Tory leadership election: First blood to May as two candidates out

Tory leadership election: First blood to May as two candidates out

Jul 6, 2016 Stephen Crabb quits race to be prime minister while Liam Fox is eliminated in first round of voting Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images IN: Home Secretary Theresa May “For reasons of security, protection against crime and terrorism, trade with Europe and access to markets around the world, it is in the national interest to remain a member of the European Union.” Page 1 of 2Tory leadership election: First blood to May as two candidates…

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Tories will use Counter-Extremism Bill to silence their opponents – campaigners

Tories will use Counter-Extremism Bill to silence their opponents – campaigners

Published time: 18 May, 2016 16:02 © Jack Taylor (AFP). Stringer / Reuters Officially announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, the Conservative government’s new Counter-Extremism Bill has been decried by campaigners as a repressive tool for curbing free speech and clamping down on opposition. The Counter-Extremism Bill would place restrictions on the employment of people with prior convictions for hate speech and other extremism-related offenses. The bill will also ban extremists from working with…

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Pensions tax raid would ‘actively discourage’ saving

Pensions tax raid would ‘actively discourage’ saving

The Institute for Fiscal studies suggests that some savers may be better off putting their money in an Isa or investing in a bigger home than investing in a pension. George Osborne, the Chancellor, is considering plans to cut tax relief on pensions for high earners Photo: PA Even a 100 year-old family business can still learn new tricks when it comes to delivering the goods Sponsored by VW Commercial Vehicles By Steven Swinford, Deputy Political…

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Murdo Fraser: Federal UK to solve ‘constitutional stalemate’

Murdo Fraser: Federal UK to solve ‘constitutional stalemate’

Murdo Fraser predicts devolved city regions will give rise to federalism. Picture: Phil Wilkinson SCOTT MACNAB 11:24 Tuesday 29 December 2015 One of Scotland’s leading Conservatives has said a “federal” system of government in the UK could provide a “lasting and stable” political framework after the upheaval of the referendum debate in recent years. Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser, who challenged Ruth Davidson for the party leadership four years ago, predicts that recent…

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UK floods: David Cameron defends flood investment

UK floods: David Cameron defends flood investment

Cameron on flood defences: ”Here in Yorkshire…we are planning to spend another £280m” David Cameron has defended the government’s spending on flood defences following widespread devastation across parts of northern England. The prime minister dismissed suggestions of a “north-south divide” in investment, saying more per head was spent on flood defences in the north. Parts of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester were flooded after several rivers burst their banks. The Environment Agency has called for…

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British Government attempts to bury bad news.

British Government attempts to bury bad news.

The bad news ministers tried to bury today Ministers dumped a deluge of written statements and reports as MPs left Westminster By Adam Bienkov Thursday, 17 December 2015 4:15 PM A particularly cynical government tradition has developed in recent years. On the last day of the parliamentary term, just as MPs head back to their constituencies, the government deliberately releases a deluge of inconvenient reports and statements, in the hope they will be buried from…

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Lord Heseltine: ‘Devolution of power will start new industrial revolution’

Lord Heseltine: ‘Devolution of power will start new industrial revolution’

Tory grandee Lord Heseltine says handing funding control to local authorities will allow regions to decide their own economic fates By Rebecca Burn-Callander, Enterprise Editor The devolution of power to cities outside London is “a reincarnation of the dynamics that made this country great in the first place,” Tory grandee Lord Heseltine has said, claiming that Britain is on the cusp of “revolution”. The former deputy Prime Minister told a dinner in London that the…

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Scotland Bill row deepens as Holyrood prepares to ask for even more powers

Scotland Bill row deepens as Holyrood prepares to ask for even more powers

Mike Settle / 00:49 Monday 23 November 2015 / Politics The constitutional struggle between Holyrood and Westminster is set to intensify after SNP sources revealed ministers are considering campaigning for new powers in a second Scotland Bill even before the current one has reached the Statute Book. The move raises the prospect of fresh political battles over the extent of devolution in the run up to the next General Election in 2020. One Nationalist insider…

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