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Late in PM’s Questions the (very) right-wing Tory backbencher Peter Bone rose to deliver his magisterial verdict on Nick Clegg’s substitution for the absent David Cameron. “Hasn’t the acting Prime Minister been outstanding today?” he asked, adding that “anyone listening on the radio” would have thought it was Cameron himself. (This wasn’t a huge compliment since Bone is hardly the PM’s greatest fan). But then the only half-sarcastic pay-off: “I think that the Right Hon Gentleman is turning into a Tory.”

Ashcroft row exposes Cameron weakness, says Mandelson

The row over Conservative donor Lord Ashcroft's tax status exposed David Cameron's "fundamental weakness" and his inability to change the Tory Party, senior Cabinet minister Lord Mandelson claimed today.

Firms urged to boost number of women in boardroom

Firms could be required to report on efforts they are making to increase the number of women in senior management jobs, the Government announced today.

Mandelson attacks Cameron 'weakness' over Ashcroft

The row over Conservative donor Lord Ashcroft's tax status exposed David Cameron's "fundamental weakness" and his inability to change the Tory Party, senior Cabinet minister Lord Mandelson claimed today.

The Sketch: The time to eat my hat is fast approaching

We scoffed, of course, because the plan was so unlikely to succeed

Jack Dromey selected for safe Labour seat

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman's husband, Jack Dromey, has been selected as a Labour candidate for the general election.

John Rentoul: Like a duh-brain I clicked on the link ...

It all started with Harriet Harman. It was an unexpected pleasure to receive a direct message from her through Twitter on Wednesday morning. This you? it asked. A bit odd, I thought. A bit abrupt. Not her style at all. And like a duh-brain I clicked on the link, even though I'm reasonably computer literate and scoff at people who fall for phishing emails from banks.

MPs call for debate on new assisted suicide guidelines

Fresh guidelines on assisting suicide could open a "new back door" to euthanasia, the Commons heard today.

Twitter hacker poses as Harriet Harman



Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman has been forced to change the password on her Twitter account after it was hacked, she told MPs today.

Miliband prepares for post-Brown party

Foreign Secretary keen to shake off Blairite label before possible leadership battle

Equalities watchdog chief Trevor Phillips 'tried to influence inquiry'

Trevor Phillips, head of the Equalities Commission, is facing an investigation into whether he tried to “nobble” a parliamentary inquiry into his work.

MPs warned of prejudice in fraud trials

Prosecutors issued private warnings yesterday that too much political talk about three MPs and a peer facing fraud charges could prevent the case from going to a full trial.

Gordon Brown attacked as fraud charge MPs are suspended

Gordon Brown was accused of being out of touch on the expenses scandal today after Labour withdrew the party whip from the three MPs being prosecuted.

The night John told Pauline he'd been having an affair

The former deputy prime minister kissed, and now his wife is telling. Her candid new book reveals all

Expenses MP 'told by Labour whip to move money round'

Jim Devine claims cleaning bill was funded from separate account on advice of Westminster old hand

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Jumpy Brown blots the copybook

*One of the many old-fashioned touches about the House of Commons is the row of three Commons clerks who are always there during Prime Minister's Questions, seated in wigs and gowns in front of the Speaker.

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker