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  • Labour 'crying out for leadership' says Andy Burnham after welfare  …
    Labour 'crying out for leadership' says Andy Burnham after welfare  … Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Labour is "crying out for leadership" after making a "mess" of its approach in Parliament to the Government's welfare reforms, leadership candidate Andy Burnham has said. More »

  • Labour Party revolts against leader over government welfare cuts
    Labour Party revolts against leader over government welfare cuts Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The Labour Party suffered an embarrassing split on Monday when about a fifth of its MPs defied its interim leader's call not to oppose government plans to cut welfare payments. In his first post-election budget this month, Chancellor George Osborne set out 12 billion pounds of welfare savings aimed at helping rebalance the public finances, including sharply restricting access to an expensive tax credits system which tops up the earnings of workers on low incomes. Labour, which in May suffered its worst election defeat since 1987, is in the midst of a soul searching debate about its future direction as it grapples with the reasons for its loss and seeks a new leader. More »

  • UK's Labour Party revolts against leader over government welfare cuts Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Britain's opposition Labour Party suffered an embarrassing split on Monday when about a fifth of its lawmakers defied its interim leader's call not to oppose government plans to cut welfare payments. In his first post-election budget this month, finance minister George Osborne set out 12 billion pounds ($18.7 billion) of welfare savings aimed at helping rebalance the public finances, including sharply restricting access to an expensive tax credits system which tops up the earnings of workers on low incomes. Labour, which in May suffered its worst election defeat since 1987, is in the midst of a soul searching debate about its future direction as it grapples with the reasons for its loss and seeks a new leader. More »

  • Labour Rebels Defy Leadership On Welfare
    Labour Rebels Defy Leadership On Welfare Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A fifth of Labour MPs defied the party leadership by voting against the Government's welfare changes. Some 48 of the party's 232 MPs refused to abstain despite being ordered to do so by interim leader Harriet Harman. One of those was leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn, though rivals Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper eventually fell into line. More »

  • Labour MPs rebel over welfare bill
    Labour MPs rebel over welfare bill Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Almost 50 Labour lawmakers defied the party leadership to vote against the Conservative government's reforms to welfare, which passed the first hurdles in parliament on Monday. More »

  • 48 Labour rebels defy party leadership in welfare reforms vote
    48 Labour rebels defy party leadership in welfare reforms vote Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Forty-eight Labour rebels have defied the party leadership to vote against the Government's welfare reforms. More »

  • Leadership candidate Liz Kendall warns Labour must abandon focus on regulat …
    Leadership candidate Liz Kendall warns Labour must abandon focus on regulat … Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Liz Kendall has warned that Labour must move away from interfering in people's lives if it is to win back power. More »

  • Osborne Urges Labour MPs To Back Welfare Cuts
    Osborne Urges Labour MPs To Back Welfare Cuts Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    George Osborne has urged "progressive" Labour MPs to vote in favour of his welfare cuts, saying a majority of the party's voters thinks the UK pays too much in benefits. Ahead of a vote tonight on the measures unveiled in the Budget , the Chancellor said the party had to stop blaming voters for its election defeat and realise the public supported welfare changes. And he accused the interim leader Harriet Harman of bowing to pressure from the unions and changing her position on supporting Mr Osborne's stringent measures. More »

  • Jeremy Corbyn 'not envisaged' in Labour leadership candidates' shadow …
    Jeremy Corbyn 'not envisaged' in Labour leadership candidates' shadow … Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Labour leadership candidates have insisted they would not include Jeremy Corbyn in their shadow cabinets despite their rival's increasing support among party members. More »

  • Post-defeat Labour 'behaving like a petulant child' - Chuka Umunna
    Post-defeat Labour 'behaving like a petulant child' - Chuka Umunna Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Chuka Umunna has accused Labour of "behaving like a petulant child" following his party's election defeat amid a row among his colleagues over the Government's proposed welfare cuts. More »

  • Harman accepts Labour MPs' demands over Tory welfare cuts
    Harman accepts Labour MPs' demands over Tory welfare cuts Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Harriet Harman has accepted Labour MPs' demands to be able to register a vote against elements of the Government's welfare squeeze in a bid to quell a mounting revolt over her support for a tax credit curb. More »

  • Political Times: Lib Dem leader announced, Boris Johnson hosed down and the …
    Political Times: Lib Dem leader announced, Boris Johnson hosed down and the … Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The race to become the next Liberal Democrat leader will come to an end sometime this afternoon (16 July) when one of the candidates (there are only two) secures victory. The contest between former party president Tim Farron and former health minister Norman Lamb has been relatively thrill-free. Lamb has stressed his drug legalisation credentials, bashing the government's plan to ban legal highs and saying he would make cannabis legal. More »

  • EU Commission proposes €7bn loan to Greece for July
    EU Commission proposes €7bn loan to Greece for July Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    The European Commission proposed to give Greece a €7bn (£4.92, $7.7bn) bridge loan to cover the country's financing needs in July using the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM). The Commission believes the EFSM is the best means to provide short-term financing for Greece, Commission vice president for the euro Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters in Brussels. It has outstanding payments and arrears to the ECB (European Central Bank) and IMF (International Monetary Fund) that need to be paid in the coming days. More »

  • Parties Clash Over Trade Union Bill At PMQs
    Parties Clash Over Trade Union Bill At PMQs Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    The Conservatives and Labour have clashed over plans for tougher trade union laws at Prime Minister's Questions. Harriet Harman accused David Cameron of trying to choke off one of Labour's main sources of funding with the Trade Union Bill, which would make it more difficult for unions to call a strike. The new laws would require all unions to ask every individual member whether they wish to pay the annual levy into the £25m political fund - much of which goes towards Labour Party campaigning. More »

  • Harman joins Cameron at Isil security briefing amid Syria strikes speculati …
    Harman joins Cameron at Isil security briefing amid Syria strikes speculati … Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Labour's interim leader Harriet Harman joined David Cameron and other senior ministers for a briefing from security chiefs on the threat from the Islamist terror group Isil. More »

  • Labour Hopefuls Oppose Harman's Welfare Stance
    Labour Hopefuls Oppose Harman's Welfare Stance Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Three Labour leadership hopefuls say they will oppose Harriet Harman's plan to support the Government's proposals to cut child tax credits. Ms Harman, the party's acting leader, faces a bruising meeting with MPs later after endorsing key parts of the Welfare Bill. She says her party should accept George Osborne's plans for a household benefits cap of £23,000 a year in London and £20,000 outside it. More »

  • Harman warns Labour over welfare
    Harman warns Labour over welfare Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Harriet Harman has warned Labour it cannot afford to "campaign against the public" amid deep divisions over her decision not to oppose moves to limit support through tax credits and universal credits to two children. More »

  • Cameron to focus defence spending more on militant risk
    Cameron to focus defence spending more on militant risk Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Britain should spend more of its defence budget on spy planes, drones and special forces to counter militants and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron will say on Monday. "I have tasked the Defence and Security chiefs to look specifically at how we do more to counter the threat posed by IS and Islamist extremism," Cameron will say, according to excerpts from his speech. "This could include more spy planes, drones and special forces. More »

  • Budget move exposes Labour division
    Budget move exposes Labour division Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Labour will accept some of the Chancellor's radical welfare cuts, Harriet Harman said in an intervention which has exposed divisions within the party over how to respond to George Osborne's plans. More »

  • Labour contenders round on Corbyn
    Labour contenders round on Corbyn Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn would lead Labour to "oblivion", an ally of leadership rival Liz Kendall warned as the contest became increasingly bitter. More »

  • Harman invited to security briefing
    Harman invited to security briefing Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    David Cameron has taken the rare step of inviting acting Labour leader Harriet Harman to attend a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) to consider the threat posed by Islamic State (IS) jihadis. More »

  • The Budget: 13m Families To Lose Average Of £260
    The Budget: 13m Families To Lose Average Of £260 Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    As many as 13 million families will lose an average of £260 each as a result of changes outlined in George Osborne's Budget on Wednesday, the IFS says. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that three million families will also lose an average of £1,000 each as a result of changes to the benefits system. Paul Johnson, the IFS's director, said: "The biggest single cut to welfare spending is set to come from extending the freeze in working age benefits, tax credits and local housing allowance out to 2020. More »

  • The Budget: Living Wage 'Could Cost 60,000 Jobs'
    The Budget: Living Wage 'Could Cost 60,000 Jobs' Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The Chancellor's Budget and the impact of his living wage pledge will come under scrutiny from independent experts and MPs today. George Osborne said the £7.20-an-hour wage, unveiled yesterday as part of a "plan for working people" , would take effect in April for workers over 25. "Britain deserves a pay rise," Mr Osborne told MPs during Wednesday's big speech in the Commons. More »

  • Osborne cuts welfare, boosts minimum pay in post-election budget
    Osborne cuts welfare, boosts minimum pay in post-election budget Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    By William Schomberg and David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne said he would reshape the world's fifth-largest economy by chopping welfare but also announced a new national minimum wage in a budget that reflects an unexpectedly decisive election victory. In the first solely Conservative budget for nearly 20 years, Osborne, a leading contender to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron, pointed on Wednesday to the turmoil in Greece as he renewed his push to fix Britain's public finances. More »

  • Britain takes axe to spending in new austerity drive
    Britain takes axe to spending in new austerity drive Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced a £12 billion cut in welfare spending during the first all-Conservative budget for 20 years More »

  • Pay Rise For UK With 'National Living Wage'
    Pay Rise For UK With 'National Living Wage' Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Millions of the country's poorest paid people will see their wages increase after George Osborne announced a new £9-an-hour National Living Wage. Declaring "Britain deserves a pay rise", the Chancellor said over-25s would benefit from the compulsory increase by 2020. Mr Osborne said it would mean a direct pay rise for two and a half million people and that those currently on the minimum wage would see a £5,000 wage increase by the end of the decade. More »

  • Osborne puts pay at heart of Budget
    Osborne puts pay at heart of Budget Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    George Osborne used the first Tory-only Budget for nearly 20 years to introduce a compulsory "living wage", dramatically declaring that "Britain deserves a pay rise". More »

  • UK's Osborne steals Labour's thunder with "non-dom" tax move Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Britain will scrap special tax breaks for long-term residents who claim "non-domicile" status in a surprise incursion by the ruling Conservatives into political territory previously occupied by their Labour opponents. "It is not fair that people who are born in the UK to parents who are domiciled here, can later in life claim to be non-doms and live here," George Osborne, the finance minister, said in a speech presenting a post-election government budget. "It is not fair that non-doms with residential property here in the UK can put it in an offshore company and avoid inheritance tax," he told parliament. More »

  • UK's Osborne cuts welfare, boosts minimum pay in post-election budget Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    British finance minister George Osborne said he would reshape the world's fifth-largest economy by chopping welfare but also announced a new national minimum wage in a budget that reflects an unexpectedly decisive election victory. In the first solely Conservative budget for nearly 20 years, Osborne, a leading contender to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron, pointed on Wednesday to the turmoil in Greece as he renewed his push to fix Britain's public finances. More »

  • William Keegan: George Osborne's Victorian budget is an assault on the  …
    William Keegan: George Osborne's Victorian budget is an assault on the  … Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    George Osborne delivered a true Tory budget including benefits cuts that are "Victorian" and "assault the poor," according to IBTimes UK economics commentator William Keegan. More controversially, he also announced families will no longer be able to claim child tax credits for more than two children after April 2017, a policy acting leader of the opposition Harriet Harman called "social engineering". Keegan, who has been providing immediate analysis of the budget announcement, described the move as "Victorian" and "unpleasant". More »

  • Pay Rise For UK With New Minimum Wage
    Pay Rise For UK With New Minimum Wage Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The Chancellor said the move would mean a direct pay rise for two and a half million people and that those currently on the minimum wage would see a £5,000 wage increase by 2020. To help small firms meet the cost of a new minimum wage, Mr Osborne said he would cut their national insurance contributions. Delivering his first all-Conservative Budget in 20 years, Mr Osborne said his "plan for working people" would see the minimum wage rise to £7.20 in April and increase to a new "compulsory living wage" of £9 by 2020. More »

  • Pay Rise For UK With Compulsory Living Wage
    Pay Rise For UK With Compulsory Living Wage Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The Chancellor said the move would mean a direct pay rise for two and a half million people and that those currently on the minimum wage would see a £5,000 wage increase by 2020. To help small firms meet the cost of a new minimum wage, Mr Osborne said he would cut their national insurance contributions. Delivering his first all-Conservative Budget in 20 years, Mr Osborne said his "plan for working people" would see the minimum wage rise to £7.20 in April and increase to £9 by 2020. More »

  • Kids charity boss stands down
    Kids charity boss stands down Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The high-profile founder of a leading children's charity is standing down as its chief executive after concerns about its management cast doubt on vital taxpayer funding. More »

  • Political Times: Heathrow row takes off, driving instructors caught out and …
    Political Times: Heathrow row takes off, driving instructors caught out and … Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    This week, the Airports Commission published its final report into London's airport capacity issue. The independent group, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, backed a plan to build a third runway at Heathrow. The issue is a touchy for David Cameron, as London's mayor, Boris Johnson, opposes the move. More »

  • Minister call to end housing crisis
    Minister call to end housing crisis Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Ending the housing crisis is the "defining test" of the present generation of politicians, Communities Secretary Greg Clark will tell town hall chiefs. More »