News Andrew Mitchell and his wife, Dr Sharon Bennett, leave the press conference

Perhaps only someone with Mr Mitchell’s credentials would have been prepared to confront the police and the CPS

Letter: Fawning MPs

Sir: Am I the only person not surprised by the Government's methodical reneging on its election pledges? As Charles Dickens wrote in Little Dorrit: "It is true that every new premier and every new government, coming in because they had upheld a certain thing as necessary to be done, were no sooner come in than they applied their utmost faculties to discovering how not to do it."

Labour revolt over student fees

LEFT-WING Labour MPs last night claimed that government whips were offering them "gardening leave" to limit a backbench rebellion over the Bill to introduce student fees, writes Colin Brown.

Growing a hedge too far should be a crime, say MPs

A POSSIBLE crime of hedge-growing was backed by more than 60 MPs from all sides of the Commons yesterday.

Clinton admits Lewinsky relationship

THE White House has admitted for the first time that President Clinton did have a relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

Letter: President of the UK

Andreas Whittam Smith asks who would make a good president for our country, should we abolish the monarchy. Could I suggest Elizabeth Windsor as being more than suitable for the job?

Committee may examine MP's expulsion claims

Claims by a rebel Labour MP that he was threatened with expulsion over devolution could be investigated by Westminster's powerful Standards and Privileges Committee, it emerged last night.

Letter: The people decide how to elect MPs

Sir: One of the main reasons for introducing proportional representation is to bring some measure of honesty into our electoral process.

Letter: Boateng's Britain

Boateng's Britain

Train managers escape quiz

Managers from South West Trains, the troubled train line whose timetable cuts caused public fury, escaped appearing before a Commons select committee yesterday after Conservative MPs voted to cancel the meeting.

Letter: Beware the Tory MP and his racist gaffe- or was it?

Sir: Every so often my husband will rise from the breakfast table muttering forcefully, "You tell 'em, Polly. Well said. You tell 'em." This morning (6 March) was no exception. What on earth is going on?

How to win the female vote

Sir: It is no surprise that three out of four women are dissatisfied with the political parties ("Women's groups set doorstep test for candidates", 19 February).

Labour MP deselected

Labour MP Max Madden last night lost his bid to fight his seat at the general election. Mr Madden announced more than two years ago that he planned to retire, but changed his mind last summer.

How politicians play it ...

William Hartston meets his match, with sleaze, banana skins and political time-bombs

Climbdown on war widow plans

Ministers announced a partial climbdown last night over plans to reduce war widows' benefits. The proposals caused furious exchanges in the Commons when they emerged in November's Budget and led to a threatened revolt by some Conservative MPs. It was claimed that pounds 100m could be saved under the plan.

Striking a note for the birds

The desperate plight of Britain's disappearing songbirds is to be raised in Parliament today by Mr Tam Dalyell, Labour MP for Linlithgow.
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