Ed Miliband is a work in progress – and that's his own policy chief talking!Jon Cruddas: 'public still blame Labour for immigration and housing crisis'Miliband faces growing criticism over lack of substantial policies By Jason Groves, Political Correspondent PUBLISHED: 02:54 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:54 GMT, 6 February 2013 Ed Miliband has failed to win back the trust of the voters and remains a ‘work in progress’, his own policy chief warned yesterday.
Spending watchdog slams defence chief's 220,000 pay deal with 25,000 thrown in for a London flatFormer Labour advisor Bernard Gray was hired by the coalition in 2011 to be in charge of military equipment But his pay and perks package was not properly signed off by the TreasuryNational Audit Office refuses to sign off the Ministry of Defence's accounts PUBLISHED: 14:45 GMT, 7 December 2012 | UPDATED: 15:52 GMT, 7 December 2012 Bernard Gray was appointed as Chief of Defence Materiel in 2011, but the deal to pay him for a London flat was not signed off properly, the National Audit Office found The Ministry of Defence agreed to contribute some 25,000 towards a senior official's living expenses without proper authorisation from the Treasury, auditors said last night.
Speed up English tests for EU doctors, say MPs who accuse Government of making 'no substantive progress'Doctors from European countries are free to work without language checksDue to a diktat from Brussels saying tests would impede movement of labour23,000 doctors from Europe are registered to work in Britain despite never undergoing checks on their English or medical skills | UPDATED: 01:03 GMT, 4 December 2012 Not enough: Ministers are not making progress on overturning EU rules forbidding language tests Ministers are not doing enough to make sure foreign doctors can speak good English, MPs warn. They accuse the Government of making ‘no substantive progress’ on overturning strict European Union rules that forbid language tests. At present, all GPs and hospital doctors from European countries are free to work in Britain without facing any form of national checks on their competence or English-speaking ability
Cabinet ministers fighting 'like rats in a sack' in blame game about lack of growth David Cameron and George Osborne single out ministers at Cabinet meeting for not focusing on jobs and growthDepartments for culture, business, environment and communities among those singled outLabour leader Ed Miliband says ministers are fighting 'like rats in a sack' Chancellor is under pressure ahead of Autumn Statement next week with growth forecasts making grim reading | UPDATED: 14:26 GMT, 28 November 2012 Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his Autumn Statement to the Commons on Wednesday Senior Cabinet ministers are embroiled in a blame game over who is responsible for the lack of economic growth.