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Labour responds to Big Society Capital launch

Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office responds to the Government’s launch of Big Society Capital:

"Charities need all the support they can get. This announcement is welcome, but it is too little, far too late.

"The Government should not over claim at a time when over 70,000 jobs in the sector have been lost in the last year alone and too many charities are cutting back on the support they provide to individuals and communities as a result of the Tory-led Government's cuts that go too far, too fast."

– Jon Trickett MP


McVey laughs off 'Downing Street catwalk' headline

Esther McVey said she thinks it is "great news people are talking about powerful women" in Number 10 after a Daily Mail headline on "the battle of the Downing Street catwalk" was widely criticised.

Read: Esther McStay - why has she missed out on a promotion again?

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg poked fun at the newspaper by tweeting a picture of what he was wearing, while Green MP Caroline Lucas said the headline was an "all time low".

However, the employment minister, who was promoted to attend Cabinet meetings in yesterday's reshuffle, said: "I think it's great news that people are talking about powerful women walking up in to Downing Street.

"You've got some great women there now, secretaries of state, new people who've just come in to Parliament."

"So, you know what? If it takes a photo of some women getting a new job to start a whole generation of new young girls talking about what jobs I can do then that's fine by me," she added.

Read: New faces and big movers in the Cabinet reshuffle

Cameron defends number of women in his Cabinet

David Cameron has been questioned on the percentage of women in his Cabinet during Prime Minister's Questions.

David Cameron speaking during PMQs
David Cameron speaking during PMQs

Given his commitment to equality, will the Prime Minister explain why 75% of his cabinet are still men.

– Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck

Read: New Cabinet team 'reflects modern Britain'.


Nick Clegg pokes fun at Daily Mail in fashion tweet

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has poked fun at the Daily Mail by posting a photo on Twitter of what he is wearing today.


What I wore to the office today. Fingers crossed the Mail approves. Hope I don't look too '80s cabin attendant'.


Mr Clegg said he hoped his attire wasn't too "80s cabin attendant" after the Mail did an article on what promoted female MPs were wearing.

The Mail websiteis well known for commenting on what celebrities and public figures are wearing.

Miliband congratulates PM on 'getting rid of Gove'

Ed Miliband has spoken out about the Cabinet reshuffle during Prime Minister's Questions.

Ed Miliband, Labour Leade
Ed Miliband, Labour Leader

We have always said we would support the Government when they do the right thing so can I join thousands of parents across the country in congratulating him [David Cameron] on getting rid of the Education Secretary.

– Ed Miliband, Labour leader

Clegg: Britain will remain 'anchored in heart of EU'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Britain will remain "anchored in the heart of European Union" under the coalition Government as he rejected claims yesterday's reshuffle created a Eurosceptic Cabinet.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

The Liberal Democrat leader said: "The Conservatives are talking to each other rather than to the country or even to the rest of Europe about Europe.

"What I want to see is a reformed European Union - more competitive, more open, less bureaucratic, more open trade - but with Britain always leading in Europe.

"If the Conservatives want to constantly change their own policy or stance on the way they talk about Europe, that is up to them.

"This Government, a coalition Government because of the Liberal Democrats in it, will remain anchored in the centre ground with Britain anchored firmly in the heart of the European Union."

Read: New faces and big movers in the Cabinet reshuffle

Cameron: Full employment key aim of economic plan

David Cameron has welcomed today's figures which shows there has been a fall in unemployment.

The Prime Minister tweeted that the figures "show more people have the security of a job than ever before".


Today's figures show more people have the security of a job than ever before. Full employment is a key aim of our #LongTermEconomicPlan.

Read more: Unemployment falls by 121,000 to 2.12 million

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