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....Theresa May backs plans for an overhaul of workers’ rights to reflect 21st-century employment practices, according to the chair of Downing Street’s review into modern work. Matthew Taylor, a former adviser to Tony Blair who was appointed by the prime minister to lead the review into the gig economy, said he would be recommending changes to the rights of self-employed workers when his review was published in June. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Jason Moyer-Lee, general secretary of the IWGB, said the union wanted to challenge the industry-wide practice of classing couriers as independent contractors. The widespread use of self-employed workers is the subject of an inquiry by MPs while the prime minister has commissioned Tony Blair’s former policy officer Matthew Taylor to look into the matter. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The MP for Tatton now has a total of six highly paid jobs including his constituency work, as: editor of the Evening Standard; chair of the Northern Powerhouse partnership; adviser to BlackRock; a Kissinger fellow in the US; and an after-dinner speaker. However, on Sunday Osborne’s new job was defended by both the former prime minister Tony Blair and ex-cabinet minister Nicky Morgan, both prominent remain campaigners who hinted they were pleased someone of his political persuasion was in the post. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....George Osborne’s appointment at the London Evening Standard while remaining a Conservative MP could be a potential conflict of interest with government advertising budgets, Labour has said. The row came as former prime minister Tony Blair praised the appointment, saying he hoped it would be a good move for the MP. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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London cycle courier 'was punished for refusing work after eight hours in cold' image
....Jason Moyer-Lee, general secretary of the IWGB, said the union wanted to challenge the industry-wide practice of classing couriers as independent contractors. The widespread use of self-employed workers is the subject of an inquiry by MPs while the prime minister has commissioned Tony Blair’s former policy officer Matthew Taylor to look into the matter. ...
PM backs plans to overhaul workers' rights to reflect gig ecomomy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:25:37 AM
....Theresa May backs plans for an overhaul of workers’ rights to reflect 21st-century employment practices, according to the chair of Downing Street’s review into modern work. Matthew Taylor, a former adviser to Tony Blair who was appointed by the prime minister to lead the review into the gig economy, said he would be recommending changes to the rights of self-employed workers when his review was published in June. ...
Labour demands answers over George Osborne's Evening Standard job image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 08:00:16 PM
....George Osborne’s appointment at the London Evening Standard while remaining a Conservative MP could be a potential conflict of interest with government advertising budgets, Labour has said. The row came as former prime minister Tony Blair praised the appointment, saying he hoped it would be a good move for the MP. ...
Ruth Davidson doubts George Osborne's ability to remain an MP image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 11:43:24 AM
....The MP for Tatton now has a total of six highly paid jobs including his constituency work, as: editor of the Evening Standard; chair of the Northern Powerhouse partnership; adviser to BlackRock; a Kissinger fellow in the US; and an after-dinner speaker. However, on Sunday Osborne’s new job was defended by both the former prime minister Tony Blair and ex-cabinet minister Nicky Morgan, both prominent remain campaigners who hinted they were pleased someone of his political persuasion was in the post. ...
The Observer view on George Osborne as editor of the Evening Standard image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 12:05:01 AM
.... He’ll walk through minefields of conflicting interests that his critics will exploit with glee. The spectre for Osborne at this particular feast is Tony Blair, who makes one of the best Remain cases going but preaches to the unconvertible because what the former prime minister did after he left No 10 fatally soiled his image. ...
We will all need a stiff drink to swallow Hammond’s austerity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 07:00:17 AM
....It was therefore entirely in keeping with the chaotic approach of the Brexiters that Theresa May should sack one of her leading advisers on both these subjects last week, because she did not like Lord Heseltine’s opposition to Brexit. Yes, Heseltine, in common with Ken Clarke and Tony Blair, has not joined the band of former Remainers who have “moved on” and now wish to make the best of Brexit. ...
The shameless Tories have betrayed the self-employed – and themselves | John Harris image
....But most of that stuff will cost, which gets us back to the same point: sooner or later, not least because rising self-employment seems to go hand-in-hand with falling tax revenues, the new economy will demand that the great distant behemoths who make so much money out of changing work practices will have to cough up (as much as anything to ensure that the rest of us can afford their services). May has commissioned a review of the new world of work from Tony Blair’s former head of policy, which may yet propose at least some of those changes. ...
Osborne to earn £650,000 a year advising US financial firm image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:31:00 PM
....He joins his former chief of staff, Rupert Harrison, who is a senior strategist for the US investment firm. Former foreign secretary William Hague joined Citigroup as an adviser earlier this year while former prime minister Gordon Brown sits on the global advisory board at investment manager Pimco, and his predecessor Tony Blair joined JP Morgan in 2008 shortly after leaving office. ...
DPD and Parcelforce face MPs' questions over working conditions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:58:20 PM
....Further information requested includes the hours couriers work per week and how long they have worked for the company. Couriers have become a focal point of concerns about the precarious nature of employment in the gig economy, which is the subject of a review commissioned by Theresa May and led by former Tony Blair adviser Matthew Taylor. ...
Self-employed hit by national insurance hike in budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:24:49 PM
....Hammond suggested the tax rise was justified because the self-employed could now access the state pension more easily. He planned to consult on extending parental rights to the self-employed, after a review by former Tony Blair adviser Matthew Taylor on the changing nature of the labour market reports later this year. ...
Taxes for self-employed likely to rise in Hammond's budget image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 08:05:27 PM
....There is growing political pressure to underpin the rights of self-employed workers. Matthew Taylor, who was an adviser to Tony Blair when he was prime minister, is carrying out a review of “employment practices in the modern economy”, which is expected to look at how to improve the safety net for self-employed workers. ...
Sick Parcelforce couriers can be charged up to £250 if they can't find cover image
....A series of high-profile cases has prompted Theresa May to launch an independent review of employment status in the UK. The chair of the review, former Tony Blair adviser Matthew Taylor, warned last month that precarious employment terms were becoming an increasing cause for concern. ...
Record 910,000 UK workers on zero-hours contracts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 09:55:26 AM
....“For some of these workers, zero-hours contracts may offer a flexible transition from full-time work to retirement, allowing them to top up their income,” Resolution said. Last year Theresa May hired Matthew Taylor, the former head of Tony Blair’s policy unit, to head a review of workers’ rights and practices, in an attempt to address concerns that millions are stuck in insecure and stressful work. ...
Agent Provocateur founder brands Mike Ashley's purchase 'a stitch-up' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 12:46:56 PM
.... He was involved in a legal dispute with 3i before it sold the business to Ashley. Corré and Rees were both awarded MBEs for their services to the fashion industry in 2007 but Corré rejected the award, describing the then prime minister, Tony Blair, as “morally corrupt” and not “someone capable of giving an honour”. ...
George Osborne warns against leaving EU without trade deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 03:18:11 PM
....He also expressed doubts about whether a special customs arrangement could be agreed with the EU replicating the existing benefits of the customs union. Critics of Brexit, including former prime ministers Tony Blair and Sir John Major, have warned that there is little chance any new trade deal could match the advantages of the UK's current membership of the single market. ...
Blair is right on Brexit: parliament must have a democratic debate | Anatole Kaletsky image
. Former UK prime minister Tony Blair’s recent call for voters to think again about leaving the EU, echoed in parliamentary debates ahead of the government’s official launch of the process in March, is an emperor’s new clothes moment. ...
Tony Blair compares Brexit to a bad home swap – video image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 11:46:07 AM
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Who will the Brexiteers blame when the milk and honey fails to flow? | Rafael Behr image
.... Last month saw the launch of an industrial strategy, embracing state activism to nurture growth in under-resourced sectors and neglected regions. Last year May appointed Matthew Taylor, formerly head of Tony Blair’s policy unit, to lead a review into modern employment practices – the decline of the stable, rewarding full-time career and its replacement by poorly paid, insecure casual servitude. ...
Workers' feelings of powerlessness fuelling anger, says jobs tsar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 05:14:03 PM
....Matthew Taylor has called for the improvement of the quality of work in the UK to become a new “national goal” so that people “feel like citizens at work and not servants or slaves”. Taylor, a former adviser to Tony Blair, was appointed by Theresa May amid concern that growth in the so-called gig economy and temporary contracts were making work more precarious for millions. ...
Philip Hammond blames Tony Blair for Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of January 2017 12:20:18 PM
. Tony Blair’s failure to control the flow of workers from eastern Europe fuelled the anti-immigration sentiment that led to the UK’s Brexit vote, the chancellor, Philip Hammond, said. ...
Rolls-Royce lobbied ministers to weaken anti-bribery proposals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of January 2017 06:19:54 PM
....Documents from a 2004 court case show how Rolls-Royce, in alliance with other multinationals, exerted pressure on the government to water down proposals that were intended to combat bribery. Tony Blair’s government had proposed strengthening rules to stop bribery in contracts that were supported by the UK’s export credit agency and ministers said they were stepping up efforts to prevent UK businesses paying bribes to secure contracts overseas. ...
May and Hammond fail to win new fans among tough Davos crowd | Larry Elliott image
.... It is the perfect stage on which to trumpet what HM Government is doing about the burning issue of the day: developing country debt, climate change or getting tough on tax havens. In recent years, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron have all gone down a storm at the Glastonbury for global capitalism. ...
Blind trusts: what do Theresa May and Donald Trump have in common? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 01:41:32 PM
.... David Cameron did not use a blind trust. Tony Blair set up a blind trust after becoming prime minister, but it later emerged that his wife, Cherie, had directed the trustees to buy two flats in Bristol – the start of what grew into a £27m property empire. ...
Pound falls to 10-week low after Theresa May's Brexit comments image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 07:17:23 PM
....The FTSE 100 closed at 7,238, up 0. 4%, its eighth consecutive day of record highs – a winning streak it last achieved in May 1997 after Tony Blair’s Labour general election landslide. ...
Government names new chief to lead crackdown on worker exploitation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 12:01:34 AM
....”. At the same time, the government commissioned Matthew Taylor, a former Downing street adviser to Tony Blair, to conduct an independent review into modern employment practices to ensure the UK’s employment rules keep up to date to reflect new ways of working. ...
Meeting notes contradict Murdoch claim not to have asked PMs for help image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 06:05:22 PM
. Rupert Murdoch asked for Tony Blair’s help to overcome European commission opposition to a £800m TV deal, contradicting the media mogul’s assertion this week that “I have made it a principle all my life never to ask for anything from any prime minister”. ...
Rolls-Royce winning contracts legitimately key to growth, says CEO image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 08:08:31 PM
.... The defence sector has been riddled with allegations of corruption because of the secrecy surrounding contracts and their high value. In 2006 Tony Blair’s government halted a SFO investigation into defence firm BAE Systems, saying Britain’s security would be put in danger if it was allowed to continue. ...
Happiness depends on health and friends, not money, says new study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 12:01:40 AM
....Lord Richard Layard, who led the report, said on average people have become no happier in the last 50 years, despite average incomes more than doubling. The economist and former adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown said the study, called Origins of Happiness, showed that measuring people’s satisfaction with their lives should be a priority for every government. ...
London's 'gig economy' has grown by more than 70% since 2010 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 04:20:46 PM
.... A separate case has been heard against courier firm CitySprint, although no ruling has yet been made, and recently workers for Deliveroo requested union recognition. The government has commissioned a report into workers’ rights and practices from Matthew Taylor, who worked for Tony Blair before heading the Royal Society of Arts. ...
Osborne earns £500,000 from New York speeches image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 12:28:04 PM
....The cheapest was an hour-long address to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, for which he was paid £28,454. Osborne is following in the footsteps of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown who also signed up to the Washington Speakers Bureau, an agency that secures bookings for politicians. ...
George Osborne defends earning £320,000 on speaking tour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 04:47:13 PM
....Osborne was replaced by Philip Hammond, once his deputy as shadow chancellor, who has since ditched his predecessor’s economic targets and accepted that the deficit would grow, rather than fall, in the light of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. When the Hammonds moved into Downing Street, Osborne signed up with the same US agency as Tony Blair, the Washington Speakers Bureau, and embarked on a summer speaking tour. ...
Government starts review of 'gig' economy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 12:04:13 AM
.... It will look into practices in manufacturing and rural economies as well as the "gig" economy. "The most important part of our process is getting out and about to talk to businesses and workers across Britain about their experiences of modern work," said Mr Taylor, who was formerly the head of the Number 10 policy unit under Labour leader, Tony Blair. ...
'Politicians don’t have a clue': people respond to the autumn statement image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 05:00:58 PM
....Geraghty says he and his fellow drivers were on high alert for any hint from the chancellor on how the government intends to treat workers in the gig economy. Former Tony Blair aide Matthew Taylor has been asked by the government to look into the status of gig economy workers, amid legal battles over whether they are considered self-employed. ...
Justin Welby to help UK thinktank build vision of post-Brexit economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 12:01:33 AM
....The thinktank said a specially commissioned YouGov poll showed that 51% of Britons thought the UK economy was unfair for the majority. The IPPR’s move has echoes of the thinktank’s commission on social justice, which deliberated in the 1990s and was seen as preparing the ground for Tony Blair’s government when it came to power in 1997. ...
Neoliberalism: the deep story that lies beneath Donald Trump’s triumph | George Monbiot image
.... But the real triumph of this network was not its capture of the right, but its colonisation of parties that once stood for everything Hayek detested. Bill Clinton and Tony Blair did not possess a narrative of their own. ...
Ed Vaizey calls for minimum wage for 'gig economy' self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of November 2016 02:22:47 PM
....Vaizey’s speech reflected increasing concern inside the government about low pay, a lack of training opportunities and job insecurity in a growing part of the low-paid economy. The prime minister, Theresa May, last month commissioned a review of employment practices from Matthew Taylor, the former adviser to Tony Blair, that is expected to make recommendations for reform. ...
How could the UK help Nissan remain competitive? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of October 2016 04:10:08 PM
.... . There is another possibility suggested by the former Prime Minister Tony Blair on BBC Radio 4. ...
Self-employed earn less than in 2001 – and will be hit by welfare cuts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of October 2016 11:01:22 PM
....Meanwhile, the Social Market Foundation said many of those working for below the minimum wage in a sector that includes construction site workers and drivers for Deliveroo and Uber, stood to lose out when the government’s new universal credit replaces existing benefits. The two reports come as the government launches an investigation led by Matthew Taylor, the former head of Tony Blair’s No 10 policy unit, into the pay and conditions of the one-in-seven workers who are self-employed. ...
Landlords lose legal challenge over buy-to-let tax changes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of October 2016 02:44:02 PM
....”. Booth – who with her husband Tony Blair and three children owns at least 10 houses and 27 flats – was initially applauded from the public gallery when she said the government was unfairly penalising individual buy-to-let landlords by “singling them out” for detrimental tax treatment while allowing others to keep their tax perks. ...
Cherie Booth to represent landlords fighting changes to tax regime image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of October 2016 05:41:07 PM
. Cherie Booth QC, who with her husband – Tony Blair – and three children owns at least 10 houses and 27 flats, is to represent landlords fighting proposed changes to the tax regime at the high court in London on Thursday. ...
Tony Blair to close most of his commercial ventures image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of September 2016 04:57:01 PM
. Tony Blair has said he is winding up most of his commercial ventures to focus on not-for-profit work. ...
Under fire image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of September 2016 10:09:07 AM
....During the 1960s, he launched one of the first dedicated drugs squads, while during his police career he also found time to study for a degree in social policy and take another one in law. In 1998, he was appointed as Tony Blair's government's new UK anti-drugs co-ordinator - also known as "drugs czar" - with a remit of dealing with the problems of drug use and reducing the amount coming into the UK. ...
Brown shoes and loud ties 'hinder investment banking hopefuls' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of September 2016 01:45:11 PM
....Specific dress codes are considered by banks to "provide reassurance to clients about the quality of the service they will provide". Mr Milburn, who served in Tony Blair's Labour cabinet, said: "Bright working-class kids are being systematically locked out of top jobs in investment banking because they may not attend a small handful of elite universities or understand arcane culture rules. ...
Adopt Swedish-style shareholder committee on pay, says MP image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of September 2016 08:30:09 AM
....The row started when the FRC criticised a legal opinion which the LAPFF got from George Bompas QC on a point of company law. The LAPFF also employed Cherie Blair, the wife of Tony Blair, to argue its case. ...
The ‘graduate job’ gravy train is shuddering to a halt image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of August 2016 06:00:23 AM
. ‘Education, education, education” was the rallying cry of Tony Blair before history cruelly teamed him up with George W Bush. ...

Strictly is tougher than fiscal policy, Mr Balls 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 05:30:00 PM
....It’s tough being an ex-MP. Tony Blair may have landed a basic pension of £80,000 a year, but Mr Balls still has to earn a living. ...

Was it jobs for the girls at ex-Guardian editor's Oxford college?
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 05:00:00 PM
....The role was created at the suggestion of Mr Rusbridger, although the college insists Ms Murray was appointed only after an extensive interview process overseen by an independent panel. Ms Murray, had previously spent ten years as the Labour Party’s head of press and broadcasting, under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, before she joined the Guardian as head of communications. ...

Theresa May pictured on walking holiday in the Swiss Alps 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 12th of August 2016 11:27:01 AM
....". Mr Cameron was last week pictured in Corsica, while Tony Blair was photographed on a yacht off Sicily just weeks after he gave a tearful press conference to reveal his "sorrow" at the aftermath of the Iraq War. ...

Theresa May is right to climb every mountain 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 11th of August 2016 03:53:05 PM
.... In the Sixties, it was quite normal for prime ministers to blandly answer by saying “that is a matter for the relevant minister” and sitting down. As with so many things, changes that started under Mrs Thatcher were taken to extremes by Tony Blair. ...

Politics is ugly enough without MPs calling train drivers 'scabs'
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 11th of August 2016 10:23:02 AM
.... A quick glance through Twitter will surely confirm that the similes and metaphors we use to illustrate political conflict will be deemed unacceptable if they conjure up violent imagery or demean or devalue our opponents. For instance, just in the last couple of days, I’ve been called out for imagery I used in one of my columns headlined, “It’s time for Tony Blair’s assassin to sharpen his knife”. ...

Theresa May follows in Margaret Thatcher's footsteps as she takes a holiday in Switzerland
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....In 1984, during a two-and-a-half week Summer holiday to Switzerland, she packed in meeting with Helmut Kohl, the German chancellor, Kurt Waldheim, the UN Secretary general, and dinner with ambassadors. Mrs May and the late Baroness Thatcher's choice of holiday destination is in stark contrast to that of former Prime Ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair, who preferred warmer climates. ...

Only electoral humiliation can save the Labour Party now
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of August 2016 05:02:23 PM
.... They frequently point to the presence of Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, as the man best positioned to outmanoeuvre Jeremy Corbyn in the name of something more amenable. It was Watson, after all, who played a leading role in getting rid of Tony Blair in 2007. ...

Lloyds boss Antonio Horta-Osorio probed by his own bank over expenses for trip where he 'had a tryst with a former Blair adviser' 
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....The boss of Lloyds has faced questions from his own bank over claims that he met up with an alleged lover while on a business trip for the taxpayer-backed bank. Antonio Horta-Osorio, the 52-year-old chief executive of Lloyds, Britain’s biggest savings bank, reportedly had a tryst with Dr Wendy Piatt, a former aide to Tony Blair, in Singapore in June. ...

Brexit is not Jeremy Corbyn's cross to bear, but that of the Europhile elite
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.... But many voters, who hadn't fared well in Britain as part of the EU, saw that it meant there was at least a chance things could get better for them. Interventions from the likes of Lord Mandelson and Tony Blair did little to sway an already sceptical electorate. ...

David Cameron could be hauled in front of MPs to explain 'cronies' honours list
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....”. Although the outgoing prime minister is entitled to publish an honours list on leaving No 10, neither Gordon Brown or Tony Blair chose to do so. ...

Labour has been left by the grown-ups to the Corbynites - and they can keep on trashing the place
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.... And the party now has plenty of time in opposition to repent, to consider where else it went wrong. It could do worse than start with Tony Blair. ...

Theresa May must ignore the Tory grammar school pleas if she wants to be truly One Nation
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.... From admissions to outcomes, those from the least advantaged backgrounds benefit the least from grammar schools, while the most affluent benefit the most. That's why Tony Blair stopped the expansion of grammar schools. ...

Plan to scrap grammar schools ban could be blocked by Lords as Labour and Lib Dems unite in condemnation
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....". Currently, annexes to existing grammar schools are allowed but new ones cannot be created under a ban implemented by Tony Blair in 1998. ...

Theresa May to end ban on new grammar schools
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 08:30:00 PM
....In a move that will be cheered by Tory grassroots, the Prime Minister intends to pave the way for a new wave of selective schools. Mrs May is understood to see the reintroduction of grammar schools - banned by Tony Blair in 1998 - as a key part of her social cohesion agenda. ...

No other prime minister will hand out resignation honours after Cameron debacle, says head of sleaze watchdog
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.... . New analysis by academics shows that Mr Cameron created lifetime peerages at a quicker rate than any prime minister in history, including Tony Blair. ...

Bill Etheridge: The pro-gay marriage, pro-Muslim schools, Shiraz drinking Ukip leadership candidate – who would bring back death penalty and ban burkas
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....Etheridge was also caught up in a public outrage over his comments to young Ukip activists in which he encouraged them to look at the public speaking skills of Adolf Hitler. Today, he still insists that Hitler "was doing something interesting with his speaking", but he had also referred to a number of figures from Tony Blair to Martin Luther King. ...

Jeremy Corbyn's 10 pledges may just guarantee Labour's destruction
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 5th of August 2016 10:47:38 AM
....com/7Qy1swSp3h. Tony Blair had five pledges in 1997; Gordon Brown followed suit; Ed Miliband’s "Ed Stone", with six, was about as concrete as these pledges get - and that saw its end in a warehouse in Woolwich rather than in installation. ...

Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith battle it out in an arena abandoned by the Big Beasts
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.... They dance the dance, say what has to be said in order to win their mandate (a word that has accumulated skin-crawling resonance these last ten months), then do and say what they need to do in order to win a general election. Even Tony Blair cynically indulged in this before becoming leader: in 1994 he was explicitly asked if he favoured abandoning Clause IV of the party’s constitution – the bit that committed the party never to win any elections ever again. ...

Honours system is a symbol of ‘very British corruption’, says Steve Hilton
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....". Although the outgoing prime minister is entitled to publish an honours list on leaving No 10, neither Gordon Brown or Tony Blair chose to do so. ...

Former Cheltenham Ladies College governor who helped raise millions for Tories to be made a peer in David Cameron's resignation honours
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....Mr Pascoe-Watson said the reforms were part of the new Prime Minister’s bid to crack down on the “culture of elitism” in society. Mr Pascoe-Watson wrote: “Tony Blair had the UK music industry through the door of No 10, beginning the Cool Britannia years. ...

Jeremy Corbyn wishes that Britain wasn't a superpower
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 11:44:27 AM
.... UK special forces tend, even today, to be deployed by a government using the prime minister’s prerogative powers; that is, without the requirement for parliamentary approval. At this stage I should point out that the first prime minister ever to seek the explicit authorisation of the Commons in advance of military action was Tony Blair in the run-up to Iraq in 2003. ...

Honouring my friends from No 10 is just wrong 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 1st of August 2016 04:50:06 PM
....Harold Wilson was notorious for his “lavender list” when standing down, which included a businessman jailed four years later. Tony Blair was characteristically distasteful in spraying baubles around party donors; a study found every person who gave £1 million to Labour over a four-year period got a knighthood or peerage. ...

David Cameron is right to reward his friends with honours
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 1st of August 2016 10:41:40 AM
. Remember the fuss about Tony Blair’s resignation honours list? You probably don’t, because there wasn’t one. ...

David Cameron is 'paying off debts' by rewarding allies in honours list, says former minister
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....Isabel Spearman, who served as stylist to Mrs Cameron during her time in No 10, and two of Mr Cameron’s former drivers, will be handed honours, as will Will Straw, the son of the former Labour minister Jack Straw and leader of the unsuccessful Remain campaign. Although the outgoing prime minister is entitled to publish an honours list on leaving No 10, neither Gordon Brown nor Tony Blair chose to do so. ...

Tory MPs accuse David Cameron of 'devaluing the system' by awarding honours to his wife's stylist and his former drivers 
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....Isabel Spearman, who served as stylist to Mrs Cameron during her time in No 10, and two of Mr Cameron’s former drivers, will be handed awards, as will Will Straw, the son of Labour heavyweight Jack Straw and leader of the unsuccessful Remain campaign. Although the outgoing prime minister is entitled to publish an honours list on leaving No 10, neither Gordon Brown or Tony Blair chose to do so. ...

Remain supporters and Cameron aides in line for honours in leaked list
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 30th of July 2016 11:03:02 PM
....”. Both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown passed up the chance to issue resignation honours. ...

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