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

'We heard of a growing disillusion with the lack of professionalism of some representatives' says report

Brown throws down the gauntlet on overseas aid

PM's Spending Bill will fund development in world's poorest countries

Tories to repay total of £250,000 of expenses

Kenneth Clarke and Liam Fox among Conservatives dipping into their pockets

Tory leader is 'not embarrassed' by Eton, as shadow cabinet keeps quiet over schools

David Cameron last night insisted that he was "not the slightest bit embarrassed" about attending Eton, amid claims that senior Tories are hiding details of their private school backgrounds in the face of growing attacks on "privilege" by the Labour Party.

British rescue teams arrive 'too late' to help in Sumatra

Official emergency teams did not reach devastated island until three days after the earthquake

Tories may sacrifice Africa to fund climate change fight

Warning from campaigners over Conservative plans to rethink Britain’s aid budget

MPs' second incomes kept under wraps

Key details of MPs' outside earnings remained a secret last night, despite new rules designed to boost transparency in Westminster coming into force.

Britain's help to the Third World to be rebranded 'UKAid'

Attempt to raise ministry's profile criticised as waste of money and unnecessary

MPs in rush to ditch outside jobs as deadline looms

<i>IoS</i> investigation reveals scale of the extracurricular fees earned by senior ministers ahead of Wednesday's new disclosure rules

Janet Street-Porter: Mixing politics and business turns off voters

Perhaps Gordon Brown should take a look at the furore surrounding the antics of irrepressible Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and ask himself whether it was such a clever idea to bring Sir Alan Sugar into government. Not because Sir Alan surrounds himself with topless models, or cavorts with gorgeous female television weathergirls when he isn't being brutal on The Apprentice, but because events in Italy prove that mixing politics and the cut-throat attitude you need to run a thriving business causes nothing but trouble and turns off voters.

Tories accuse DFID of trying to usurp powers of Foreign Office

Conservatives would rein in aspirations of international development department

Collapse of sterling hits value of British aid

British aid has been in effect reduced by up to £334m as a result of the plummeting value of the pound, according to figures to be released by the Conservative Party today.

BlueBay attracts $2.2bn new money

Investors' fragile confidence in fixed income asset manager BlueBay was given a boost yesterday when the group issued its fourth quarter trading update, which said that it had attracted $2.2bn of new money.

Davis Debacle: Tory leader manqué self-destructs

The shock resignation of the former shadow home secretary stunned Westminster. Jane Merrick reports on the damage done to his party and his own ambitions

The great carbon con: Can offsetting really help to save the planet?

It all started with Sting, this fad for owning one's very own patch of tropical rainforest, though it is probably unfair to blame him entirely for creating the boom industry that buying up forests piecemeal has become.

Davis embroiled in row over &#163;20,000 donation

Labour MP writes to Electoral Commission over payment to senior Tory's leadership campaign
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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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