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  • Johnson to lead 'in' campaign
    Johnson to lead 'in' campaign Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Former home secretary Alan Johnson will lead Labour's campaign to stay in the European Union. More »

  • Deadline for Britain's Labour leadership contenders
    Deadline for Britain's Labour leadership contenders Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Nominations for the leadership of Britain's main opposition Labour Party close on Monday, with up to four runners expected to battle it out over the coming months. More »

  • Six on Labour Party mayor shortlist
    Six on Labour Party mayor shortlist Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Six candidates will fight it out to be Labour's candidate in next year's London mayoral election, the party announced. More »

  • Mary Creagh Quits Labour Leadership Race
    Mary Creagh Quits Labour Leadership Race Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Mary Creagh has pulled out of the race to become the next Labour leader. The shadow international development secretary took the decision to stand aside after it became clear she was not going to reach the required 35 MP nominations to go through to the next round. Labour had lost trust on the economy, according to Ms Creagh, and she also called for her party to campaign to stay in the EU. More »

  • Political Times: EU climbdown, Norman Lamb speaks and David Miliband weighs …
    Political Times: EU climbdown, Norman Lamb speaks and David Miliband weighs … Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    This week David Cameron made what seemed to be an embarrassing climbdown on his "back or sack" ultimatum to his Eurosceptic ministers. In fact, Cameron was apparently referring to ministers' duty to maintain collective responsibility as the negotiations between Westminster and Brussels continue. The saga adds to the tension around the EU referendum within the party as a number of Eurosceptic Tories have set up their own pressure group, Conservatives for Britain. More »

  • PM Told To 'Stop Gloating' Over Election Win
    PM Told To 'Stop Gloating' Over Election Win Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Labour's acting leader Harriet Harman has told David Cameron to stop "gloating" and "show a bit more class". The slapdown came after the Prime Minister taunted the opposition over its "mass conversion" to supporting the in/out vote on Britain's membership of the EU, following the party's election defeat in May. But Mr Cameron hit back and said he was sorry she thought he was gloating and cited her comments that Labour supporters were relieved the party did not win the election. More »

  • Cameron urged to 'show more class'
    Cameron urged to 'show more class' Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    David Cameron should "show a bit more class" and answer the questions, Harriet Harman insisted as she quizzed the Prime Minister on the EU referendum and Tory childcare promises. More »

  • Trade deal won't hit NHS - Cameron
    Trade deal won't hit NHS - Cameron Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    There is "no way" a controversial EU/US trade agreement can have any impact on the National Health Service, David Cameron said as he urged critics to stop raising "false fears" and concentrate on securing the best deal. More »

  • Harman: Labour had wrong message
    Harman: Labour had wrong message Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Labour's acting leader has admitted that a significant number of supporters were relieved when the party lost the election. More »

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  • Political Times: Charles Kennedy tributes, a Labour leadership surprise and …
    Political Times: Charles Kennedy tributes, a Labour leadership surprise and … Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The British political world was rocked this week by the sudden death of Charles Kennedy. The former Liberal Democrat leader passed away at his home in Fort William on 1 June at just 55. The Scotsman first entered the House of Commons as a young, ambitious 23-year-old and later took over from Paddy Ashdown as the leader of the yellows in 1999. More »

  • PM Leads Tributes To Kennedy In Commons
    PM Leads Tributes To Kennedy In Commons Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Charles Kennedy's ex-wife and son watched on as the Prime Minister led tributes to the former Liberal Democrat leader in the House of Commons. After the first PMQs since the General Election, David Cameron praised Mr Kennedy, who died on Monday aged 55 . "Charles Kennedy will be remembered for his success, for his principle and intellect, and above all for his incredible warmth and good humour," he said. More »

  • David Cameron won't rule out UK leaving European Convention on Human Ri …
    David Cameron won't rule out UK leaving European Convention on Human Ri … Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Britain could withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights if it does not get the changes it wants to the way the rules are applied, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday (3 June). Cameron's Conservative Party, which won a surprise majority in last month's election, wants to overhaul existing human rights laws to reduce the influence of the European Court of Human Rights, based in France, which enforces the convention. "We are very clear about what we want which is British judges making decisions in British courts," Cameron told parliament when asked by a dissenting lawmaker from his own party to rule out a withdrawal from the convention. More »

  • PM leads Commons Kennedy tributes
    PM leads Commons Kennedy tributes Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    David Cameron has led tributes to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy in the House of Commons, calling him the "most human of politicians" and - at his best - "the best that politics can be". More »

  • Charles Kennedy dead: World of Westminster pays tribute to former Lib Dem l …
    Charles Kennedy dead: World of Westminster pays tribute to former Lib Dem l … Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The world of politics has paid tribute to former leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy, who has died aged 55. Members from all sides of the political sphere have paid tributes to Kennedy, who served as an MP for 32 years before losing his seat at the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency during May's general election. Clegg paid tribute to his predecessor as Liberal Democrat leader. More »

  • Cooper snipes at Labour head rivals
    Cooper snipes at Labour head rivals Sun, May 31, 2015

    Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has hit out her rivals with a warning that the party will not win back power simply by "swallowing the Tory manifesto". More »

  • Harman rejects 'temporary leader'
    Harman rejects 'temporary leader' Sun, May 31, 2015

    Harriet Harman has rejected a proposal to put the next Labour leader up for re-election in three years' time. More »

  • UK government announces EU referendum in Queen's Speech
    UK government announces EU referendum in Queen's Speech Wed, May 27, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron's government formally announced a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU in a policy speech read by Queen Elizabeth II on Westminster's grandest day on Wednesday. More »

  • 'Queen's Speech for working people'
    'Queen's Speech for working people' Wed, May 27, 2015

    David Cameron has set out a packed agenda for the next 12 months in the first Conservative-only Queen's Speech for almost 20 years, with Bills to pave the way for an EU referendum, devolve powers to the nations and regions of the UK, and ban rises in income tax, VAT or National Insurance. More »

  • Queen's Speech: PM Backs Off On Human Rights
    Queen's Speech: PM Backs Off On Human Rights Wed, May 27, 2015

    David Cameron has opted to consult on controversial plans to scrap the Human Rights Act rather than rush legislation through in the coming months. While the plans are expected to be mentioned in today's Queen's Speech, the Prime Minister will not bring forward legislation straight away because the Government does not want to "rush it through". Labour, the SNP and the Lib Dems are all opposed to scrapping the Human Rights Act and a number of prominent Conservatives, including former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, have spoken out against it. More »

  • Queen's Speech: Tax Break For Low Wage Earners
    Queen's Speech: Tax Break For Low Wage Earners Wed, May 27, 2015

    People working 30 hours a week on minimum wage will no longer have to pay income tax under Conservative plans to be announced in the Queen's Speech. The Queen will set out the Government's legislative plans for the next five years at the State Opening of Parliament later today. It will be the first all-Conservative Queen's Speech since 1996, and is also expected to feature an EU Referendum Bill that will give Britons a vote on membership to Europe by 2017 . More »

  • Speech to set out 'clear vision'
    Speech to set out 'clear vision' Wed, May 27, 2015

    New laws to keep the lowest paid workers out of tax will be included in a Queen's Speech that sets out a "clear vision for what our country can be", David Cameron has said. More »

  • Labour Party U-Turn Over EU Referendum
    Labour Party U-Turn Over EU Referendum Sun, May 24, 2015

    Labour has dropped its opposition to a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union. Before his general election defeat, Ed Miliband, as party leader, had refused to hold an in/out vote amid concerns it would damage the UK economy because of the uncertainty it would create. But the party's acting leader, Harriet Harman, and shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn, now say Labour believes people want to have a say on Britain's relationship with Brussels. More »

  • Britain's opposition Labour Party backs Cameron's EU referendum pla …
    Britain's opposition Labour Party backs Cameron's EU referendum pla … Sun, May 24, 2015

    Britain's opposition Labour Party will back Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to hold a referendum on the country's European Union membership by the end of 2017, its acting leader said on Sunday. Labour had fought this month's national election, in which it suffered a crushing defeat to Cameron's Conservatives, on the policy that it would offer Britons an EU referendum only if there were a further transfer of powers to Brussels from London. Cameron, who has promised to renegotiate Britain's ties with the EU ahead of the referendum, will on Wednesday set out plans to enshrine the vote in law when his government's legislative agenda is published. More »

  • EU case 'extraordinarily strong'
    EU case 'extraordinarily strong' Sun, May 24, 2015

    The case for the UK remaining a member of the European Union is "extraordinarily strong", according to Britain's commissioner in Brussels. More »

  • Labour to back EU referendum bill
    Labour to back EU referendum bill Sun, May 24, 2015

    Labour will support Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal for a referendum on European Union membership but will make the case to stay, party leaders told the Sunday Times. More »

  • Prescott backs Burnham for leader
    Prescott backs Burnham for leader Sun, May 24, 2015

    Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has thrown his weight behind Andy Burnham in the race to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader. More »

  • Cameron takes oath in Commons
    Cameron takes oath in Commons Tue, May 19, 2015

    David Cameron has taken the oath and retaken his Commons seat as Prime Minister at the head of a majority Conservative government. More »

  • Cooper Criticises Labour As 'Anti-Enterprise'
    Cooper Criticises Labour As 'Anti-Enterprise' Tue, May 19, 2015

    Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper has said that her party needs to reset its relationship with business. The Shadow Home Secretary said that the party's leadership had often used language which weakened its relationship with those who create wealth. In a thinly-veiled criticism of Ed Miliband, she also condemned the party's stance for being "anti-business, anti-growth and ultimately anti-worker". More »

  • British parliament reconvenes after Cameron's victory
    British parliament reconvenes after Cameron's victory Mon, May 18, 2015

    British lawmakers appointed a speaker on Monday as they convened in the House of Commons for the first time since a general election that handed Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives a surprise majority. More »

  • UK's biggest trade union threatens to cut ties with Labour Party
    UK's biggest trade union threatens to cut ties with Labour Party Mon, May 18, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's largest trade union has threatened to sever links with the opposition Labour Party and deprive it of millions of pounds in funding if the party's next leader tries to move it too far to the centre ground of British politics. Labour, which suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives on May 7, is in the process of selecting a new leader and of overhauling its policies amid recriminations from some activists that it lost because it had become too left-wing. "It's essential that the correct leader emerges and that there's a genuine debate about the direction we're going in," McCluskey, known for talking plainly, told the BBC on Sunday. "It is the challenge of the Labour Party to demonstrate that they are the voice of ordinary working people ... If they don't, if they kind of inject more disillusionment in the party, then the pressure will grow from our members to rethink." On Monday, McCluskey moderated his tone, saying Unite was not considering withdrawing its affiliation with Labour. More »

  • Call to unite over Labour pains
    Call to unite over Labour pains Mon, May 18, 2015

    Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman and the boss of Britain's biggest union have sought to calm a row over the future of the party following its disastrous general election result. More »

  • Bercow back in Speaker's chair
    Bercow back in Speaker's chair Mon, May 18, 2015

    John Bercow has retaken his seat as Speaker of the House of Commons, telling MPs he wanted his political epitaph to be "he was the backbenchers' champion". More »

  • Unions Won't Choose Labour Leader: Harman
    Unions Won't Choose Labour Leader: Harman Mon, May 18, 2015

    The Electoral Reform Society is going to issue Labour leadership ballot papers so unions cannot skew their members' votes, Harriet Harman has said. Labour's acting leader also announced that the candidates will be "stress-tested" by taking part in "robust, tough" televised hustings involving the public. "Not the politically obsessed public, the people like us, but the people who don't decide about their choice of MP and choice of government until they have to," Ms Harman said as she outlined the electoral process at Labour's HQ in central London. Her speech comes after Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy reignited tensions over Labour's union links as he announced his resignation at the weekend. More »

  • Scots Labour leader Murphy to quit
    Scots Labour leader Murphy to quit Sat, May 16, 2015

    Jim Murphy has announced his intention to resign as Scottish Labour leader next month following a "comprehensive" reappraisal of the party. More »