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

Baroness Warsi

Watchdog upholds Baroness Warsi rental income complaint

A House of Lords standards watchdog upheld a complaint against Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi today over her failure to register rental income.

Lord Prescott accused the Government of exploiting cheap labour today

Lord Prescott accuses press of giving him a disproportionate 'kicking' over crime commissioner elections

Lord Prescott has accused the press of giving him a worse “kicking” than any other candidate in the police and crime commissioner elections.

Page 3 Profile: Lady Campbell of Surbiton, Crossbench peeress

A peer with a difference?

Disabled crossbench peer Lady Campbell of Surbiton becomes first person in 305 years to be allowed to speak in the House of Lords with the aid of a personal assistant

A member of the House of Lords made parliamentary history by becoming the first person in 305 years to be allowed to speak with the aid of a personal assistant.

The House of Lords, where fraudulent expenses claims do not spell the end of a career

Only in the Lords: the expenses cheats who just carry on working

A well-supported proposal that would have led to their expulsion was blocked - by Nick Clegg

Margaret Moran is to face 21 expenses charges

Margaret Moran: A morality tale of greed, 37,000 stamps, and a charming home in Spain

Our diarist on the extravagant claims of a Labour MP, the Miliband's habits being repeated through the generations, and the ancestors of a likeable Lord

New Archbishop of Canterbury to retain banking inquiry role

The new Archbishop of Canterbury will continue to apply the expertise he has acquired from his two careers to the overhaul of banking standards, it was confirmed today.

Olympics chief Paul Deighton takes seat in House of Lords

London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton took his seat in the House of Lords today.

Work for your pension? That’s a bit rich, my Lord

Our diarist notes the curious perspective of a senior Whitehall mandarin, has an update on the outspoken Nadine Dorries, and offers a reminder of Conrad Black's taste

There's something queasy about Conrad Black appearing on prime-time TV

The media tycoon shouldn't have the platform of Have I Got News For You to defend himself

Scientists to get extra protection from libel

Scientists and academics are to be given extra protection from bullying corporations that use Britain's libel laws to suppress legitimate criticism and debate, the Government has indicated.

David Blunkett on why our political class are despised

As the Labour Party conference gets underway, former Home and Education Secretary David Blunkett has issued a stark warning in today's Daily Mail about the decline in trust towards the political class. His analysis is not so far off that off Independent founder Andreas Whittam Smith, whose response was Democracy2015.

Warsi cleared over claims for expenses

The Conservative Party said its co-chairman, Baroness Warsi, had been cleared by a House of Lords investigation of expenses irregularities.

Baroness Warsi cleared over Lords expenses

Tory chairman Baroness Warsi has been cleared of abusing expenses by claiming for overnight stays at a property she was using for free.

Cameron brushes off clash with backbencher Jesse Norman

David Cameron today brushed aside reports that he was involved in an angry confrontation with the ringleader of Tory rebels on House of Lords reform as “tittle tattle and rumour”.

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