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1. "The BBC is generally as pogonophobic as the late-lamented Albanian dictator, Enver Hoxha."

e) Jeremy Paxman

Attacks legal and justified, says Blair

TONY BLAIR told the Commons yesterday that air strikes on Iraq were justified and legal because of Saddam Hussein's "delays, deceits and obstacles" in complying with United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Parliament: The House: UN condemned

GEORGE GALLOWAY, the Labour MP for Glasgow Kelvin, stunned MPs when he condemned the United Nations for causing a "quiet massacre" in Iraq through sanctions.

The Sketch: Lord Chancellor takes a 'retrograde step' forward

IN THE House of Lords they were debating the issue of Derry's trousers, after Earl Ferrers (no wig, and broad pinstripe suit) had urged his colleagues not to assent to the Lord Chancellor's shocking suggestion that he should be allowed to come to work in a suit.

Moments of madness

'Hour after hour we waited for news: some fresh titbit about the couple, a public figure distancing himself, a twitch in the net curtains'

Leukaemia Girl Goes Home

MARIAM HAMZA, the Iraqi girl brought to Britain for cancer treatment, said farewell to hospital staff yesterday before beginning her long journey home.

Inquiry over Saudi nurse back at work

THE NURSES' disciplinary body is taking legal advice on action against Deborah Parry, the nurse jailed in Saudi Arabia for the murder of a colleague.

Blair only told raids were to be launched

THE KEY issue of whether the Prime Minister was consulted over the American air strikes was confused last night, with conflicting accounts from London and Washington.

Galloway seeks truth in Saudi

GEORGE GALLOWAY, the left-wing Labour MP, has been flown to Saudi Arabia to interview the police who allegedly beat and threatened two British nurses into confessing to killing a colleague.

Freed women face nursing council probe

THE two nurses are to be investigated by the governing body for nurses in Britain. The United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing said it was investigating a complaint made by the Labour MP George Galloway, that the nurses should not be allowed to work again, writes Andrew Buncombe.

Nurses fly in to 'blood money' row

THE TWO nurses freed from a murder sentence in Saudi Arabia were due to arrive home today as one of their lawyers said he planned to contest half the pounds 750,000 "blood money" payment.

Iraq's children cling on for a grim life

Academics condemn the effect of sanctions on health and education

Anti-war campaigners in last-ditch plea for peace

CAMPAIGNERS left a sea of black ribbons last night following a candlelit vigil in opposition to military action against Iraq, writes Rosa Prince.

Iraq crisis: Cook seeks to head off MPs' revolt

The Government is planning a full-scale debate next week to show a united front at the House of Commons and crush opposition to the threat of a renewed bombing campaign against Saddam Hussein's military might in Iraq.

Just leave me alone

Paul Routledge rebuts charges that his book deliberately re-fuelled the Brown/Blair leadership battle

Labour's rebels: Principled and old join usual suspects

Even the most hardened rebels were surprised by the size of Wednesday night's Commons revolt over lone parent benefits. Fran Abrams, Political Correspondent, asks if the new Labour worms are starting to turn.
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