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

Britain's aid payouts 'are open to corruption abroad', says NAO

Britain's £461m overseas aid budget for tackling poverty could be open to fraud because of the lack of controls over the way it is spent in some of the poorest countries in the world, the public spending watchdog has warned. The National Audit Office said the Government's switch from project-linked funding to wider "budget support" for countries in an attempt to reduce poverty had led to "significant risks" that that the funds would be "misapplied for political reasons or through corruption".

Letter: Nato on trial

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Wednesday Law Report: 28 April 1999 - Jurisdiction to prevent anticipated proceedings

Ebert v Birch and another: Ebert v Vanvil and another Court of Appeal (Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice Otton and Lord Justice Aldous) 30 March 1999

Police trainers convicted of cruelty to dogs

THREE POLICE officers convicted of running a "brutal" training regime for police dogs in Essex walked free from court yesterday. Two were granted bail pending appeals against jail sentences, while the third was sentenced to 200 hours of community service.

Paralysed woman wins battle to keep her baby

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Case summaries: 11 May 1998

The following notes of judgments were prepared by the reporters of the All England Law Reports.

Court had no jurisdiction to hear appeal

Law Report: 18 march 1998

Court frees man in military hacking case

The US Air Force said Matthew Bevan, 23, from Cardiff, was a hacker who posed a national security risk. The police said he was part of an international group of hackers. His wife said "I do" just 56 days after their first contact through an Internet "chatroom". And yesterday a judge said cleared him of three charges of "unauthorised access and modification" of computer files in the US.

Neil Hamilton granted public sleaze hearing

Neil Hamilton, the former Tory MP at the centre of the cash-for- questions row, will get his "day in court". The Commons standards watchdog yesterday granted Mr Hamilton his request for a televised hearing in which he can put his case to them personally.

The sleaze report: Scandal that changed the face of politics

The cash for questions affair permanently changed the face of British politics. It led to the demise of three ministers, and it resulted in the setting up of the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life, and the creation of a Parliamentary Commissioner, Sir Gordon Downey, whose report was published yesterday.

Play tag with Big Brother

New Labour, new chain gang. Labour MPs are being asked to wear electronic pagers attached to their belt so that the Downing Street thought police can give them instructions wherever they are.

Even before they lose, the Tory knives are out

A right- winger will still need to appeal across the spectrum. William Hague could fit the bill

Mitchell given mild rebuke over questions

The Social Security Minister Andrew Mitchell has escaped severe censure from a Commons committee investigating his role in the cash for questions affair. The decision saves Mr Mitchell from the fate suffered by David Willetts, the Government whip who was forced to resign last year after the same committee accused him of "dissembling".
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