The Politics Blog 14/04/14
Morning, welcome to the Politics Blog...
First on the agenda today, is Nick Clegg's monthly press conference. He's plugging a new announcement about garden cities - promising three new towns in countryside between Oxford and Cambridge under Lib Dem plans. However he's sure to be asked about his party's dismal poll ratings over the weekend - dropping to just 7%. Maybe he is regretting those TV debates with Nigel Farage?
Also in the news, Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to extend GP opening hours. There will be an extra 10,000 health workers by 2020 to support the drive.
British politicians will also have a keen (and worried) eye on what is happening in Ukraine. The situation is expected to dominate talks between European Union Foreign Ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg.
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Here's my flick through the morning's papers...
Nigel Evans MP has just been speaking on Daybreak after being cleared of rape and sexual assault.
He said he was "shell shocked" by the accusations and felt like he had been "hit by an Eddie Stobart truck every day."
Interestingly, he said he had received lots of support from other MPs - name checking Jeremy Hunt - but had not spoken to the Prime Minister.
He also said that he doesn't want his old job back, but is keen to return to the backbenchers to "have a voice", because he has lots of things to say.
First on his list will be reforms to the criminal justice system. He thinks it is wrong that people who are acquitted have to pick up their own legal bills and also wants the Home Affairs Select Committee to look into whether those accused of sex crimes should have anonymity.
Bulls enter administration
Bradford have gone into administration after failing to find new investment and now have just 10 days to avoid being liquidated.
FA hits out at Twitter attacks
Twitter attacks on Ashley Young and Ashley Cole have been branded as "appalling and unacceptable".
Hodgson to turn to youth
Roy Hodgson admits he is plotting an England 'revolution', with it his desire to see a number of promising youngsters drafted into the senior camp.