Reshuffle at-a-glance: In, out and moved about

Prime Minister David Cameron is reshuffling his top team, with details of new appointments and exits being unveiled.

line
William Hague (moved)
  • Was foreign secretary, now leader of the House of Commons
William Hague

Mr Hague has left his job as foreign secretary, but will remain in the cabinet as leader of the Commons before leaving Parliament at the next election. He led the Conservative Party between 1997 and 2001, and shadowed the Foreign Office brief for five years before taking the helm at the department in 2010.

line
Philip Hammond (moved)
  • Was defence secretary, now foreign secretary
Philip Hammond

Mr Hammond has left the Ministry of Defence to become foreign secretary. He has been defence secretary since 2011, having previously held the transport brief.

line
Michael Gove (moved)
  • Was education secretary, now chief whip
Michael Gove

Mr Gove has left his job as education secretary after four years. He will become Chief Whip in the House of Commons, responsible for party discipline. Downing Street said he would also have an "enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews".

line
Nicky Morgan (promoted to Cabinet)
  • Was a junior Treasury minister, now education secretary
Nicky Morgan

Mrs Morgan has been made education secretary, taking over from Mr Gove. The former lawyer has been a Treasury minister since 2013, having joined the government a year earlier. She will continue in her role as minister for women.

line
Liz Truss (promoted to Cabinet)
  • Was an education minister, now secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs
Liz Truss

The 38-year Ms Truss becomes secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs. An MP since 2010, Ms Truss joined the government in 2012 as an education minister.

line
Jeremy Wright (promoted to cabinet)
  • Was a junior justice minister, now attorney general
Jeremy Wright

The 41-year-old was first elected to Parliament in 2005, becoming a Conservative whip in opposition from 2007-2010 and then in government for two years before becoming a minister in the Ministry of Justice. He has now been promoted to cabinet as attorney general.

line
Michael Fallon (promoted to Cabinet)
  • Was a business and energy minister, now defence secretary
Michael Fallon

Mr Fallon, a Conservative MP since 1983, has been made defence secretary. He is regarded as a trouble-shooter who deals effectively with crises. Previously he held three jobs - as a business minister, minister of state for energy and minister for Portsmouth.

line
Stephen Crabb (promoted to Cabinet)
  • Was a junior Welsh Office minister, now Welsh secretary
Stephen Crabb

The MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire joins the cabinet as secretary of state for Wales. He has been a junior minister in the Welsh Office since 2012, having been first elected to Parliament in 2010.

line
Baroness Stowell (promoted to Cabinet)
  • Was a local government minister, now leader of the House of Lords
Baroness Stowell

The Conservative peer is to become leader of the House of Lords. A former civil servant, she worked as deputy chief of staff to William Hague when he was Conservative leader in the late 1990s. After a spell working in corporate affairs for the BBC, she was ennobled in 2011. Since then, she has served as a whip and a junior minister for local government.

line
Greg Clark (moved)
  • Keeps existing Cabinet Office role but gains higher education and science brief
Greg Clark

Mr Clark retains his job as minister for the constitution and cities in the Cabinet Office. But he has been given additional responsibilities as minister for science and universities.

line
Matthew Hancock (moved)
  • Gets more senior role in business department and takes on role of energy minister
Matthew Hancock

The MP, who is a close ally of Chancellor George Osborne, is taking on Michael Fallon's old portfolio of jobs as minister of state for energy, business and Portsmouth.

line
Nick Boles (moved)
  • Was planning minister, now skills and enterprise minister
Nick Boles

Nick Boles has been appointed as minister of state at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education. David Cameron said part of his brief will be equal marriage implementation.

line
Mike Penning (moved)
  • Was work and pensions minister, now policing and criminal justice minister
Mike Penning

Mr Penning (above) moves from the Department for Work and Pensions to a joint ministerial role in both the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.

line
John Hayes (moved)
  • Becomes minister of state at the Department for Transport
John Hayes

John Hayes becomes minister of state in the Department for Transport will retaining his existing responsibilities at the Cabinet Office.

line
Mark Harper (brought back)
  • Returns to government as minister for disabled people
Mark Harper

The MP quit his role as immigration minister earlier this year after admitting to having employed an illegal immigrant as a cleaner. He is now back as minister of state in the Department for Work and Pensions.

line
Claire Perry (promoted)
  • Was a government whip, now a junior transport minister
Claire Perry

The former investment banker, who became MP for Devizes in 2010, moves from the whips office to become a junior transport minister.

line
Anna Soubry (promoted)
  • Promoted to more senior role at Ministry of Defence
Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry, a former barrister and journalist, has been promoted to minister of state in the Ministry of Defence, having held a more junior position for the past year.

line
Amber Rudd (promoted)
  • Was a whip, now a junior energy minister
Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd, a former aide to George Osborne, also gets a promotion from the whips office to junior minister at the Department for Energy and Climate Change, with responsibility for energy efficiency, fuel poverty, carbon budgets and the green industry.

line
Priti Patel (brought in)
  • Was not previously in government, now exchequer secretary to the Treasury
Priti Patel

Priti Patel joins George Osborne's Treasury team as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, replacing David Gauke, who himself is promoted to Financial Secretary. The former public relations consultant has yet to serve in government and has rebelled in the past over the issue of an EU referendum.

line
Penny Mordaunt (brought in)
  • Was an unpaid ministerial aide, now a local government and communities minister
Penny Mordaunt

Penny Mordaunt joins the government as a junior minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government. The MP has served as an unpaid ministerial aide to the defence secretary for the past few years and made a splash, literally, by taking part in a reality TV show in which contestants learned how to dive.

line
Robert Buckland (brought in)
  • Joins government as solicitor general
Robert Buckland

Robert Buckland, the MP for Swindon South since 2010, becomes solicitor general - the second most senior law officer in the government. The barrister is one of the most pro-European voices in the party.

line
Andrew Murrison (moved)
  • Moved from Ministry of Defence to Northern Ireland Office
Andrew Murrison MP

The former Royal Naval medical officer and doctor leaves the Ministry of Defence and becomes a junior minister at the Northern Ireland Office.

line
Nick Gibb (brought back)
  • Returns to government as education minister
Nick Gibb

One of a rare breed, the so-called ministerial re-treads, who return to government after having been sacked. He was ousted as schools minister in the 2012 reshuffle. He now returns to the Department for Education.

line
Desmond Swayne (moved)
  • Was a whip, now an international development minister
David Cameron (left) and Desmond Swayne (right)

A former soldier and jogging partner of David Cameron, Mr Swayne moves from the whips office to a junior ministerial role at the department for international development.

line
Julian Brazier (brought in)
  • Joins government as defence minister
Julian Brazier

The 60-year old former soldier was briefly a ministerial aide in 1992-3 and gets his first taste of government at for more than 20 years. He has been an MP since 1987.

line
Brooks Newmark (brought in)
  • Joins government as junior Cabinet Office minister
Brooks Newmark

The US-born MP for Braintree joins the government for the first time. He takes over responsibility for civil society issues, such as volunteering, charities and social enterprise.

line
George Freeman (brought in)
  • Joins government as business and health minister
George Freeman

One of the "class of 2010" MPs to be rewarded with their first job in government. His junior ministerial role straddles the Department of Health and the Department for Business. Before entering Parliament, he had a career in the biomedical venture capital industry.

line
Sam Gyimah (brought in)
  • Was aide to David Cameron, now a junior education minister
Sam Gyimah

Sam Gyimah's promotion is perhaps one of the least surprising announcements in the reshuffle. For the last year, he has been a ministerial aide to David Cameron - a traditional springboard for ministerial office. He now becomes a junior minister at the Department for Education.

line
Alun Cairns (brought in)
  • Becomes junior minister at Wales Office
Alun Cairns

Mr Cairns has been Conservative MP for Vale of Glamorgan since 2010. He is a former banker and used to represent South Wales West in the Welsh Assembly.

line
Tobias Ellwood (brought in)
  • Joins government as junior Foreign Office minister
Tobias Ellwood

Mr Ellwood has worked as an aide for Liam Fox when he was defence secretary between 2010 and 2011, and was until recently the aide to Europe Minister David Lidington.

line
Jo Johnson (moved)
  • Moves to more senior Cabinet Office role
Jo Johnson and David Cameron

Boris Johnson's younger brother gets a promotion at the Cabinet Office, moving from unpaid parliamentary secretary to minister of state. The former journalist, who was also a whip before the reshuffle, remains as the head of the No 10 Policy Unit.

line
Ken Clarke (out)
  • Was minister without portfolio, has now left government
Ken Clarke

Mr Clarke, who attended cabinet as minister without portfolio, has left the government. He had held a number of top cabinet positions under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including home secretary and chancellor of the exchequer. During his 44 years in the Commons, Mr Clarke spent more than 20 years as a minister.

line
Owen Paterson (out)
  • Was environment secretary, has now left government
Owen Paterson

Mr Paterson will no longer be environment secretary, a post he has held since 2012 when he replaced Caroline Spelman. Prior to that, he had served in the cabinet as Northern Ireland secretary.

line
David Jones (out)
  • Was Welsh secretary, has now left government
David Jones Mr Jones leaves his post after just 22 months in the job

Mr Jones has been sacked as Welsh secretary, having been in the cabinet post for two years. He had previously been a more junior minister in the Wales Office.

line
Sir George Young (out)
  • Was chief whip, has now left government
Sir George Young

Sir George has resigned as chief whip. He was the leader of the Commons from 2010 to 2012. The 72-year-old North West Hampshire MP is one of the most experienced members of the coalition government, having held office under Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

line
David Willetts (out)
  • Was universities and science minister, has now left government
David Willetts

Mr Willetts, the MP for Havant who was dubbed "two brains" by colleagues, has resigned as universities minister. He served as Paymaster General under John Major. He will also step down as an MP next year.

line
Hugh Robertson (out)
  • Was a Foreign Office minister, has now left government
Hugh Robertson

The MP for Faversham and Mid Kent has quit as a Foreign Office minister. He previously played a key role in delivering the 2012 Olympics as sports minister between 2010 and 2013.

line
Greg Barker (out)
  • Was climate change minister, has now left government
Greg Barker

Mr Barker has left his job as an energy and climate change minister - a post he has held since 2010. He was one of the first MPs to support David Cameron in the 2005 Tory leadership contest.

line
Nick Hurd (out)
  • Was Big Society minister, has now left the government
Nick Hurd

The MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, son of former foreign secretary Lord Hurd, has quit his job as minister for civil society after four years. He leaves the government.

line
Alan Duncan (out)
  • Was international development minister, has now left government
Alan Duncan

Mr Duncan, one of the most high-profile gay ministers in government, has resigned as international development minister, a post he has held since 2010.

line
Andrew Robathan (out)
  • Was junior Northern Ireland minister, has now left government
Andrew Robathan

Mr Robathan, a former soldier, has resigned as Northern Ireland minister. He was previously a defence minister until the October 2013 reshuffle.

line
Damian Green (out)
  • Was policing minister, has now left government
Damian Green

Mr Green has resigned as policing minister. He had been immigration minister from 2010 to 2012.

Cabinet ministers and others staying in their jobs
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne
  • Home Secretary Theresa May
  • Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
  • Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin
  • Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers
  • International Development Secretary Justine Greening
  • Justice Secretary Chris Grayling
  • Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith
  • Culture Secretary Sajid Javid
  • Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles
  • Conservative chairman Grant Shapps
  • Employment minister Esther McVey (but will attend cabinet)
  • Minister for government policy Oliver Letwin
  • Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude
  • Culture minister Ed Vaizey (promoted to minister of state)
  • Local Government minister Brandon Lewis (promoted to minister of state)

More UK Politics stories

RSS

Politics Live

  1.  
    23:58: Round-up of the day

    From a start close to home, the day's political horizons gradually broadened to finish with international security and defence:

    • The Tories pledged to double the number of new starter homes to 200,000 by 2020 - at a discounted rate for first time buyers. Labour want to see 200,000 new homes built a year by 2020. The Lib Dems want to see 300,000 new homes built annually by 2020, including 10 new garden cities
    • Home Secretary Theresa May was challenged in the Commons on anti-terror measures. She denied changes in the law made it easier for a network of suspected terrorists to operate in West London - among them, the Islamic State killer Mohammed Emwazi
    • Labour proposed a system of 'yellow-card' temporary suspensions for rowdy behaviour in the Commons. The Speaker said the suggestion had 'merit'
    • Mr Bercow also warned the Palace of Westminster might have to abandoned if repair and modernisation work was not prioritised
    • Pets killed on roads will have to be collected, identified and their owners notified. The move follows a campaign by a woman who wasn't told her dog had died until four months after it had been found
    • MPs went on to debate defence. The chairman of the defence select committee, Rory Stewart, said that if Russia invaded Estonia, NATO would not know how to respond. A succession of MPs argued for defence spending to be at least maintained at the present 2% of GDP.
    • That's all from the Live Page team for tonight. We'll be back from 06:00 to keep you up-to-date on the latest political news and comment.
     
  2.  
    #tomorrowspaperstoday 23:46: Tomorrow's Times
    Times
     
  3.  
    23:46: Tomorrow's i
    i
     
  4.  
    23:28: Tomorrow's Independent
    Independent
     
  5.  
    23:25: Tomorrow's Daily Mail
    Mail
     
  6.  
    23:21: Child exploitation BBC Newsnight BBC Two, 22:30

    Newsnight's chief correspondent Laura Kuenssberg says tomorrow David Cameron is holding a child protection summit in Downing Street where he will talk about making it a criminal offence for professionals not to report child abuse.

    Tomorrow also sees the publication of the Serious Case Review, or investigation, in to child sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire.

     
  7.  
    23:15: No private deal
    Graham Allen

    MPs should be summoned to Westminster to meet for the first time on the Saturday after the general election to prevent a coalition deal being agreed in private between party leaders, a senior politician has said.

    Labour MP Graham Allen called for Parliament to meet on May 9 to consider the make-up of the next government. "If the result of the May 7 general election is not clear-cut, the days immediately after it should not be characterised by a private fix by the party leaders, where newly elected Members of Parliament and their parties are bypassed," he said.

     
  8.  
    22:58: House building BBC Newsnight BBC Two, 22:30

    Evan Davis asks the housing minister Brandon Lewis if he thinks house prices are "too high". He says it's different in different parts of the country, but agrees "In London, prices are too high...we need more homes to be built to deal with that".

    Mr Lewis says the Conservative's Starter Homes policy will help more young people to own a home of their own. The Conservatives and Labour have been setting out their policies on house building today.

     
  9.  
    22:39: Defence budget House of Commons Parliament

    Defence Minister Mark Francois, closing the defence debate for the government says: "The world simply does not stand still and events will not give us rest." He says the government inherited "chaos" from Labour in 2010 and "the budget is now back in balance".

    Shadow defence minister Kevan Jones says a future Labour government would meet current defence spending commitments in 2015-16. He says Labour would hold "a proper defence review" examining "our role in the world".

     
  10.  
    22:14: Ukraine 'a wake-up call' Susan Hulme BBC parliamentary correspondent

    The Defence Minister, Mark Francois, has said that recent events in Ukraine have been a "wake-up call". Speaking at the end of a Commons debate on the UK's defence, he said that the Strategic Defence and Security Review and the National Security Strategy needed to be updated in the light of that.

    The comments come after the head of the US Army said that he was "very concerned" about the impact of spending cuts on the UK's armed forces.

     
  11.  
    #tomorrowspaperstoday 22:11: Tomorrow's Guardian
    Guardian
     
  12.  
    22:07: More poster reaction

    Chris Leslie MP, Labour's Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on the new Tory election poster said: "The recovery has failed to reach kitchen tables across Britain. While a few at the top have been given a huge tax cut, working people are £1,600 a year worse off under the Tories. Labour's better plan will boost living standards, save our NHS, back the next generation and balance the books fairly. The Tories have an extreme plan to cut spending back to 1930s levels, before there was an NHS, which would put our public services and our economy at risk. Working people can't afford five more years of the Tories."

     
  13.  
    21:59: Tomorrow's Daily Express

    Tomorrow's Daily Express front page headline is "Paracetamol in new health alert". The paper says a daily dose of paracetamol could "put you at risk of heart disease and kidney failure, a study suggests".

     
  14.  
    21:52: Tomorrow's Telegraph
    Telegraph
     
  15.  
    @suttonnick Nick Sutton, Editor, BBC World at One
    FT

    tweets: Tuesday's FT front page: Regions cut pay gap with London as capital's workers feel squeeze

    #tomorrowspaperstoday

     
  16.  
    21:37: Speaker sees 'merit' in card sanction on MPs
    John Bercow

    Commons Speaker John Bercow has given a cautious welcome to the suggestion MPs face a rugby-style "yellow-card" temporary ban for bad behaviour in the Chamber. Answering questions at a Hansard Society event at Westminster, Mr Bercow said: "I think there is merit in it, it's not for me to decide, it's for the House to decide."

    Earlier, the Shadow Leader of the Commons, Angela Eagle, had suggested a system of temporary one-hour suspensions as part of a package of reforms to be brought in by a Labour government. "Sometimes," she said, "MPs take it too far and it turns the public off. A Labour government will consult on new powers for the Speaker to curb the worst forms of repeated barracking."

     
  17.  
    @bbclaurak Laura Kuenssberg, BBC Newsnight

    tweets: Bercow says Parly might have to be abandoned in 20 yrs! our film on state of disrepair, alongisde some lovely pix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i9xGG0RUoA …

     
  18.  
    21:28: SNP hit back at Labour

    The SNP has hit back at comments made by the former prime minister Gordon Brown in which he accused the party of focusing on political wrangling rather than what it could do for Scotland.

    The party's deputy leader, Stewart Hosie, said: "Given their toxic alliance with the Tories for the last two and a half years, people in Scotland would be forgiven for thinking that Labour's focus is not what they can do for Scotland - but what they can do for their Tory allies.

    "And despite this transparent attempt to cover for the failures of Jim Murphy's leadership, Gordon Brown has the substance all wrong....The general election is Scotland's opportunity to hold real power at Westminster and to deliver on the priorities of the people who live here - ending austerity, protecting our public services and investing in jobs."

     
  19.  
    21:06: Brown tackled on fees
    Gordon Brown MP

    Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been challenged on his role in introducing university tuition fees in England by a school student. Mr Brown was making a speech in Glasgow in which he called for a united effort to fight for social justice. During questions afterwards, he was asked: "You were the chancellor of the exchequer that introduced tuition fees, so how can you speak of empowering future generations when you introduced legislation which has encumbered future generations?".

    Mr Brown responded: "When we introduced tuition fees, and I had my own views on this which I won't go into this evening, they were at £3000. In 2007 we also added protection for poorer students around the maintenance costs....What I can't agree with is that you introduce free tuition, which is what has happened in Scotland, and then you cut the grants for poorer students."

     
  20.  
    20:54: Time to move House?
    Houses of Parliament

    The Speaker John Bercow says the cost of repairs to the Houses of Parliament could be more than £3bn. In a lecture in Westminster, he also said while he did not want MPs to have to move elsewhere while the work was carried out, they might have to. He was "very uneasy about the idea of decanting" from the Palace of Westminster, he said, because "once you are out it can be very difficult to get back", but if MPs had to move out, they should consider "all options including, almost certainly, a regional option".

    Basic services in the building, like electricity, water and sanitation, are being kept functioning "with increasing difficulty and growing risks", according to a report from 2012. There are many leaks from the roof too, as seen in the BBC documentary Inside the Commons.

     
  21.  
    @MSmithsonPB Poster reaction Mike Smithson, PoliticalBetting.com

    tweets: New Tory poster from Saatchi. My initial reaction is that it doesn't quite have what it takes

     
  22.  
    New Tory Campaign poster
    Conservative Party poster

    Tories launch new poster campaign, by Saatchi.

     
  23.  
    20:03: Bradford candidate
    Naz Shah

    A bit more on the candidate chosen by Labour to take on Respect MP George Galloway in Bradford in the general election. She is Naz Shah, the chair of a mental health charity called Sharing Voices Bradford. She is also known for her campaigning after her mother, Zoora Shah, was jailed in 1993 for poisoning her partner Mohammed Azam, after years of suffering domestic violence.

    Originally, Labour had chosen a London councillor, Amina Ali, to stand against Mr Galloway, but she stood aside days after being picked, saying the campaign for the Yorkshire seat would cause "massive disruption" to her children's lives.

     
  24.  
    19:41: Mandatory reporting on FGM House of Lords Parliament

    Peers back plans to create a mandatory duty on health professional and teachers to notify police of female genital mutilation within one month of becoming aware of the crime.

     
  25.  
    @LBC LBC
    Nick Clegg

    tweets: Nick Clegg is taking your calls and questions on mental health. Watch it all live here: http://l-bc.co/qPNCO2

     
  26.  
    @ChrisMasonBBC Chris Mason, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: Three children in every classroom has a mental health condition, Dep PM Nick Clegg tells @lbc

     
  27.  
    19:05: 'No repeat of queues chaos'

    Remember the queues that led to voters being turned away outside some polling stations at the 2010 election? It won't happen again, according to the head of the Electoral Commission. Jenny Watson said anyone stuck in a queue at 22:00 will still be able to cast their vote. The full story is here.

     
  28.  
    18:50: British hypocrisy, by Alan Bennett The World at One BBC Radio 4 Presented by Martha Kearney
    Alan Bennett talks to Martha Kearney

    Writer Alan Bennett says the one thing his country excels at is hypocrisy. He's the latest to be asked by Radio Four's The World At One to name one area in which the UK is world class. He said he'd discarded other ideas such as the National Trust, medieval churches and Swaledale in Yorkshire in favour of attitudes towards language, literature and the law.

     
  29.  
    18:38: 'Devolution to England' House of Commons Parliament

    The Conservative MP for Wokingham, John Redwood, says: "If we are going to have devolution in England, we first need devolution to England."

    He argues that England needs more powers over areas such as transport, as there are "more generous devolution settlements now being offered to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland".

     
  30.  
    @BBCNormanS Norman Smith, BBC News Assistant Political Editor

    tweets: Govt sources say Labour claims that scrapping control orders enabled Jihadi John to travel to #syria are "highly speculative"

     
  31.  
    18:26: Gordon Brown speech

    Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown says politicians must stop asking what Scotland can do for them - and instead explain what they can do for Scotland. In a speech in Glasgow, he accused the SNP of focusing on "the minutiae of Westminster insider politics" with Labour ahead of the general election, rather than "the big issues that matter such as ending poverty, unemployment, inequality and injustice in Scotland".

    "Even if the SNP seem happy to spend their time talking about hung parliaments, post-election deals and coalitions, we will spend our time talking about new Scottish jobs, new Scottish businesses and new Scottish technologies, and how we can benefit from leading a global economic revolution," he said.

     
  32.  
    18:14: This House is falling down
    John Bercow

    The Palace of Westminster may have to be abandoned within 20 years unless an extensive programme of repairs and modernisation is agreed, John Bercow has warned. The Commons Speaker said a "not inconsequential sum of public money" was needed to keep the Houses of Parliament "fit for purpose".

     
  33.  
    17:55: Re-cap

    A look back at two key political stories of the day:

    • Home Secretary Theresa May has been challenged in the Commons on anti-terror measures
    • She denied changes in the law made it easier for a network of suspected terrorists to operate in West London - among them, the Islamic State killer Mohammed Emwazi
    • David Cameron and Ed Miliband have been promoting their rival plans on housing
    • The Tories have pledged to double the number of new starter homes to 200,000 by 2020 - at a discounted rate for first time buyers
    • Labour want to see 200,000 new homes built a year by 2020
    • The Lib Dems want to see 300,000 new homes built annually by 2020, including 10 new garden cities
     
  34.  
    17:35: 'Deathbed repentance' House of Commons Parliament
    Austin Mitchell

    Austin Mitchell, the Labour MP for Great Grimsby, describes devolution to Greater Manchester as a "deathbed repentance by a government which had centralised continuously in a country that is over-centralised already".

    He claims that a concentration of power in London and the south-east of England "needs to be reversed so the rest of us can have a chance".

     
  35.  
    17:29: Ashcroft poll

    A bit more on the latest poll from the Tory peer Lord Ashcroft:

    • Conservatives - 34%; Labour - 31%; UKIP - 14%; Lib Dems - 7%; Greens - 7%
    • 36% said a Tory government would deliver strong economic growth, compared with 21% for Labour
    • On the NHS, 37% expected to see improvements under Labour, compared with 13% under the Tories
    • Action to tackle tax avoidance more likely under David Miliband, those polled said
    • Little confidence that either party would be able to reduce immigration significantly, with 26% thinking that was likely under the Tories and 13% under Labour.

    1,003 adults were interviewed by telephone between 27 February 27 and 1 March.

     
  36.  
    17:20: 'Unrealistic' Susan Hulme BBC parliamentary correspondent

    The former NATO Secretary-General, Lord Robertson, has said it's "absurd" to blame the security services for failing to stop people travelling to fight for Islamic State.

    Speaking in the Lords, he said it was completely unrealistic to expect that everyone who was followed or identified by the security services should be locked up, because there was no system yet invented that was "capable of identifying and imprisoning all of those who might conceivably in the future be guilty of some terrorist act".

     
  37.  
    @terrorwatchdog David Anderson, UK Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

    tweets: Control orders vs #TPIMs - the background to Parliament's recent decision to restore relocation is here: …https://terrorismlegislationreviewer.independent.gov.uk/relocation-relocation-relocation/ …

     
  38.  
    Labour Press Team

    tweets: Congratulations to @NazShahBfd - selected as Labour's candidate to win back Bradford West.

     
  39.  
    17:02: Victoria Derbyshire
    advert for Victoria Derbyshire studio debates

    Join Victoria Derbyshire on her new daytime TV programme from 7 April on BBC 2, BBC News Channel and online. In the run up to the general election, she will be debating the key issues likely to affect the way you vote with a live studio audience. If you want to have your say and take part please email Victoria@bbc.co.uk

     
  40.  
    16:56: Defence spending poll

    Some 41% of voters back calls for Britain to continue spending 2% of GDP on defence, a survey suggests. About one in five (21%) oppose such a move, according to a poll by Usurv for the Press Association.

    More men than women agreed that approach was right - 51% compared with 32% - while support increased with people's salaries, the survey suggests.

    Asked about the pledge to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid - 45% opposed this while 29% backed it. A total of 1,000 people took part in the online poll.

     
  41.  
    16:52: Diplomatic links with Iran House of Lords Parliament

    The Government is "anxious" to reopen the UK Embassy in Tehran. In the Lords, the Government spokesman Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Lib Dem), accepted more engagement with Iran offered more opportunity to influence for good, but said a number of obstacles remained. Reassurances on the safety of employees and other matters had still to be settled. The British Embassy closed after it was attacked by protestors in November 2011. The Ambassador was withdrawn and the UK expelled Iranian diplomats from London.

     
  42.  
    @BBCNormanS Norman Smith, BBC News Assistant Political Editor

    tweets: UK police officers shd be based in Istanbul to stop wd be Jihadi brides says Keith Vaz

     
  43.  
    16:40: UK 'centralised' House of Commons Parliament
    Clive Betts

    Labour MP Clive Betts, who chairs the Communities and Local Government Committee, says the UK is one of the most centralised countries.

    The committee published its report - Devolution in England: the case for local government - in June last year.

     
  44.  
    16:35: 'Abhorrent' House of Commons Parliament

    During the Urgent Question, Conservative MP Bob Stewart said it was "abhorrent" that the media had given "a nickname" to an extremist.

    He was talking about Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi, who has been pictured in the videos of the killings of Western hostages and has been referred to as "Jihadi John". Mr Stewart says this could result in him being regarded as "some sort of modern-day Jesse James".

    Labour MP David Winnick disputed that the media had portrayed Mr Emwazi as a "hero".

     
  45.  
    @RebeccaKeating Rebecca Keating, BBC Political Correspondent

    tweets: Quite a few MPs criticising media's naming of Emwazi & the three schoolgirls who've gone to Syria. Theresa May backing calls for 'restraint'

     
  46.  
    16:26: Tony Hall on the licence fee The World at One BBC Radio 4 Presented by Martha Kearney

    More now on what BBC Director General Tony Hall had to say on proposals to move away from the licence fee. Speaking on the World at One, he said the licence fee was a "much cheaper way of funding great content than subscription".

     
  47.  
    16:17: 'No rush' on defence decisions House of Lords Parliament

    The Government has stressed its commitment to debate and the search for consensus on defence spending. Challenged on the next Strategic Defence and Security Review in the Lords, the minister, Lord Wallace of Saltaire (LD), said he hoped there would be more time for the 2015 review, due to start after the election, than there had been in 2010. That would allow time for debate on the UK's role in the world, the threats faced and how much spending was appropriate. The former First Sea Lord and Labour peer, Lord West of Spithead, called for more, open discussion earlier in light of the likely need for the incoming government to review urgently public spending in general.

    Lord Wallace accepted the UK was "in a much more acute security situation, not only in Eastern Europe but also in North Africa and across the Middle East" than had been the case five years ago. The exchange followed concerns raised earlier by the head of the US Army about the impact of cuts on the UK's armed forces.

     
  48.  
    16:15: 'Dangers and horrors' House of Commons Parliament

    "It's important to make clear to people the dangers and horrors, even if people are going to Syria for humanitarian and the best of intentions," Mrs May tells MPs. "We are consistently saying people should not be travelling to Syria and Iraq."

     
  49.  
    16:07: Handing over

    At this point, Nick Eardley and Victoria King are handing over the reins of Politics Live to Angela Harrison and Tim Fenton for the rest of the day. We're here through to midnight, so stick with us for more political updates and analysis.

     
  50.  
    16:03: Human rights House of Commons Parliament
    Home Secretary Theresa May defending the government's counter-terrorism policies in the House of Commons Home Secretary Theresa May defending the government's counter-terrorism policies in the House of Commons

    Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke asks Mrs May if she agrees more powers should be given to authorities. Mrs May tells him human rights laws have in the past have an effect on attempts to remove individuals and that needs to be be reformed

     
  51.  
    @LordAshcroft Lord Ashcroft, Tory peer and pollster

    tweets: Ashcroft National Poll, 2 Feb-1 March: CON 34%, LAB 31%, LDEM 7%, UKIP 14%, GRN 7%. Full details on @ConHome, 4pm.

     
  52.  
    16:01: Role of universities House of Commons Parliament

    Matthew Offord MP, Conservative, asks about universities and their role combating extremism. Mrs May says universities should have a care for the welfare of students. If radicalism is taking place on campus, institutions should be aware and willing to deal with it, Mrs May adds.

     
  53.  
    Cage comments House of Commons Parliament

    Michael Ellis, the Tory MP, asks Mrs May about campaign group Cage's comments on Mohammed Emwazi. She says there can be "no excuse for the barbarism that has been shown" by ISIL.

     
  54.  
    15:54: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown House of Commons Parliament

    A fake passport apparently used by one of the girls from London in travelling to Turkey suggests problems, says Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a Tory MP. Exit checks are being introduced in April, Mrs May says.

     
  55.  
    15:52: Reporting on IS House of Commons Parliament

    Tory MP Bob Stewart says it is "utterly abhorrent" that the media uses a picture of Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi and continues to use a nickname in referring to him. He suggests this may encourage others. Mrs May won't comment on the specific cases, but expects the barbarity of IS to be reflected in reporting.

     
  56.  
    15:49: Keith Vaz House of Commons Parliament

    Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee and Labour MP, asks why it took days for Turkish authorities to find out the three London schoolgirls had travelled to the country. Mrs May said police had made the information "absolutely clear". She says movement to Syria is an on-going issue and she will look at whether there are further measures that can be taken to try and prevent people travelling on airlines to the country.

     
  57.  
    15:48: Jack Straw House of Commons Parliament

    Former home secretary and Labour MP Jack Straw is on his feet. He asks whether Mrs May thinks she made a mistake removing powers in 2011. Mrs May highlights again that some cases were before changes were made.

     
  58.  
    15:47: David Davies House of Commons Parliament

    David Davies, the Tory MP, asks Mrs May if she will revisit the issue of intercept evidence in court. Mrs May replies that this is an issue that has been looked at a number of times and says the latest review found it was clear it was not appropriate to change arrangements.

     
  59.  
    15:45: Theresa May House of Commons Parliament

    "This is not just a question of government... it is about families and communities as well", Mrs May adds. "We all have a role to play".

     
  60.  
    15:44: Counter-claim House of Commons Parliament

    Theresa May tells the Commons Ms Cooper has failed to highlight that the many cases in the media were from when relocation powers were still available.

     
  61.  
    15:43: Theresa May House of Commons Parliament

    On Prevent, Theresa May says the government changes were made for "very good reasons". She suggests Ms Cooper has not learned the mistakes of her government on the issue. Mrs May explains the difference with control orders and says Ms Cooper "should study the history" of the UK's constitution. Control orders were not sustainable, Mrs May adds.

     
  62.  
    15:42: Yvette Cooper House of Commons Parliament

    Some 600 Brits are believed to have travelled to Syria to join ISIL (also known as IS), Yvette Cooper says in reply. She calls for answers on certain government polices:

    Yvette Cooper
    • Control orders were abolished and in some cases people subject to them reportedly left for Syria. Did removing control orders make it easier for terrorist groups to recruit? Will she now look at whether it made it harder for security services?
    • In light of three east London school girls travelling to Syria, was there an agreement with airlines on minors travelling to known Syria routes?
    • What help was given to parents of children from the London school the girls attended? And what is being done to help their community?
     
  63.  
    15:41: Everyone's responsibility House of Commons Parliament

    Despite "robust" government action, everyone needs to play a part in protecting the UK, Theresa May says, highlighting the roles of social media companies, schools and families.

     
  64.  
    15:36: Theresa May statement House of Commons Parliament

    Over 2,000 people have been referred to a scheme to identify those vulnerable to terrorism, Theresa May says. Local Prevent projects have reached 55,000, she says. Additionally, the government has promised exit checks from later this year.

     
  65.  
    15:34: Theresa May statement House of Commons Parliament

    Theresa May says the government has taken steps to make sure the UK is protected from terrorist attacks. She lists a number of measures introduced recently to try and combat terrorism in the UK and abroad.

     
  66.  
    15:33: Labour's urgent question House of Commons Parliament

    Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, has asked the government for a statement on counter-terrorism. Theresa May says the threat is "grave and growing". She says she can't comment on specific cases, but reaffirms a terrorist attack is highly likely.

     
  67.  
    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.

     
  68.  
    @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
     
  69.  
    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.

     
  70.  
    @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

     
  71.  
    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."

     
  72.  
    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.

     
  73.  
    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.

     
  74.  
    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
     
  75.  
    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

     
  76.  
    @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

     
  77.  
    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.

     
  78.  
    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.

     
  79.  
    @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.

     
  80.  
    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."

     
  81.  
    @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
     
  82.  
    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."

     
  83.  
    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."

     
  84.  
    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.

     
  85.  
    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
     
  86.  
    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.

     
  87.  
    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.

     
  88.  
    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.

     
  89.  
    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."

     
  90.  
    @BBCRadio4 13:14: BBC Radio 4

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

     
  91.  
    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.

     
  92.  
    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".

     
  93.  
    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.

     
  94.  
    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.

     
  95.  
    @_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

     
  96.  
    @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.

     
  97.  
    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.

     
  98.  
    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".

     
  99.  
    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.

     
  100.  
    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.

     

Features

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • StudentsBull market

    Employers are snapping up students with this desirable degree

Programmes

  • 3D model of Christ the Redeemer statueClick Watch

    Using drones to 3D map the famous Brazilian landmark Christ the Redeemer

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.