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

Lord Blencathra has lobbied on behalf of the Cayman Islands

Watchdog set to investigate Lord Blencathra over lobbying for Cayman Islands

Peer's paid role for tax haven may have broken parliamentary regulations

The Cayman Islands is one of the few places in the world where there are more registered businesses than people

Tory Lord lobbies for tax haven as he helps write its laws in London

A former Conservative minister with close links to the Government is sitting as a peer in the House of Lords while simultaneously lobbying on behalf of a Caribbean tax haven.

Phillip Blond: Electing the Lords would undermine its value

It would be the greatest extension of executive power since Charles I dissolved Parliament

Queen vows to continue serving

The Queen has vowed to serve as head of state, now and into the future, in a landmark speech to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

MPs to hold emergency debate on NHS reforms

MPs are to hold an emergency debate on the coalition's NHS reforms tomorrow in a last-ditch Labour bid to keep them off the statute book.

Legal aid cuts to affect MP surgeries

MPs will struggle to cope with the impact of legal aid cuts as their constituency surgeries become inundated with requests for advice from people who have lost out on publicly-funded legal guidance, lawyers have warned.

Letters: Lords reform

Mary Ann Sieghart's negative article on Lords reform ("A fight that Nick Clegg will never win", 27 February) needs a response. Constitutional governance may be a boring subject but poor governance, if ignored, can have devastating results (such as the French Revolution).

Caution on child trafficking review

The Children's Commissioner has said it would have to “consider” a possible review of how rescued trafficked children are cared for before agreeing to take it on.

Government has made fuel poverty worse, says peer

Former Coal Board chief Lord Ezra criticises plans to scrap scheme that gives grants to the vulnerable
62% of the population never attend any form of religious service

Believe it or not, secularism is not what it used to be

Britain is in the thick of an acrimonious debate about secularism and religion. Religious belief and church attendance have been shrinking for decades, yet religion continues to play an important part in our national life. Prayers before council meetings may have been banned last week by a judge and an increasing number of our city churches have sad, decapitated spires and are put to sound secular use as indoor ski slopes or apartments. But there are still bishops in the House of Lords, prayers are said at the Cenotaph, the communal celebrations of Christmas and Easter are yet to become taboo.

Sectioned patients' deaths 'hide failures'

Five mentally ill people are dying in hospital every week on average amid claims that failures are being covered-up and lessons not being learnt.

The Diary: Car park problems are starting to drive the peers mad

The House of Lords is a sedate place where little disturbs the calm, but there are two major issues currently endangering their lordships' blood pressures.

The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, is facing calls to retire to the back benches with his controversial Bill

Senior Tories begin to get cold feet as health Bill is defeated in Lords

Prime Minister told that changes could be made to NHS 'without the need for legislation'

Letters: Bishops in the Lords speak up for justice

Good grief! Your editorial about bishops in the House of Lords (26 January) read like something out of the Sunday Express circa 1962. Bishops should stick to their pulpits; the "privileged" Church of England having a voice in Parliament because it's the established church. Those arguments became boring many years ago.

If the cap fits: (left to right) Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Sebastian Coe may not have much to toast

The Last Word: Santa orders Elf service cuts in UK

Christmas cheer thin on the ground as Government is made to pay for big fat lies over London 2012

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Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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