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Laura Kuenssberg: Health Secretary Victoria Atkins could decide Tory party's fate (20 hours old)

Victoria Atkins' performance, when pressure mounts on the NHS, is vital for her party's prospects.

Starmer credits Thatcher in pitch to Tory voters (7 hours old)

The Labour leader says Conservative PM set loose "our natural entrepreneurialism".

Covid Inquiry felt like the trial of Matt Hancock (1 day old)

The inquiry is both a case of reputation management and the big picture questions, BBC political editor Chris Mason writes.

Boris Johnson to apologise to Covid inquiry but say he got big calls right (1 day old)

But the former PM will argue robustly his government got many big pandemic calls right, sources say.

Rishi Sunak denies abandoning climate fight at COP28 (1 day old)

The PM says the UK remains more "ambitious" than others on climate change despite watering down policies.

King's tie features Greek flag after Elgin Marbles row (1 day old)

Royal sources say the tie was a coincidence and not linked to Rishi Sunak's spat with the Greek PM.

Alistair Darling: Gordon Brown says briefings against ex-chancellor unfair (2 days old [01/12/23])

The former prime minister hails the "integrity" of Lord Darling following his death aged 70.

Bank branch closures hits Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's constituency (1 day old)

The last bank in Richmond, North Yorkshire, is one of 18 branch closures announced by Barclays.

Digital pound plans should proceed with caution, say MPs (1 day old)

The benefits of a digital pound are unclear but the government should keep exploring it, say MPs.

Covid inquiry: Earlier lockdown could have kept schools open, says Matt Hancock (1 day old)

The former health secretary says avoiding action in autumn 2020 led to tougher lockdowns later on.

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Daniel Poulter's recent appearances (TheyWorkForYou)

Flood Control: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich | Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities | Written Answers (17 days old [16/11/23])

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the distribution of flood relief grant-aid to (a) homes and (b)...

Engagements | Prime Minister | Commons debates (39 days old [25/10/23])

Last week, Suffolk experienced its worst local floods for over 100 years, with communities in and around Needham Market, Framlingham, Debenham and Wickham Market particularly badly affected....

Green Energy: Ports - [Judith Cummins in the Chair] | Westminster Hall debates (45 days old [18/10/23])

I feel this is an appropriate juncture to intervene. My right hon. Friend will be aware of the importance of Felixstowe port in Suffolk, which has almost 50% of the UK’s container trade....

British Sign Language - [Esther McVey in the Chair] | Westminster Hall debates (46 days old [17/10/23])

I congratulate my right hon. Friend on securing today’s debate. She has rightly outlined some of the public service barriers faced by deaf people. A number of senior educationalists have...

Dangerous Drugs | Commons debates (81 days old [12/09/23])

No, I do not think it means we should do nothing. I think that if we believe, as I think many of us do, that we should control the illegitimate supply of nitrous oxide, we should look at existing...

Dangerous Drugs | Commons debates (81 days old [12/09/23])

If the House divides this evening I will be voting against the measure for the further reasons I am about to outline. I think it would be helpful to remind the Minister what the ACMD actually...

Dangerous Drugs | Commons debates (81 days old [12/09/23])

I am aware that it takes some time to compile ACMD reports. The reason is that the ACMD likes to look at the evidence in the round. There are a number of issues to look at here, such as harms of...

Dangerous Drugs | Commons debates (81 days old [12/09/23])

It is a pleasure to follow the SNP spokesperson, the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss). I do not disagree with much of what she said. I believe the Government will achieve very...

Dangerous Drugs | Commons debates (81 days old [12/09/23])

I do not wish to be disobliging to the Minister, but the ACMD was very clear that it did not believe that the medical harms of nitrous oxide pose anything like the significance of those caused by...

Dangerous Drugs | Commons debates (81 days old [12/09/23])

I draw the House’s attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests: until recently, I was an acting consultant addiction psychiatrist. On the point about...

Tom Hunt's recent appearances (TheyWorkForYou)

Special Educational Needs | Department for Education | Written Answers (2 days old [01/12/23])

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has had recent discussions with Ofsted on the steps it takes to collect data on the (a) skills training, (b) further education, (c)...

Business of the House | Commons debates (2 days old [30/11/23])

For over 10 years, 100 of my constituents at the Mill development in Ipswich have been in limbo, unable to move on with their lives, re-mortgage or sell their properties, because the Mill has...

Net Migration Figures | Commons debates (4 days old [28/11/23])

It is quite clear that my right hon. Friend gets it on net migration. It is a shame that many people do not get it. In 2019, I stood on a manifesto when net migration was around 220,000 and I...

Special Educational Needs: Inspections | Department for Education | Written Answers (11 days old [22/11/23])

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data her Department holds on the number of schools that received an Ofsted inspection in 2023 and did not receive a grade of outstanding as a...

Apprentices: Taxation | Treasury | Written Answers (12 days old [21/11/23])

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department made an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a reduced apprenticeship levy contribution for companies which take on...

Violence Reduction, Policing and Criminal Justice | Commons debates (17 days old [15/11/23])

No, I am not going to give way in this speech. I have great respect for the police of this country, but that does not mean that they do not sometimes get it wrong, or that as Members of...

Violence Reduction, Policing and Criminal Justice | Commons debates (17 days old [15/11/23])

It is a pleasure to contribute to this debate on the King’s Speech. Much of the work on crime and policing, I of course welcome: tougher sentencing for the most serious criminals; action on...

Illegal Immigration | Commons debates (17 days old [15/11/23])

I first raised this issue in this place on 18 May 2020. The Rwanda scheme was stuck in the courts for 18 months. Enough is enough. Does the Home Secretary agree that one of the tools in his...

Illegal Migration | Commons debates (39 days old [24/10/23])

The Minister deserves great credit for all the work he has done on this issue. I am really pleased that the Novotel in Ipswich will be put back to its proper use. At the heart of this issue is...

Railways: Stowmarket | Department for Transport | Written Answers (41 days old [23/10/23])

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to expedite delivery of the Haughley Junction rail project, north of Stowmarket.