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An Iraqi-born man has been stripped of his British citizenship for a second time on the orders of the Home Secretary, weeks after the Supreme Court overturned her  original decision.

The Sketch: Same suits, hair, wives and ties. What could possibly go wrong?

The Camilition? Does that work? The Clegmeron – with a silent G – do we like the ancient tribal quality of that? Or does grown-up politics not need silly names? It's like a new world. Or maybe the arrangement won't last long enough to justify naming it. Nick Clegg said with fate-tempting emphasis: "This is a government that. Will. Last."

Theresa May flies the flag for women in Government



As the newly promoted Home Secretary, Theresa May becomes only the second woman after Jacqui Smith, to hold the role - considered one of the three major offices of state.

DJ Taylor: It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing

From a flustered Fiona to bubbling Brucie, the BBC rolled out its big guns and paraded celebs. ITV, meanwhile, was busy getting the election news first

Mixed verdict on expenses-hit candidates

Jacqui Smith was close to tears but Hazel Blears wore a quiet smile of relief. In the contrasting fates of these former ministers, the electorate's final judgement on the expenses scandal proved every bit as unpredictable as the campaign.

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Jacqui Smith heads list of big-name casualties

Jacqui Smith, the first woman to be home secretary, was one of the best -known sitting MPs to be voted out of Parliament but Glenda Jackson held on with a tiny majority.

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Ex-police chief Bob Quick defends MP Damian Green's arrest

The former police chief who controversially arrested a Tory MP in a Home Office leaks probe has defended his actions.

Tory decapitation squad targets Jacqui Smith, but she will go down fighting

The former minister has a tiny majority to defend in Redditch, and a controversial expenses claim to explain

Police warn about 'sparkle' &ndash; the new legal high

Just hours after the ban on mephedrone came into force, officers are on the alert for yet another party drug

Pandora: John Prescott fails to lord it on the campaign trail

Last week Pandora speculated as to the proximity of a Prescott peerage. Having been both deputy Labour leader and deputy PM, the veteran bruiser would be more than qualified for a spot on Gordon Brown's disollution honours list, despite his previously-stated opposition to the principle.

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Conservatives helped by expenses scandal in fight to take back former seats

In the third and final part of his series on the Tories' target seats, Brian Brady is on the M5 stretch of the 'golden ribbon', from Birmingham to the West Country
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