News A Syrian woman carries a child on her shoulder at a refugee camp in Jordan

Some Conservative MPs have criticised the U-turn by David Cameron under which about 500 refugees from Syria will be allowed to enter Britain.

Joyce after being convicted last year for common assault on a fellow MP

Under pressure to quit: MP Eric Joyce banned from buying alcohol in House of Commons after arrest for alleged second drunken brawl

The independent MP Eric Joyce was under growing pressure last night to resign his seat after being arrested for the second time in just over a year over an alleged brawl at a parliamentary bar.

Al-Sweady inquiry: Iraqi detainees 'were kicked, punched, handcuffed and blindfolded by soldiers'

The men, who claimed to be farmers, were also threatened by an interrogator, who wielded a pole or tent peg as well as a pistol

The venue of the Al-Sweady Inquiry is seen on the first day of the inquiry, in central London on 4 March 2013.

Al-Sweady inquiry: 'signs of torture' found on Iraqi bodies handed to families by British troops

Year-long hearings begin into contested allegations that injured insurgents were taken back to army camp after brutal battle and tortured or killed

Al Sweady Inquiry: After three years and £14 million, the biggest soldier abuse investigation announces start date

After £14 million and three years of delays, the biggest inquiry into soldier abuse allegations announced its start date today.

Diary: Simon says Brum mayor rivals should stump up

Siôn Simon, the former Labour MP who wants to be Birmingham's first directly elected mayor, has made what seems like a generous gesture – until you reach the sting in the tail.

Warriors upgraded amid safety fears

A £1 billion upgrade of the Warrior armoured vehicles was announced at the end of last year after concerns were raised about their safety.

Labour MP Eric Joyce

MP Eric Joyce held over 'assault'

Labour MP Eric Joyce was in police custody tonight after being arrested over an alleged late night assault in a House of Commons bar.

Lord Hunt is new PCC chairman

The Conservative peer Lord Hunt, who served as a minister under Lady Thatcher and John Major, has been named as the new chairman of the Press Complaints Commission.

Ben Chu: What sort of welfare state does James Purnell want?

I’m instinctively well disposed to James Purnell’s attempts to bolster public support for the welfare state. But I can’t help noticing that he sounds quite muddled on the subject.

Video: Miliband: 'Osborne should change course on budget'

Labour leader, Ed Miliband, says the Chancellor is cutting too deeply, too quickly.

Five key questions for Ed Balls

He hasn’t been putting himself around for interviews yet, but in preparation for when that moment comes here are five questions for anyone who bumps into the shadow chancellor over the next few days.

John Rentoul: Why Alastair Campbell turned down the money

Alastair Campbell has a great line in a waspish article in The Daily Telegraph today on the virtues of keeping a diary rather than writing a memoir based on hazy recollection.

John Rentoul: Who saved the pound?

It was I, says Ed Balls.

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