Dods at Party Conference 2018

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12 December 2018

The Scottish Budget Statement includes positive measures that will help Scottish builders deliver the homes we need, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland.

Commenting on the Scottish Budget 2018, Gordon Nelson, Director of FMB Scotland, said: “Today’s Budget comes hot on the heels of the latest Quarterly Housing Statistics for Scotland, published yesterday, that revealed a four per cent increase in the number of new build homes in Scotland over the year ending June 2018, compared with 2017. Although a step in the right direction, this constitutes just 695 additional homes and such an increase will not solve the housing crisis. We’re therefore pleased that the Finance Secretary has recommitted the Government to establishing a Scottish National Investment Bank as this will help provide finance to the small building firms. A further £50 million to support lending to the house building sector has been announced through the Building Scotland Fund and this is also welcome. Many small-scale house builders are experiencing real difficulty in accessing the finance they need to build homes, with fees, overdraft limitations and meagre loans...
12 December 2018
Theresa May

Theresa May has told Tory MPs that she will not lead the party into the next election if it is held in 2022.

The Prime Minister also told a packed meeting of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee that she had no intention of calling a snap general election in an attempt to break the Brexit deadlock. Instead, she told them she was focussed on repairing relations with her DUP partners and securing Parliament's support for her Brexit deal. She made her address as Tory MPs prepared to vote in a no-confidence ballot on her leadership. The result is due around 9pm. Conservative backbencher Alex Shelbrooke told journalists that some MPs had tears in their eyes when Mrs May confirmed she will stand down as leader before the next election. "She said she will do everything she can to make sure the next election is in 2022," he said. " She said that it is not her intention to (lead the party into 2022 election). She said that in her heart she knows that is not going to happen. "She said she is absolutely committed to delivering Brexit and delivering a deal that the DUP can back and she's committed...
12 December 2018
Iain Duncan Smith

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has been gathering Brexiteer plotters in his parliamentary office, just hours ahead of a vote that could end Theresa May's premiership, PoliticsHome can reveal.

Mr Duncan-Smith was joined by ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker and other leading Eurosceptics for meetings in Westminster as the Prime Minister’s leadership hangs in the balance. The senior Tory - who was ousted by his own party in 2003 - has previously denied being part of plans to ditch Mrs May, maintaining that he has not submitted a letter of no confidence against her. But the group of MPs meeting him today have been spearheading the plot to replace the Prime Minister with a Brexiteer. Mr Baker, who coordinates Tory troops in the European Research Group alongside Jacob Rees-Mogg, has already said: "Conservatives must now answer whether they wish to draw ever closer to an election under Mrs May’s leadership. In the national interest, she must go." Alongside Mr Baker, Mr Duncan Smith was joined by Scottish Tory Ross Thomson, as well as Brexiteers Bernard Jenkin, Anne Marie-Trevelyan and Simon Clarke. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, announced...
12 December 2018
Theresa May

Conservative grandee Ken Clarke led MPs ralling around Theresa May in the Commons today, just hours ahead of a vote that could end her premiership.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions, the senior Tory rebuked plotting colleagues for triggering a vote of no confidence during “a time of grave national crisis”. The ex-Cabinet minister’s rallying call was echoed by fellow Conservative MPs including Kevin Hollinrake, Maggie Throup and Neil O’Brien - who all backed the Prime Minister to deliver Brexit. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, announced this morning that the 48-letter threshold to trigger a ballot had been reached and that a vote on Mrs May's leadership will begin at 6pm. The move follows mounting anger at the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, with Eurosceptic fury focused on the Northern Ireland backstop plan to avoid fresh checks at the border with the Republic of Ireland. But Mr Clarke asked the PM: "At a time of grave national crisis on an issue which we all agree is of huge importance to future generations - can my Rt Hon Friend think of anything more unhelpful, irrelevant, and...
12 December 2018
Theresa May

Theresa May is set to reassure her warring MPs that she will not fight the next election ahead of a crunch vote which could see her kicked out of Downing Street.

In a major concession to her critics, the Prime Minister will indicate that she has no intention of remaining in power for years to come. That marks a major shift for Mrs May, who has previously insisted she is "not a quitter" and could still be Tory leader the next time the nation goes to the polls. Tory MPs will take part in a no-confidence ballot this evening after more than the required 48 submitted letters to 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady saying they wanted her out. A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: "This vote isn’t about who leads the party into the next election. It is about whether it makes sense to change leader at this point in the Brexit negotiations. "She’s said on a number of occasions, in fact she said after the last general election, that she would serve as long as her colleagues wanted her to." His comments...
12 December 2018

The House of Lords will debate the Science and Technology Committee’s report ”Off-site Manufacture in Construction: Building for Change” which, among other concerns, cites a need to improve the productivity of the industry.

Lord Mair has said that the principal barrier to off-site manufacturing becoming widespread in the construction industry is fragmentation and lack of collaboration.   Identifying ”presumption in favour” of off-site development in five government departments, the Baron of Cambridge would like the Government to give the policy more teeth. The resulting uptake of this process can help transform construction and tackle major problems such as an ageing workforce, low productivity and more regional jobs outside large urban areas.   The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes the debate because off-site has a lot to offer construction, but it remains concerned by the lack of focus on 99% of the construction industry, our small and medium sized businesses (SMEs).   Lord Mair correctly identified the planning process as a major barrier to improving the uptake of off-site manufacturing, but stops short of recognising that 99% of the industry experience low...
12 December 2018

Employee wellbeing is being compromised by a lack of understanding of how to implement effective programmes, reveals the latest research from the British Safety Council

Only one in six (17 per cent) organisations evaluate the impact of their health and wellbeing initiatives (source: CIPD). In nearly two thirds of companies (63 per cent), other priorities take precedence over employees’ wellbeing (source: Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey).   28% of SME leaders think their companies are too small to take employee health and wellbeing seriously. A third (32%) of them thought health and wellbeing was the domain of large businesses (source: Bupa 2015 survey). The main reasons for this situation are the difficulties of defining wellbeing, selecting the best tools for assessing wellbeing programmes and measuring the cost-effectiveness of these interventions. Inadequate people skills of many line managers and low priority given by them to employee wellbeing are also important factors.  Responding to these challenges, the British Safety Council has published a report Not just free...
12 December 2018

In 2018 Veteran's Aid completed our £8.2m transformation of New Belvedere House.

Work started on the redevelopment of New Belvedere House in 2015. It was the beginning of a project that would last for four years and cost more than £8.2m. In September 2018 the transformed residential facility, owned and operated by Veterans Aid, was officially re-opened by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. You can download further information about New Belvedere House here.
12 December 2018
Theresa May

Theresa May spoke on the steps of Downing Street this morning after it was revealed she would face a no-confidence vote from Tory MPs. Here is what she said. 

Sir Graham Brady has confirmed that he has received 48 letters from Conservative MPs, so there will now be a vote of confidence in my leadership of the Conservative Party. I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got. I’ve been a member of the Conservative Party for over 40 years. I’ve served it as an activist, councillor, MP, shadow minister, home secretary and now as prime minister. I stood to be leader because I believe in the Conservative vision, for a better future, a thriving economy, with nowhere and nobody left behind. A stronger society where everyone can make the most of their talents, always serving the national interest. And at this crucial moment in our history that means securing a Brexit deal that delivers on the result of the EU referendum. Taking back control of our borders, laws and money but protecting jobs, our security and our precious union as we do so. Through good times and bad over the last two years, my passionate belief that such a deal is attainable,...
12 December 2018
Theresa May on Downing Street

Defiant Theresa May has vowed to fight an attempt by Conservative colleagues to oust her, after it was confirmed that a vote of no-confidence would go ahead this evening.

The Prime Minister leader urged her party against "tearing ourselves apart" and warned her enemies that toppling her could delay or even cancel Brexit. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, announced this morning that the 48-letter threshold to trigger a ballot had been reached and that the vote will begin at 6pm and close at 8pm. It comes after weeks of speculation surrounding a potential contest, which followed Brexiteer anger over the Prime Minister’s draft deal on quitting the EU. Mrs May vowed to fight on when she addressed the nation on the steps of Downing Street this morning, saying: “I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got." She added: "I stood to be leader because I believe in the Conservative vision, for a better future, a thriving economy, with nowhere and nobody left behind. "A stronger society where everyone can make the most of their talents, always serving the national interest. “And at this crucial moment in our history...