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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.

Dutch politician's visit sparks Westminster anger

Far right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders sparked angry scenes outside Parliament today after claiming Islamism and democracy were "incompatible".

No 10 staff 'phoned anti-bullying helpline'

New book claims Brown mistreated employees

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Michael Brown: A great divide looms: MPs who have – and those who have not

The expenses saga could leave us with the two-tier system of a century ago

Leading article: Revelations that underline the need for reform

MPs should stop grumbling and accept the Kelly recommendations

David Curry: 'I'm Yorkshire's second-cheapest MP'

Conservative forced to quit anti-sleaze committee over expenses hits back

The Week In Radio: It's sad to see the sun set on Wogan's world

Breakfast, as anyone who interacts with games kit or sleep-deprived teens will tell you, is a delicate time. Nerves are raw, the tempo of the day is still to be set and the slightest irritation, like burnt toast, or Gordon Brown saying "I feel the pain of families" on the radio, has the capacity to provoke out of all proportion. Some listeners enjoy being jolted into their day with a scrap about Conservative party selection procedure, but most others will say 'take me away from all this'.

Plans to put details of violent men on register

Domestic abusers could be treated like paedophiles if police scheme is approved

Dominic Lawson: Labour's thirst for power led to this confusion over drugs

How many MPs would have criminal records if police had found them smoking drugs?

Andrew Grice: The Government wants to have its cake and eat it with experts

"Advisers advise, ministers decide." So said Margaret Thatcher when Nigel Lawson resigned as Chancellor in 1989 over the role of Sir Alan Walters, her Downing Street economics adviser. Sir Alan followed soon afterwards.

Frank Field: MPs and voters... war is just beginning

A failure of political leadership compounds a dismal state of affairs over expenses

Sacked drugs tsar warns more advisers may quit

Gordon Brown is facing a series of protest resignations by some of his top advisers, resigned drugs tsar Professor David Nutt warned today.

Sacked – for telling the truth about drugs

Government fires top adviser for challenging its hardline policy on cannabis and ecstasy

McNulty told to repay £14,000 of expenses

Tony McNulty, former employment minister, had to make a humiliating apology in the Commons after claiming expenses on a property occupied rent-free by his parents.

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