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

Matthew Norman: Somebody's got to stick up for Chris Huhne...

He would have made an infinitely braver champion than Nick Clegg of his party's core beliefs

Matthew Norman on Monday: Labour's forgotten man remembers how to line his pockets

What halcyon days, on and off the pitch, for Sunderland FC. Mackem fans will be so thrilled by the team's revival that they will forgive David Miliband for dividing his time even further. Reportedly paid £50,000 to be the club's vice-president, he already moonlights as an MP, of course. He is also reported to trouser £92k as a consultant to a Californian energy firm, and more from speechifying in the Middle East.

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Gas extraction probe urged over water pollution fears

Tom Greatrex, the shadow energy minister, is demanding a full government investigation into controversial “fracking” technology used to dislodge natural gas trapped in rocks after a new report linked the practice to water pollution for the first time.

Labour MP calls for probe into fracking

Tom Greatrex, the shadow Energy Minister, is demanding a full-scale government investigation into the controversial "fracking" technology used to dislodge natural gas trapped in rocks, after a dramatic new report linked the practice to water pollution for the first time.

After his Commons no-show on Monday it was back to business as usual for Nick Clegg yesterday

PM tells Clegg to 'pick up the pieces' in Europe

Stormy Cabinet session sees Lib Dem ministers attack Cameron for negotiating tactics

'Time running out' on climate deal

Europe is still pushing for a strong deal on global warming as the latest international climate talks overrun, but time is running out to secure a "credible" agreement, UK ministers warned today.

Amol Rajan: Beat lobbyists make politicians display backers' logos

Not surprisingly, lobbying is back on the front pages only a few weeks after the resignation of Liam Fox. The former Defence Secretary, you may recall, had given extraordinary access and influence to his unelected friend Adam Werrity, a man in the pay of wealthy Tory donors. This used to be called cash for access.

Huhne's speeding case crawls along at a snail's pace

It might be an investigation into speeding, but it is proceeding at a snail's pace.

The Sketch: Too much democracy to get anything done

What was that about being "the greenest government ever"? It was only true insofar as previous governments have been the colour of Tarmac.

Mark Steel: Huhne goes for the shop around option

Now Liam Fox has gone, maybe the next one to resign should be Chris Huhne, the Secretary of State for Energy, on the grounds that's he's pointless. After meeting the energy companies his statement on rising energy bills was that we should check to see if we're paying the cheapest rate, and maybe change to a different company if we're not.

Mark Steel: If only we'd shopped around more

Huhne will deal with electricity prices by saying he's hoping for a mild winter

Chris Huhne files are handed to CPS

Prosecutors have received files on claims that the Cabinet minister Chris Huhne tried to dodge a speeding penalty after further investigations by Essex Police.

CPS given Chris Huhne speeding case

The results of fresh investigations into claims cabinet minister Chris Huhne tried to dodge a speeding penalty have been given to prosecutors, Essex Police have confirmed.

Prosecutors ask for more inquiries into Chris Huhne case

Prosecutors have asked police to make further inquiries into allegations Cabinet minister Chris Huhne tried to dodge a speeding penalty.

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