The MP has left his post as international development minister following the apparent suicide of a young Conservative Party activist
One man does not create a culture. Mark Clarke is the fall guy but he had friends and associates in high places
He has resigned as international development minister but remains an MP
Mr Shapps hired now-disgraced party activist Mark Clarke to run organisation busing campaigners during the last election
The knives may be out once and for all for Jeremy Corbyn
What has happened to the fine words that the Labour leader spoke when he was elected two months ago?
Sources say Mr Shapps was instrumental in promoting Mark Clarke, who faces accusations of bullying and blackmail
Could Britain’s chronic housing shortage be solved by using insurers’ assets? Jamie Dunkley and Russell Lynch report
Some local ladies were offended by the way that Blunt’s marriage ended
Home Secretary attacks broadcaster's ability to subsidise online coverage
Daringly, the Conservative conference started with its inspirational highlight, Thatcher: the movie – a nostalgia vehicle which brought the audience to their feet in what may prove the one unequivocally enthusiastic standing ovation of the week. The iconic images included Mrs T be-goggled and all in white in the turret of a Challenger tank: a 20th century Boadicea as played by Isadora Duncan. Or the lady at her shimmering sexiest at a 1976 meeting in Finchley: “I stand before you in my red star chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up and my fair hair gently waved, the iron lady of the western world.” By this point you had begun to fear for the pulse rate of older party representatives.
Controversial drugs scheme to be extended despite criticism from doctors
“There should be a way of saying to people ‘thank you very much, it hasn’t worked out but here’s a decent package for you to move on from this role,’” says top Tory
Australia’s Health Minister has accused the UK Government of dropping plans to introduce blank cigarette packaging due to pressure from tobacco companies and one of their former lobbyists now working for the Conservatives.
Lynton Crosby under more pressure following Government’s decision to abandon tobacco pledge
Recommended increase was expected to add up to £10,000 to backbenchers' salaries in 2015