News Andrew Mitchell eventually received a begrudging apology following the 'Plebgate' affair

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Inside Westminster: Recession may be over, but no one is making capital

As the five-year parliament reaches its halfway mark, the Coalition’s key decision-making “quad” – David Cameron, George Osborne, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander – has been expanded to include David Laws, the Liberal Democrat who returned to the Government last month, and Oliver Letwin, the Conservatives’ policy chief. “It’s still known as the quad,” one insider explained. “We can’t call it the sextet.”

Demonstrators wearing badger costumes dancing in front of the Houses of Parliament yesterday

Badger backtrack blamed on rain and Olympics

The Government was forced to fend off fresh accusations of incompetence yesterday after it delayed the controversial badger cull in England, blaming the Olympics, bad weather and a miscount of the animals for the retreat.

Bovine TB has risen dramatically over the past few decades and badgers have been implicated in the rapid spread of the disease, with about half of new cattle infections linked to badgers, leading to calls from farmers for mass culling

Omnivoreshambles? Weather, Olympics and a miscount all blamed as badger cull postponed

U-turn announced after Political Editor farmers warn they would not be able to kill enough animals in time available

Backbench demand for EU budget veto thwarts Cameron's bid to set the agenda

Hague to warn that EU could disintegrate because of a lack of democratic mandate

Tory MPs tell Cameron to 'get a grip'

Conservative MPs have told David Cameron to "get a grip" and halt a string of unforced errors that have blown his Government off course.

Tebbit said after the blow of finally losing Mr Mitchell having previously backed him to stay, the Prime Minister was said to have allowed

Lord Tebbit blasts 'dog of a coalition Government'

David Cameron faced strong criticism from Conservative grandee Lord Tebbit today in the aftermath of Andrew Mitchell's resignation as chief whip.

Salmond poses with a supporter in Perth yesterday

Salmond tears into the Tory-led 'Lord Snootys'

Scottish First Minister pulls no punches at SNP conference as he urges his cheering supporters to follow his dream of independence

'David Cameron is clueless': Ed Miliband joins austerity protesters in London

Nurses, firefighters, teachers and prison officers joined over 150,000 protesters today in huge demonstrations against the Government, loudly cheering calls for a 24-hour general strike.

The Chancellor boarded the Virgin train to London at his constituency stop of Wilmslow with an aide and two standard class tickets.

Great Train Snobbery! George Osborne embarrassment after sitting in first class with standard-class ticket

It is being dubbed the Great Train Snobbery or simply – and perhaps predictably – ticketgate.

Government Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell's resignation letter in full

In his resignation letter, Andrew Mitchell wrote:

Andrew Mitchell's refusal to admit that he had used the word “pleb” led the federation to demand his resignation

A Tory MP's View: Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell is damaged goods, but far too stubborn to resign

A departmental minister might have weathered a scandal like Mitchell's, but for the Chief Whip, it's different.

Why the late (and far from great) Bernard Manning would have cause to celebrate today

Our diarist notes that the stand-up comedian, notoriously fond of making unfunny jokes, had a deeper impact on workplace legislation than you might think

Andrew Mitchell's refusal to admit that he had used the word “pleb” led the federation to demand his resignation

Still no relief for Mitchell as police insist he has to go

Andrew Mitchell must either resign or David Cameron should sack him, Police Federation leaders said tonight after talks failed to resolve the row over his abuse of a Downing Street protection officer.

Diary: Why the Tories won't be calling the cops and what David Cameron shares with Paul Ryan

Our diarist on why the West Midlands police bear Dave a grudge, Cameron's admiration of a Paul Ryan speech and an 'off-the-cuff' report on Dave vs. Boris.

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