be men, Harriet Harman said today. Harman, who is acting as caretaker leader of the party during its leadership contest, told the Andrew Marr programme the party needed a “balanced leadership”. She added: “I don’t think there’s […]

May 24th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Nikileaks: Former Scottish secretary admits Sturgeon leak

The former Liberal Democrat Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has admitted to leaking a memo which claimed that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain as prime minister. The memo, purporting to describe a conversation between Sturgeon and the French ambassador, was hugely controversial during the election campaign. Both Sturgeon and the ambassador strongly denied that […]

May 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Boris Johnson defends ‘market forces’ killing black cab trade

London’s black cab trade is dying and there is little anyone can do about it, Boris Johnson claimed today. The London mayor faced down jeers and abuse from an audience of cabbies as he defended the “market forces” that threaten to put the historic trade out of business. “You are dealing with a huge economic […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Is this the most inane law of all time? Cameron promises to make illegal immigration illegal

Even by the usual standards of anti-immigration rhetoric, David Cameron’s announcement that he would make illegal immigration extra-illegal was remarkably idiotic. The press release to go with the announcement said there would be a new offence of ‘illegal working’. Asked how this made any sense on the Today programme this morning, home secretary Theresa May […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »