Life and Style ban would only affect England

Health campaigners say ban could protect nearly half a million children who are exposed second-hand smoke every week

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Oh my Lord! Peer says he uses DVLA 'friends' to track down motorists who drop litter

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Donald Macintyre's Sketch: At last, the inside story on Profumo? Over their dead bodies 

Lord Lloyd-Webber’s new musical is about Stephen Ward, who introduced Keeler to Profumo

Archbishop of Canterbury highlights revolution in sexuality

The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken of a “revolution in the area of sexuality” while announcing a campaign to stamp out homophobic bullying in Church of England schools.

Work to refurbish House of Lords toilets could cost up to £100,000

Work to refurbish House of Lords toilets could cost up to £100,000

Up to £100,000 will be spent sprucing up two toilets in the House of Lords, it has been revealed.

Peers in the clear: Lord Dannatt and Lord Stirrup 'did not break lobbying rules'

Peers alleged to have boasted about influence with MoD officials to secure contracts for private firms

A supporter of same-sex marriage waves a rainbow flag outside the Houses of Parliament

Wreckers routed as Lords backs gay marriage Bill

Peers vote convincingly FOR same-sex marriage

Out of touch? As peers vote on gay marriage, LobbyaLord bridges the gap

Some Lords have been receptive to Out4Marriage's email campaign

Lobbying scandal: House of Lords watchdog to investigate three peers accused of agreeing to do parliamentary work for payment

The House of Lords standards commissioner has begun investigating the three peers caught up in a lobbying scandal, it was announced today.

The House of Lords: Where it really is a job for life

Unlike any other job it is virtually impossible to get sacked from being a Member of Parliament or a peer.

Ballpark figures: Mawhinney says football’s business is unsustainable

Promoted clubs' land of milk and honey will go sour

Brian Mawhinney served as a Conservative minister in Northern Ireland for six years, during which time some 500 people on both sides of the great divide were killed. As he was leaving a Londonderry college after an official visit, a bomb was found a few yards further down the path on which he was walking; the IRA announced later that they decided not to assassinate him in case innocent bystanders were injured.

Tory Lord Feldman to face questions about allegations he described grassroots activists as 'swivel-eyed loons'

The Conservative Party Chairman, Lord Feldman, has privately admitted speaking to journalists who reported a senior Tory figure describing local party activists as “swivel-eyed loons”, it emerged on Sunday.

Labour peer Lord Falconer to table assisted dying Bill that could allow adults with less than six months to live to request help to end their lives

Opponents say changing the law could put vulnerable people under pressure 'not to be a burden on others'

Issues with NHS non-emergency line 'unacceptable'

Some of the providers of the new NHS non-emergency advice line have delivered an "unacceptable service", a Health Minister said today.

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The Last Word: One warm gesture said more than all the Fergie hot air

The tributes to Sir Alex were out of proportion, but not his pledge to a more moving retiree

The new Archbishop should stop this gesture politics

It is about time the Church became serious about politics. The debacle over its opposition to the Government's welfare reform programme offers the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, a God-given opportunity to totally reshape the role of bishops in the House of Lords.

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