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Parliament launches inquiry into policing of G20 protests

Demonstrators and senior officers face MPs' questions

Simon Carr: Smears, fury, treachery, suspenders

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Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Our rulers have fallen into disrepute, and they can only blame themselves

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Andrew Grice: The bell tolls for Jacqui Smith

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Councils will face restrictions on the use of covert surveillance measures to stop them targeting "trivial" offences, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said today.

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