Tim Loughton


Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet: runners and riders

14 August 2015 17:35

Who could Jeremy Corbyn invite into his shadow cabinet if elected Labour leader? Some frontbenchers are suggesting today that he could find two thirds of his shadow ministerial positions unfilled… Continue reading

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Uncomradely conduct: My time as a Labour member, by a Tory MP

7 August 2015 10:55

Yesterday for the first time I trended on Twitter. Apparently I had been busted registering as a ‘supporter of the Labour Party.’ It seems one of the many people I… Continue reading

UK Labour Party Leadership Hustings

Labour out Conservative MP in #Tories4Corbyn crackdown

5 August 2015 16:11

Labour’s verification process has been under a lot of scrutiny in recent weeks as more and more Tories have claimed they have successfully joined as a supporter of the party… Continue reading

Robert Halfon and David Skelton at Renewal's Workers Budget launch last night.

Renewal offers a vision for a Tory workers’ budget

11 March 2014 11:47

How can the Tory party broaden its appeal? Renewal, a group founded to do just that offered its answer at a packed Westminster pub yesterday evening. With just eight days… Continue reading

Former minister Tim Loughton has made comments about former Lib Dem minister Sarah Teather. Photo: PA.

Tim Loughton attacks ex-families minister Sarah Teather for having no children

16 September 2013 23:07

Tim Loughton has done his bit to fuel coalition tensions today. At the Conservative Renewal conference this weekend, the former children and families’ minister appeared to suggest Sarah Teather, the… Continue reading

Members Of The New Coalition Cabinet Arrive For Their First Cabinet Meeting

Do MPs deserve a pay rise?

1 July 2013 11:09

A small group of MPs have put their heads above the parapet in a brave and commendable fashion by demanding that they and their colleagues should not receive large pay… Continue reading

Tim Loughton giving evidence to the Education select committee.

Tim Loughton vs the Department for Education, round 2

22 January 2013 14:57

The battle between Tim Loughton and the Education department rumbles on, with new foot soldiers joining the fray. The latest shot fired in the war comes from Labour’s Stephen Twigg,… Continue reading

Tim Loughton on a visit as Children's Minister. Picture: Getty

Tim Loughton vs the Department for Education

17 January 2013 14:39

In a week where the inner workings of Whitehall have rarely been out of the news, Tim Loughton’s evidence to the Education Select Committee has made a particular splash. As… Continue reading

Tim Loughton giving evidence to the Education select committee.

Children and families ‘not a priority’ for Michael Gove, former children’s minister argues

16 January 2013 13:34

Of all the sackings in September’s reshuffle, two of the most surprising came from the Education department. So it was fascinating to hear those two victims of the purge, Tim… Continue reading

Tim Loughton on a visit as Children's Minister. Picture: Getty

Tim Loughton attacks coalition’s failure to support married couples

10 December 2012 9:39

Tim Loughton was one of the surprise sackings in September’s reshuffle: he was an able minister who knew his portfolio very well indeed. He’s evidently reluctant to let that ability… Continue reading

Whips in Sir George Young's team have been telling Tory MPs that to rebel on tomorrow's EU budget motion would be to undermine the stability of the coalition government. Picture: Getty

Another headache for the Tory whips

14 November 2012 12:07

Today brings yet another set of reminders for Numbers 9, 10 and 11 Downing Street about how difficult maintaining party discipline is going to be. First, there’s The Guardian story… Continue reading

Tim Loughton on a visit as Children's Minister. Picture: Getty

Sacked ministers make trouble at Treasury questions

6 November 2012 15:08

Treasury Questions was a little quieter than usual today: George Osborne is away and so Ed Balls left the questions to his colleague Chris Leslie. The Shadow Chancellor didn’t say… Continue reading


Tim Loughton versus the adoption bureaucracy

22 December 2011 10:39

Parliament has decamped for midwinter, but the business of government goes on. Today’s announcement, by the children’s minister Tim Loughton, is contained within a Times article here. ‘An expert panel,’… Continue reading


The Big Society conundrum

10 November 2010 17:02

The children’s minister Tim Loughton is in danger of having ‘gaffe-prone’ become his suffix. After rather putting his foot in it at conference by suggesting that the policy George Osborne… Continue reading