Hugo Swire

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Party split as MPs disappointed by 'unfair' scheme.
A row is brewing among Tory MPs over a new funding formula for schools, with some slamming it as “unfair” and “random”. A
Without action, Phil will continue to rot in his cell in one of the world's most infamous jails, while his baby daughter and fiancé go without his support. Without action, his family face another Christmas without him.
This year marks seventy years since the end of the Second World War. While the number of people that can remember the devastation first-hand diminishes each year, this country's gratitude endures for the sacrifices made by the American people for peace in Europe and for the bold and enlightened Marshall Plan, which rebuilt our decimated economies.
Since reforms began the situation of the Rohingya has deteriorated significantly. They have been subjected to two large-scale violent attacks. Human Rights Watch has gathered evidence of human rights violations which could constitute crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
Conservative Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire considered resigning from the government over Britain's position on the conflict
It's a scenario used in endless Hollywood romantic comedies, and many of us will have had a friend in the same situation. Girl meets boy, or boy meets girl, falls hopelessly in love‎, but the friends say he/she isn't what they pretend to be, and don't approve.
This government has made no secret of its strong support for the Commonwealth. But no institution today can be complacent. People rightly want to know why institutions exist and what they achieve. The European Union is familiar with this sort of scrutiny - and in recent times, the UK and others across Europe have been asking how it can become more competitive, more flexible and more democratically accountable. The Commonwealth's challenge is very different. It has to explain to all of us how it can be relevant to us in a 21st century world, a world of competing bodies and organisations covering every area of international activity.
The Commons, for the second time in a year, returned last week to debating the Kurdistan Region and, specifically, British relations with it. This is very unusual given that Kurdistan is a faraway place of which most British people are unaware. Such debates can change that.
Over the last three years, tentative but welcome reforms have begun in Burma... But much as we welcome this progress, there is still a huge amount to be done if we are to maintain the momentum towards democracy and to tackle the continuing human rights concerns.
After almost half a century of repression, the last two years have seen Burma make rapid progress towards the goal of becoming a freer and more democratic nation. But there is still much to do.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard attended a memorial for those killed in the bombings in Indonesia Foreign Office