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  • Govt NHS Reforms 'Wasted' Billions Of Pounds
    Govt NHS Reforms 'Wasted' Billions Of Pounds Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The Government has wasted billions of pounds on "damaging" NHS reforms which could have been spent on patient care, a leading think tank has claimed. According to The King's Fund, "misguided" organisational changes introduced by the coalition have left the health service facing heightened financial pressure. It focuses on the controversial reforms led by former health secretary Andrew Lansley in the early period of the coalition. "Historians will not be kind in their assessment of the coalition government's record on NHS reform," The King's Fund chief executive Chris Ham said. More »

  • 'Billions wasted' on NHS reforms
    'Billions wasted' on NHS reforms Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Billions of pounds that could have been spent on patient care were squandered on "damaging and distracting" health reforms, an influential think tank has claimed. More »

  • German Fund Aurelius Buys PIP Implants Firm
    German Fund Aurelius Buys PIP Implants Firm Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A secretive German investment fund has snapped up the cosmetic surgery provider at the centre of a controversy over PIP breast implants involving thousands of British women. More »

  • PIP Implants Firm Transform In Takeover Talks
    PIP Implants Firm Transform In Takeover Talks Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    One of the cosmetic surgery providers at the centre of the controversy surrounding PIP breast implants is in advanced talks about a sale to a German investment fund. More »

  • Britain ends Libyan army training after sex assaults
    Britain ends Libyan army training after sex assaults Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Britain's defence ministry said Tuesday it was cutting short a training programme for Libyan troops after reported sexual assaults allegedly involving five of the servicemen. More »

  • Libyan Soldiers Sent Home After UK Sex Attacks
    Libyan Soldiers Sent Home After UK Sex Attacks Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Libyan soldiers training in the UK are being sent home early following a series of sexual assault allegations. More »

  • UK to end training of Libyan troops early after sex attacks
    UK to end training of Libyan troops early after sex attacks Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    The first wave of Libyan army cadets being trained in Britain will be sent home early, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday, after five were charged over a series of sex attacks on local residents. Two cadets have been charged with raping a man in Cambridge on Oct. 26, Cambridgeshire Police said. Three more were charged with sexual assaults on women in Cambridge the same day, police said. Cambridgeshire Police said it had also received nine reports of sexual assaults on Oct. 17 Britain played a key role in the Libyan revolution that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, mounting an air campaign against Gaddafi's forces. More »

  • Tory Regret Over NHS 'Gobbledygook' Reforms Smack of Pre-Election S …
    Tory Regret Over NHS 'Gobbledygook' Reforms Smack of Pre-Election S … Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Only the most cynical would raise an eyebrow over the timing of revelations that the government believes NHS re-organisation was its biggest mistake, wouldn't they? More »

  • Tories Admit NHS Reforms Were 'Huge Error' Which David Cameron Didn't …
    Tories Admit NHS Reforms Were 'Huge Error' Which David Cameron Didn't … Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Senior Tory officials have admitted the NHS reforms were a "huge strategic error" which David Cameron couldn't even understand when they were proposed. More »

  • William Hague Steps Down As Foreign Secretary Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    William Hague is stepping down as Foreign Secretary as David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle gets under way. Mr Hague will become Leader of the House of Commons before he stands down as the MP for Richmond, Yorkshire at the next General Election in 2015. Mr Hague, will also be the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. Reflecting on his political career Mr Hague said: "By the time of the General Election next year, I will have served 26 years in the House of Commons and it will be 20 years since I first joined the Cabinet. More »

  • Clarke Among Top Tories Leaving Government
    Clarke Among Top Tories Leaving Government Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Ken Clarke is retiring from Government and other high-profile Tory MPs have emerged as casualties of David Cameron's reshuffle. Mr Clarke, 74, is stepping down as minister without portfolio, bringing to an end a front bench career stretching back to 1972 . Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice Damian Green has been sacked in a "shock" move and Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC has also left the government, Sky sources say. Transport Minister Stephen Hammond, Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd and Welsh Secretary David Jones are also out. More »

  • Cameron to Solve 'Women Problem' in Major Cabinet Reshuffle Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    The famous picture of David Cameron at the despatch box with ranks of male MPs lined up behind him said it all; At least all the feverish speculation in Westminster is that he is about to deal with it, in a major cabinet reshuffle that will seek to cast his top team for the general election while presenting a more Mumsnet-friendly face to voters. So female junior ministers and backbenchers will be on the edge of their seats in anticipation of advancement, with the names Esther McVey, Liz Truss, Nicky Morgan, Amber Rudd, Priti Patel and Penny Mordaunt all doing the rounds. So veterans like chief whip Sir George Young, Ken Clarke and Andrew Lansley are probably on the way out. More »

  • Cameron's Juncker Snub 'Offended Luxembourg'
    Cameron's Juncker Snub 'Offended Luxembourg' Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    David Cameron has been accused of offending the whole of Luxembourg by saying he did not want Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission. Viviane Reding, an MEP for Luxembourg and European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, attacked the British Prime Minister on Sky News for not being a team player. Mr Cameron publicly opposed Mr Juncker's appointment to the post but failed to win the support of his fellow leaders of state, suffering a 26-2 defeat when he forced a vote on the matter. More »

  • Reshuffle: New Guard Set For Cabinet Roles
    Reshuffle: New Guard Set For Cabinet Roles Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    David Cameron is this week expected to deliver the biggest changes to his Cabinet since the beginning of the coalition, with women and a younger generation of MPs expected to benefit. When it comes to reshuffles, there is one simple rule: the only person who knows all the details is the Prime Minister (and even he can't be certain - remember last time, when Iain Duncan Smith refused to agree to David Cameron's wishes?). David Cameron is notoriously reluctant to shuffle his pack - he knows the danger of having disgruntled ex-ministers on the backbenches - but time is running out if he wants to refresh his team ahead of the General Election. Next week, EU leaders will meet to dole out the top jobs in the European Commission and Mr Cameron needs to work out who he wants to nominate. More »

  • UK Hacking Scandal: Cameron Under Fire From Labour Over Coulson Security Ve … Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Labour has stepped up the pressure on prime minister David Cameron to explain why convicted hacker Andy Coulson was not subjected to top-level vetting before he was appointed as his chief spin doctor. Shadow ministers have also called on him to make a full Commons statement to answer remaining questions over the affair including whether any civil servant had warned him or his office against the appointment, a question Cameron has so far ducked. The latest moves came in the Commons when a Labour backbencher who specialises in security issues, Steve McCabe, demanded to know why Coulson had not been subjected to the usual vetting procedures. Commons leader Andrew Lansley avoided the substantive point, pointing out Coulson had been vetted, but had not been put through the higher level "developed vetting" system which many such staff in Downing Street have traditionally been subjected to. More »

  • Government 'Has Lost Control Of The NHS'
    Government 'Has Lost Control Of The NHS' Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    Jane Ellison was taped telling a private meeting of the Tory Reform Group that providing political direction to the health service "is a bit like being on a high-wire without a (safety) net". She said reforms driven through by former health secretary Andrew Lansley, which gave doctors operational control for the day-to-day running of services, meant the Government "pretty much gave away control of the NHS". Jamie Reed, the shadow health minister, told the Observer newspaper that patients in "full-to-bursting A&E departments" would not find the reforms as thrilling as Ms Ellison appeared to. The changes pushed through by Mr Lansley handed GPs control over 80% of the £100bn-a-year NHS budget, with doctors split into groups to commission services, including from private companies. More »

  • Angela Merkel Rebukes David Cameron Over Demands to Block New EU Commission … Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    David Cameron has been dealt a thinly-veiled rebuke by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for issuing "threats" and making too many public statements in his campaign to stop arch-federalist Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next EU Commission president. The prime minister's hand was strengthened ahead of a mini-EU summit in Sweden when he won backing from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats in his bid to block the appointment of former Luxembourg premier, which he has described as a "stitch up". But as the contest for the new president moved up a gear amid suggestions Merkel, the key player, may be willing to accept a compromise candidate, the two leaders once again clashed over the campaign. The German chancellor said the process, which sees national leaders agreeing a candidate whose name is then put before the European parliament for ratification, should be respected. More »

  • EU Presidential Candidate Juncker Hits Back at Cameron as Brussels Looks to …
    EU Presidential Candidate Juncker Hits Back at Cameron as Brussels Looks to … Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    The man David Cameron is determined to stop from becoming next president of the European Commission, Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker, has delivered a stinging attack on the prime minister suggesting a legacy of resentment towards the UK may be the lasting result of the battle. In a bitter sideswipe at Cameron, Juncker told a meeting in Brussels he would "not be forced to get on my knees before the British" and attacked the UK media for seeking to dig up "dirt" on him. His angry comments, in a closed meeting of the European parliament's dominant EPP grouping of centre-right parties, were leaked to the Guardian newspaper and came after Cameron toughened his stand against his candidacy suggesting Britain could "drift towards the EU exit" if it went ahead. And, as EU leaders started considering the possibility of a compromise woman candidate, the name of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock's daughter-in-law, Danish premier Helle Thorning-Schmidt, was being mentioned in Brussels. More »

  • Man tipped to be UK's next EU commissioner says he's Eurosceptic
    Man tipped to be UK's next EU commissioner says he's Eurosceptic Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    The Conservative politician tipped to become Britain's next European Commissioner on Thursday burnished his Eurosceptic credentials amid concern among some in his party he isn't tough enough for the job. Andrew Lansley, the leader of Britain's lower house of parliament and a Conservative member of Prime Minister David Cameron's cabinet, said he wanted the EU job and that he had a record of being Eurosceptic. Cameron has promised to try to renegotiate Britain's EU relationship if re-elected next year before offering Britons an in/out EU membership referendum in 2017. He has said he wants to keep Britain in a reformed EU. More »

  • UK's next EU commissioner to be Andrew Lansley - report
    UK's next EU commissioner to be Andrew Lansley - report Sun, May 25, 2014

    Prime Minister David Cameron will appoint a Conservative member of his cabinet seen as a moderate Eurosceptic to be the country's next European Commissioner, a report said on Sunday. Andrew Lansley, the leader of the House of Commons, will become the country's next representative in the European Union executive, The Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing a senior government source and a ministerial aide. Lansley, 57, a former health minister whose current job entails arranging government business in the House of Commons, is seen as a compromise candidate who would be acceptable to Cameron's junior coalition partner, the Lib Dems. Nick Clegg, the leader of the Lib Dems, has said he would veto the appointment of anyone he views as too Eurosceptic. More »

  • Iain Duncan Smith continues to hide reports showing failure of universal cr …
    Iain Duncan Smith continues to hide reports showing failure of universal cr … Wed, May 21, 2014

    DWP claims publication of reports would have a "chilling effect" More »

  • Halal row prompts calls for clearer meat labelling
    Halal row prompts calls for clearer meat labelling Thu, May 8, 2014

    Religious leaders in Britain on Thursday called for all meat to be labelled with details of how it was slaughtered after it emerged halal and kosher meat in supermarkets is often not marked as such. More »

  • Westminster Times: Maria Miller, Reshuffles and Tarzan
    Westminster Times: Maria Miller, Reshuffles and Tarzan Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    So at least David Cameron has kept up with tradition. To be fair, he wasn't planning the mini reshuffle which was prompted by Maria Miller's eventual sacking (sorry, that should be resignation). He managed it by splitting Miller's old job as minister for women and equalities between two new ministers, one of them a man, and downgrading part of it from a full cabinet to "attends cabinet" (to make the tea perhaps?). New culture secretary, the tipped-for-the-top Sajid Javid, was given the equalities brief while Nicky Morgan was handed the women's role. More »

  • Team Miller blames expenses uproar on press 'witch-hunt'
    Team Miller blames expenses uproar on press 'witch-hunt' Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Maria Miller is being pursued by the press because of her role in implementing press regulation and support of equal marriage, her parliamentary aide has claimed. More »

  • Cigarettes To Be Stripped Of Branding
    Cigarettes To Be Stripped Of Branding Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Jane Ellison, the public health minister, told MPs that she would proceed with plans for plain packaging amid heckles from Conservative backbenchers, who shouted "shame" after about turns by the Government on the issue. She said Sir Cyril Chantler's report, published on Thursday, had convinced her that the move could reduce the number of young people taking up smoking. The minister called it a "tragedy" and pointed to Sir Cyril's conclusion that even a 2% drop in the rate would mean 4,000 fewer children taking up smoking each year. Andrew Lansley said he was already convinced of the benefits of standardised packs in 2012 - when as health secretary he launched a consultation. More »

  • Health Secretary Hunt Picks a Fight With Nurses Over Pay
    Health Secretary Hunt Picks a Fight With Nurses Over Pay Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is giving the impression he is seeking a full-on confrontation with health workers after blocking a recommended 1% pay rise for 600,000 nurses and other staff. His decision to overrule the independent pay review body has come in the same week he pushed a new law through parliament giving himself the power to close down hospitals with no local consultation. Rachel Maskell, of Unite the union which represents 100,000 NHS workers, told the BBC that the pay offer was "the straw that breaks the camel's back - a step too far", coming after a two year freeze. But Hunt took the unusual step of ignoring the advice and insisted if he had followed it, 6,000 nurses would have been lost, and he pointed to the progression pay rises to show staff would be receiving increases anyway. More »

  • Clegg prepares for war over the EU
    Clegg prepares for war over the EU Thu, Feb 20, 2014

    Rumours of an upcoming Nick Clegg assault on eurosceptics are picking up pace this morning, as he attempts to wrestle back the political agenda ahead of European elections. More »

  • Luciana Berger MP: The next step in the struggle against tobacco Sun, Dec 1, 2013

    Shadow Public Health Minister Luciana Berger says after getting into a spin on standardised packaging, David Cameron should get behind Labour’s plans to protect future generations from the perils of smoking. More »

  • Luciana Berger: The next step in the struggle against tobacco Sun, Dec 1, 2013

    Shadow Public Health Minister Luciana Berger says after getting into a spin on standardised packaging, David Cameron should get behind Labour’s plans to protect future generations from the perils of smoking. More »

  • David Cameron should do the right thing and support standardised tobacco pa … Thu, Nov 7, 2013

    Shadow Health minister Luciana Berger calls on the Government to support standardised tobacco packaging and explains why it is a child protection issue. More »

  • Luciana Berger MP: Cameron should do the right thing and support standardised … Thu, Nov 7, 2013

    Shadow Health minister Luciana Berger calls on the Government to support standardised tobacco packaging and explains why it is a child protection issue. More »

  • Angela Eagle MP: Don't just delay the Lobbying Bill; scrap it Wed, Nov 6, 2013

    Shadow Commons Leader Angela Eagle examines the Government's decision to delay it's controversial Lobbying Bill, likening it to the "disgraceful mess" of the Health Bill. More »

  • Commons clerk breaks silence over abandoned reform
    Commons clerk breaks silence over abandoned reform Tue, Oct 8, 2013

    The Commons' leading civil servant has sent a clear signal he backs abortive plans to give more power to backbench MPs, in an unusual break from his usual silence on the issue. More »

  • Major U-turn expected on lobbying bill
    Major U-turn expected on lobbying bill Fri, Sep 6, 2013

    Ministers are to make substantial amendments to the government's lobbying bill, following claims that they are trying to silence charities. More »

  • Lobbying Bill Clears Commons Hurdle Amid Row
    Lobbying Bill Clears Commons Hurdle Amid Row Tue, Sep 3, 2013

    The Government's lobbying reforms have cleared their first parliamentary hurdle despite some Labour and Tory MPs fearing the proposals could gag charities from voicing their concerns. More »