Voices Jeffrey Archer with Margaret Thatcher in 1987

At least attention is drawn to the possibility that Labour MPs have been treated harshly

Tony Blair's eldest son Euan weds at ceremony near family's multi-million pound mansion

Euan Blair and Suzanne Ashman have been dating for eight years, having been introduced by former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon

On the left, Emma Reynolds and, right, Axelle Lemaire: the two became friends while working in Parliament

Entente féminine that binds UK and France

Cross-Channel friendship fosters a centre-left alliance

Diary: Martin rings his own bell

Former war correspondent and erstwhile independent MP Martin Bell, a man so squeaky clean that he hasn't changed his suit in at least 15 years, is to release a book of autobiographical poetry. The collection of "light and dark" verse, due to be published in December, will take the same name as a novel by – who else? – Ernest Hemingway: For Whom The Bell Tolls. Neil Hamilton, against whom Bell stood at the 1997 election, once described his rival as, "A pompous, humourless man... in love with his own ego." But then, that was Neil Hamilton. So don't take his word for it.

Tories 'want Muslims out of London', says shadow minister

A Labour shadow minister was last night facing calls for her dismissal after she was recorded saying that the Government "don't want Muslims living in central London". In an extraordinary attack, Karen Buck – Shadow Work and Pensions Minister – also said that ministers were "deeply hostile" to poor people having children. Last night the Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Warsi said the remarks were "deeply offensive" and called on Ed Miliband to remove her from Labour's frontbench.

Voting fraud claims spark calls for ID at polls

Seats were 'stolen', say critics, as watchdog reveals police were called to investigate dozens of allegations after general election

Parliament ban for Hoon over 'cash for access'

Two former Labour cabinet ministers are facing disgrace and the loss of their privileges as ex-MPs after being found guilty of a "particularly serious" breach of parliamentary lobbying rules. Geoff Hoon and Stephen Byers had been in line for peerages until they were caught on camera offering "access for cash" to undercover journalists.

Ex-ministers face Commons ban in lobbying row

Three former Labour ministers face being barred from Parliament after being rebuked for breaching lobbying rules.

Tony's cronies to Dave's faves: Cameron repays some old debts

Close allies of David Cameron will be rewarded with peerages tomorrow when Downing Street issues a long-awaited list of more than 50 new working peers, The Independent has learned.

Forget conspiracies: the official version is scandalous enough

The fact remains that an innocent man was hounded to his death, says Kim Sengupta

MPs paid £10.5m 'golden goodbye'

MPs who retired or lost their seats at last month's general election are to receive "golden goodbyes" totalling almost £10.5m.

Mousa death a 'stain on Army's character'

The former head of the Army has declared that the death of Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa is "a stain on the character" of the British force.

Terence Blacker: A recluse steps into the spotlight...

In life it's not the answers that are important, but the questions

Two more 'in lobbying scandal'

Two more ex-Labour ministers were drawn into the lobbying scandal last night, after claims they had been secretly recorded offering to exploit government contacts to help business clients – for fees of up to £2,500 a day.

John Sauven: Labour should accept the inevitable: the plan is dead

The case against the third runway

Geoff Hoon asked to relinquish Nato role

Former defence secretary Geoff Hoon was dropped from a Nato committee following his involvement in the lobbygate row, it emerged.

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