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Parliamentary aide to Vince Cable resigns over anti-fracking stance

Tessa Munt, the MP for Wells, defied government will by voting on Monday to support a moratorium on fracking

A parliamentary aide to Vince Cable has resigned after she voted against the government to support a moratorium on fracking.

In a sign of how the coalition is rewriting the rules of collective responsibility, Tessa Munt took 24 hours to leave the government after defying a three-line whip in Monday’s debate on the infrastructure bill. Ministers and parliamentary private secretaries who vote against the government usually resign before the vote or are sacked immediately if they decline to go.

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Green party’s flagship economic policy would hit poorest hardest, say experts

Citizen’s income – an unconditional income for every individual – would not work as hoped unless means-tested, say researchers

The Green party’s flagship economic policy, the £72 a week “citizen’s income”, would hit the poorest hardest unless it was made more complicated by including a means-tested element, the leading advocate of the policy has conceded.

The Citizen’s Income Trust (CIT), which has given advice to the Green party and been repeatedly cited by the Greens, has modelled its scheme and discovered it would mean 35.15% of households would be losers, with many of the biggest losers among the poorest households.

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Policies for improving schools had ‘no effect’, finds parliamentary inquiry

Committee says impact of coalition’s multibillion pound converter academy programme for raising performance in England is ‘inconclusive’

The government’s flagship policies for improving schools – encouraging them to convert to academy status and establishing free schools – have had little or no effect, according to a major parliamentary inquiry to be published this week.

On Wednesday, the House of Commons’ education committee is expected to offer an embarrassingly tepid verdict on the government’s academy and free school programmes, including evidence that the impact on raising school performance of its multibillion-pound converter academy programme is “inconclusive”.

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2015 election: five key themes

With the general election just over 100 days away, polls are revealing that the UK public are more fractured than ever before Continue reading…
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TV debates: broadcasters will ‘empty chair’ leaders who refuse to take part

BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky submit revised plans for election debates to include Green party, SNP and Plaid Cymru, warning leaders that show will go on without them if they don’t take part

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky have said they will “empty chair” any party leaders who refuse to take part in their revised proposals for TV election debates.

Although he is not identified by name, the threat will be seen as a test for David Cameron after the prime minister objected to the debates as they were originally proposed.

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Revised plan for election TV debates proposes including seven parties

Broadcasters suggest seven-way debate including Green party, Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru in two of three debates

Plans for televised election debates were thrown into fresh doubt when broadcasters tried to break the deadlock over the line-up by proposing to include the Green party, the Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru in two of three proposed debates – only to find their plans met with fierce objections from the Liberal Democrats and the Democratic Unionists.

The broadcasters made their revised offer of two debates involving seven parties and a final run-off between Ed Miliband and David Cameron, after the Green Party objected to its exclusion and found an ally in David Cameron who said he would not participate if the Greens were not present.

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