Entries by Ned Simons from 05/2012

Boris Johnson Enjoys 12-Point Lead Over Ken Livingstone

Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson is cruising to victory in the London mayoral election, according to a poll published on Tuesday. A survey carried out by Populus for ...

Nick Clegg: 'Voters Are Ready To Listen To Us'

Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg signalled today that he expects the Liberal Democrats to avoid another bloodbath in this week's local council elections. The Deputy Prim...

Former News International Executives Could Be Punished By Parliament

Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics

Three former senior News International executives could be summoned to the Commons to face a public dressing down from MPs over allegations they misle...

Nick Clegg: Do Not 'Fixate' On Timing Of Jeremy Hunt Inquiry

Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has said people should not "fixate" on the timing of any investigation into whether culture secretary Jeremy Hunt broke the ministerial cod...

John Yates And And Keir Starmer 'Culpable' For Phone Hacking, Say MPs

Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics

A top Scotland Yard officer and the head of the Crown Prosecution Service both "bear culpability" for failing to review evidence of phone hacking, the...

MPs To Get 'Fewer Wine Top Ups' To Crack Down On House Of Commons Boozing

Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics

Politicians and their guests in parliament will have their glasses of wine "topped up less frequently" as part of measures designed to crack down on t...

Michael Brown, Multi-Millionaire Lib Dem Donor, Jailed For Fraud

Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics

Convicted fraudster and former Liberal Democrat donor Michael Brown has been directed by a judge to start his seven-year jail sentence, a police spoke...

GM Crops Should Be Protected, Scientists Plead To Protesters

Posted 05.02.2012 | UK

Scientists are pleading with protestors not to destroy an experiment on genetically modified crops, which they say could reduce the amount of chemical...

MPs Offered Taxpayer-Funded iPads

Posted 05.02.2012 | UK Politics

MPs are to be offered taxpayer-funded iPads as part of moves to modernise parliament, it was revealed on Tuesday. Politicians will be able to trade...

Big Ben Name Change To Honour Queen 'Opposed By Almost Half Of Voters'

Posted 05.02.2012 | UK Politics

Almost half of Britons are opposed to renaming Big Ben's Clock Tower in honour of the Queen, according to a poll published on Wednesday. A survey c...

Energy Entrepreneurs Fund To Drive 'Innovation In Low Carbon Technology'

Posted 05.02.2012 | UK Tech

As part of its drive to fulfil its oft-derided pledge to become the 'greenest government ever', the coalition recently announced a new drive to stimul...

Donald Trump Warns Alex Salmond Wind Farms Will End Independence Dream

Posted 05.02.2012 | UK Politics

US tycoon Donald Trump has written to First Minister Alex Salmond, warning him Scotland can "never" become independent under his leadership because wi...

Falkland Islands: Olympic Hopeful Fernando Zylberberg Trains On 'Argentinian Soil' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.03.2012 | UK

With less than 100 days to go to the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, the Argentinian government has screened a controversial advert which sho...

Louise Mensch Twitter Abuse 'Could Be Illegal', Say Police

Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Politics

The abusive messages sent to Tory MP Louise Mensch on Twitter could be illegal, a senior police officer has said. On Wednesday Mensch has hit back...

Lord Gus O'Donnell Hints At Becoming Bank Of England Governor

Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Politics

The former head of the civil service, Lord Gus O'Donnell, has said he would be interested in becoming governor of the Bank of England when Sir Mervyn ...

MPs Pay: Voters To Be Asked How Much Politicians Should Earn

Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Politics

Voters are to be asked how much MPs should be paid as part of a review into their pay and pensions. In the past the salary of politicians was set b...

Boris Johnson On Course For London Victory, Poll Predicts

Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson is on course to secure a second term as Mayor London, according to a poll published on Thursday. A survey conduced by YouGov for the ...

Mitt Romney Campaign Deny Rift With Downing Street Over Obama 'Love In'

Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Politics

Mitt Romney's campaign for the US presidency has rejected claims that several of its senior aides were unhappy with David Cameron's recent visit to Wa...

Local Elections 2012: Live Updates

Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Politics

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George Galloway's Respect Party Win Bradford Labour Leader's Council Seat

Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Politics

George Galloway's Respect Party followed up its shock by-election victory by winning five seats on Bradford Council, including that of the Labour lead...

Baroness Warsi Links Ukip And BNP

Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Politics

A row broke out today after Conservative Party co-chairwoman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi linked the rise of the UK Independence Party (Ukip) with the decli...

Nick Clegg 'Sad' At Lib Dem Defeats In Local Election (Live Updates)

Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said he was "really sad" at his party's election results after a bruising night for the coalition. Labour has ra...

Boris Johnson Takes Early Lead In London Mayor Race

Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Politics

Conservative Boris Johnson was leading the race to run London as counting continued on Friday evening. Labour rival Ken Livingstone is trailing beh...

Scottish Independence Referendum Question 'Biased', MPs Say

Posted 05.08.2012 | UK Politics

The question Scottish people will be asked in a referendum on independence is biased in favour of a 'yes' answer, according to MPs. The SNP governm...

Ken Livingstone: Ed Miliband Should Ditch 'Discredited Blairites'

Posted 05.08.2012 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband should stop trying to court the Blairite wing of the party, Labour's failed London mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone said today. But he...