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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.”

Harriet Harman: Lib Dems have sacrificed all they stood for

Liberal Democrat ministers were accused of selling their principles for the sake of their ministerial cars, in a withering attack by the Labour leader, Harriet Harman. Giving the Opposition's reply to the Budget speech, Ms Harman seemed angrier at the Liberal Democrats sitting in unhappy silence behind George Osborne than at the Chancellor himself.

Harriet Harman slams 'Tory Budget'

Chancellor George Osborne's first Budget will "throw people out of work" and stifle growth, acting Labour leader Harriet Harman claimed today.

Flint blames Brown for lack of women on leadership list

When Caroline Flint stormed out of Gordon Brown's Government last summer, complaining he used women colleagues as "female window dressing", her dramatic departure seemed to do more damage to her than it did to the former prime minister.

Benefit cuts for families with older children proposed

Child benefits to families with children over 13 could be scrapped, under a Government-commissioned review headed by new poverty adviser Frank Field.

Diane Abbott: The gatecrasher who can save the party

As unlikely as it seemed, she made it on to the Labour leadership ballot paper. But, asks Simon Carr, can she win?

Diane Abbott wins enough names to stand for leadership

Left-wing Labour MP Diane Abbott has received enough nominations to stand for the party leadership, it was announced today.

John McDonnell withdraws from Labour leadership race

Left-winger John McDonnell today withdrew from the contest to become Labour leader, after failing to secure enough nominations from fellow MPs.

Harman backs Abbott for Labour leadership

Diane Abbott received a boost to her candidacy for the Labour Party leadership when Harriet Harman, the party's deputy leader, nominated her yesterday.

Harriet Harman nominates Diane Abbott for Labour leadership

Labour's acting leader, Harriet Harman, today nominated Diane Abbott for the party's leadership.

Field made 'poverty tsar'

Frank Field, the former Labour minister, is to conduct a major review into poverty levels across Britain.

Ed Miliband supports 50% female team

Ed Miliband has strengthened his pledge to promote women to senior political jobs by supporting a plan to ensure half of the party’s new shadow Cabinet team is female.

John Rentoul: A return to tribalism won't help Labour

Putting Ed Balls up on Newsnight to talk about cuts is like telling voters, who rejected that approach only three weeks ago, that they have not been paying attention

Prescott: I'm the man to sort out Labour's finances

They say that old soldiers never die, they just fade away – but the former deputy prime minister John Prescott is not even prepared to do that. He will be 72 next birthday, in 10 days' time, and is expected to be awarded a life peerage in Gordon Brown's resignation honours list.

MPs 'pleased' at BNP's failure

MPs are "very pleased" that the British National Party failed to win a single Commons seat at the general election, Harriet Harman said today.

Date set for new Labour leader

The result of the Labour Party leadership contest will not be determined for another four months, it was announced today.

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