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Tom Watson To Be Given Commons Grilling Over Leon Brittan Allegations

(14) Comments | Posted 13 October 2015 | (16:40)

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has been invited to give evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Committee over his pursuit of sex abuse allegations against the former Conservative cabinet minister, Lord Brittan.

The committee, chaired by Labour MP Keith Vaz, announced the decision in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.


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Dennis Skinner Accused Of Sexism By Anna Soubry In House Of Commons

(0) Comments | Posted 13 October 2015 | (13:23)

Dennis Skinner, the veteran Labour MP, has been accused of directing sexist remarks at a Conservative minister the House of Commons.

Business minister Anna Soubry reacted with anger after being heckled as she answered questions from MPs on Tuesday afternoon.

"You know what, that is so out of order....

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Legalising Cannabis Would Save Millions, Says Treasury Report

(20) Comments | Posted 13 October 2015 | (09:56)

Legalising cannabis would raise "notable tax revenue" and "lead to overall savings to public services", an internal-Treasury report has concluded.

The paper, seen by The Independent, concluded changing the law on the drug would bring around £500m to £800m in taxes as well as lead to...

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Labour MPs Hit Back At Diane Abbott Over 'Self-Indulgent' Criticism

(30) Comments | Posted 12 October 2015 | (12:36)

Labour MPs have hit back at Diane Abbott, after the shadow international development secretary criticised party colleagues who were considering backing military strikes against Isis in Syria.

On Sunday, Abbott accused some Labour MPs of wanting to help David Cameron "in his long held desire to bomb Syria".


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UK Cannabis Laws Similar To US Refusal To Ban Guns, Says MP

(5) Comments | Posted 12 October 2015 | (10:28)

The British government's attitude towards cannabis is the same as the American refusal to introduce strict gun controls, a Labour MP has said ahead of a parliamentary debate on the drug.

Paul Flynn said the UK had been "left behind" by many other countries, including many US states, which had...

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Jeremy Corbyn Criticised by Labour MP For Backing George Osborne's Fiscal Charter

(12) Comments | Posted 12 October 2015 | (09:49)

Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised from the left of his party for his plans to back George Osborne's commitment to running a budget surplus.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell last month surprised many when he revealed Labour would back George Osborne's fiscal charter which commits the government...

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Helen Goodman Apologises For 'Bizarre' And 'Offensive' Tweet About Jeremy Hunt's Wife

(13) Comments | Posted 11 October 2015 | (22:55)

Labour MP Helen Goodman has apologised for tweeting a "bizarre" criticism of health secretary Jeremy Hunt's wife.

The MP for Bishop Auckland said on Sunday evening: "If China is so great, why did @Jeremy_Hunt 's wife come to England?"


Following a backlash on Twitter, Goodman deleted...

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Zac Goldsmith And Sadiq Khan Neck And Neck In London Mayor Race

(3) Comments | Posted 9 October 2015 | (15:48)

Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan are neck and neck in the race to become mayor of London, according to a poll published on Friday.

The YouGov survey for the Evening Standard showed Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate, on 49% with Labour's Khan on...

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Tom Watson Says He Had A 'Duty' To Pass On Leon Brittan Allegations To Authorities, But Wrong To Say Peer Was 'Close To Evil'

(61) Comments | Posted 9 October 2015 | (13:03)

Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has responded to demands for an apology over his role in the Leon Brittan sex abuse row, saying he is sorry for the distress caused and admitting that he should not have described the former Cabinet Minister as "close to evil".

But in...

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Labour Must Avoid Threat Of 'Perennial Demonstration,' Says Tristram Hunt

(57) Comments | Posted 9 October 2015 | (11:22)

Tristram Hunt has warned Labour that Jeremy Corbyn's leadership poses a "threat" and it must resist the temptation to become a party of "perennial demonstration" rather than one of government.

In a speech at the University of Sheffield on Friday, the former shadow education secretary also said the party needed...

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The Waugh Zone October 9, 2015

(1) Comments | Posted 9 October 2015 | (07:34)

The five things you need to know on Friday October 9, 2015...

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Today' Waugh Zone is edited by Ned Simons and he is 'mad keen'. Paul is away.


A cross-party campaign to leave the European Union launches...

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Smoke Bomb Let Off In Kosovo Parliament

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2015 | (13:19)

Kosovo's parliament was filled with smoke on Thursday, after a disagreement over the countries ties with Serbia led one MP to set off what looked like a gas canister.

According to Reuters, Albin Kurti, leader of the opposition Self-Determination party, set off the device. Kurti is opposed to...

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Steve Jobs Director Danny Boyle Gives His Verdict On Jeremy Corbyn

(10) Comments | Posted 8 October 2015 | (10:52)

Danny Boyle, the creative genius behind the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, has warned the Labour Party it must make sure it is "electable".

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Boyle was asked for his view on Jeremy Corbyn. "It is important you are electable otherwise there’s...

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The Waugh Zone October 8, 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 7 October 2015 | (16:07)

The five things you need to know on Thursday October 8, 2015...

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Today' Waugh Zone is edited by Ned Simons. Next stop, the privy council. Paul is away.


David Cameron is "rattled" by Jeremy Corbyn, Labour...

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Michael Gove Accuses Andrew Neil Of 'Showboating' In Feisty TV Exchange

(25) Comments | Posted 7 October 2015 | (14:19)

Michael Gove accused Andrew Neil of "showboating" during a tense TV interview on Tuesday, after the BBC presenter challenged him on the government's record on house building.

The justice secretary was told by Neil that the Conservatives had a 'lamentable” record when it came to housebuilding. But Gove said the...

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David Cameron Praises Ethnic Minority Ministers In Sharp Contrast To Theresa May's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric

(1) Comments | Posted 7 October 2015 | (12:55)

David Cameron went out of his way today to praise Conservative ministers from ethnic minority backgrounds today, in an attempt to show how the party has modernised.

The prime minister struck a noticeably different tone than Theresa May. The home secretary triggered a backlash yesterday when she said it was...

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David Cameron Makes A Joke About Having Sex With His Wife

(20) Comments | Posted 7 October 2015 | (12:12)

David Cameron used his speech to the Conservative Party conference to make a joke about having sex with his wife Samantha. And taxes.

In an attack on Labour's economic policies, the prime minister targeted Jeremy Corbyn's economic adviser Richard Murphy.

"We live in a country where...

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Jeremy Hunt Attacks 'Irresponsible' Critics Of New Junior Doctor Contracts

(15) Comments | Posted 6 October 2015 | (16:27)

Jeremy Hunt has staunchly defended his proposed changes to junior doctors' contracts and accused critics of spreading "irresponsible" scare stories.

The health secretary told the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday the government's plan for a seven-day-a-week NHS was needed to prevent thousands of unnecessary deaths happening at the...

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Watch Boris Johnson Make Fun Of Jeremy Corbyn's 'Vested Interests And Interesting Vests'

(17) Comments | Posted 6 October 2015 | (13:08)

Boris Johnson took to the stage at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday and by all accounts went down a treat in the hall among the party faithful.

The London mayor peppered his speech with jokes, including this pop at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Tory protesters outside...

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EU Membership A 'No Brainer,' Says Lord Mandelson As David Miliband Warns Against Brexit

(37) Comments | Posted 6 October 2015 | (10:00)

David Miliband and Lord Mandelson have warned the British public not to vote in favour of leaving the European Union.

Miliband, who now lives in New York as the head of the International Rescue Committee aid charity, told an audience of 2,000 business leaders in...

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