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Teatime newslinks for Monday 14th November 2011

  • Philip Hammond's first Defence Questions: Says aircraft carrier scrapping made no difference to Libya operation - "Thanks to our overseas basing rights the unavailability of a UK aircraft carrier had no significant effect on the UK's participation in military operations over Libya. This was clearly demonstrated by the outstanding performance of our armed forces over and off the coast of Libya and civilian and military staff that supported them...The decision made in relation to carrier capability were painful decisions but they were the right ones in Britain's long-term interest" - PoliticsHome (£)
  • "Defence Minister Andrew Robathan has said the Defence Secretary has had "no recent discussions" about creating a new post of Chief Coroner for bereaved families." - PolHome
  • "Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told MPs that ground-to-air missiles will be deployed to protect the 2012 Olympic Games in London if deemed operationally necessary." - BBC


  • "The names of 28 News International employees appear in notebooks belonging to Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked for the News of the World, the Leveson inquiry into press standards heard on its first day at London's high court." - Guardian
  • Video: bloggers including Guido Fawkes give evidence to joint committee of MPs and peers on privacy and the media



  • MPsETC: Labour MP Alan Keen dies
  • Video: Baroness Trumpington uses a v-sign to show just what she thinks of colleagues making reference to her age - TotalPolitics
  • "Suspended Labour peer Baroness Uddin is set to be allowed back into the House of Lords without repaying the £125,000 she owes in wrongly claimed expenses." - BBC
  • "The UK’s housing shortage and the problems around obtaining a mortgage mean that Britain is becoming a nation of renters, according to a new survey." - Daily Telegraph
  • "As the spending cuts bite, the distance between what ministers say they want the state to deliver, and what it in practice it can, may well grow." - FT Westminster