Tue 21st Oct 14 - 15:52

This is how David Davis MP (Con, Haltemprice and Howden) described the Recall Of MPs Bill as presented to the House of Commons. He sees it as a mechanism for the establishment, via the Standards Committee, to identify members who did not fit in and subject them to recall via a mere 10% of their electorate. Mr Davis is supporting amendments by his party colleague Zac Goldsmith which would power hack in the hands of the voters. Lay members are outnumbered ten to three by MPs on the House of Commons Standards Committee. If you want to make your views ...

Tue 21st Oct 14 - 14:16

There is a sensible contribution from employers today to the debate on EU immigration with EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, calling for an end to the "misinformation and paranoia" it says is dominating the debate over Britain's future in Europe. The EEF joins the CBI in defending the EU's free movement principle, as Mr Cameron pledges to make reform of it his key demand when he seeks new membership terms ahead of the in/out referendum he has promised in 2017. The Independent says that Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the manufacturers' body, will say in a speech tomorrow: "For too long ...

Tue 21st Oct 14 - 11:01

The first minister has dismissed calls for an inquiry into the running of the NHS in Wales. Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams repeated her call for an all-party commission, saying: "Labour's-running of the NHS in Wales is nothing short of a national scandal." She went on: "it is the Labour-led Welsh Government's fault that waiting times are increasing and they are not caused by devolution. She said: "Nurses in Wales have more patients to care for than any other part of the UK. That is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats are campaigning to introduce safe staff nursing levels on ...

Tue 21st Oct 14 - 03:04

The government needs to strengthen the teams following up the excellent work by the Canadian authorities in tracking viewers of child pornography, or the public will suspect that the slackening of effort is because the researches are getting close to home. One recalls rumours surrounding a former north-west MP which were not followed up at the time.

Mon 20th Oct 14 - 14:22

In announcing Scotland's next rail franchise, the SNP government's minister for transport, Keith Brown, took the opportunity to criticise the system under which it was awarded. In his statement of 2nd October, he told the Scottish Parliament: I wish to remind members of the context of railway franchising. As members will recall from my statement earlier this year on the award of the Caledonian sleeper franchise, franchising is a requirement under the Railways Act 1993, and it precludes any UK public sector organisation bidding to operate a railway service. As I have stated publicly on many occasions, that is an ...

Mon 20th Oct 14 - 08:00

The impact of the campaign by David Cameron and the Conservative party to renegotiate our position in Europe on our relations with other countries is not often commented on by the press, but inevitably it has undermined our position in Europe itself and weakened the British Prime Minister's bargaining position in terms of getting a better deal from the EU. This is made clear today from the comments by the European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso who believes that David Cameron is pushing Britain closer to leaving the European Union by running a negative campaign that fails to take on ...