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

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee