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Funding of Blair's office to be investigated by MPs

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Big chill set to last through weekend

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MP quits sleaze committee

The senior Conservative backbencher, Sir David Mitchell, is standing down as a member of the Commons committee investigating the cash for questions affair because his son, the former whip, Andrew Mitchell is to be called to give evidence to the committee.

Former whip facing probe

The Commons committee whose damning report last week prompted Paymaster General David Willetts to resign is to meet today to consider its next moves.

Prescott savours taste of blood in Willetts affair

John Prescott, the deputy Labour leader, yesterday said Labour would be pursuing the "guilty men" at the heart of the Government after the resignation of David Willetts as Paymaster General.

Self-regulation scores a victory in the House

Evidence on oath should encourage MPs not to cover up for themselves - and each other

Sensation! Tory minister does the decent thing*

*But then David Willetts' colleagues always thought he was a little odd

Labour MP says whip blocked inquiry

First-hand evidence of the way in which a government whip is alleged to have blocked a full-scale probe into the Neil Hamilton affair is to be provided to the Commons Committee on Standards and Privileges.

Whips conspired to get Hamilton off the hook

Government whips were last night accused of conspiring to subvert the Commons inquiry into the Neil Hamilton affair.

A little hypocrisy is good for us all

The David Willetts affair showed how far the Government will go to get its way in the House. And democracy is the richer for it

Head of CSA decides to call it a day

The Chief Executive of the controversial Child Support Agency is to leave after little more than two years in the job, it was announced yesterday.

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