Labour's shadow work and pension secretary Rachel Reeves has asked "when will the PM and IDS [Iain Duncan Smith] get a grip" on Universal Credit, after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude admitted to ITV News that its implementation had been "pretty lamentable" so far:
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said that a statutory register of lobbyists, as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for, would have made "no difference at all" to recent allegations of lobbying.
"There are already rules which say that MPs cannot take money as an advocate in Parliament," he told Daybreak.
He added that the former Conservative MP Patrick Mercer's alleged offence was "against the rules," but that there was a "perfectly proper need" for professional lobbyists.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, who is overseeing the funeral arrangements for Baroness Thatcher, has denied being the first to "plunge the knife" when the Conservative party forced her out of office 23 years ago.
Maude told Sky News' Murnaghan programme: "No I didn't, I simply told her what I believed to be the truth."
In her memoirs, Thatcher recalled how "reliable ally" Maude was the first to tell her she had to go.