26th September 2008
Global Campaign for Education Launched
The Global Campaign for Education programme has been launched, with stakeholder participation from countries and organisations around the world. "Class of 2015: Education for All" seeks to build the political will in order to achieve the goal that by 2015 every child will get the opportunity of an education. $4.5 billion has been pledged over the next three years, which will educate 15 million kids. Participating organisations include UNESCO, FIFA, companies CISCO and Intel, together with Action Aid, Comic Relief, Education International, FAWE, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said "I am proud today to help launch the Class of 2015 - uniting governments, faith groups, the private sector, civil society organizations and football as never before".
24th September 2008
Transport Kelly To Resign from Cabinet
Ruth Kelly, the Transport Secretary, is to resign her Cabinet post at the next reshuffle. It is understood she had wanted to step down back in May, but the Prime Minister persuaded her to stay on. A reshuffle is thought to be expected after next week's Conservative Party Conference.
24th September 2008
Main Labour Speeches @ Conference
Click on the names below to be linked directly to their full speeches at Labour Conference. Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling, Jacqui Smith, David Miliband, Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, Ed Balls, Jack Straw, John Denham, Ruth Kelly, Hilary Benn, Hazel Blears, Andy Burnham, Caroline Flint, Douglas Alexander, Des Browne, John Hutton, Iain Gray, James Purnell, Shaun Woodward, Paul Murphy, Ed Miliband.
23rd September 2008
Brown Deals Fair Britain Speech
Labour Leader, Gordon Brown, set out his vision of a "fair Britain for the new age" to Party Conference, that he is "serious about doing a serious job for all the people of [Britain]". Brown said "where I've made mistakes I'll put my hand up and try to put them right. So what happened with 10p stung me because it really hurt that suddenly people felt I wasn't on the side of people on middle and modest incomes - because on the side of hard-working families is the only place I've ever wanted to be. And from now on it's the only place I ever will be. And so I want to give the people of this country an unconditional assurance - no ifs, no buts, no small print - my unwavering focus is taking this country through the challenging economic circumstances we face and building the fair society of the future". Measures announced by the Prime Minister included: bringing in legislation to eradicate child poverty by 2020; free nursery places for 2 year olds; primary school pupils entitled to one-to-one tuition if they are behind expectations; and enabling more families on broadband by 2012. Read the full speech.
20th September 2008
PubAffairs Network Recognised in The Guardian
The PubAffairs network has been recognised in the Guardian's Dr Work section, written by Irene Krechowieka, which notes:
"There's lots of practical help on developing a career in public affairs from pubaffairs.org. As well as providing industry news and profiles of the day-to-day working lives of practitioners, there are tips on how to get a job, salary surveys, and details of consultancies that regularly recruit graduates. PubAffairs also runs free, real world networking events in Westminster every month. It has just under 3,000 members so its a great way to make contacts in an industry that relies on effective networking".
18th September 2008
Plans to Cut Police Stop & Search Bureaucracy
The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced plans that will fast-track measures to cut bureacratic form-filling relating to knife crime and stop and search. The proposals to cut red tape and reduce police paperwork could free up 580,000 hours of police time over the next 12 months and would initiatally apply to the 10 police forces that make up the Tackling Knives Action Programme. Smith said "I am determined to support our police officers so that they spend more time saving lives on our streets. Giving police the means to dramatically reduce form-filling bureaucracy in these ten priority areas will free up valuable officer time to further clamp down on knife crime. The recent Policing Green Paper set out radical plans to cut red tape to allow police to focus on the most serious crime and on local issues. Today, police chiefs and I will be discussing how we can fast-track work to enable officers to spend more time dealing with crime, and policing our streets".
17th September 2008
Nick Clegg's Leader's Speech
Nick Clegg's Leader's Speech from the Liberal Democrat Conference can be viewed here.
16th September 2008
New Scottish Labour Leader Announces Front Bench
The newly elected Scottish Labour party leader, Iain Gray, has announced his new front bench team. Leadership rivals Cathy Jamieson and Andy Kerr have respectively been appointed on Health and Wellbeing, and Finance and Sustainable Growth, whilst Richard Baker has won a big promotion to the Justice portfolio. The rest of the team is: Johann Lamont, Deputy Leader and Chief of Staff with special responsibility for Equalities; Rhona Brankin, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; John Park, Shadow Minister for Economy and Skills; Pauline McNeill, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Europe, External Affairs and Culture; Sarah Boyack, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment; David Stewart, Chief Whip; Michael McMahon, Parliamentary Business Manager; and Margaret Curran, Shadow Cabinet Secretary without Portfolio with special responsibility for Policy Development.
15th September 2008
Zimbabwe Reaches Power Sharing Deal
A form of power-sharing has been agreed between Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF President Mugabe and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe remains as President whilst Tsvangirai becomes Prime Minister and takes charge of the day to day running of the country. The deal includes an end to violence and will allow press freedom and free political activity. Commenting on the move, David Milliband said "Our overriding concern is with the people of Zimbabwe, who have suffered too long. We hope that this agreement will allow Zimbabwe to chart a new course towards economic recovery and political stability". The full details of the deal are available to download from the BBC website here
15th September 2008
LibDems Support Ambitious Vision & Values Paper
Liberal Democrat Conference delegates have backed the party’s ambitious vision and values document 'Make it Happen', which acts as the basis for developing the next general election manifesto and includes "big tax cuts for people on low and average incomes". The plans also include more education investment, the protection of civil liberties, and an ambitious green agenda. The latterDelegates rejected an amendment that "any reduction in overall levels of public expenditure should be a lower priority than measures to reduce inequality in British society, improving public services, including in particular health, education, child care and public transport, and making the urgent investments needed to tackle accelerating climate change".