Tim Loughton

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

Tory MP In Trouble Over Sarah Teather 'No Family' Jibe

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics

A Tory MP is under pressure to apologise after apparently suggesting that a Liberal Democrat was a bad families minister because she does not have chi...

The Match Has Been Postponed Due To... Travellers?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Sport

Shoreham FC have been forced to call of their Sussex County League match with Lingfield because of a travellers invasion at the seaside club's ground....

Cheryl Gillan's Leopard Print Outfit Mocked By Tory MPs At PMQS: 'Meow'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics

Catty Tory MPs mocked Cheryl Gillan behind her back during prime minister's questions on Wednesday, as the Leopard Print-clad former Welsh secretary s...

Tory Rebels Force David Cameron's Hand On Married Couples Tax Break

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics

Plans for a tax break for married couples will be introduced this year in a move to head off a revolt by Tory backbenchers. The move may placate Da...

Tory Rebels Launch 'Alternative Queen's Speech'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK

An "Alternative Queen's Speech", including returning the death penalty, has been laid before Parliament after a group of MPs took advantage of an obsc...

Ned Simons

Gay Marriage: Labour Save Bill From Backbench Tory 'Wrecking' Amendment

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics

The fear that the gay may marriage bill could be derailed by a backbench Tory "wrecking" amendment appears to have been lifted after the Labour Party ...

Ned Simons

Tory MPs Accused Of 'Dark And Cynical' Ploy To Wreck Gay Marriage BIll

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics

Tory MPs are engaged in a "dark" and "cynical" move to wreck the gay marriage bill equality campaigners have warned, as the government prepares to los...

Ned Simons

Civil Partnerships May Be Expanded To Include Straight Couples

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Politics

Civil partnerships could be expanded to included heterosexual couples under government plans revealed last night, after culture secretary Maria Miller...

Politicians Should be Forced to Find Out How Their Constituents Live if They Want to Be Our Representatives

Thomas Midlane | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Midlane

Empathy is an absolutely crucial part of the political picture. Take the Coalition's spending cuts. It's easy to see a policy in terms of numbers and strategies. It isn't until you seem the damage they have wrought up close that the human element begins to loom into focus.

'Tory Education' Twitter Feed Calls Ex Minister A Liar

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK

An extraordinary war of words has broken out between a Conservative former Children's Minister and the "Tory Education" twitter feed. There has...

Ned Simons

MP Tells Of Abusive Voter Who Called Him A 'Racist Arsehead'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK Politics

A former education minister will lodge a formal complaint against the "incompetence" of Sussex police today after the force investigated him for racis...

Tim Loughton's 10 Point Family Plan for Government

Ellee Seymour | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Politics
Ellee Seymour

Children are children for a reason - they are still growing up and need their parents to help them, guide them and protect them in that process The state which generally makes for a lousy parent needs to remember that first and foremost.

Ned Simons

Ex-Tory Minister Urges Osborne To Help 'Squeezed Middle'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne is under pressure to provide relief to the middle classes in his Autumn Statement on Wednesday, with a former Tory minister telling the...

Cameron's Di-Lama: PM 'Banned Ministers From Lunch With Dalai Lama'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK

Lunch with the Dalai Lama was off the menu for ministers earlier this year after David Cameron slapped a last-minute ban on for MPs planning on meetin...

'We Musn't Forget That This Is About Child Abuse'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK Politics

Former children's minister Tim Loughton has said the real issue of child abuse is being detracted from by a "witch hunt around celebrities and high pr...

Children Being Subjected To 'Violent And Sadistic' Sexual Abuse

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK

Children in care homes are being subjected to sexual abuse of a "violent and sadistic nature", England's Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz...

Should Porn Be Banned From Smartphones?

PA | Posted 28.06.2012 | UK

Parents will be asked whether internet pornography should be automatically banned on computers and smartphones, ministers have said. The internet p...

Open letter to Tim Loughton: Whole System Reform is Needed for Children's Services to Use Children's Homes Positively

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Children's homes providers are saying that children's services need to change so that they use children's homes positively.

Gay Marriage 'Not A Priority'

Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Lords reform and giving gay people the right to marry are not priorities for the government, defence secretary Philip Hammond has said. Speaking on...

Children Wait 20 Months 'On Average' To Move In With Adoptive Parents

PA | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK

Children in care in England are forced to wait an average of 20 months to move in with adoptive parents, according to new figures. Children's Minis...

Tougher New Rules To Speed Up Adoption

Posted 27.02.2012 | UK

Local authorities will only be classed as "outstanding" for adoption if they place children within 12 months, under new plans to speed up the process....

Changes for Children in Care Are Heartening - But Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

There's a shortage of foster families across the UK - particularly for older children - which means that we desperately need to find nearly 9,000 new foster families over the next 12 months. And, on average, a child waits two years and seven months to be adopted.

A Legal Right To A Mum And Dad: Clarke Sets Out Law Change

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 06.02.2012 | UK Politics

Ken Clarke has published plans to boost the rights of separated and divorced the fathers to see their children, as part of changes to the family justi...

UKBA 'Sent Vulnerable Children Straight Back To France'

PA | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK Politics

A "gentleman's agreement" that allowed vulnerable children, including some who may have been trafficking victims, who entered the UK alone to be sent ...