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Stewart Jackson, Tory MP for Peterborough, is no fan of gay marriage, which he has described as a “constitutional outrage” and “a disgrace.” He has accused David Cameron of being “arrogant” for giving it legal recognition.

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One of the seven young men who were alleged to have been abused by Nigel Evans has called for an overhaul of Westminster’s late-night drinking culture to prevent MPs “crossing the line”.

Drinking was part of the culture in Parliament and considered 'big nights out' for those working as Conservative researchers and interns

Nigel Evans found not guilty: ‘There would be quite senior MPs, drunk, flirting with us’ - one young Tory reveals the after-hours culture in the Commons

The nights out were what I remember the most. And they were often big nights for those of us working as Conservative researchers and interns in the House of Commons.

David Cameron has invoked divine backing for the Big Society

Big Society has divine backing, says Prime Minister at Easter reception

The former Labour spin-doctor Alastair Campbell once declared that Tony Blair does not “do God”. But David Cameron has shown no such compunction in invoking divine backing for the Big Society.

Sajid Javid says touts are simply filling a gap in the market

Ticket touts are ‘classic entrepreneurs’ who should be allowed to operate without interference, says new Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

Sporting and arts groups angered by minister’s defence of ticket resellers

The ONS blamed the error on the “inadequate sampling” of passengers

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Net migration into the UK during the previous decade was 346,000 higher than previously claimed after officials failed to properly count new arrivals landing at regional airports, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Nigel Farage's personal rating has gone from 31 to 40 per cent

Ukip support surges following Maria Miller expenses scandal, poll finds

Support for Nigel Farage's party increased by four points to 15 per cent

David Cameron, pictured outside Downing Street on the day Maria Miller resigned as Culture Secretary, later listened to a rendition of 'Ave Maria' at his Easter reception

David Cameron: 'Jesus invented the Big Society – I'm just continuing God's work'

Prime Minister spoke to Christian leaders assembled in Downing Street – after listening to an unfortunately-timed rendition of ‘Ave Maria’

The report’s authors claim Britain has stockpiled anti-viral influenza drugs that effectively do not work as billed and may cause serious side effects in a significant minority of people

The drugs don't work: Britain wasted £600m of taxpayers' money on useless flu pills stockpiled by Government in case of pandemic

Pharmaceutical giants failed to disclose crucial data revealing concerns over their products Tamiflu and Relenza

Report calls for 'fundamental change' in treatment of child asylum seekers who arrive in Britain alone

Allowing them to complete their education after they turn 18 would bring immigration law in line with legislation for British children leaving care

Family demands end of Atos's ‘traumatic’ fitness-to-work tests after death of scientist with heart condition

Robert Barlow lost the right to free prescriptions on the NHS when his benefits were withdrawn in 2012

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: ‘It’s a fair result, Gary, but I feel Ed should have scored’

Big day then, Alan. Talk us through Ed Miliband’s game. Well, Gary, it didn’t really catch fire until Ed’s fourth shot, pointing out that David Cameron had said six days ago that Maria Miller had  “done the right thing’ and that we should ‘leave it at that’–“Does he now recognise that was a terrible error of judgement?”

Andy McSmith's Diary: The Ukip candidate who finds gay rights hard to swallow

Douglas Denny, a Ukip member, thinks that gays are abnormal. In January, the Sunday Mirror noted his contribution to an online forum where he wrote: “What irritates me is the way they and their leftie, neo-Commie followers seem to want to force the rest of us to consider them as normal. I just wish they would keep their homosexual nature and practices to themselves.”

Former Culture Secretary Maria Miller drives away from Parliament

Maria Miller resignation: David Cameron faces backbench backlash over his mishandling of expenses scandal

David Cameron’s judgement was called into question by Conservative MPs as his “problem with women” was highlighted by a chaotic reshuffle after the resignation of Maria Miller.

Theresa May has been ordered to reach a new decision by 9 August

Defeat for Theresa May in legal battle over three-year freeze in money granted to asylum seekers

The Home Secretary Theresa May has been ordered to review the amount of money given to support asylum seekers after the  High Court ruled that she had used “insufficient” evidence when deciding to freeze government payments to cover their essential living needs.

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