Top news today: Barker, independence, PCC campaign
Author: Zoe Stavri
Published on Sep 13, 2012
In the news today, concerns and questions over climate change minister Greg Barker’s relationship with an energy consultant continue, a blow for Scottish independence, John Bercow’s pension and Lord Prescott’s police commissioner campaign.
PM DISMISSES CONCERNS OVER ENERGY LINKS- David Cameron has said he has “complete confidence” in Greg Barker, whose relationship with energy consultant Miriam Maes has raised concerns. However, Cameron has asked the cabinet secretary to investigate whether Maes was properly appointed. What should happen to Barker?
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: FRESH EU DOUBTS FOR INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND- The president of the European Commission has indicated an independent Scotland would not be granted automatic membership of the EU and would have to re-apply to join. What impact will this have on the independence bid?
LORD PRESCOTT LAUNCHES BID FOR POST- Lord Prescott has launched his campaign to become Humberside’s elected police and crime commissioner. Have you heard about any other PCC campaigning happening in your area?
JOHN BERCOW EXPECTED TO GIVE UP GOLD-PLATED PENSION- The Speaker of the House is expected to announce he will give up the special pension for holding a “great office of the state”, following David Cameron, Chris Grayling and Kenneth Clarke. What sort of pension should those holding senior positions like this receive?