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

Matthew Norman on Monday: Steptoe and Rab C Nesbitt make Cabinet reshuffle shortlist

Greater love hath no man than this, as Jeremy Thorpe so nearly put it of Harold Macmillan: that he lay down his classmates for his life. The pressure on David Cameron to take the long knives to a few toffs becomes irresistible, and the time to ignite reshuffle fever is upon us.

Andrew Grice: How the Chancellor pulled off the 50p tax cut

George Osborne's judgement was that it was 'now or never' to cut the top rate

Scotland Yard tells Liam Fox that his phone was hacked

Liam Fox, the former defence secretary, was the subject of a phone-hacking operation by a private detective who had worked for the News of the World, Scotland Yard has discovered.

Diary: A champion of transparency learns the art of discretion

Two weeks ago, the Daily Mail ran an editorial praising the "impressive Tory backbencher" Dominic Raab, the MP for Esher and Walton, and in April it reported with obvious approval his views on a European Court decision to withhold the names of judges who had ruled against the British Government on the issue of prisoners' rights. "It adds insult to injury – the lack of transparency only compounds the lack of accountability," Mr Raab, pictured, complained.

In pictures: Barmy buys

As Margaret Thatcher's handbag fetches £25,000 at auction, we take a look at other barmy buys of recent years.

Julian Brazier MP

In Mark Steel's column 'Unseasonal apocalypse forecast' (22 December 2010) we ascribed a quote to Julian Brazier describing him as 'The Transport Minister'. He has told us that while he was the transport spokesperson in opposition, he is not the Transport Minister and he did not comment as quoted or at all. We apologise to him for our error.

Deputy Commons Speaker comes out

A Deputy Commons Speaker has come out as gay ahead of today's launch of a support group for homosexual MPs and parliamentary staff.

MPs to investigate football debt

MPs are investigate whether there is too much debt at professional clubs as part of a new inquiry into the running of football.

John Rentoul: Michael Foot and Tony Blair

Michael Foot, who has died today, was a brilliant man and a cannier politician than his later self-caricature as a bumbling anachronism.

Ben Chu: Politician talks sense on housing shocker

It takes courage for an elected politician to challenge the notion that the great merry go-round of property speculation is a sustainable route to national prosperity

Gordon Brown: We cannot miss this window of opportunity

In the next two weeks the world has the chance to come together as a truly global community to take decisive action against climate change.

Jennie Bristow: Stand up to Supernanny

Before I had children, I was bothered that politicians today have an unhealthy interest in lecturing people about how they conduct their personal lives – what they eat, how much they drink, whether they take enough exercise, and so on.

Carers miss out on state support, MPs find

People looking after sick or disabled relatives provide care worth an estimated £23bn a year but receive benefits worth only £2bn a year, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) found.

Bill Cash MP

An item in the media section on Monday 22 June headlined "Cash's classifieds" muddled up Bill Cash, the MP, and his son William, editor of Spear's Wealth Management Survey. We offer them both our apologies.

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