Vince Cable dropped for key Liberal Democrat rally speech so party can parade a woman instead Women's Minister Jo Swinson will address spring conference next weekendParty insiders fear it is wrong move in wake of Lord Rennard claims By Brendan Carlin PUBLISHED: 00:22 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:50 GMT, 3 March 2013 Vince Cable has been moved from a key role at a Liberal Democrat rally in favour of the Minister caught up in the party’s ‘sex harassment’ row. Lib Dem rising star Jo Swinson, the Women’s Minister, has been picked ahead of Business Secretary Mr Cable to address party activists at their spring conference next weekend. The decision came after party managers demanded a female speaker because next Friday is International Women’s Day.
Don't write about fad diets': Women's minister tells magazines not to promote 'irresponsible' post-Christmas weight loss tips MP Jo Swinson urged magazines to ditch fad diets in new year editions In an open letter she said editors should encourage 'reasonable expectations' about weight loss | UPDATED: 10:42 GMT, 28 December 2012 Appeal: Jo Swinson co-founded the Campaign for Body Confidence Magazines have been urged to ditch New Year ‘miracle diets’ that promise to help readers shed the pounds they have piled on over the festive season. Jo Swinson, the Minister for Women and Equalities, claims such diets – which offer tips on how to lose up to a stone in a matter of days – encourage ‘dangerous’ behaviour and ‘self-hate’
Don't write about fad diets': Women's minister tells magazines not to promote 'irresponsible' post-Christmas weight loss tips MP Jo Swinson urged magazines to ditch fad diets in new year editions In an open letter she said editors should encourage 'reasonable expectations' about weight loss | UPDATED: 11:52 GMT, 27 December 2012 Appeal: Jo Swinson co-founded the Campaign for Body Confidence Magazines have been urged not to promote 'miracle diets' to people worrying about losing weight after Christmas indulgence. Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson has written an open letter to women's, men's, health, celebrity and gossip magazines appealing for them to 'shed the fad diets and fitness myths' in their new year editions. She appealed to editors to drop 'irresponsible, short-term solutions' and promote ways to lose weight healthily
Mr Squeaker stared emptily, eyeballs swollen and liquid By Quentin Letts PUBLISHED: 22:30 GMT, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:35 GMT, 20 December 2012 Basso profundo: Jo Swinson resembled the Sergeant Major in It Aint Half Hot, Mum Last days of the Commons before Christmas and attendance, ahem, was slight. Hangover season There were certainly a few bleary eyes and deep voices evident but it is not the intention of this column to cast aspersions. No! We will simply commiserate with the high proportion of Hon Members who seemed to be suffering from coughs, cold and splutters.
Workers to have their redundancy notice halved to just 45 days: Unions condemn move as 'utter madness' The consultation period required before bosses can make large-scale redundancies is being cut from 90 to 45 daysMove was welcomed by British Chambers of Commerce which said it would cut red-tapeBut news was met with fury from unions at a time of job insecurity and a faltering economy | UPDATED: 23:39 GMT, 18 December 2012 Bosses were yesterday given the green light to make their workers redundant more quickly. The consultation period required before large-scale redundancies are made is being halved