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Ed Miliband Must Be More 'Pro-Business' To Win, Says Blairite Alan Milburn

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | 14 April 2014 | UK Politics
Ed Miliband has been urged by a senior Labour party figure to go "further and faster" to woo business in order to ensure Labour win the next election. Alan Milburn, a former health secretary under Tony Blair, said that Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls need to adopt...

George Osborne's Power To Raid Your Bank Account Questioned By Senior MPs

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | 14 April 2014 | UK Politics
George Osborne's new plan to let the taxman take money direct from people's bank accounts for unpaid taxes will be examined by MPs amid mounting fears of its impact on civil liberties. Tory MP Andrew Tyrie, chair of the influential Treasury select committee, told the Financial Times that...

David Cameron Holidays In Lanzarote With Samantha (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | 14 April 2014 | UK Politics
David Cameron is off for his Easter holiday, with his wife Samantha, to Lanzarote. The Prime Minister decided to pose for photos at a cafe in Teguise on the Spanish island, in a move to stop photographers trying to catch him again changing under a Mickey...

UK Should Get 'Back-Door EU Independence', Says Think-Tank

PA | Asa Bennett | 14 April 2014 | UK Politics
Britain should trigger a process that would give it back-door independence from the European Union and challenge Brussels to "do its worst", a report recommends. Amending laws that define the legal relationship with Brussels to enshrine the superiority of the Supreme Court would amount to a "unilateral declaration of independence"...

Nigel Evans Questions Accusers' Right To Anonymity After Sexual Offences Trial

Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | 14 April 2014 | UK
Former deputy speaker Nigel Evans has said the anonymity given to those who accused him of sexual offences meant they could "throw muck" without facing the same publicity as he did and has asked MPs to investigate his case. Mr Evans said he felt like he was "being...

Scottish Independence: SNP Plan To Scrap Trident 'Unacceptable For Nato' Warn Ex-Military Chiefs

PA | Ned Simons | 14 April 2014 | UK Politics
The SNP's plan to scrap Trident would cast a "dark shadow" over the international reception given to a newly independent Scottish nation, according to a dozen high-ranking defence veterans. Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, former first sea lord and chief of naval staff, has sent a letter to First Minister Alex...

Nigel Evans Says George Osborne Was 'A Winner' In His Trial Because He Gets VAT On His Fees

Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | 14 April 2014 | UK
Nigel Evans has described chancellor George Osborne as "a winner" from his sexual offences trial because he gets to keep the VAT the former deputy speaker had to pay on his legal fees. The coalition government has cut legal aid, reducing how much of their fees...

Most People Think Politicians Are All Liars

PA | Ned Simons | 14 April 2014 | UK Politics
Trust in town halls is almost twice as high as in Parliament but most voters believe politicians at all levels in England are liars, research has found. Westminster's reputation is in the doldrums after years of expenses scandals and sleaze claims and only 36% of adults have faith in the...

Nigel Evans Says CPS Should Pick Up £130,000 Legal Bill That Cost Him His Life Savings

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | 13 April 2014 | UK
Conservative MP Nigel Evans has demanded the Crown Prosecution Service repay his £130,000 legal expenses after he was cleared of a string of sex offences. Mr Evans, who was found not guilty of rape and sexual assault at a court on Thursday, said the case had cost him...

Ukip Receive Post-Debate Bounce, New Poll Finds

Press Association | Jack Sommers | 12 April 2014 | UK
Support for Ukip has increased to 20% after Nigel Farage's head-to-head debates with Nick Clegg over the EU, while the Conservatives have scored their lowest rating so far this year, a new poll has found. Mr Farage's party secured its highest rating in a ComRes poll while the Liberal Democrats...

SNP Leader Alex Salmond Says No Campaign Is 'Most Miserable, Depressing, Boring' In Modern History

Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | 13 April 2014 | UK
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has described the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK as "the most miserable, negative, depressing and thoroughly boring campaign in modern political history". Addressing the Scottish National Party's final party conference before the country's independence referendum in September, Mr Salmond said the momentum was...

Parliament's Watchdog Investigates Claims That Conservative Party Conference Sex Party Was 'Funded By Expenses'

Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | 12 April 2014 | UK
Parliament's expenses watchdog is to investigate claims a hotel suite used for a gay-sex party during a Conservative Party Conference was indirectly funded by MPs' expenses. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said it was “deeply worried” by allegations that public money was used to pay for a suite of...

Doreen Lawrence 'Could Be Labour's Candidate For London Mayor in 2016'

Press Association | Jack Sommers | 12 April 2014 | UK
Justice campaigner Doreen Lawrence is being tipped as Labour's candidate to fight the London mayoral elections. The party is said to be in early talks about formally approaching the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence to stand in the 2016 vote. Labour insiders believe the "influential and dynamic" peer would...

Cheltenham's Former Mayor, Barbara Driver, Refuses To Resign Over 'Repulsive' Rape Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | 12 April 2014 | UK
A former mayor and current Tory councillor has refused to resign, despite causing outrage with her "repulsive" comments about rape. Cheltenham Borough Councillor Barbara Driver equated the "inevitability" of the building of new houses with rape. “There is a saying and I am going to say...

Ed Miliband Says He Wants To Be 'First Jewish Prime Minister', Forgetting Benjamin Disraeli

Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | 13 April 2014 | UK
Ed Miliband has been criticised for claiming he wants to be Britain's "First Jewish Prime Minister", when that title already belongs to Benjamin Disraeli. Miliband, whose father came to Britain fleeing the Nazis and whose mother survived the Holocaust, made the comment during his visit to Israel. People...

Tony Blair's Son, Euan, Reportedly In Line For 'Safe' Labour Seat For Next General Election

Charlotte Meredith | 12 April 2014 | UK
Euan Blair, the son of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, is allegedly targeting one of Labour's safest seats for the next general election. The 29-year-old is believed to be eyeing up Bootle, Merseyside – the constituency of veteran MP Joe Benton. Bootle’s 81-year-old Benton has represented the Merseyside constituency for...

Cyril Smith Sex Abuse Scandal: New Claims Linked To Late Liberal Democrat's School In Rochdale

Charlotte Meredith | 12 April 2014 | UK Politics
Seven people have alleged they were sexually and physically abused at a residential school linked to the late Sir Cyril Smith. The allegations from the 1970s onwards relate to Knowl View School in Rochdale, where the Liberal Democrat MP served as chairman of governors. In November 2012, Greater Manchester Police...

Nigel Farage Appears On Have I got News For You, Is Promptly Torn To Shreds

Charlotte Meredith | 12 April 2014 | UK
Nigel Farage appeared on Have I Got News For You Friday Night, and, rather predictably, the panel were quick to tear into the Ukip leader. Farage featured on Paul Merton’s team for the episode of the much-loved show, hosted by actor and comedian Stephen Mangan. His fellow guests didn't just...

The Liberal Democrats Are 'Pointless', Says Their Own MP Jeremy Browne

Charlotte Meredith | 12 April 2014 | UK Politics
The Liberal Democrats have become pointless, one of the party’s most senior MPs has claimed. In a fresh attack on the direction the Lib Dems are being taken in, former minister Jeremy Browne said there was a lot of "conservatism" in the party and raised concerns that it "protects the...

Actors' Union Equity Slams Culture Secretary Sajid Javid Over Ticket Touts

Asa Bennett | 14 April 2014 | UK Politics
Culture secretary Sajid Javid is facing a growing backlash among arts groups as actors' trade union Equity criticised him for praising ticket touts as "classic entrepreneurs" who should be able to charge however much they want. Equity's assistant general secretary Martin Brown told HuffPostUK: “Ticket touts are modern-day...
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