News Nosratollah Tajik: 'Somebody should have to accept responsibility for the deterioration of my health'

For six years the former Iranian ambassador battled accusations he was an arms dealer. Now, he tells Paul Peachey that the political brinkmanship by the UK and the US over his extradition cost him his health

Minister retreats over terror claims

Clarke takes over as Education Secretary

Ulster Secretary John Reid becomes party chairman

Labour accepts £12m in donations and perks from defence contractors

IoS investigation: Government's 'ethical' policy in disarray as MPs enjoy hospitality from ordnance firms

Letter: Sights of Manchester

Sir: As an old Mancunian , I was delighted to read Howard Jacobson's excellent piece "My Manchester" (3 December). A couple of still vivid recollections from my own Manchester youth: the late C P Scott wearing a splendid plus-fours tweed suit, riding his reinforced-frame Raleigh bicycle along Cross Street to the Manchester Guardian office; and a beshawled and beclogged mother commanding one of her errant, barefooted brood, "Come 'ere, Albert, and 'ave yer 'end smacked."

Chancellormoves to stop Scots turf wars

A SYSTEM for heading off disputes between the Government and the new Scottish Parliament will be unveiled today by Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.

Cricket: Shoaib action under Notts investigation

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE are determined to get to the bottom of reports questioning the legality of Shoaib Akhtar's bowling action. Accusations that the county's major signing is a "chucker" have cast a cloud over the Pakistani bowler.

Shipman waited as `victim of stroke' died

DR HAROLD Shipman yesterday told his trial of a decision not to resuscitate one of the 15 women he is accused of killing when he found that she had collapsed in her home.

Cricket: Glamorgan woo Chappell

GREG CHAPPELL will make an announcement in the next few days on whether he will accept an offer to coach Glamorgan. The former Australian captain said he had an idea of his answer but would not be in a position to give a formal response until next week because of personal business interests.

Minister's son quits job after row over lobbying

KEVIN REID, son of John Reid, Secretary of State for Scotland, has resigned from Beattie Media, the public relations firm alleged to have sought undue influence over Scottish government ministers.

Scots MPs begin investigation into `cash for access'

THE SCOTTISH Parliament is investigating allegations that lobbyists have been offering access to Scottish ministers in exchange for cash.

Labour Party Conference: Michael Brown's Notebook - No hairbrushes thrown by Blair

WRITING THE leader's speech for conference was once described by Neil Kinnock as "Purgatory".
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