Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet and ministerial teams

Here are details of Ed Miliband's ministerial team following his October 2013 reshuffle.

ED MILIBAND - LABOUR LEADER

The then 40-year-old beat older brother and former foreign secretary David to the Labour leadership in 2010 by the narrowest of margins, with the backing of the trade unions proving decisive. Attempted to shake-off his "Red Ed" tag by talking about the "squeezed middle" - but faced criticism the party lacked direction.

He launched a two-year policy review and consultation exercise on "refounding" Labour as a more modern and inclusive party. He faced criticism his leadership lacked edge, but won support over his reaction to the phone-hacking scandal - and his decision to burn the party's bridges with Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

The son of a Marxist intellectual and an MP since 2005, he was formerly an adviser to Gordon Brown. After entering Parliament, he enjoyed a rapid rise, becoming energy and climate change secretary in 2008. Married his long-term partner and mother of his two young children, Justine Thornton in 2011.

ED BALLS - SHADOW CHANCELLOR

As Gordon Brown's chief economic adviser, he was at the chancellor's side for many years. After being elected an MP in 2005, he quickly became a Treasury minister but had to deny accusations of briefing against Tony Blair. Later he became schools secretary and narrowly held on to his seat in the 2010 election after being targeted by the Tories. Came third in the Labour leadership contest and was named shadow home secretary, despite being tipped for shadow chancellor. His public calls for Labour to change its position on the deficit were widely seen as having lost him the job. However, following Alan Johnson's resignation in January 2011, Mr Balls, at the age of 44, became shadow chancellor after all. Married to shadow cabinet colleague Yvette Cooper.

YVETTE COOPER - SHADOW HOME SECRETARY AND MINISTER FOR WOMEN AND EQUALITIES

Popular throughout the party, the then 42-year old got the most votes of any MP in the shadow cabinet elections. A former journalist with the Independent, she was marked out early on as a rising star after being elected in 1997. Two years later, at the age of 30, she became a minister - the youngest at the time. She rose quickly up the ministerial ladder, working in the Treasury before becoming work and pensions secretary. Was urged by some to run for the leadership but decided against it, saying it was not the right time. Another of those seen as a potential shadow chancellor, she was in fact appointed shadow foreign secretary in Ed Miliband's first front bench line-up, but moved to the home affairs brief after Alan Johnson's resignation. Married to Ed Balls - they are the first married couple to serve as cabinet ministers at the same time. They have three children.

DOUGLAS ALEXANDER - SHADOW FOREIGN SECRETARY

The former solicitor is one of only a handful of senior Labour figures who were close to both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Once Gordon Brown's speechwriter, he served as Scottish secretary and transport secretary under Tony Blair and international development secretary under Gordon Brown. Blamed by some for the election that never was in 2007 after urging Gordon Brown to call a snap poll. Aged 43, he co-ordinated the 2010 Labour general election campaign. Backed David Miliband in the leadership contest, chairing his campaign.

TRISTRAM HUNT - SHADOW EDUCATION SECRETARY

Historian Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, was promoted from shadow minister to shadow education secretary in the October 2013 reshuffle. He replaced Stephen Twigg. Mr Hunt is best known as a regular newspaper columnist, broadcaster and history lecturer. After taking a first-class degree in history from Cambridge University, he served as an exchange fellow at the University of Chicago before returning to Cambridge to complete his doctorate. He went on to work for Tony Blair in the Labour Party HQ on the 1997 General Election campaign and became a special adviser to former Science Minister Lord Sainsbury.

ANDY BURNHAM - SHADOW HEALTH SECRETARY

Turning 40 in 2010, Burnham was the youngest candidate in the Labour leadership contest, in which he came fourth. During the campaign, he argued that Labour had lost touch with its grass roots supporters and been dazzled by wealth. Like many senior figures in the party, he is a former special adviser. He rose quickly through the ranks after becoming an MP, serving as chief secretary to the Treasury, culture secretary and health secretary. He is a keen football player and avid Everton fan. Looked after education in Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet before returning to his previous love, health in 2011.

HARRIET HARMAN - DEPUTY LEADER AND SHADOW CULTURE SECRETARY

Labour's deputy leader, she took over from Gordon Brown as acting leader in May 2010, capping a remarkable political comeback after she was sacked from Tony Blair's first cabinet in 1998 in a row over welfare reform. She worked her way back into favour and held a number of ministerial positions, including solicitor general, before beating Alan Johnson to the deputy leadership in 2007, at the age of 56. A longstanding campaigner for women's rights, she led a drive while in government to have domestic violence taken more seriously. Widely commended for her Commons performances as acting leader. Swapped briefs with Ivan Lewis in October 2011, having previously spoken on international development.

RACHEL REEVES - SHADOW WORK AND PENSIONS SECRETARY

Shortly after returning from maternity leave she was promoted in October 2013 from the post of shadow treasury secretary having been shadow pensions minister in Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet. The MP for Leeds West was first elected to Parliament at the age of 31 in 2010. A former Bank of England economist, Ms Reeves quickly became a strong voice in opposition and penned an entry in the Purple Book - produced by Lord Mandelson's Progress group - warning that Labour should address the UK's poor rates of saving with targeted tax relief. Oxford and LSE-educated, she also worked at the British Embassy in Washington and at Halifax Bank of Scotland before entering Parliament.

CHUKA UMUNNA - SHADOW BUSINESS SECRETARY

A former employment lawyer turned MP for the London constituency of Streatham, Mr Umunna has seen his stock rise inexorably since he was elected in 2010. A former PPS to Ed Miliband, he's already been a shadow business minister and also sat on the powerful Treasury select committee. He has attacked the coalition government for not doing enough to foster bank lending through its Project Merlin agreement. Just 31 when elected, he is already been talked of as a potential future leader.

HILARY BENN - SHADOW COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SECRETARY

As the son of former Labour Cabinet minister Tony Benn, the MP for Leeds Central is part of a political dynasty. Regarded as more pragmatic than his father, he was a union official and special adviser to then education and employment minister David Blunkett before becoming an MP in 1999. Well-regarded as international development and environment secretary under Gordon Brown despite having a generally low profile. At the age of 53 stood for the deputy leadership in 2007, coming fourth. One of Ed Miliband's primary supporters in the leadership contest.

SADIQ KHAN - SHADOW JUSTICE SECRETARY

One of the most high profile Muslim MPs, the then 40-year-old was an early backer of Ed Miliband to be Labour leader and went on to run his campaign. Before becoming an MP in 2005 he was a leading human rights solicitor and chairman of pressure group Liberty. He is a former government whip, local government minister and transport minister, who was promoted to shadow transport secretary when Lord Adonis stood down after the 2010 general election. Since taking on the justice brief, he has admitted Labour did not do enough to tackle reoffending but accused the coalition of focusing on cutting costs not crime. Leading light in Labour think tanks The Fabian Society and Progress.

VERNON COAKER - SHADOW DEFENCE SECRETARY

Moving to defence from shadow Northern Ireland secretary in October 2013, the MP for Gedling held several ministerial positions in the last Labour government. One of those jobs was to look after policing - something he continued in Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet. He was also minister for drugs and crime reduction under Tony Blair and sparked controversy, given that role, when he admitted having smoked cannabis as a student. Mr Coaker first entered Parliament in 1997, aged 43, having failed to win seats in both 1992 and 1987. Married with two children, he's also a former government whip.

CAROLINE FLINT - SHADOW ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE SECRETARY

The then 47-year old caused a stir in 2009 when she quit the government and accused Gordon Brown of regarding her and other senior women in the Cabinet as "window dressing". Like many leading female MPs, the former union worker entered Parliament in the 1997 Labour landslide. Responsible for the controversial eco-town project as housing minister before becoming Europe minister in 2008. Supported David Miliband in the leadership contest. A beneficiary of Ed Miliband's first reshuffle, she moved from the communities and local government brief in October 2011.

ANGELA EAGLE - SHADOW LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

One of twin sisters in the shadow cabinet, the MP for Wallasey in Merseyside joined the Labour party when she was 17. The former union official was present on the Labour frontbench throughout the Blair and Brown years, without ever making the Cabinet. Her middle-ranking roles included social security minister and pensions minister. One of Labour's first openly gay MPs, she formed a civil partnership with her long-term partner in 2008. She supported David Miliband in the leadership contest. In Ed Miliband's 2011 reshuffle, at the age of 50, she was shifted to shadow leader of the Commons from shadow chief secretary to the Treasury.

CHRIS LESLIE - SHADOW CHIEF SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY

Chris Leslie has been appointed shadow chief secretary to the Treasury in the latest Labour frontbench reshuffle. The former Bradford councillor was elected MP for Shipley - a Tory stronghold in Yorkshire - in 1997. He held several junior positions in the former Labour government within the Cabinet Office, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Constitutional Affairs. He lost his Shipley seat in 2005, but re-entered Parliament in 2010 as MP for Nottingham East. He went on to serve as shadow financial secretary to the Treasury on Labour's front bench in the Commons.

MARY CREAGH - SHADOW TRANSPORT SECRETARY

Mary Creagh has moved from shadow environment secretary to shadow transport secretary in October 2013. When she was appointed to Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet in October 2010, the then 42-year old had never held a frontbench role before. The Wakefield MP worked for the European Parliament and in academia before entering Parliament in 2005. A keen Europhile, she is fluent in French and Italian. Worked as parliamentary private secretary to Andy Burnham but voted for David Miliband in the leadership contest.

MARIA EAGLE - SHADOW ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY

Maria Eagle moved in October 2013 to shadow environment secretary in a job swap with Mary Creagh. She is the sister of Angela but chose to support Ed Miliband in the leadership contest. Ms Eagle was a solicitor in Liverpool before entering Parliament in 1997. She held a series of ministerial positions under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, including children's minister and equalities minister. Like her twin, she lists cricket as one of her interests and is a proficient chess player.

JIM MURPHY - SHADOW INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY

Jim Murphy was moved - demoted in many people's eyes - in October 2013 from shadow defence secretary. He is a Blairite who worked on David Miliband's leadership campaign. He has held a string of government jobs since entering Parliament in 1997, after snatching the Conservative Party's safest seat in Scotland. He served Labour in power as a whip, Cabinet Office minister, welfare minister, Europe minister and, finally, at the age of 41, Scottish secretary. The East Renfrewshire MP is a former president of the National Union of Students, who lists his hobbies as model trains and playing football.

MARGARET CURRAN - SHADOW SCOTTISH SECRETARY

Previously an MSP, Ms Curran represented Glasgow Bailliestone since the Scottish Parliament's inception in 1999. But when that constituency was torn up in boundary changes she made the move to Westminster in 2010. Under her, Labour took back Glasgow East having lost it in a by-election defeat by the SNP in 2008. In Holyrood, she held various posts, including minister for communities, overseeing the executive's flagship anti-social behaviour laws. Before entering politics she was a lecturer in community education. The then 52-year-old took up her first full shadow cabinet role in October 2011.

JON TRICKETT - DEPUTY LABOUR PARTY CHAIR

Jon Trickett takes over from the departing Tom Watson as deputy Labour party chair. Gordon Brown's former parliamentary aide, Mr Trickett previously attended shadow cabinet as a junior minister and became a full member as shadow Cabinet Office minister in Ed Miliband's 2011 reshuffle. The then 61-year-old MP for Hemsworth took over the role from Tessa Jowell.

MICHAEL DUGHER - SHADOW CABINET OFFICE MINISTER

Michael Dugher became shadow Cabinet Office minister in October 2013 after attending the shadow cabinet as shadow minister without portfolio. Mr Dugher won the seat of Barnsley East at the 2010 General Election, after serving as chief political spokesman for the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Having joined the ranks of the Labour parliamentary party, he then became a parliamentary private secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband. He is also currently vice-chairman of the Labour Party.

GLORIA DE PIERO - WOMEN AND EQUALITIES MINISTER

Gloria De Piero was appointed shadow women and equalities minister in the October 2013 reshuffle. The former GMTV political editor was an political admirer of Tony Blair and backed David Miliband as party leader. She was elected as MP for Ashfield at the 2010 General Election and appointed to a junior role in the shadow Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. Since October 2011, Ms De Piero has served as a junior shadow Home Office minister.

OWEN SMITH - SHADOW WELSH SECRETARY

Former BBC radio producer and special adviser who has risen quickly through the ranks. The then 40-year-old was elected in 2010 for Pontypridd, but previously stood unsuccessfully in the 2006 Blaenau Gwent by-election where he lost to independent Dai Davies. He supported Ed Miliband for the leadership and was given a role in his shadow team five months after entering the House, first as shadow Wales minister and then in the shadow Treasury team. This is his first shadow cabinet role.

IVAN LEWIS - SHADOW NORTHERN IRELAND SECRETARY

Moving from shadow minister for international development in October 2013, former charity worker and chief executive of the Manchester Jewish Federation, Mr Lewis held a string of junior ministerial posts in the Labour government after becoming an MP in 1997 at the age of 31. He started out as a parliamentary private secretary to then Trade Secretary Stephen Byers, before going on to be an education minister, Treasury minister, health minister and international development minister. Most recently, he was minister of state at the Foreign Office. His previous shadow cabinet role was as culture spokesman in which he was a vocal campaigner on phone hacking.

ROSIE WINTERTON - CHIEF WHIP

The then 52-year-old was elected unopposed in a ballot for chief whip in 2010. A former local government minister, the Doncaster Central MP is responsible for maintaining discipline among Labour MPs in crucial Commons votes.

BARONESS ROYALL - SHADOW LEADER OF THE LORDS

Continues to lead her party in the Lords, having done the job, while in government, under Gordon Brown. She is also a spokesman on education, work and pensions, Northern Ireland and equality issues. Born in 1955, she started her political career as a special adviser to Neil - now Lord - Kinnock in the 1980s.

LORD BASSAM - LABOUR CHIEF WHIP IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS

A long-serving leader of Brighton and Hove Council, Lord Bassam was given a peerage in 1997 at the age of 44. The former local government official has continued as Labour's chief whip in the Lords, having done the job since before the 2010 general election.

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  47.  
    15:27: Urgent question House of Commons Parliament

    Yvette Cooper is expected on her feet soon for an urgent question on the government's counter-terrorism measures and implications for people travelling to conflict zones such as Syria. We'll bring you the latest.

     
  48.  
    @HarrietHarman Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party

    tweets: Breaking news! Man on the #pinkbus It's @tom_watson !

    Harriet Harman and Tom Watson on Labour's pink bus
     
  49.  
    15:17: Should Parliament move to Hull? Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    We mentioned earlier that there had been a discussion on Daily Politics about whether or not Parliament should be moved out of London. Alex Hilton, from Generation Rent, argued our legislature should up sticks to Hull. The package is now on our website. You can find it here.

     
  50.  
    @DouglasCarswell Douglas Carswell, UKIP MP

    tweets: Matter of fact question to minister Nicky Morgan about social mobility / selective schools. She loses it, attacking ukip manifesto. Odd

     
  51.  
    15:11: Chartered Institute of Housing

    The Chartered Institute of Housing has been responding to today's debate. Gavin Smart, interim chief executive, welcomed the focus on supply and affordability that the starter homes scheme represents.

    "But we are very concerned about these sites being exempt from section 106 agreements, which usually require social or affordable homes to be built as part of a development, for people on lower incomes," he said.

    "This smacks of building for one group of people at the expense of another. Social housing is critical if we are going to solve the housing crisis - there are always going to be people who can't afford to buy and we must provide decent, affordable homes for them too. If all the focus is on home ownership, we are never going to build mixed communities."

     
  52.  
    15:07: 'Attainment gap' House of Commons Parliament

    Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt claims "the attainment gap" between poorer and better-off pupils has widened under the present government.

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan accuses Mr Hunt of talking "drivel" and insists the gap is closing.

     
  53.  
    15:06: Questions on education House of Commons Parliament

    In the Commons, MPs are currently questioning education ministers. You can keep up with the session here.

     
  54.  
    15:03: What's coming up

    A brief taste of what's still to come:

    • An urgent question from Labour's Yvette Cooper on the government's counter-terrorism measures and implications for people travelling to conflict zones such as Syria
    • Former prime minister and ex-Labour leader Gordon Brown will be giving a lecture in Glasgow on North Sea oil
    • At 1900 GMT, Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg will be hosting an hour-long programme on mental health on LBC radio
    • Defence debate in the Commons
     
  55.  
    14:57: Your housing suggestions

    David Cameron announced today that 200,000 homes will be made available to first-time buyers in England by 2020 if the Tories win the election. Here is a selection of emails from Politics Live readers on the subject.

    If Thatcher hadn't been so obsessed in selling off the public housing stock we would not be in this mess.

    If the private sector rented housing stock was in better condition young people wouldn't be in such a rush to buy.

    Let's get some decent affordable rental properties for people to live in and if they still want to buy they have chance to save the deposit.

    Christine Armitage

    It is commonly accepted that the major building firms are not interested in small-scale building/renovation work. Cannot understand why Local Authorities are not far more pro-active in granting planning permission for small-scale builds/renovations on brown field sites in the inner city areas.

    One incentive might be to abolish any rate relief on empty dwellings to encourage owners to either let or re-develop them. Small builds employ proportionately more people than the large-scale, highly mechanised ones.

    S.M.Tiktin, Leighton Buzzard.

    Why aren't any of the parties talking about improving private renting? That could have an immediate effect for millions of tenants, across the country.

    Building new houses doesn't always help: Cambridge has very high house prices and lots of the new building going on but a new build 1 bedroom flat will cost you at least £200,000.

    Rosie Shaw, Cambridge

    Firstly stop any more immigrants coming into the country. That will relieve the pressure on housing and the Health service in one go!

    Douglas Annette, Farnborough

    Do you agree? Email us politics@bbc.co.ukor tweet @bbcpolitics

     
  56.  
    @MichaelLCrick Michael Crick, Channel 4 political correspondent

    tweets: It's now only about 43 days before people start voting (by post) in the 2015 election

     
  57.  
    14:41: Housing crisis Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

    We haven't been building enough houses since the 1960s. If you listen to charities like Shelter, they say we should be building a quarter of a million homes every year just to keep up with the pace of demand - due to a growing population and an ageing population. House prices are also going up like rocket fuel compared with wages and houses are getting more and more out of reach for many families.

     
  58.  
    14:39: Miliband on the railways
    Ed Miliband at People's Question Time in Brighton

    This was Ed Miliband in action earlier in Brighton. He also discussed public ownership of the railways, arguing that the coalition "has been doing rail renationalisation by the back door". "So if you are a European public company you can actually bid for the British franchise, but if you are British public company you can't bid for the franchise. This is just absolute nonsense," he said.

     
  59.  
    @SkyAnushka Anushka Asthana, political correspondent at Sky News

    tweets: He argues that 9k is right, but suggests split between graduate & Govt because HE has both a private benefit to grad but public benefit too.

     
  60.  
    14:34: Labour's aspiration

    Also at the "People's Question Time" event in Brighton earlier, Ed Miliband rejected a suggestion that Labour was not doing enough for "aspirational" middle-class voters. The Labour leader said his party's plans to cut tuition fees in England would help young people from all backgrounds.

    "That is absolutely about aspiration... there's nothing more anti-aspirational than kids leaving university with £44,000 of debt," he said. "Investment in our young people is about all of us."

     
  61.  
    @SkyAnushka Anushka Asthana, political correspondent at Sky News

    tweet: Interesting letters in Times on uni funding inc by Roger Brown- prof of HE policy at Liv Hope.

    Letter to the Times on education funding
     
  62.  
    14:18: Ed Miliband: No to voting changes

    Ed Miliband says he won't put his energy in to reforming the voting system if Labour comes to power. He's backed votes for 16-year-olds and says he wants changes to the House of Lords. But speaking earlier in Brighton, he said: "Personally I am more interested in changing the way the country works than the way the way the electoral system works.

    "If you are asking about me as prime minister, where would my energies be put into, it would not be into a big debate about the electoral system."

     
  63.  
    14:15: 'Not the first disagreement'

    David Cameron's official spokesman told reporters earlier of the PM's reaction to his Conservative colleague Ken Clarke's dim view of the promise to cut immigration below 100,000. "You won't be surprised to know that he takes a different view from Ken on this one. It won't be the first time that he and Ken haven't had exactly the same views." On the promise itself, the spokesman added: "The ambition remains the right one, but it's clear it's going to take more time, more work and more difficult long-term decisions in order to get there."

     
  64.  
    14:04:

    The Birmingham Post has picked up on comments we mentioned earlier by one of the city's MPs, Gisela Stuart, about the eye-catching idea of a "grand coalition" between Labour and the Conservatives.

    "As you work through the options, do not rule out that you have a grand coalition," she said in an interview with the Financial Times.

     
  65.  
    14:00: Off the bench?

    Is Sol Campbell the Tories' latest signing? After being talked of as a possible Conservative candidate for London mayor, or the Kensington seat being vacated by Sir Malcolm Rifkind, yesterday he said he was taking things "step by step" . Today, some Conservative supporters have reported receiving emails from the ex-Arsenal and Spurs man, trying to rally them to campaign in North London.

    Email from Sol Campbell
     
  66.  
    13:45: Green belt
    Countryside

    David Cameron's argument this morning that protecting the green built should be "paramount" in future housing strategy has been attacked by the free market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs. Its director general Mark Littlewood said "constraining housebuilding through artificial boundaries such as green belt restrictions is a key reason why house prices in the UK are very high and new homes increasingly small". He says "people not governments" should decide where houses are built.

     
  67.  
    13:33: Extremism debate The World at One BBC Radio 4 Presented by Martha Kearney

    Prof Michael Gunn says new guidance on extremism should provide "clarity, sensibility, proportionality". He says policy should be about encouraging universities to use current guidance on radical speakers, exploring how to support Muslims and how to utilise links with Prevent. Priority needs to be given to free speech and the guidance should make it clear when there is an exception, he concludes.

     
  68.  
    13:25: Radicalism at universities The World at One BBC Radio 4 Presented by Martha Kearney

    Speaking about extremism in universities, Professor Michael Gunn from the Million+ think tank says universities have obligations to ensure free speech at the moment. Debate is a strong way of "resisting radicalism", he says. Universities take their obligations very seriously, he says. The government recently passed laws aimed at banning all "extremist" preachers from campuses. Tory peer Baroness Neville-Jones says if we were confident we could remove the threat of radicalisation, there wouldn't be an issue. But legislation to make obligations statutory is needed because moves so far have not been effective.

     
  69.  
    13:16: Tackling extremism

    Following his speech earlier, David Cameron was also asked about how to tackle extremism. There has been discussion on the issue in light of facts about Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi emerging. Mr Cameron said: "My view is national security comes first whatever it takes, whatever is necessary, to keep the British public safe. I will always be a prime minister who wants to push for those changes, but over time, yes of course we will have to do more, to make sure that as technology develops, we can make sure we keep people safe. I'm not satisfied that we can allow a means of communication to develop which in extremis we are unable to intercept."

     
  70.  
    @BBCRadio4 13:14: BBC Radio 4

    tweets: "It's like a morgue after 7 o'clock." Betty Boothroyd tells Julia Langdon about Parliament now

     
  71.  
    13:01: 'Parliament should stay' Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Rehman Chishti says the Parliament in London is iconic and the cost of moving MPs to another city would be high. If Westminster does need to be renovated, he says, politicians should sit nearby.

     
  72.  
    13:00: Parliament on tour? Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Alex Hilton

    Should Parliament be moved away from London? Alex Hilton, from Generation Rent, says yes - to Hull, which has the cheapest rents in the UK. Such a move would help MPs understand and prioritise housing, he suggests, describing today's announcements on the issue as "basically pathetic".

     
  73.  
    12:52: Yellow cards for MPs? Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Nigel Evans

    Nigel Evans, the former deputy speaker, describes a Labour idea to give the House of Commons speaker the opportunity to "yellow card" MPs for bad behaviour as "rubbish". The speaker already has the ability to remove MPs in certain circumstances and has lots of discretion at present, Mr Evans says. "You don't want to turn the chamber into a library," he adds. But Labour's Lisa Nandy says the current system hasn't worked.

     
  74.  
    12:50: Defence spending Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Labour's Lisa Nancy says no party has got everything right on defence, but says we need to look at the bigger picture if we want to give the armed forces "the ability to do their job". She says Liam Fox - ex-Tory defence secretary - was guilty of just looking at funding, not the wider picture, in comments had made yesterday. Baroness Brinton says the UK is still a major player in the world.

     
  75.  
    @_katedevlin Kate Devlin, Westminster Correspondent, the Herald

    tweets: "Don't laugh" it could happen" - David Cameron tells people of Colchester about a Labour government propped up by the SNP

     
  76.  
    @fleetstreetfox Fleet Street Fox, blogger

    tweets: Tory discounts for first time buyers mean developers won't be funding new roads/school places. Taxpayers will! Big business wins again.

     
  77.  
    12:47: Getting the right balance Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    On defence spending, Lib Dem Baroness Brinton says lots of money has been going into big schemes like Trident nuclear weapons, but it is important to balance that with boots on the ground.

     
  78.  
    12:46: Defence spending

    The PM is full of reassurance when asked about defence spending. He says he has committed to growing the defence equipment budget by 1% in real terms every year in the next parliament. He also says he knows "how much the Americans appreciate the fact that Britain is a very strong and very capable partner".

     
  79.  
    12:44: Defence spending Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Daily Politics set

    On military cuts, and the head of the US Army saying he is "very concerned" about the impact of those cuts on the UK's armed forces capability, Tory MP Rehman Chishti says David Cameron has made it clear he wants other countries to step up to the plate and commit to spending 2% of GDP on defence. He says he would like to see that figure in the UK, but won't commit to it. Labour's Lisa Nancy says very few countries have made the target and that her party won't reduce the budget any further, pending a strategic review of defence.

     
  80.  
    12:42: TV debates Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Continuing the discussion on personality and policy, Kevin Schofield, from the Sun, says he doesn't think the TV debates will happen now. There are too many obstacles, he says. Laura Hughes, a regional parliamentary reporter, says she thinks they should - and will - still go ahead.

     
  81.  
    12:40: On terror laws

    Mr Cameron is taking questions now. As well as housing, he's asked about so-called Jihadi John and whether he has plans to tighten up controls on radicalised individuals. "My view is national security comes first, whatever it takes, whatever is necessary... we want to push for those changes," he tells the audience in Hove. He goes on to say he's "not satisfied we can allow means of communication to develop" that extremists can use and we can't touch.

     
  82.  
    12:39: Campaign Countdown Review BBC News Channel

    The Campaign Countdown Review is underway. Desktop users can tune in using the live coverage tab above.

     
  83.  
    12:34: Do party leaders matter? Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Rick Nye

    Policy or personality? Rick Nye, from Populus, says party brands - and that includes leadership - are important when people come to vote, even if some people say otherwise. "You are supposed to be about the substance," he says, but "we are all to a greater or lesser extent driven by the attractiveness of parties and their leaders."

     
  84.  
    12:33: Syria question House of Commons Parliament

    Urgent question at 15.30 GMT in the Commons. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper is to ask Home Secretary Theresa May for a statement on whether removing relocation powers - under the axed control orders regime - facilitated the travel of individuals to Syria.

     
  85.  
    @patrickwintour Patrick Wintour, Guardian political editor

    tweets: DC "By 2020, 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites will have planning permission for housing".

     
  86.  
    @paulnuttallukip Paul Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader

    tweets: How can Cameron plan for housing when he can't control immigration? Bonkers!

    UKIP poster
     
  87.  
    12:27: Help to buy

    The PM promises to extend Help to Buy throughout the next Parliament - assuming he's elected - which should help 120,000 more families.

     
  88.  
    @KateEMcCann Kate McCann, Whitehall correspondent at The Sun

    tweets: David Cameron says gov is on track to build 200,000 homes a year by 2017, not 2020.

     
  89.  
    12:24: Starter homes

    David Cameron says there's been "a quiet crisis" going on for some time - young people with good jobs unable to afford homes. Hence, the new starter homes plan. He says big developers have already signed up and promises the new homes won't be snapped up by foreign investors.

     
  90.  
    12:22: More rental options Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Lib Dem Baroness Brinton says more social and low-cost renting accommodation needs to be made available. For many people, buying still isn't going to be possible she adds.

     
  91.  
    12:21: More from Cameron
    David Cameron

    Labour's policy is to borrow more. Ours, the PM says - and it's that phrase again - is to see through our long-term economic plan.

     
  92.  
    12:18: In short supply Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Rehman Chisti says people who work hard should be able to aspire to owning their homes. He says the government is making "significant" progress, but admits more needs to be done to solve the problem. Labour's Lisa Nandy says house prices have gone up because of the lack of supply - her party wants to help builders construct new homes, too.

     
  93.  
    12:17: Security is key - PM

    David Cameron says his policies can be summed up in one word - security. He says that extends from the security of a good school place to security in old age. Key to that security, he adds, is owning your own home.

     
  94.  
    12:15: PM housing speech

    David Cameron has just started speaking on his housing plans in Colchester, Essex.

     
  95.  
    @Ed_Miliband Ed Miliband, Labour leader

    tweets: The next Labour government will deliver a better plan on housing:

    Labour housing plans
     
  96.  
    12:11: Emwazi case Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Mr Chishti says many radical preachers in the UK will tone their words so they are within the law. He says it is important to get such preachers off university campuses to avoid another case like Emwazi's. Labour's Lisa Nandy says a new support system for those vulnerable to radicalisation needs to be put in place.

     
  97.  
    12:10: Terror laws Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Daily Politics is discussing the issues surrounding Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi - known to many as Jihadi John. Tory MP Rehman Chishti says fewer people have absconded under TPIMs than under the old system of control orders - and says they are the right way forward. Earlier, former reviewer of terrorism legislation Lord Carlile raised questions about the scrapping of control orders in relation to Jihadi John.

     
  98.  
    12:06: Campaign countdown BBC News Channel
    New Statesman's Stephen Bush and Rosamund Urwin from the London Evening Standard

    The BBC News Channel's review of the political week is coming up at 12:30 GMT. Today Rosamund Urwin, from the London Evening Standard, and the New Statesman's Stephen Bush will be discussing possible splits in UKIP, the Green Party's relaunch after Natalie Bennett's disastrous interview last week and reports that the prime minister is bored with his own campaign. We'll bring you the latest here and desktop users can watch it on the live coverage tab above.

     
  99.  
    @BuzzFeedUKPol BuzzFeed UK Politics

    tweets: A UKIP candidate got stranded on the beach after writing 'We Love Nige'. Read more.

     
  100.  
    @BBCNormanS Norman Smith

    tweets: No 10 say it remains PMs "ambition" to get net migration down to tens of thousands

     

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