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The benefits system for unpaid carers is outdated and the Government should provide extra financial help to support them, MPs said yesterday.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