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Women 'Will Bear The Brunt' Of Welfare Cuts

news.sky.com — Women will "bear the brunt" of austerity measures if the Conservatives win the General Election, Labour has warned. Analysis commissioned by the Labour Party from the independent House of Commons Library showed that freezing benefits and tax credits would disproportionately affect women.

Funeral Costs Leading To Backyard Burials - MP

news.sky.com — The rising cost of funerals is leading people to bury their deceased loved ones in their back gardens, an MP has claimed. Labour backbencher Emma Lewell-Buck warned that people were falling into debt, forced to sell possessions and take out payday loans as the cost had doubled in a decade.

Osborne To Admit Missing Borrowing Target

news.sky.com — Around a billion pounds of investment for small and medium sized businesses, relief on petrol prices and changes to business rates to help the High Street are among measures to be announced later in the Autumn Statement.

Osborne 'To Stay On Course To Prosperity'

news.sky.com — Around a billion pounds of investment for small and medium sized businesses, relief on petrol prices and changes to business rates to help the High Street are just some of the Austumn Statement measures to be announced later.

PM Slated As Boris Sister's Twitter 'Hacked'

news.sky.com — David Cameron, in opposition, once said: "The trouble with Twitter, the instantness of it - too many twits might make a twat." Well, he was certainly on the end of an unintentional Twitter tirade when Rachel Johnson, editor of weekly magazine The Lady and sister of London Mayor Boris Johnson, tweeted...

Migration Target 'Blown Off Course' Says May

news.sky.com — 'No ifs, no buts' the Prime Minister on his pledge to get net migration down to tens of thousands by May 2015. Well today, those ifs, those buts came with Theresa May admitting that the target had been 'blown off course' because of internal EU migration. And that was down to Britain's booming economy.

SNP Slams Main Parties Over UKIP Victory

news.sky.com — The Scottish National Party has accused the three main Westminster parties of "pandering to the politics of the extreme right" following the victory of Mark Reckless in the Rochester and Strood by-election. In a scathing attack the party accused UKIP of being "a xenophobic, anti-European, anti-immigration party" who are "totally beyond the pale".

Parliamentary Staff Pick Leaves From Trees

news.sky.com — Gardeners at the Palace of Westminster are being employed to pick leaves from the lime trees outside the building to stop them falling off and making the place look untidy. A female member of staff was seen up a ladder in New Palace Yard on Friday removing individual leaves from the trees.

Is There A Miliband Leadership Crisis?

news.sky.com — Lord Levy, Lord Noon, Margaret Hodge, Dame Tessa Jowell and even Lord John Prescott, a list of party grandees who in recent days have voiced concern over some Labour policy and in certain cases their leader. Weeks after a disappointing conference and as their poll lead disappears - is this a sign of a greater leadership crisis inside the Labour party?

Scotland Devolution Pledge 'Non-Negotiable'

news.sky.com — Better Together leader Alistair Darling has insisted a pledge to devolve more powers to Scotland made before the independence referendum will be acted upon within the timetable. The former chancellor said in a recorded interview that any of the leaders of the three main Westminster parties who rowed back on the devolution timetable would "pay a heavy price".
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Dec 22, 2014

Bottom 10% of housholds pay 47% of their income in tax (by far highest of any group), while the top 10% pay just 35%: newstatesman.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 22, 2014

@TomsonSwarb Congrats chap on the new programme! Well done... Look forward to tuning in. :-)

Dec 22, 2014

'Make your mind up time' for NI politicians as 'deal or no deal' talks get underway: news.sky.com/story/1395895/….

Dec 21, 2014

NOW: Last #Murnaghan 2014: Chris Grayling, @SadiqKhan, Tim Farron, Lord Goldsmith, Stanley Johnson, Esther Rantzen and George Young @SkyNews

Dec 20, 2014

Women will "bear the brunt" of austerity measures if Conservatives win election, Labour warns. My report: news.sky.com/story/1395322/….

Dec 20, 2014

'We are all living an extra 20 minutes a day' says @EstherMcVeyMP. How does that work?

Dec 18, 2014

Can President Putin retain Russia's loyalty when the economy is freefalling? @DMcCaffreySky explains the challenge snpy.tv/1xsDS4i

Dec 14, 2014

Howarth also argues ISC now has power to demand information from our security services, who originally asked for redaction of Senate report.

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