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Annual NHS spend on management consultancy has doubled since 2010

Annual NHS spending on management consultancy has doubled from £313m to £640m between 2010 and 2014, despite a promise by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to 'slash' spending after the 2010 election, reveals an article in The BMJ this...Show More Summary

William Hague has betrayed the Commons by backing John Bercow over Carol Mills

William Hague was a dud as foreign secretary. He has now in danger of turning into a useless Leader of the Commons. Within weeks of taking over from taking over from Andrew Lansley in the reshuffle, Mr Hague has been plunged into the biggest crisis to hit the Commons since the expenses scandal five years [...]

Andrew Lansley’s international role in public service remains a mystery

Coffee House apologises unreservedly for keeping readers in suspense for two days about Andrew Lansley’s mysterious international role in public service. Yesterday, Number 10 did tell us that discussions were… Continue reading The post Andrew Lansley’s international role in public service remains a mystery appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Andrew Lansley, international man of mystery

Earlier today, Andrew Lansley was just very cross. He wasn’t Leader of the House anymore, and he wasn’t the UK’s nomination for European Commissioner. But in a few hours, the… Continue reading The post Andrew Lansley, international man of mystery appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

David Cameron should send Malcom Rifkind to Brussels (and let Boris back into Parliament)

According to reports over the weekend, David Cameron is considering ditching Andrew Lansley and looking elsewhere for Britain's next Commissioner to Brussels. But who? The Tory Right is promoting somebody even less well-known to the public than Andrew Lansley. His name is Martin Callanan, a Eurosceptic Tory MEP who lost his seat in the European [...]

Tory EU Commissioner Hopeful Should Read the Small Print Before Promising Reform

Not for the first time a senior member of the Conservative party has demonstrated he does not understand how the European Union works. Worse, the Conservative in question, Andrew Lansley, the Leader of the Commons, is now favourite to be David Cameron’s choice as Britain’s next European Commissioner. Show More Summary

After Newark CON must be pretty confident of holding Cambs South – the next by-election in the pipeline?

Next by-election coming up – Andrew Lansley’s seat? In February I was the first to tip the ex-health secretary and now leader of the House, Andrew Lansley, as the next UK commissioner in Brussels. I got on at 16/1 and since the price tightened to him being an odds-on favourite. Now the bookies are not […]

Newark By-Election Win Paves Way For Lansley’s Move To Europe

Andrew Lansley, the Leader of the House of Commons, has had his path cleared for an appointment to the European Commission by the Conservatives comfortable by-election win in Newark. Before the by-election the stumbling block to his appointment had been fear of losing his South Cambridgeshire seat. Show More Summary

Europe Minister keeps close eye on Commissioner race

What do Foreign Office ministers think about the possibility that Andrew Lansley could be the next European Commissioner? David Lidington was clearly intrigued by Isabel’s column in the Telegraph this… Continue reading The post Europe Minister keeps close eye on Commissioner race appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Who should David Cameron send to Europe?

Quick thought on the search for Britain’s next European Commissioner. Weekend reports suggested that David Cameron is edging towards nominating Andrew Lansley. That would free up a senior ministerial post, allowing the PM to bring on a younger Tory in his reshuffle. It would also mean a by-election in South Cambridgeshire, at a time when [...]

David Cameron presides over largest liberalisation of abortion practice since 1967 Abortion Act

by Peter Saunders Prime Minister David Cameron has presided over the largest liberalisation of abortion practice since the passing of the Abortion Act in 1967. Under his leadership, former health minister Andrew Lansley (pictured), working closely with abortion providers and senior figures at the Department of Health,…

British Government Secretly Rewrites Law to Allow Nurses to Approve Abortions

Prime Minister David Cameron has presided over the largest liberalisation of abortion practice since the passing of the Abortion Act in 1967. Under his leadership, former health minister Andrew Lansley, working closely with abortion providers and senior figures at the Department of Health, has managed to smuggle in what is in effect a nurse-led abortion […]

My 25/1 tip for our next EU Commissioner

The primary reason I’ve been reluctant to heavily back Andrews Mitchell and Lansley (or any other Tory MP) is that I think David Cameron wants to avoid having an unnecessary by-election. My own hunch is that UKIP’s best chance of winning a by-election in this parliament will be in a Conservative held seat, and that […]

MPs blame May in Tory immigration showdown

From my Morning Briefing email: subscribe here The confrontation between Tory backbenchers and David Cameron over immigration is coming to a head. Andrew Lansley announced yesterday that the Immigration Bill will be put through its final Commons stages next Thursday in an attempt to get it through before it runs out of Parliamentary time. Ministers [...]

Tory rebels table more troublemaking changes to Immigration Bill

Andrew Lansley will shortly announce the return of the Immigration Bill to the Commons. I hear from impeccable sources that its report stage will be next Thursday. As I wrote… Continue reading The post Tory rebels table more troublemaking changes to Immigration Bill appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Shining a light on the shadowy figures who shape our politics

This Bill is not about lobbyists, but the Left’s control of the national bully pulpit "The public should see how third parties seek to influence the political system.” This was how Andrew Lansley, the Leader of the House, justified the broad purpose of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill when he [...]

Andrew Lansley: we can’t afford to delay the Lobbying Bill

For a bill purportedly about transparency, the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill has quite a lot of muddied water swirling around it at the moment.… Continue reading The post Andrew Lansley: we can’t afford to delay the Lobbying Bill appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 23 Jun 2013

MINISTER THREATENED NHS WHISTLEBLOWER Former health secretary Andrew Lansley threatened to sack a whistleblower who lifted the lid on how the country’s health regulator was failing patients, says the Sunday Times. Lansley wrote to Kay Sheldon last year warning that he was considering her dismissal from the Care Quality Commission board. Show More Summary

An important surprise

Mr Speaker Bercow has sprung quite an important surprise on the Commons. He's allowed not two, but three amendments to the motion on the Queen's Speech to be voted on today. A slightly bemused Leader of the Commons, Andrew Lansley, politely...Show More Summary

Andrew Marr – like Andrew Lansley – was almost killed by exercise.

The old joke - I take my only exercise acting as a pallbearer at the funerals of my friends whoexercise regularly – is no laughing matter for Andrew Marr. He has been interviewed on his own show… Continue reading The post Andrew Marr – like Andrew Lansley – was almost killed by exercise. appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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