Angela Eagle

The Government's Gagging Bill Says It All About Who David Cameron Really Stands Up For

Angela Eagle | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

The reality is that the government have put their fingers in their ears, refused to listen to the clamour from across civil society and are ploughing on regardless. Their gag is a deliberate and cynical attempt to insulate their record and policies from legitimate, democratic criticism in the run up to an election.

'It's Not A Dog's Breakfast'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics

The coalition's lobbying reforms cleared their first parliamentary hurdle on Tuesday despite criticism that they could hit charities and think-tanks. ...

Lobbying Bill A 'Sinister Gag' On Democracy, Warns Labour

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics

The government's Lobbying Bill is a "sinister gag" on democracy, the Labour Party has warned. Reforms to lobbying rules will be debated by MPs toda...

Lobbying Bill A 'Sinister Gag' On Democracy, Warns Labour

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics

The government's Lobbying Bill is a "sinister gag" on democracy, the Labour Party has warned. Reforms to lobbying rules will be debated by MPs toda...

Let's Stop the Government's Gagging Bill

Angela Eagle | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

It is so useless that even Lynton Crosby - the tobacco lobbyist at the heart of Downing Street - wouldn't be covered by it. Both transparency campaigners and the lobbying industry agree that the government's toothless register is actually a step backwards from the codes of conduct and sanctions that already exist. The government should rename it the Let Lynton Lobby Bill.

Building a Better Politics

Angela Eagle | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

I am delighted to have got the People's Politics Inquiry underway, and to have today launched the consultation questions on Your Britain - the online policy hub set up by Labour to open our policy making process to anyone who wants to have a say in shaping our next manifesto. My colleagues and I are going to spend the summer having conversations with people who have been turned off from politics and we are going to ask them what we need to do to change. If we want to put power back in the hands of people, then we need to listen to people first.

Peter Bone Complains About 'Tory Taliban' Nickname

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Politics

Conservative backbencher Peter Bone has complained after a senior Labour MP mocked him for being a member of the "Tory Taliban". The Wellingborough...

Dave Needs to Say Yes to No More Page 3

Victoria Sadler | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Politics
Victoria Sadler

The No More Page 3 campaign is gathering pace at an extraordinary rate. It is in the right place at the right time. Public concern over easy access to sexualised imagery, and the influence of this on the psychology of children, has never been higher.

Labour's Alternative Queen's Speech

Angela Eagle | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

Over the last session of parliament we have seen a remarkably thin legislative agenda from the government. Swathes of parliamentary time have been left unfilled and the bills that they did produce have been chaotic, badly drafted and badly managed. I have calculated that since the last Queen's speech, the government have u-turned on average once every seven sitting days. If No10 briefing is accurate, they are u-turning on this Queen's Speech before it's even been delivered by dropping minimum alcohol pricing, plain cigarette packaging and their register of lobbying interests.

Give People Prizes For Voting, Say Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Politics

Voters should be entered into a lottery to win prizes as a reward for turning up at the polls, a senior Labour figure has suggested. Angela Eagle, ...

When Is An Independent Candidate Not Independent?

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK Politics

The government has rejected calls to require candidates to disclose if they are a member of a political party when standing for election as an indepen...

Osborne Refuses To Answer If He's Ever Travelled Standard Class

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK Politics

Following last Friday's shambolic afternoon in which he supposedly attempted to sit in first class with a standard class ticket, George Osborne stumbl...

New Session Same Incompetence

Angela Eagle | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

Two years into government, after 13 years in opposition (or in the case of the Liberal Democrats almost a century) you would have expected a Queen's Speech packed with ideas. Ministers would have spent months battling it out to have their legislation included in the government's packed programme.

Stop Dithering And Introduce Gay Marriage Now, Say Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been told to ignore his more right-wing backbenchers and introduce legislation legalising gay marriage as soon as possible. Spea...

Lib Dems 'Hoodwinking' Public With Pasty Tax Leaflet

Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats have been criticised by Labour for publishing a campaign leaflet which features the slogan "stop the Tories taxing our pasties"....

John Bercow 'Should Rent Out Taxpayer-Funded Mansion During The Olympics'

Posted 15.03.2012 | UK Politics

John Bercow should rent his taxpayer-funded flat in the Houses of Parliament to tourists during the Olympic Games, a Tory MP has said. Conservative...

Ned Simons

Sleaze Watchdog Banned From Probing MPs 'Bedroom And Booze' Habits

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 13.03.2012 | UK Politics

MPs have rejected a change in parliament's rules that they feared would allow a Westminster sleaze watchdog to investigate their private lives. The...

Power Without Purpose

Angela Eagle | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

David Cameron, as you would expect from an ex-PR man, has a smooth answer on why he wants to be prime minister, but I have the sense that the real answer to why he wants the job is simply "because it is there."

Bercow: I Am Greatly Concerned By Autumn Statement Pre-Briefing

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK Politics

Speaker John Bercow has been "greatly concerned" by the government announcing measures contained in tomorrow's Autumn Statement to the press instead o...

PICTURES: Ed Balls In Trouble Over 'Questionable Salute' During PMQs

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron once labelled Ed Balls as the most annoying man in politics - so it's not surprising he lashed out at his "questionable" salute during p...

Warsi Pledges Outright Majority At Next Election

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Politics

Conservative Party conference kicked off in Manchester on Sunday afternoon with a pledge from chairman Sayeeda Warsi that the Tories must win an outri...

Ed Miliband On Whether He Will Bring Brother David In From The Political Wilderness

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has answered a call to bring his brother David out of "political Siberia" - by indicating the older Miliband brother would be welcome bac...

Call To Scrap 50p Tax Rate Sparks Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Politics

Politicians, economists, unions and charities have reacted to a letter calling for the abolition of the 50p tax, signed by some of the UK's leading ac...

It's Time for George Osborne to Forget the Dogma

Angela Eagle | Posted 25.09.2011 | UK Politics
Angela Eagle

For a Prime Minster who promised to 'get the economy moving again' today's GDP figures must be deeply worrying. They reveal growth of just 0.2% in the second quarter of 2011. Today we've heard the additional bank holiday due to the royal wedding, the wedding itself and the warm weather in April all being held up as reasons for this poor performance. Not so long ago, the Chancellor of the Exchequer came to the House of Commons and blamed the winter snow for Britain's shock plunge into negative growth at the end of 2010.

UK Economy Fragile, Low Growth Predicted As Emergency Meeting Called About Eurozone Crisis

The Huffington Post | Dina Rickman | Posted 09.09.2011 | UK

The economy is fragile, with business confidence low and unemployment barely improving, according to a survey of 6,000 businesses across the UK. Th...