Nick Clegg extended and received forgiveness on LBC on Thursday

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Clegg can hold off shopping at Lidl for now - after bagging a job as a corporate speaker

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Andy McSmith's Diary: Another day, another Tobias Ellwood embarrassment

Does the Foreign Office minister know something we don't about the case of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi?

Tobias Ellwood, Minister for the Middle East

Andy McSmith's Diary: Minister fails to challenge Saudis over flogging of blogger

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 public lashes

Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper have both received significant donations as part of their leadership campaigns

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Andy Burnham has received £36,000 from AgustaWestland chair Graham Cole

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Andy McSmith's Diary: Durham miners tell Yvette Cooper to go jump in the river

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George Galloway has used Facebook to solicit donations for his campaign to become Mayor of London

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Galloway has asked well-wishers to send any amount from £1 to £499

George Galloway

Andy McSmith's Diary: By George, Galloway's free with his insults

He has no problem reaching for the lawyers when he thinks someone has lied about him, but is none too careful about the insults he hurls at others

Andy McSmith's Diary: Ladies first as the TV political posts open up

Newsnight’s Laura Kuenssberg is well positioned to be the new Political Editor of one channel or the other

James Naughtie is standing down from the Today programme after 21 years on the show

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We will miss efforts like the 183-word blockbuster he put to Condoleezza Rice

he Angel of the North statue is covered in heavy snow as a bitter chill swept across Britain in December 2011

Andy McSmith's Diary: A landmark EU ruling to end selfies? If only...

Do not be alarmed: freedom of panorama is not under immediate threat

Andy McSmith's Diary: So that’s how Meg Hillier became Margaret Hodge’s successor

Ed Miliband sacked Hillier from the shadow Cabinet because she was hopeless

Andy McSmith's Diary: MPs’ nepotism vindicated - families who work together stay together

But provided the system is not abused, there is something to be said for allowing MPs to employ their wives, husbands or partners

51 Tory MPs declared donations to their constituency parties from the United and Cecil Club, ranging from £1,000 to £10,000, in the first three months of 2015

Andy McSmith's Diary: The scandal of the very secret society that funds the Tories

United and Cecil is a members’ association with only one known purpose – to collect and disburse donations to the Conservative Party

Amber Rudd was appointed as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in David Cameron's new Cabinet

Andy McSmith's Diary: Amber Rudd appears on 'I-already-know-the-Question Time'

Amber Rudd stepped up to the Dispatch Box to answer questions for the first time in her new capacity as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

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