News The man behind the all-important shift of David Cameron’s parting from the left to the right has been awarded an MBE.

David Cameron pays £90 a time; Nick Clegg has gone to £45. But for many MPs it’s a point of pride to pay as little as possible. We comb Westminster to find out whose haircuts cost what

Speaker John Bercow, who was informed of the arrest yesterday

Speaker John Bercow raises concerns over business interests of select committee chairmen

The chairmen of House of Commons select committees may be barred from holding outside commercial interests relating to their committee's area of interest following allegations that Tory MP Tim Yeo used his position to help business clients.

Clegg says he is prepared to consider new legislation to remove 'crooks' from the Lords

Nick Clegg aims to clear Lords of lazy peers and 'crooks'

After three years of delay, the Coalition is promising a statutory register of lobbyists

7 May 2013: Conservative MP and deputy speaker of Britain's parliament Nigel Evans speaks to the media outside of the Houses of Parliament in London

Offices of Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans searched by police in connection with allegations of rape and sexual assault

The offices of Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans were searched by police yesterday in connection with an investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault.

MPs in line for £20,000 pay rise in move likely to spark public anger

MPs could get a pay rise of up to £20,000 in a move that could spark considerable public resentment.

Deputy House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans denies rape and sexual assault allegations relating to two men

Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell says Nigel Evans should retain his position while he fights the charges

UKIP leader Nigel Farage confirmed he will stand in the 2015 general election

Nigel Farage opens door to Ukip pact with Conservatives - but only if David Cameron is ousted as leader

The party leader also confirmed he will stand in the 2015 general election

Arrested: Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans with dancers who visited the House of Commons in 2008.

Conservative MP, Nigel Evans, arrested on suspicion of raping man

Deputy speaker, 55, is also accused of sexually assaulting a second male

Two cheers for modern British democracy

The Select Committees are stronger than ever and the post-2010, post-expenses scandal, intake is less deferential, especially on the Tory side

Prime Minister's Questions on same day as Thatcher's funeral 'a bit odd'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has suggested it would be “a bit odd” to go ahead with Prime Minister's Questions on the day of Baroness Thatcher's funeral.

Independent MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce

Eric Joyce denies being an alcoholic after arrest for fight in parliamentary bar

The MP arrested for a fracas in Parliament on Thursday has denied being drunk at the time of the incident, and denied being an alcoholic.

Independent MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce

Eric Joyce, MP arrested for the second time over fracas: "I am not an alcoholic"

Incident at parliamentary karaoke night second arrest in two years

Mark Carney won praise for his stewardship of Canada’s economy

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Canadian Mark Carney is first foreign Governor of the Bank of England in 318 years – but can he ride to the economy’s rescue?

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MPs face expenses claim ban on 'renting and letting'

Ipsa aims to close loophole allowing MPs to get expenses for both mortgages and rent

Lord McAlpine

Lord McAlpine pursues claims over sex abuse slur

Former Conservative politician Lord McAlpine has commenced legal action against a long list of organisations and individuals who wrongly linked him to a paedophile ring after coming to a £185,000 settlement with the BBC.

August 12, 2012: Athletes run in front of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster during the men's marathon

Let's have the Mother of all Parliaments

A revamped House should copy Google's offices with padded cells and snugs, says John Walsh

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