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

Straw under fire on secrecy

JACK STRAW will come under intense pressure to toughen up his freedom of information Bill this week when a committee of MPs publishes a highly critical report on the Government's legislation.

Letter: Who lost the peace?

Sir: Now that Ulster's loyalist politicians have declined the opportunity to take part in a devolved assembly, let us hope their electors ask them some very searching questions when the time comes for their re-election.

Letter: Trial by JP

Sir: It may be ill-natured to cavil when faced with the rare and wonderful experience of a politician admitting to changing his mind but, oh, how deeply regrettable that Mr Straw chose to change his mind for that of Mr Howard.

Letter: Same old Lords

Letter:

Letter: Airing EMU

Sir: The article "How we will learn to love the euro" (25 January) states that "the chances are that public hostility to EMU will fall further in the coming year". If this happens it will be because the Government continues to stifle any meaningful debate on EMU as it has up until now.

Letter: Dollar vs euro

Sir: The launch of the euro requires a sustained and serious discussion on its inevitable effects for Britain. Its very existence affects the UK. It is imperative that Britain makes a positive decision.

IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS: Starr's Testimony

From the independent prosecutor's testimony:

Letter: MPs' private lives

Sir: What an amazing range of standards our leaders set for themselves! One Cabinet minister resigns through having accepted a dinner invitation from a stranger, which he describes as a "serious lapse of judgement", whilst a former prime minister takes tea with the Butcher of Santiago without as much as batting an eyelid.

Letter: Past what post?

Sir: The Jenkins report has suggested a system which cleverly retains the link between constituency and MP, but also introduces an element of proportionality.

Jenkins Commission: New-style voting: how it would work

In the polling booth

Glaziers' Company

The Election Court of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers was held yesterday evening at Glaziers' Hall, London SE1. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:

LETTER: Frank Field MP

LETTER:

Letter: ... and David Clark

Letter: ... and David Clark

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Skye Bridge deal attacked by MPs
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