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

John Rentoul: A national debate on electoral reform

All right, Gordon Brown has asked for it. He wants a national debate on electoral reform. Although he made his view plain: "I still believe the link between the MP and constituency is essential and that it is the constituency that is best able to hold MPs to account."

Andrew Grice: The PR battle begins

A double dose of Gordon Brown versus David Cameron today. After Prime Minister’s Questions, Brown made a statement on plans to clean up politics after the MPs’ expenses scandal.

Michael Martin: Every MP must work to regain your trust

This is the full text of the Speaker's statement to the Commons yesterday

Andrew Grice: Labour in-fighting over Gurkhas

Mixed headlines for Gordon Brown over MPs' expenses this morning. He managed to salvage some credit from the wreckage of his original plan to replace the "second homes" payments for MPs with a daily attendance allowanc

Andrew Grice: Another fine mess

More flak for Gordon Brown over MPs' expenses today-- this time from his own side.

John Rentoul: Gordon will be praised for doing the right thing, won't he?

A bumper day for questions to which the answer is No. Gordon Brown has just announced precisely all the reforms of MPs' costs and expenses for which the commentariat have been clamouring.

John Rentoul: BJ4BW

British jobs for British workers. We thought Gordon Brown said it but didn't and couldn't mean it. But Frank Field, the MP for the Unthinkable Party, reports otherwise

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/11/today-in-poli-7.html">Today in Politics: Will George Osborne be moved?</a>

Why do politicians obsess about the potential downfall of their own party's leading figures? Until recently, you could hardly bump into a Labour MP without being told that Gordon Brown's days as Prime Minister were numbered.

MPs in call for extra benefits for carers

The benefits system for unpaid carers is outdated and the Government should provide extra financial help to support them, MPs said yesterday.

Afghanistan battle kills '150 insurgents' says Nato

Nato said today that up to 150 insurgents were killed in an eastern Afghanistan battle after two large groups of fighters crossed the border from Pakistan.

One day, seven lives, one year on

Has it really been a year? The scars of the terrorist attacks that took place in London on 7 July 2005 are far from healed. That dreadful morning marked a shift in our national psyche. No longer could we take for granted the basic rituals of our daily lives. No longer could we feel safe in the company of strangers. Things would never be quite the same again. In the following pages, seven people who were touched by the bombings relive the horror - and reflect on how it changed them

Quentin Letts: I came, I saw, I was ejected: why, David, why?

Heavies blocked my way. They were chewing biscuits, hard

Bruce Anderson: The Tories' divisions are cultural, not ideological

On policy, an opposition which writes from the hip will be kicked in the backside
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