Entries by Asa Bennett from 03/2012

Social Mobility Progress 'Depressing', Says Tory MP Damian Hinds

Posted 03.01.2012 | UK Politics

The coalition has come under attack from one of its own MPs for the “yawning gap” that exists between the rich and poor. Conservative MP Damian...

Sir Nicholas MacPherson, Top Civil Servant, Says Ministers' Ideas Often 'Not Value For Money'

Posted 03.01.2012 | UK Politics

One of the country’s top civil servants said the Whitehall bureaucracy sometimes has to save politicians from themselves. Treasury Permanent Secr...

Yvette Cooper Says Labour Will Have A Female Leader

Posted 03.01.2012 | UK Politics

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has admitted she thinks the Labour Party will soon have a female leader. In an interview with The House magazi...

Gordon Brown Attacked By John Woodcock For 'Short-term, Frenetic' Style

Posted 03.01.2012 | UK Politics

Gordon Brown has been attacked by a former special adviser for his stressful working practises. The revelations by John Woodcock, a former special...

BBC Cuts Are Jeopardising Public Trust, MPs Warn

Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Politics

The BBC has been slammed by MPs over how it has handled its cuts programme. The Commons public accounts committee warned that the broadcaster riske...

Miliband calls for 'Patriotism And Pride' In British Manufacturing

Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has called for greater patriotism about British industry in order to secure an economy recovery. He attacked the government for being ...

Ed Miliband's speech to the EEF National Manufacturing Conference - FULL TEXT

Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Politics

Can I say what a privilege it is to speak to the first EEF Annual Conference. Too often, the story that is told of British manufacturing is of a s...

Ministers Urged To Hurry Up And Tackle Payday Loan Firm Abuses

Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Politics

The government needs to take swift and decisive action to protect members of the public from falling prey to sharp practices by payday loan companies,...

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem Councillor, Complains To PCC After Claims He Approved Students Paying Council Tax

Posted 03.06.2012 | UK Politics

A Lib Dem councillor has written to the Press Complaints Commission over news reports that he'd suggested students should pay council tax. Gerald ...

Ken Livingstone Accused Of 'Ineptitude' By Tories In Hustings Debate

Posted 03.07.2012 | UK Politics

Labour mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone has been accused of “comic ineptitude" and "muddled economics” by a senior Conservative councilor. Thi...

William Hague Fears 'Rapid Breakout' Of Nuclear Nations If Iran Becomes One

Posted 03.08.2012 | UK Politics

Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned of the “deeply alarming” implications of Iran developing nuclear weapons. Speaking to the Foreign Af...

Boris Johnson Hints That Ken Clarke Was Opposed To Crossrail

Posted 03.08.2012 | UK Politics

London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled his plans for London transport in “the biggest transformation since the Victorian age”. Speaking to Co...

Chris Huhne's Eastleigh Seat Is A 'Target', Says Tory Chair Baroness Warsi

Posted 03.08.2012 | UK Politics

Baroness Warsi has said the Tories are ready to fight for Huhne's Eastleigh seat, if the former energy secretary is forced to resign after his trial f...

Scottish Independence Vote: The UK's Breakup Is Inevitable, Warns Lord Peter Fraser

Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Politics

Nothing will stop Scotland from becoming an independent nation, a Tory peer has warned, questioning whether fighting to keep the union together is wor...

Cameron In Washington For Talks With Obama - A History Of US-UK Summits (PICTURES)

Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron is jetting off to the United States to start bilateral talks with President Obama on Tuesday, but the meeting comes at a difficult momen...

David Higgins, Network Rail Boss, Says Railway Industry Is 'Fragmented' And Lacking Leadership

Posted 03.13.2012 | UK Politics

Britain's railways are on course to miss their targets for improvement, the head of Network Rail admitted to MPs on Tuesday morning. David Higgins...

Ken Livingstone Defends Calling Boris Johnson A 'Lazy Tosser'

Posted 03.13.2012 | UK Politics

Ken Livingstone sensationally compared The Evening Standard's coverage of his pledge to cut tube fares to a slur that Europe's Jews spread disease. ...

Youth Budget Hears Young People Want More Spending Cuts And Faster Deficit Reduction

Posted 03.14.2012 | UK Politics

Barely one in ten young people think the coalition is going fast enough in tackling the deficit. This revelation came at the launch of a "Youth Bu...

Lobbyist Register Planned By Government 'A Waste Of Time', Say Industry Chiefs

Posted 03.15.2012 | UK Politics

Government plans to regulate lobbyists have been attacked as "fundamentally flawed" by leading players in the industry. This attack came as represe...

Apps for Politicos - The Top 5 Things To Get On Your Smartphone

Posted 03.15.2012 | UK Politics

Politicians across Westminster have embraced the digital age. They have been taking up iPhones, Blackberries and iPads in their droves. Even the Pr...

Politicians Get Physical - Ministers and MPs Showing Sporting Skills

Posted 03.15.2012 | UK Politics

During David Cameron's trip to America, we saw the bromance flourish between him and Obama. They appeared to "seal the deal" by jetting off together t...

Gay Marriage Consultation 'About Celebrating Love', Says Lynne Featherstone

Posted 03.15.2012 | UK Politics

The government will legalise gay marriage, in spite of vocal opposition from Christian movements, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone has said as s...

Liverpool School Of Tropical Medicine Helps Save Lives In World's Poorest Countries

Posted 03.15.2012 | UK Politics
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MORE than 17,000 health workers in the world’s poorest countries will be trained to provide emergency care for millions of mothers and babies by exp...

David Cameron Heads To New York After Warm Embrace In Washington

Posted 03.15.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron left Washington this morning after a two-day visit in which he has enjoyed the warmest possible embrace from America's political and soc...

Plaid Cymru Leadership Won By Outsider Leanne Wood

Posted 03.15.2012 | UK Politics

When Leanne Wood announced she was standing in the Plaid Cymru leadership race, she was regarded by many as the rank outsider, given her more junior p...