Archive of April 2009

Parliament is primed for rebellion today

Chaos in Westminster as MPs vote on expenses

Chaos reigned over Westminster today, as sudden government manouvres threatened to turn the expenses debate into a laughing stock.

  • David Davis, former shadow home secretary

    Tories may not renew Trident

    There are growing signs the Tories may not renew the Trident nuclear defence if they attain power.

  • Police in preparation for march

    Police prepare for May Day

    The Metropolitan police have confirmed they are beginning preparations ahead of a planned march and rally in London tomorrow.

  • Gurkha campaigners outside parliament last week

    Gurkhas defeat for government

    The Commons has backed a Liberal Democrat motion opposing the government's' policy on the Gurkhas, in a "historic" defeat for defence ministers.

  • Alistair Darling insisted public investment was necessary

    Darling denies Budget irresponsibility

    Alistair Darling insisted an "extraordinary series of events" was behind his decision not to balance the Budget before 2018 in an evidence session to MPs this afternoon.

  • Afghanistan strategy shifted

    Reinforcements for Afghanistan forces

    Gordon Brown has told MPs Britain's approach against the Taliban will shift towards its border areas with Pakistan, as he announced 700 more troops will be sent to Afghanistan this year.

  • Gordon Brown takes on David Cameron in this week's PMQs

    PMQs: As-it-happened

    Review this week's unusual - and Gurkha-dominated - PMQs here.

  • Consultation: Phil Hope will receive the first responses in person

    Autism consultation launched

    The government launched a new consultation on autism today by having five people with Autism Spectrum Conditions deliver the first responses in person to care services minister Phil Hope.

  • No joy for No 10 on expenses

    Setback for No 10 ahead of expenses vote

    The Commons' influential anti-sleaze watchdog has handed Gordon Brown his latest setback in the run-up to tomorrow's vote by MPs.

  • Sri Lanka refusing to allow ceasefire

    Miliband pleads for Sri Lanka ceasefire

    David Miliband is in Sri Lanka today seeking to persuade the Colombo government to temporarily cease fighting with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

  • Conservatives have categorically denied David Cameron is featured in clip

    Tories deny Cameron rave video

    The Conservatives have categorically denied claims David Cameron is featured in a video clip of a rave which apparently took place over 20 years ago.

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