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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.”

David Cameron to face Leveson Inquiry next week

David Cameron, George Osborne, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown are among a string of major political figures due to appear before the Leveson Inquiry next week.

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Cameron has 'torn up rules' to keep Hunt

Labour accuses PM over ministerial code and says it will force vote in the Commons

Ed Miliband in no-strike Olympic Games appeal

Ed Miliband called today for industrial action to be avoided during the Olympic Games after London bus drivers were balloted over a potential strike in a row over pay.

Lord Justice Leveson rebuffs Jeremy Hunt hearing request

Embattled Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is facing a lengthy wait to defend himself at the Leveson Inquiry after his request for an early appearance was rebuffed.

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes calls for Jeremy Hunt inquiry

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes has joined calls for an inquiry into whether Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt breached the ministerial code of conduct.

David Cameron urged to order Jeremy Hunt inquiry

David Cameron is under pressure to order an inquiry into claims that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt broke ministerial rules in his dealings with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire.

The Sketch: Off to the tower with this sorry excuse for a minister

The minister looked piteous, like a broken child; halting, faltering, fresh out of virtue

Inquest into Respect shock victory begins

Labour today denied it had neglected northern voters as the inquest into George Galloway's sensational by-election victory in Bradford West began.

The Sketch: Harriet sent packing as Clegg rises to occasion

PMQs – now with 20 per cent extra. It started on time and the Speaker eventually called off the half-hour at 12.37. Every time Nick Clegg thought he'd done the course, another name was called: the finish line receding with every step he took.

A February 2011 photograph of Charlie Brooks and Rebekah Brooks

Brooks arrests puts pressure on Cameron

David Cameron is coming under increasing pressure to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry after a dramatic day that began with the arrest of Rebekah Brooks in a dawn raid at her Oxfordshire home yesterday.

Government review recommends film lessons plan to boost industry

Film lessons in schools and more screenings outside big towns and cities are among the proposals put forward in a new report to help the UK movie business take advantage of "a golden period" in its history.

David Cameron: After a year and a half, the Prime Minister is still recognisably human. He speaks in a way people can understand, his earnest Conservative civilities command respect. He had a good little war. He bopped the EU in the latest euro-excursion and despite a chorus of educated disapproval from our wise commentariat enjoyed a six-point poll bounce. His instincts and self-interest coincide wonderfully – the more considerate to coalition partners he is the less he will be blamed

2012: A Westminster odyssey

Who's going to have a good year – and who's likely to come a cropper? Our very own Mystic Meg of SW1, Simon Carr, gazes into his political crystal ball...

BBC must include women in sports award shortlist, says Harman

The BBC was facing a growing backlash last night over the absence of any women from its shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year.

Women have borne brunt of cuts, says Cameron

Women have been worse hit than men by the Government's austerity measures, David Cameron admitted yesterday as he offered a personal mea culpa for disparaging remarks that he made about two female MPs.

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