News Labour leader Ed Miliband will put his final proposals to a special Labour conference on 1 March

Labour MPs to lose their one-third share of the vote in leadership elections, while one-member-one-vote reform will also apply to trade unions’ portion of electoral college

In a report on the state of maternity care, the Commons Public Accounts Committee criticised both the Department of Health and NHS England for being unable to tell it who is accountable for ensuring the NHS has enough midwives

'Insufficient' Government funding threatens NHS's ability to provide universally safe maternity care, says MPs

Labour say the Coaliton has failed on its 'cynical' pre-election promise to deliver 3,000 more midwives

Mark Leftly: He may be an octopus but the minister for everything has only got two hands

Westminster Outlook Michael Fallon is Westminster's – and the world's – first land-dwelling, four-limbed octopus, his tentacles wrapped around Whitehall, circular suckers incapable of being removed from powerful ministries of state.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Trident fleet will cost us billions, but exactly who is it supposed to keep at bay?

While politicians agonise over the size of the Government’s debt, one of the most expensive publicly funded projects in recent years is quietly getting under way.

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The former British Prime Minister's comments came during a visit to Cairo in order to discuss the Middle East peace process and the situation in Egypt.

Tony Blair gives backing to Egyptian military coup, criticises Brotherhood and calls for international community to support leadership

The former British Prime Minister's comments came during a visit to Cairo in order to discuss the Middle East Peace Process and the situation in Egypt

Mayor of London Boris Johnson expresses his views on LBC

LBC to take on Radio 5 Live with national expansion

Global Radio to launch national commercial news and politics network

David Cameron faces tough questions over security strategy

PM will be questioned by MPs and peers over UK relationship with US following the intelligence revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden

Andy McSmith's Diary: Sir Malcolm Bruce - so many years in Parliament, so little of interest to say

Somebody should compile a compendium of “Interesting Things Sir Malcom Bruce Has Said in his 30 years in Parliament”. It would be a labour of love, a challenge, involving hours and hours of research, but not many results.

A Syrian woman carries a child on her shoulder at a refugee camp in Jordan

Tory backbenchers hit out at David Cameron for U-turn on Syrian refugees

Some Conservative MPs have criticised the U-turn by David Cameron under which about 500 refugees from Syria will be allowed to enter Britain.

PMQs review: A pointless, baseless, but very noisy fight over the 50p tax rate

Both sides know that the top rate of income tax is mainly symbolic

Should smoking in cars carrying children be banned? House of Lords set to vote on controversial Labour plan

Peers are set to vote on the issue this afternoon amid Labour calls for the creation of a specific offence amid claims the move will help save to lives

Del Singh: Activist and prospective Labour MEP who worked in the world's danger zones helping to speed up redevelopment

Dharmender Singh Phangurha was a prospective Labour MEP whose promising political career was cut tragically short in a Taliban suicide attack at a restaurant in Kabul. Del Singh, as he was better known, was one of two Britons killed along with 19 others, including senior UN officials, US workers, eight Afghan dignitaries and members of staff of the popular restaurant, La Taverna du Liban, in what was described as the "deadliest violence against foreign civilians" in Afghanistan since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago.

NHS staff have to wait four weeks after redundancy before they can take up a new job

MPs outraged at £1m redundancy payments for three NHS managers

Three NHS managers reportedly received redundancy payments totalling nearly £1m - even though they continued to work for the health service.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: George Osborne’s lame pun takes Balls-baiting to a new level

Revelling in the latest growth figures, George Osborne lifted Balls-baiting to a new plane. He was asked an unusually long list of super-friendly questions by euphoric Tory backbenchers. Ones that in the secret dreams of the MPs involved, invite the answer: “Yes. My honourable friend has absolutely hit the nail on the head with that spiffing question correctly mentioning our long-term economic plan, allowing me to lay into the Opposition, and qualifying him for early promotion.”

A defiant George Osborne during Treasury Questions in the House of Commons

Labour accuses Tories of planning another 'tax cut for millionaires' as George Osborne fails to rule out a cut in the top rate from 45p to 40p

George Osborne refused to rule out a cut in the top rate of tax from 45p to 40p today as the Conservatives and Labour clashed over the economy.

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