Cost of the non-lethal assistance would be met from the Government's conflict pool fund.
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Sunday 04 January 2009
It was Helen Suzman at her very best: simply indomitable, as she helped stop a miracle turning into a disaster. April 27 1994, South Africa's first democratic general election, and people queuing from dawn in their millions to vote for the first time in their lives. Hardly believable, the horror of apartheid was being exorcised in front of our eyes.
Monday 08 December 2008
Damian Green is enjoying the moment. Can't blame him really. Must be like winning the lottery. His was a modest political career, plodding along. Then suddenly the genial MP became an accidental hero, his name emblazoned in lights of indignation.
Saturday 06 December 2008
Peter Hain will not face any charges as a result of a police investigation into his handling of campaign funds. The former Work and Pensions Secretary resigned from the Cabinet in January after it emerged that 17 donations made to his campaign to become Labour's deputy leader, totalling more than £103,000, were reported late. Yesterday he described election laws brought in by a government of which he was a part as "draconian" and "dysfunctional". Mr Hain admitted he had made a serious mistake, but said it was the end of a "surreal nightmare". "I said all along that reporting some of the donations to my 2007 Labour Party deputy leader campaign late was an honest mistake," he said. "Now everyone knows that it was." Mr Hain voted for the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, which stipulates that political campaign donations must be reported within a month of receiving them.But he said the law had created an unwelcome involvement of the police in political affairs. The decision boosted hopes for a Cabinet comeback but there are no immediate signs of a recall from Gordon Brown.
Friday 05 December 2008
Peter Hain was eyeing a return to the Government today after being cleared by prosecutors over donations to his campaign for Labour's deputy leadership.
Saturday 06 September 2008
Labour was embroiled in a fresh row over donations last night after it was forced to pay back £15,000 to a children's charity which illegally donated cash to the party.
Wednesday 02 July 2008
Peter Hain said he hoped to see his name cleared "as quickly as possible" today after police handed prosecutors the results of their investigation into his Labour Party deputy leadership campaign.
Sunday 20 April 2008
Peter Hain will be interviewed as a suspect within days by police investigating secret donations to his deputy leadership campaign.
Sunday 24 February 2008
A growing number of politicians are embracing the eco-home movement, using their houses to bolster their green credentials.
Monday 04 February 2008
Senior MPs are expected to open the door today to spot checks of parliamentary staffing and expenses amid growing pressure for radical reform of members' allowances.
Sunday 03 February 2008
Wednesday 30 January 2008
The convenient timing – for the Government – of the accusations against Derek Conway should not detract from the potential seriousness of the charges. For an MP to divert part of his allowance to a family member for work that did not exist, or at least in nothing like the quantity that was paid for, amounts to a disgraceful misuse of public money. There can be no ifs or buts about this.
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