As the impasse over government formation continued in Maharashtra, the Congress has convened a meeting of its newly-elected MLAs here on November 8 amid speculation that they may be shifted to Jaipur.State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat and other senior leaders will be present at the meeting which will take place around 10.30 am, party sources said.They said all the 44 Congress MLAs will attend the meet, which is expected to discuss the prevailing political situation in Maharashtra where there is no sign of the new government even two weeks after declaration of polls results.Close The party is exercising caution due to the possibility of defection from its legislative wing, the sources said. related news Demonetisation was futile exercise, knew it would ruin lives: Mamata Banerjee Ayodhya verdict: CJI Ranjan Gogoi to meet UP chief secretary, DGP to review law and order situation Demonetisation proved to be disaster that all but destroyed economy: Priyanka Gandhi … [Read more...] about Congress MLAs to meet amid political impasse in Maharashtra
2.16pm GMT Lunchtime summary • The heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ have just started giving evidence in public to the intelligence and security committee. My colleague Paul Owen is covering the hearing on his NSA files live blog. • Labour has challenged Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, to respond to claims that he leant on members of the Commons public accounts committee to try to get them to criticise his permanent secretary, Robert Devereux, in their report on universal credit. The allegation was made in today's Times (see 10.01am) and Labour MPs repeatedly raised it during business questions in the Commons. Chris Bryant raised a point of order. Disclosure of a draft report which has been submitted to a committee before such a report has been agreed to by the committee and presented to the House may be treated as a contempt. Now the allegations which [Andrew] Lansley [leader of the Commons) has tried to brush off today about what Mr Duncan … [Read more...] about Nick Clegg’s LBC phone-in and his environment speech: Politics live blog
4.13pm GMT Afternoon summary • Danny Alexander, the Lib Dem chief secretary to the Treasury, has accused Tories who want to cut renewable energy initiatives and energy saving measures for the poor of being "full of crap". • Bernard Jenkin, the Conservative MP who chairs the public administration committee, has told MPs that giving select committee members iPads has saved £1m a year. It really should be put on the record that our iPads mean our staff no longer spend hours photocopying, collating and sending out through the post vast quantities of paper. All the evidence is now electronic and apart from a very few colleagues, who understandably have found it difficult to adapt to new technology, controversially giving select committee members iPads has probably cumulatively saved £1m a year, which is what we can devote to scrutiny instead of to photocopying. It saves an enormous amount of staff time, freeing them up to do more interesting and rewarding work. … [Read more...] about Reaction to claims Cameron wants to ‘get rid of green crap’: Politics live blog
With Britain set to get its second woman prime minister, has the boys' club that has dominated British politics for centuries finally had its day? Remember that group hug? When SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett got together at the end of one of the general election TV debates, leaving poor Ed Miliband flapping about on the sidelines.That felt, to some, like a moment when things were changing for women in British politics. The impressive performance of female politicians, such as Andrea Leadsom and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson in the EU referendum TV debates, felt like another.Now, with Mrs Leadsom and Theresa May battling it out for the Tory leadership we are on the verge of getting our second female prime minister, 26 years after Margaret Thatcher left Downing Street.On the global stage, America could be about to get its first female president, in Hillary Clinton, and German Chancellor Angela … [Read more...] about Are women taking over British politics?
In the first of Lord Sumption’s Reith Lectures last June, the former Supreme Court judge argued that “law penetrates every area of human life” as never before, not least because of government’s desire to regulate. Asserting that “judges are intellectually honest, by and large”, he added that “as politics has lost its prestige, judges have been ready to fill the gap”. He appeared to be making a case for judges – whom he described as “intelligent, reflective and articulate people” – to encroach upon the deliberative function of politicians who, perhaps by implication, have none of those admirable qualities. This overlooked the fact that politicians are elected, whereas judges are not: a fundamental... … [Read more...] about If Supreme Court judges stray into politics, they should expect to be scrutinised like politicians