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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.

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

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.

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