Ben Gummer

Maybot Malfunction: The PM's Hubristic Decision To Call A Snap Election Has Failed Spectacularly

Paul Waugh | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Waugh

"Nothing has changed! Nothing has changed!" In full Maybot malfunction mode, that's what Theresa May famously said during her manifesto meltdown just a few weeks ago. Something's changed alright. And it may well mean Britain's Prime Minister is changed too.It was 5.52am when it was officially confirmed that the UK now had a hung Parliament (were you up for Southampton Test and Alan Whitehead?), and that May had lost the precious Commons majority that David Cameron had slogged through five years to achieve. Yet just like Cameron's reckless gamble on an EU referendum, May's hubristic decision to call a snap election has failed and failed spectacularly.

'Shameful' Social Mobility Means Thousands Of Talented Young People Miss Out On Top Jobs

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are missing out on top jobs, a parliamentary inquiry into social mobility has found....

Our Commitment Is That Every Person Nearing the End of Their Life Should Expect a Good Death

Ben Gummer | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Gummer

A good death - peaceful, dignified, reflective, compassionate, in the loving embrace of those closest to the dying person - is already a happy end for hundreds of thousands of people across our nation. In making this commitment, we make that promise universal, so that every dying person in England can live in anticipation of a good death.

'Where's Jeremy?' Hunt Criticised For Junior Doctor's Strike 'No-Show' In Parliament

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of an “affront” to Parliament after a junior minister was sent to defend the Government and face MPs over the junior ...

Safer for Patients, Fairer for Doctors

Ben Gummer | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Gummer

The debate around proposed reforms to their contracts has highlighted their passion and dedication. That's why this week's firm contract offer from the government and NHS Employers is important. The government has been clear that our proposed reforms are about delivering a fairer, safer deal for doctors and patients. This proposal builds on the cast-iron guarantees that the government has already set out on better basic pay, a shorter working week and improving patient safety.

Making End of Life Care Excellent Across the Country

Ben Gummer | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics
Ben Gummer

Already there is excellent end of life care all over the country, so excellence is not exceptional. It is why we do so well in the international comparisons. But excellence is a long, long way from universal...

Lord Newton and Lord Tebbitt Could Teach the Conservatives About Their illusions of Justice and Society

Jonny Mulligan | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonny Mulligan

The Legal aid Bill gave the coalition government the most defeats of any bill in parliament for the last sixty years. In the end government only won by one vote in the house of Lords. A vote they would not have had if Lord Newton was still around to vote.

A Curate's Egg of a Budget?

David Cowan | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK Politics
David Cowan

On Wednesday, George Osborne grew in stature as a Tory Chancellor. The Budget was the most definitive account of the government's plan for growth. Yet it was mainly framed as a tax reform budget, and it is by this standard it should be judged.

Criminals Could Lose Right To Compensation

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 30.01.2012 | UK

Rapists and murderers will no longer be able to claim compensation for being victims of crime under new plans proposed by the government. Justice S...

Knowledge is Porridge

Fiona Melville | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Politics
Fiona Melville

Ben Gummer's Ten Minute Rule Bill (to be introduced tomorrow) builds on something we suggested years ago. Well, two things, in fact.

Treasury 'Excited' By Plan To Show How Your Tax Is Spent

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Politics

On Wednesday after PMQs the Tory MP for Ipswich, Ben Gummer, will introduce a Bill to the Commons which would see every taxpayer getting an annual bre...