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Almost 700 children detained under the Mental Health Act have been put in police cells over the last two years

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Carry on claiming: On Expenses

The MPs' expenses scandal had all the ingredients for a farce, yet a new television drama deftly balances the serious with the absurd

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MPs are trying to block the publication of embarrassing details about unpaid food and drinks bills they have run up in the Commons.

Investigation into 'lost' Heathrow emails

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The results of Sir Thomas Legg's review of MPs' expenses will finally be published tomorrow.

Gordon Brown to ditch first-past-the-post vote system

Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced today that he will seek parliamentary approval for a referendum to ditch the first-past-the-post voting system for Westminster elections.

Dominic Lawson: So all these climate revelations were a dastardly foreign plot

It hasn't occurred to King that the emails might have been leaked by an insider

Leading article: Fearless talk saves lives

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Ministers use law to keep state spending on Royal Family secret

Attempt by Independent to force publication of correspondence blocked

Tonic wine Buckfast 'behind violent crimes'

The tonic wine Buckfast has been mentioned in 5,000 crime reports by Scotland's biggest police force in the last three years, an investigation has revealed.

Andreas Whittam Smith: Here's one way to reconnect voters

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Underground bosses clash over estimated cost of Tube line upgrades

A fresh war of words erupted between Tube Lines and London Underground (LU) yesterday in the ongoing row over how much

Veil may be lifted on infamous Westland meeting

Minutes from the most explosive Cabinet meeting of Margaret Thatcher's premiership may be released early after a ruling from the information commissioner under the Freedom of Information Act, it was revealed today.

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