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  • Major fire damages arts centre
    Major fire damages arts centre Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    A major fire tore through an arts centre - sending thick clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky. More »

  • PM: I Will Not Change My Mind On TV Debates
    PM: I Will Not Change My Mind On TV Debates Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    David Cameron has said he will not change his mind over his refusal to go head-to-head with Ed Miliband in a television debate. The Prime Minister has given broadcasters the ultimatum of a seven-way debate ahead of the start of the election campaign - or nothing. Mr Cameron claims the debates in 2010 got in the way of campaigning and so wants any debate to take place before 30 March, which would be before the release of the Conservatives' election manifesto. Speaking at a campaign event in west London, he said: "I am trying to break the log jam because I am proposing a television debate before the campaign gets under way. More »

  • Labour Plans 'Legal Framework' For TV Debates
    Labour Plans 'Legal Framework' For TV Debates Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    A future Labour government would take legal steps to ensure televised leaders' debates become permanent features in general election campaigns, the party has said. Labour leader Ed Miliband wants to put "fair and impartial leaders' debates" on a statutory footing in an effort to avoid them becoming subject to political wrangling, according to The Observer. Mr Miliband has previously accused David Cameron of "chickening out" , saying the Prime Minister is "running scared" by only agreeing to appear in one of three debates. Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman told Sky News' Murnaghan Programme there should be a legal framework underpinning the TV debates similar to that for pre-election broadcasts and election spending. More »

  • PM: I'm unblocking debate logjam
    PM: I'm unblocking debate logjam Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    David Cameron has denied putting obstacles in the way of televised leaders' debates ahead of the general election, after Labour accused him of "running scared" of a head-to-head showdown with Ed Miliband. More »

  • Thousands expected at Wow Festival
    Thousands expected at Wow Festival Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A festival celebrating the achievements of women and girls as well as highlighting the struggles they continue to face is expected to bring tens of thousands of people to the Southbank Centre in London this week. More »

  • Clarkson clashes with Labour MP Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    TOP GEAR host Jeremy Clarkson has traded online insults with shadow transport minister Michael Dugher, saying the motoring show is not made "for people who wear pink ties". The Labour MP started the row by describing Clarkson as "basically an idiot" who was "not remotely representative of motorists". Clarkson replied on Twitter, saying: “Labour's transport spokesman says he doesn't like Top Gear. We don't make it for people who wear pink ties." Mr Dugher said: "Obviously I wear red ties a lot. More »

  • Clarkson Twitter row with Labour MP
    Clarkson Twitter row with Labour MP Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has traded on-line insults with shadow transport minister Michael Dugher, saying the motoring show is not made "for people who wear pink ties". More »

  • Clarkson in Twitter row with Labour MP
    Clarkson in Twitter row with Labour MP Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    TOP GEAR host Jeremy Clarkson has traded on-line insults with shadow transport minister Michael Dugher, saying the motoring show is not made "for people who wear pink ties". Clarkson replied on Twitter, saying: " Labour's transport spokesman says he doesn't like Top Gear. We don't make it for people who wear pink ties." Mr Dugher said: "Obviously I wear red ties a lot. More »

  • Ambitious McVey aiming for No 10
    Ambitious McVey aiming for No 10 Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Employment minister Esther McVey has her sights set on Downing Street after revealing she would like to become prime minister. More »

  • Selfies 'my answer to abuse hell'
    Selfies 'my answer to abuse hell' Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Karen Danczuk has said her social network selfies are a defiant response to sexual abuse she suffered as a child. More »

  • Political Times: Labour's pink bus tour, HSBC tax fallout and Sturgeon on …
    Political Times: Labour's pink bus tour, HSBC tax fallout and Sturgeon on … Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Labour have been involved with another PR drama with a van – a pink one this time. Deputy leader Harriet Harman was going to kick off the party's campaign to attract more women voters with a trip in a vehicle. Harman defended the van, telling the Huffington Post: "Well it doesn't have big eyelashes on the front. Labour also claimed the tour is the first political campaign aimed specifically at women. More »

  • Labour Denies Pink Minibus Is 'Patronising'
    Labour Denies Pink Minibus Is 'Patronising' Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Using a bright pink minibus to encourage women to vote is not "patronising", Labour's deputy leader has insisted. Harriet Harman will head up the "woman-to-woman" campaign, which aims to visit more than 70 constituencies before the General Election. Ms Harman denied suggestions the campaign was "patronising" to women, and said the colour showed it was "different". "Getting Harriet Harman to drive around the country in a pink van to try and attract the female vote is as patronising as it gets. More »

  • Harman bus 'patronising', say women
    Harman bus 'patronising', say women Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman was lambasted by female shoppers as she presented a "silly and patronising" bright pink bus at a supermarket to encourage women to vote. More »

  • All aboard Labour's 'Barbie bus': The pink van 'woman to woman' …
    All aboard Labour's 'Barbie bus': The pink van 'woman to woman' … Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Misguided at best, Labour's 'Barbie bus' is the party's latest effort to win over female voters in marginal constituencies - but it is hardly going to woo the nine million women who failed to vote in the last general election. The "woman-to-woman" tour of 70 constituencies will focus on five crucial areas that Labour will push as key issues to women: childcare, social care, domestic violence, equal pay and political representation. Staunchly defended by Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, the bus will engage with women outside school gates, in shopping centres and, finally, in work places. Considering toddlers are pointing out gender bias in Toys R Us, it seems slightly ridiculous that after much deliberation over the colour of the minibus, Labour selected pink to persuade disillusioned female voters that politics is not just a "men-only" activity. More »

  • Labour criticised over pink bus for women voters
    Labour criticised over pink bus for women voters Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman fended off criticism that the choice of a bright pink bus to attract women voters was "patronising" on Tuesday. More »

  • Harriet Harman MP: DPP's stance on rape is in the interests of justice Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Labour's deputy leader says Sarah Vine is wrong to talk about rape in terms of men 'making a mistake'. More »

  • Harriet Harman: DPP's stance on rape is in the interests of justice Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Labour's deputy leader says Sarah Vine is wrong to talk about rape in terms of men 'making a mistake'. More »

  • The Sun’s head of PR apologises after Page 3 death threats
    The Sun’s head of PR apologises after Page 3 death threats Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Dylan, 30-something, The Sun. More »

  • Labour and Ukip in spat over sexism
    Labour and Ukip in spat over sexism Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Labour and Ukip's most senior female figures engaged in a spat over their parties' approach to women's rights - with Harriet Harman being branded a "harpie" for suggesting Ukip was "Neanderthal". More »

  • Cameron uses Obama compliment on economy to boost re-election bid
    Cameron uses Obama compliment on economy to boost re-election bid Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday used praise from U.S. President Barack Obama to rebuff criticism by his main political rival. Cameron's bid for re-election in Britain's May 7 election is premised on Britain having one of the world's fastest-growing advanced economies. More »

  • UK's Cameron uses Obama compliment on economy to boost re-election bid Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday used praise from U.S. President Barack Obama to rebuff criticism by his main political rival. Cameron's bid for re-election in Britain's May 7 election is premised on Britain having one of the world's fastest-growing advanced economies. Cameron twice fell back on Obama's comments to rebuff him. "They (Labour) can't talk about the economy because the IMF, the president of the United States all say the British economy is performing well," said Cameron. More »

  • The Sun Page Three Girls: A Turbulent History
    The Sun Page Three Girls: A Turbulent History Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    As the era of topless models on Page 3 of the Sun comes to an end, here are some key facts about the 44-year-old newspaper feature. More »

  • Labour target 'non-voting' women
    Labour target 'non-voting' women Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Labour will target millions of women who did not vote in 2010 in a bid to secure success in May's general election. More »

  • Security Threat Fear Over Mobile Blackspot Plan
    Security Threat Fear Over Mobile Blackspot Plan Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    New laws which would force mobile firms to improve coverage in signal blackspots could threaten national security, the Home Secretary has claimed. More »

  • Feminism Row: Harman Gets Shirty With Cameron
    Feminism Row: Harman Gets Shirty With Cameron Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Harriet Harman has found a novel way of criticising David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions - by donning a pro-feminist top he had refused to wear. More »

  • Anti-EU UKIP demands early 'Brexit' vote as poll shows support surg …
    Anti-EU UKIP demands early 'Brexit' vote as poll shows support surg … Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party said on Sunday it would use its growing success to try to secure an early referendum on leaving the European Union, after its support hit a record high of 25 percent in an opinion poll. The poll, published days after UKIP won its first elected seat in Britain's parliament at the expense of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party, suggested it could pick up more seats than previously thought in a national election in May. ... More »

  • Leadership doubts overshadow Labour party before 2015 vote
    Leadership doubts overshadow Labour party before 2015 vote Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn, William James and Kylie MacLellan MANCHESTER England (Reuters) - With his party ahead in opinion polls eight months before an election, opposition leader Ed Miliband could be Britain’s next prime minister. Yet his Labour party is in the odd position of trying to win power despite, not thanks to him. ... More »

  • Salmond: 'No' Voters 'Tricked' By Westminster
    Salmond: 'No' Voters 'Tricked' By Westminster Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has said No voters in the referendum were "tricked" by a late promise of more devolved powers for Scotland - and the "writing is on the wall for Westminster". More »

  • UK opposition weighs betting levy to fund grassroots sport Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Britain's opposition Labour Party is considering imposing a new levy on online betting and Premier League TV income to support measures to encourage more people to take part in sport, it said on Thursday. Boosting the number of Britons who play sport regularly was one of the aims of the 2012 London Olympics, but the results have been patchy two years on. "Our consultation looks at a number of ideas which aim to boost investment in community and grassroots sports by getting tough with the Premier League and betting companies," said Labour's Harriet Harman, who is shadow culture secretary. It also wants to ensure that more of the money raised by the 20-team Premier League flows down to fund the game at its lowest level of park soccer. More »

  • Westminster Times: Careless Words, Cam's High Five, What is a Majority? Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Careless words cost votes and deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman has just had that lesson dramatically reinforced after a radio interview which allowed the Tories to quote her saying middle income earners should pay more tax. David Cameron threw it at Ed Miliband twice during their final question time clash of the summer, partly to avoid answering a question about when he was planning to publish his tax returns as promised, but also to give Tory troops some ammunition to fire through the long break. The words in question were not at issue, and they clearly did catch out Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls, whose expression of disbelief and puzzlement was a picture. It even led to an instant Tory tweet with party chairman Grant Shapps stating: "Harriet Harman has let the cat out of the bag: Labour want to raise your taxes." More »

  • Zamir Telecom: MPs Demand UK Government Action Over Unlawful Bangladeshi Di … Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Political pressure is mounting on the UK government to use its influence to force the Bangladeshi government to reverse the unlawful disconnection from the south Asian country's network of a London-based telecommunications firm that is putting dozens of jobs at risk. Several influential MPs are now pushing the case of Zamir Telecom of Canary Wharf. It was cut off without warning by the state-owned Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) in March 2014 on the instruction of the country's controversial communications minister Abdul Latif Siddique. A subsequent legal wrangle saw several Bangladeshi judges order that Zamir Telecom be reconnected immediately because the BTCL was in contempt of a previous court order overturning a similar disconnection in 2010. More »

  • David Cameron and Nick Clegg Hit by Party Rebels Ahead of EU Election Resul …
    David Cameron and Nick Clegg Hit by Party Rebels Ahead of EU Election Resul … Sun, May 25, 2014

    The full extent of the mainstream political parties' jitters ahead of the European parliament election results has emerged, with demands for the resignation of Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Tory calls for David Cameron to adopt a far tougher Eurosceptic stance. The immediate aftermath of the local election results produced a remarkable degree of discipline within Tory and Lib Dem ranks, with little sign of panic in the face of Ukip's extraordinary rise. It was Labour MPs who indulged in what appeared to be pre-planned attacks on both Ed Miliband's style and substance. But after a poll by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft showing Labour well ahead in core marginal seats, and Ukip continuing to predict first place in the EU election, the discipline broke down and both Clegg and Cameron were battered by significant internal criticisms. More »

  • Jeremy Clarkson Divorce: Helping the Top Gear Star Find Love Again After Wife …
    Jeremy Clarkson Divorce: Helping the Top Gear Star Find Love Again After Wife … Tue, May 6, 2014

    Motor mouth Jeremy Clarkson is back in the dating game and looking for a new model after his wife Frances left him stranded on the kerb by filing for divorce. To help the Top Gear man walk away with dignity from the smoking wreckage of marriage number two, we have drawn up a theoretical dating profile for him. In fact Clarkson has been wasting no time if reports in the Press are correct, with him and a Top Gear researcher named Phillipa Sage reportedly enjoying intimate moments. More »

  • UKIP Now Party Of Protest, Says Nick Clegg
    UKIP Now Party Of Protest, Says Nick Clegg Tue, May 6, 2014

    Nick Clegg argues that the Liberal Democrats have become a serious party of government with UKIP replacing them as the nation's protest vote. The Deputy Prime Minister, launching his party's local election campaign, said they could now say to voters "don't support us simply to stick two fingers to the others". He said UKIP revelled in its status as "Britain's protest party", and accused it of "scaring everybody witless" and "indulging in dangerous fantasies". Mr Clegg insisted the Lib Dems are the only party that can fix Labour's mess, rein in the Tories and stand up to Nigel Farage's party. More »

  • Jeremy Clarkson Criticises BBC for Handling of Racism Row
    Jeremy Clarkson Criticises BBC for Handling of Racism Row Sat, May 3, 2014

    Jeremy Clarkson has criticised the BBC for its handling of a row over the alleged use of racist language during a recording of Top Gear. More »