Entries by Dina Rickman from 02/2012

Alistair Darling Criticises Tawdry Treatment Of Fred Goodwin

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

Alistair Darling has criticised the "tawdry" treatment meted out to Fred Goodwin after the banker was humiliatingly stripped of his knighthood. The...

Business Grants For Poorer Regions 'Wasted' On Larger Firms, Finds LSE Study

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

Grants to revive Britain's poorest regions are "wasted" on firms of more than 150 employees, according to a study. After looking at every manufactu...

Nick Clegg: SNP Should Hold Scottish Independence Referendum Soon

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg set out his support for Scotland to have "greater discretion" and "freedom" for how they spent public money, during an evidence session in ...

Fred Goodwin Knighthood Decision Criticised By Alex Salmond And Alistair Darling

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

The decision to strip Fred Goodwin of his knighthood was described as "tawdry" and a "distraction" by Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond, as the busine...

David Cameron's 'Disappointment' On BAE Systems' Failed Bid For Indian Fighter Jets

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron expressed "disappointment" today that a French firm had beaten BAE Systems to become preferred bidder for a major fighter plane contract...

David Cameron Calls Labour MP Liam Byrne 'Baldermort'

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron might have been chastised by the speaker for his un-parliamentary language when he accused Ed Miliband of hypocrisy, but he managed to g...

Welfare Reform: Bill Back In The Commons (LIVE UPDATES)

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

MPs have voted to overturn all the key Lords amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill, with eight Liberal Democrats rebelling over government plans to re...

Ministry Of Defence Accused Of Manufacturing 'Betrayal'

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

The Government was accused today of a "stunning betrayal" of UK manufacturing after moves to buy defence equipment "off the shelf". Defence Equipme...

NHS Reforms Concessions As Bill Prepares To Go Back To The Lords

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

The government has outlined two amendments to their controversial NHS reforms, in an attempt to shore up support before the plans go back to the Lords...

Damian Green: We Only Want The 'Brightest And Best'

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

Immigrants must "add to the quality of life in Britain" to be let in, the Immigration Minister will say on Thursday. Damian Green will say Britain ...

Government Needs To Make 'Fundamental Changes' To Meet Spending Challenge, Says NAO

Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

Government departments need to make "fundamental changes" to successfully cut spending by 2015, spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) has ...

Student Loans Chief Ed Lester In Tax Row

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The Treasury is to review the tax affairs of top civil servants after it emerged the head of the Student Loans Company (SLC) is paid via a company wit...

Tories Beg PM To Axe Business Bungler Vince Cable

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

SENIOR Tories are urging David Cameron to SACK Vince Cable as Business Secretary because he is stunting economic growth. ...

Dark Clouds Gathering Over Downing Street. Storms Possible. Number 10 Don't Forecast Tory Majority.

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

I read columnists like Fraser Nelson and Iain Martin for analysis of what the Conservative Party should be doing. Other columnists are more interestin...

The Times Under Investigation Over Computer Hacking, MP Claims

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK

The Times newspaper is being investigated by police over computer hacking, a senior Labour MP has claimed. Tom Watson, who has campaigned to bring ...

William Hague Makes Landmark Trip To Somalia, 'Base Of Terrorism And Piracy'

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

William Hague has called for greater efforts to tackle piracy and terrorism in Somalia, as he became the first British foreign secretary to visit the ...

Warren Bradley, Former Lib Dem CounciL Leader, To Be Charged With Perjury

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

A former council leader is to be charged with perjury following a police investigation into electoral fraud allegations. Ex-Liberal Democrat leader...

Craig Whittaker, Tory MP, Arrested After Alleged Assault At Petrol Station

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

UPDATE: Statement from Craig Whittaker on March 20 "The Recent allegations of assault made to the Police have been fully investigated by the Poli...

Welfare Reform: Labour To Take Legal Advice Over Financial Privilege Move

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

The government have "over-played their hand" in forcing through the welfare reform bill and Labour are taking legal advice, Lords sources have told th...

Theresa May Immigration Decision Triggers 'Secret Justice' Fight

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

The Home Secretary's refusal to tell scores of immigrants and refugees why they have been refused British citizenship has triggered a legal battle ove...

Top Totty Beer Withdrawn From Parliament Bar After Outcry From Female MPs

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

A beer called "Top Totty" has been pulled from a parliamentary bar after female MPs branded the label, featuring a scantily clad woman, "demeaning" an...

Britain's Best And Worst Political Nicknames

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

Muggles beware - Lord Baldemort is back! Prime Minister David Cameron used this name during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday to refer to Sha...

Criminal Records Could Be Wiped For Thousands

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

Thousands of offenders could have their past convictions cleared from their record under government plans. Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke plans t...

Uncollected Council Tax And Business Rates Estimated At £1bn

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

The amount of uncollected council taxes and business rates is over £1 billion, described as a "scandal and disgrace" at a time of spending cuts. R...

Network Rail Bonuses Described As 'Unacceptable'

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

Network Rail bosses' proposed package of six-figure bonuses have been condemned and branded "unacceptable" by transport secretary Justine Greening. ...