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

George Osborne gets his man: Mark Carney named as new Bank of England Governor

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

‘What we want is people making judgements about what is right and wrong’
Sir Christopher Kelly

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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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment