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Jack Straw Says Newspaper 'Agenda' Has Damaged Reputation Of MPs

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Politics

Veteran Labour MP Jack Straw has said a "changed agenda" from newspapers had contributed to a decline in respect for MPs and parliament. Speaking i...

Jack Straw, Malcolm Rifkind, Greedy Bankers - The Problem Starts With Us

Jon Young | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jon Young

The key is to break money's link with status, or to remove the importance of status altogether. True happiness is achieved through introspection, gratitude, helping others and an acceptance of the world around us (see my previous blog). The greed and selfishness of accumulating wealth couldn't be further from achieving that.

Politics 101: Be Clear, Be Brief, Shut Up

Robin Lustig | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I enjoy poking fun at politicians. It's good for them and keeps them on their toes. But I also acknowledge that we need them - honest, capable men and women who are prepared to put in long hours getting on with the kind of mind-numbingly tedious, detailed business of politics that would drive the rest of us to distraction.

Five Reasons I Should Never Be a Politician

Serena Cowdy | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Serena Cowdy

Since I started writing about politics, a few people have asked me whether I'd ever consider standing as an MP myself. The answer is a very definite no. And actually, it's nothing to do with the money. I'd almost certainly be a terrible politician, and here are five of the many reasons why...

Labour Hopes For Tory Red Faces In New Second Jobs Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics

Labour hopes to embarrass David Cameron over the cash-for-access scandal by forcing a House of Commons vote on Ed Miliband's proposal to ban MPs from ...

Malcolm Rifkind Is Off After Cash For Access Sting

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics

Former Conservative foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind is stepping down as an MP after May, as well as chair of Parliament's intelligence and security ...

Jack Straw's Latest Job Offer Doesn't Look Good After 'Cash For Access' Sting...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics

Former foreign secretary Jack Straw will take a job with an office furniture firm that won a £75 million government contract after he lobbied ministe...

Time to Change the Rules on Second Jobs for MPs

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

So far all this scandal has done is reinforce the perception that many politicians are more interested in making money that representing their constituents. There needs to be fundamental change. At the very least, if second jobs are to be allowed then the taxpayer should not be expected to subsidise them as well.

Jack Straw's Mockery Of Labour MPs Caught In Sting Is Now Really Ironic

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics

Jack Straw insisted he is "mortified" to have been caught in a cash for access sting, but he won't get much sympathy from some Labour colleagues. B...

Look Who Is Defending Jack Straw After That Cash For Access Sting...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics

Tony Blair has issued a fierce defence of Jack Straw, his former foreign secretary, after he was caught in a cash for access sting. An undercover ...

Malcolm Rifkind Thinks MPs Can't Live On 'Simply £60,000' A Year

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics

Senior Conservative backbencher Sir Malcolm Rifkind has declared it is "simply unrealistic" to believe MPs can survive on "simply £60,000" a year - ...

Jack Straw Suspended From Labour Party Over 'Cash For Access'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Chris York | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Politics

Two former foreign secretaries are facing accusations that they were prepared to use their positions and contacts to benefit a private company in retu...

The Government, Glass Houses and British Muslims

Chris Hobbs | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Make no mistake, moderate British Muslims have been expressing their concerns as to the rise of Islamic extremism in the UK since the 1990's and could well argue that they have already made a significant contribution to curbing the excesses of fanatical, Islamist groups.

Remember That Time Tony Blair Appealed To Free Deirdre Barlow From Prison?

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

Following the tragic passing of 'Coronation Street' actress Anne Kirkbride, we're reminded of one of her biggest TV moments. When Deirdre Barlow, t...

What Did Britain Know? Bid To See Redacted CIA Torture Report

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK

The parliamentary panel investigating allegations of British involvement in torture is seeking access to secret parts of an damning US report into CIA...

The Truth Will Out: UK Involvement in Libyan Rendition and Torture

Cori Crider | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Cori Crider

One is white, stark, temporary, windowless. Fluorescent lights hang from its ceiling. The room is empty save for a woman, crying. She is chained to the wall and obviously pregnant. The woman in the white room comes from Morocco but has married a opponent of Col. Gaddafi, and for that reason is about to be plunged into terrors of which she knows nothing...

Miliband Has 'Panda Eyes And Strange Lips,' Says Jack Straw

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip's stunning second place finish in the Heywood and Middleton by-election which saw them come within just 617 votes of snatching the safe seat from...

These Jack Straw Comments On ISIS And Obama Aren't Going Down Too Well This Morning...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK

Jack Straw has blasted Barack Obama's foreign policy and backed British launching air strikes against the Islamic State (IS), saying we should not be ...

Yes, Labour 'Got It Wrong' About Immigration, But Not in the Way Its Frontbenchers Seem to Think

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Enough with the apologies. Week after week, senior Labour figures queue up to express regret over the party's record on immigration... Give it a rest, folks. For a start, the mea culpas are unnecessary.

Libyan Commander Suing Jack Straw Concerned About Communications Intercepted By GCHQ

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Lawyers acting for a Libyan military commander who is suing Britain's intelligence agencies and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw over claims they w...

As Straw Struggles, the Conservatives Concede - A Balance Must Be Found for the UK's Immigration Policy

Sarosh Zaiwalla | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sarosh Zaiwalla

While Jack Straw may feel this was a policy blunder from his party, I do not believe this to be such a clear cut issue. It has been shown on countless occasions that immigrants coming to the UK bring a tangible profitable contribution to the economy.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'We Messed Up'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 13 November 2013... 1) 'WE MESSED UP' The Daily Mail has gleefully splashed on comments made by Ja...

Jack Straw Admits Labour 'Messed Up' Over Working Rights For European Migrants

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics

Jack Straw, the former Home Secretary who recently announced he would relinquish his parliamentary seat at the next election, has decried the dropping...

The Final Straw

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Politics

Labour's elder statesman Jack Straw is to stand down as an MP at the next general election, he announced on Friday. The former home secretary, foreign...

The UK Government Is Trying to Get Off the Hook for Libyan Torture

Cori Crider | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Cori Crider

Some of you may remember how David Cameron's victory lap in a still-jubilant Tripoli was marred by the release of an embarrassing cache of faxes. The faxes revealed the true price of Blair's infamous 'deal in the desert' with Gaddafi in 2004: a joint US-UK-Libyan operation to kidnap my client and his pregnant wife.