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Former civil servant will continue to be part of panel in an unpaid position

Chris Huhne was punched by Vicky Price after she found out about his affair with an aide

Vicky Pryce gave Chris Huhne a black eye after she found out about his affair, court hears

Chris Huhne, the disgraced former cabinet minister, was punched and dragged through a window by his wife when she discovered his affair with an aide, a jury was told yesterday.

Briscoe was asked about Chris Huhne's 'liaisons with men' by reporters

Barrister Constance Briscoe says she was asked about Chris Huhne's ‘liaisons with men’ by reporter

The high-profile barrister accused of lying to police about her contacts with the media over a plot to bring down the politician Chris Huhne claimed to have been approached by a reporter investigating the former minister’s alleged “liaisons with men”, a court was told.

Constance Briscoe arrives at Southwark Crown Court

Top judge Constance Briscoe 'lied to police in order to bring down Chris Huhne', court hears

Ms Briscoe is accused of misleading officers, tampering with an official statement and then submitting a fake document to try to get herself out of trouble

David Cameron sidestepped awkward questions on pensioner benefits on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’

Pensioner perks under threat after next election, David Cameron admits

PM hints that wealthy retirees could lose benefits if Tories win next election, as he sets out key policies for manifesto

2013 - the year in review: Politics as usual, though we lost Margaret Thatcher and gained Adam Afriyie

At Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, Osborne shed a tear, as if a human being lurked below that calculating exterior

Constance Briscoe pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey to two counts of intending to pervert the course of public justice

Part-time judge Constance Briscoe denies perverting justice over Chris Huhne case

56-year-old faces trial next January over two charges

Andy McSmith's Diary: Low-paid Commons staff a redemptive cause for Jim Sheridan

The Labour MP Jim Sheridan made a monumental ass of himself over press regulation, when he suggested that Parliament amend the decision made in 1803 to allow journalists onto the premises, to exclude those he does not like. However, to give the man credit, he is battling valiantly on behalf of Parliament's low paid staff, who are having their working week lengthened and their overtime and anti social hours payments cut.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Lindsay Hoyle proves a plain-speaking stand-in at the Budget

One person who emerged from the Budget presentation with his reputation enhanced was the Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle. People liked the plain-speaking way that he battled to keep the braying and barracking to a minimum. His presence also prompted a question that is asked almost every year – why the Deputy Speaker, not the Speaker?

Attorney General urged to consider longer jail terms for Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce

Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, was urged today to seek longer jail terms for Chris Huhne and his former wife Vicky Pryce by a Conservative MP who said their eight-month sentences were “unduly lenient.”

Lord Sugar and Stella English

Lord Sugar says Apprentice winner Stella English is effectively blackmailing him

He told the East London Tribunal Centre he feels he has no case to answer over claims Ms English was treated as an 'overpaid lackey'

Photographed, fingerprinted, strip-searched: the humiliating welcome to Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce's new lives in prison

Chris Huhne's first experience of his government's penal system was inside a grim, overcrowded south London prison where inmates are locked up in shared cells for up to 22 hours a day.

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Editorial: The Lib Dems are walking tall

They have made a difference as a junior coalition partner, which the voters recognised
Vicky Pryce and Chris Huhne

Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce trials: A chaotic end to a strange and long drawn-out case

The Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce legal saga is approaching its close

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