James Landale

James Landale Deputy political editor

Come here to find out who is saying what to whom at Westminster and what it may mean for you

Hill's outlook

17 July 2014
Lord Hill

What job might Lord Hill get in the new European Commission?

David Cameron has been quite clear that he wants Britain to have a big economic portfolio.

According to the prime minister's spokesman, when Mr Cameron met the new Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday, he "underlined his preference for securing an economic portfolio that would enable the British Commissioner to play a pivotal role tackling Europe's lack of competitiveness".

The problem is that it is not entirely clear what an "economic portfolio" means.

The list is traditionally understood to include trade, competition, internal market and services, and economic and monetary affairs.

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Cameron's reshuffle will be bigger than thought

11 July 2014
David Cameron

David Cameron is preparing to carry out a far wider reshuffle of his government than had previously been thought.

Several sources in Whitehall have told me to expect substantial changes when the prime minister reshapes the team that he will lead in to the election.

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Strikes present an opportunity for both unions and politicians

10 July 2014

Perhaps your school was closed and you were forced to take a day off to look after the kids. Maybe your rubbish was not collected or your phone call not answered at the local council.

Perhaps the museum you planned to visit was shut or you struggled to cross the road because there was no one with a lollypop sign to help you.

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Who will be Britain's next European Commissioner?

4 July 2014
David Cameron at EU summit

Forget, if you can, the heady excitement of the forthcoming government reshuffle.

What really should get your pulse racing are the new appointments that will shortly be made in Brussels.

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Hints of defeat in UK battle against Juncker

17 June 2014
David Cameron

David Cameron was clear. Despite being at odds with many EU leaders, he would continue to oppose the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new head of the European Commission.

It was essential, the prime minister said, that Europe's elected heads of government chose the new boss of the EU's executive body and not the European Parliament.

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Passports make for toxic politics

11 June 2014
The Passport Office's headquarters in Liverpool
Extra staff are being deployed and new office space being used to try and get on top of the situation

If you look at the numbers, you can put the delay in passport applications into some sort of context.

The Passport Office processes 5.7 million new or renewed passports each year. At any one time, it is dealing with just under half a million applications.

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Reshuffle fever on hold for now

10 June 2014
David Cameron surrounded by his cabinet at Prime Minister's questions

We have had the European elections, the Queen has delivered her Speech and the Newark by-election is out of the way.

So it is time for we denizens of Westminster to turn our minds to the annual parlour game that is the government reshuffle.

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Nick Clegg alters stance on MEP powers

10 June 2014
Nick Clegg

This morning on the Today programme, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made very clear that he was opposed to the European Parliament deciding the next president of the European Commission.

He said: "I have long been very firm in my view that it would set a bad precedent - never mind for Britain - for Europe if you set a precedent that, from now on in, the president of this very important body, the European Commission, in effect becomes a choice entirely made by the European Parliament.

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About James

James has been walking the streets and corridors of Westminster for almost two decades. He has worked in his current role as the BBC's deputy political editor since July 2009. Before that he spent five years as chief political correspondent leading all 24-hour news coverage from Westminster.

He has presented programmes such as The Andrew Marr Show, The Westminster Hour, The World This Weekend, Broadcasting House, Daily Politics and Straight Talk.

James joined the BBC in 2003 after a spending a decade at The Times newspaper, primarily as a political correspondent in the Westminster lobby. He also worked as the paper's Brussels correspondent and assistant foreign news editor.

He has written two books, Duel: A True Story of Death and Honour and Landale's Cautionary Tales: Comic Verse for the 21st Century.

He lives with his family in Hampshire.

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