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The Commons chamber was visited with a  welcome onset of  grown-upness on Iran

Straw backs re-examining drug laws

The growing calls for a Royal Commission to examine Britain's 40-year-old drug laws were backed today by a former Home Secretary.

We shouldn't let Chief Constable Bettison off the hook on Hillsborough just because he's retiring

Our sportswriter, who scooped the country on the Hillsborough cover-up, explores the critical role played by one of the original police inquiry team

Katy Guest: If you work from home, it's safer to keep your clothes on

When 50,000 civil servants were told last week that they should work from home for the duration of the Olympics, I imagine their first thought was how relieved they'll be to avoid all that annoying office etiquette. You know, like when you accidentally catch the eye of a colleague on the Tube platform in the morning and you both realise you're going to have to make small talk with each other all the way to work.

Gibraltar: The pound is still worth a pound and you can easily escape across the Strait to low-cost Morocco as well

Britain almost agreed to share The Rock with Spain

The British government came within 24 hours of signing a controversial pact to share the sovereignty of Gibraltar with Spain and end 300 years of conflict over "The Rock".

UK came close to sharing Gibraltar with Spain

The British Government came within a day of doing a controversial deal to share the sovereignty of Gibraltar with Spain and end 300 years of conflict over "The Rock".

Jack Straw, former Foreign Secretary, September 2011: 'The position of successive foreign secretaries, including me, is that we were opposed to unlawful rendition, torture ... and not only did we not agree with it, we were not complicit in it, nor did we turn a blind eye to it'

Straw must account for MI6 role in 'rendition'

Former ministers in Tony Blair's government are expected to be questioned by police over their alleged role in human rights abuse, in a new Scotland Yard investigation into how dissidents were sent to Libya to be imprisoned and tortured. The focus will be the involvement of MI6 in the arrest and rendition of two men.

Jack Straw, former Foreign Secretary, September 2011: 'The position of successive foreign secretaries, including me, is that we were opposed to unlawful rendition, torture ... and not only did we not agree with it, we were not complicit in it, nor did we turn a blind eye to it'

Police to question Jack Straw over torture in Libya

Ministers must face 'serious allegations' over human rights abuses

Jack Straw attacks injury claims 'racket'

Former justice secretary Jack Straw has launched a crusade against insurance companies which sell customers' details to no win, no fee claim firms.

We've heard all we're going to hear. But are we any closer to the truth?

After 14 months of public testimony, Oliver Wright reveals what the Iraq Inquiry has brought to light – and what remains in the dark

Yasmin Alibhai Brown: Jack Straw is right to ask hard questions about Asian men

Fear of racism should no longer be the veil covering up hard truths

Straw under fire for linking race to sex attacks

Former home secretary says gangs of Pakistani men see young white girls as 'easy meat'

White girls 'easy meat' to Pakistani men, says Straw

Former home secretary Jack Straw has accused some Pakistani men in Britain of seeing white girls as "easy meat" for sexual abuse.

Jack Straw: Labour must respond to 'squeezed middle'

Labour will only return to power if it responds to the concerns of middle Britain, shadow justice secretary Jack Straw warned today.

Jack Straw retiring to the backbenches

Jack Straw is to step down from frontbench politics after 30 years, he announced today.

The Sketch: A decent debut, but then again he was up against Jack Straw

It wasn't very long ago that Nick Clegg was a nice young man with pointless good looks and a brain like a lucky bran tub. You'd pull something out and it might have been supertax or zero tax, one as likely as the other. Later, as leader, he stood so far down the benches you couldn't hear what he was saying, but it didn't matter because he was a parliamentarily pointless Liberal Democrat.

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