News Michael Dugher has called for action before the 30th anniversary of the so-called Battle of Orgreave on July 18

Shadow Cabinet Officer minister Michael Dugher calls for action before 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgrave

'Predatory' 13-year-olds: we've heard this one before

Where does this shocking language of "predatory" behaviour come from? Are such ideas just the "inappropriate" words of one individual (to cite the Crown Prosecution Service)? History indicates otherwise. So-called "rape myths" and "victim-blaming" of this kind have long roots. We need to look at the past to understand the nature of concerns about "predatory", "sexually experienced" and physically mature girls. By understanding the history of such ideas, we may be able to put an end to their use.

Trevor Pearce ‘gave misleading information to MPs’

Soca chief and senior Met police officer ‘misled’ MPs over blue-chip hacking saga

Met detectives investigating historic evidence of computer hacking buried for years by Soca only received key information last week

The Labour MP David Lammy attacked the Coalition’s handling of the findings by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel

Labour MP David Lammy: burial of report on 2011 riots an insult to victims

The Government has been accused of “insulting” the victims of the 2011 summer riots by burying their formal response to a report on the unrest and failing to act on its 63 recommendations.

Sir Anthony Bamford has donated £5m to the Conservative party

'Money is polluting Parliament' as line-up of new peers includes major business donors to major parties

New peers could cost the taxpayer about £1.2m, plus travel and other expenses, leaving PM with awkward questions over promise to cut cost of politics

The view from Westminster: work experience with an MP

Government sceptic Katherine Burch contacted Gavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central, to see what life in Parliament is really like

Exclusive: Met dragged into blue-chip hacking saga as MPs demand Hogan-Howe releases details on rogue investigators

Scotland Yard was dragged into the blue-chip hacking scandal last night after Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was asked to release suppressed information from four little-known investigations into rogue private detective agencies.

Philip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco firm, created a database tracking every British MP’s opinion on plain cigarette packaging as part of its successful lobbying campaign to block the rules

Cigarette firm Philip Morris 'tracked MPs' views on packaging'

The world’s largest tobacco firm created a database tracking every British MP’s opinion on plain cigarette packaging as part of its successful lobbying campaign to block the rules, it was claimed on Sunday.

A&E units would struggle to cope with winter flu outbreak, MPs warn

Shortages of senior staff, disorganised local services and botched launch of NHS 111 phone line all blamed

Liam Byrne, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has laid some of the blame at the door of Atos

Crackdown on disability benefits costs taxpayer £66m in appeals costs

Appeals bill soars over claims Atos ‘is getting more decisions wrong than ever before’

Soca chairman Sir Ian Andrews, left, and Trevor Pearce, the agency’s director-general

MPs told not to name firms hiring corrupt investigators

“Britain’s FBI” has ordered a powerful committee of MPs to take extraordinary security measures to protect the identities of blue-chip organisations that hired criminal private investigators.

Will we need HS2? Of course not, in 20 years we'll have holograms says Ed Miliband's new business ambassador...

Lord Mitchell, an entrepreneur and former party spokesman in the Lords, said that he initially supported the £42.6 billion scheme but had changed his mind

Lynton Crosby, the Conservatives’ election strategist

Smoking gun? David Cameron dodges Lynton Crosby cigarette packaging controversy question

Tory strategist’s links to cigarette giant pile pressure on PM after  tobacco policy U-turn

Finally legal: Queen gives gay marriage the Royal Assent

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is now law after the Queen's royal seal of approval

Phillippa Williamson stepped down as SFO chief executive in 2012

Revealed: Serious Fraud Office chief who worked at home spent £100,000 on travel costs

Phillippa Williamson was allowed to run up bill in deal criticised as ‘quite astounding’ by MPs

Crime chief under fire for saying private investigators can access bank accounts

Head of Serious Organised Crime Agency causes alarm with statement to MPs

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