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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.”

The Sketch: How about a Liberal Speaker? Isn't it their turn after 80-odd years?

In the here-and-there of the corridors, plazas and back passages of Westminster a drama is starting to throb. There's going to be excitement immediately Parliament resumes. It's the election of the Speaker. Or as many have assumed, the re-election of the Speaker.

Harman takes over until next leader is chosen

Gordon Brown resigned immediately as Labour leader following the collapse of talks on creating a Lib-Lab coalition. Aides, however, denied that he was planning to stand down as an MP, just days after being re-elected as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

Editor-At-Large: Business as usual: very few women, far too many men

The simpering leaders' wives were given more column inches than any female candidate

Brown is sure to go, but who will take the reins?

If the Tories and Lib Dems agree a deal, it will be the end of the road for the PM and spark a campaign to succeed him

Clegg has a real chance to change the system. He must not blow it

All three parties lost the election, but there was still a winner.

Nigel Morris: A personal rebuff for Brown, an existential threat to his party

Labour appeared to have averted electoral meltdown last night, but the stark reality is that the party has achieved its worst electoral performance for nearly two decades.

Labour candidate John Cowan suspended over online messages

Labour has suspended its parliamentary candidate in South East Cambridgeshire over allegations that he posted "unacceptable" messages online, it was revealed today.

Blango's now running for office

Columba Blango has gone head to head with a heavyweight opponent before. On 6 May, come General Election Day, the 53-year-old Southwark borough councillor will be up against Harriet Harman in the fight for the parliamentary seat of Camberwell and Peckham. Having been the constituency MP for 27 years now, Ms Harman, the deputy leader of the Labour Party, is rated as a 1-100 odds-on favourite with Ladbrokes. Still, Councillor Blango, the Liberal Democrat candidate, is a clear second favourite among the seven contenders, at 20-1 against. Back in 1980, when he took on Daley Thompson at the Moscow Olympics, he was not given an earthly chance.

Nevin's Notes (07/04/10)

An alternative take on the election

Scramble to save Bills at end of parliament

Plan to raise duty on cider among measures now under threat

Katy Guest: It's the <i>Today</i> programme, Ceri love, not <i>The Ice Age</i>

Employing women need not end in tears

MPs warn City to give better deal to women

Male 'group think' carries risks, says select committee

PM dismisses lobbying probe demands

Gordon Brown today dismissed opposition calls for a Government investigation into claims that policy decisions were swayed by lobbying from former Cabinet ministers.

Harriet Harman denies ex-ministers influenced decisions

Commons leader Harriet Harman denied today that ministers had been influenced by the alleged lobbying of former Cabinet ministers into making improper decisions.

Facebook 'no objection in principle to panic button'

Facebook has "no objection in principle" to installing an anti-paedophile panic button on its site, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said today.

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