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The costly libel judgment against the Speaker’s wife Sally Bercow has been widely seen as a timely warning for other would-be controversialists on social media.


Frank Haffey, the goalkeeper who played in Scotland's legendary 9-3 defeat by England, is to make a comeback. The Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper made a series of horrendous gaffes in that infamous fixture, played in 1961, humiliating a team that included Denis Law, Billy McNeill and Dave Mackay. With jokes such as "What time was it when Scotland knew they had lost at Wembley? Nine past Haffey", the poor goalie was hounded persistently. Shortly afterwards he hung up his gloves and emigrated to Australia. Obscurity knocked until this year when Denis Law saw Haffey at a football event in Oz. Haffey's first words in 38 years to Law were: "Is it safe to come back now, Denis?" Law's reply must have been positive, as Pandora hears Haffey's about to come back to Scotland for Christmas.

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THE ULSTER Unionist Party joined forces with a victim of IRA terrorism yesterday in its effort to halt the release of Republican prisoners from Northern Ireland's jails.

Kennedy to promote leadership rivals in Lib Dem shuffle

CHARLES KENNEDY, the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, is to announce a radical reshuffle of his front bench team, creating a "shadow cabinet" of senior party spokesmen.

`Cruelty-free' fox hunting finds no favour

MINISTERS ARE to reject a compromise aimed at ending the stalemate over fox-hunting by allowing hunts to continue if they stamp out its cruellest practices.

The Sketch: Sensation as MPs start saying what they really think

OVER THE past few days progress on the Northern Ireland Bill has been presented to us as the best cliffhanger in town. Surely our hero would struggle to safety, or something like it, seconds before the final title flashed on screen?

Politics - Northern Ireland: Terrorist releases `should now stop'

THE BI-PARTISAN approach to the Ulster peace process was in shambles yesterday as MPs blamed each other for the Unionist rejection of Tony Blair's plan for arms decommissioning.

Lib Dem rival backs Kennedy's bid

CHARLES KENNEDY received a boost in his bid to lead the Liberal Democrats last night when one of his rivals, Don Foster, pulled out of the contest and backed the Kennedy campaign.

Tyler to run for Lib Dem leader

THE BATTLE for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats descended further into farce yesterday after it emerged that the MP responsible for policing the contest was himself preparing to run.

Vote at 16 to be considered by ministers

RADICAL PROPOSALS to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 are to be considered by the Government in a fresh attempt to keep politicians in touch with the youth of the day.

Dial 2000 for police with no party leave

HOLIDAY LEAVE for the millennium celebrations is being axed for hundreds of thousands of staff in the emergency services, as concern grows about the chaos which is expected from excessive partying and the millennium computer bug.

American wine wins Commons vote

CALLAGHAN and Wilson were unable to order a glass. Even Margaret Thatcher, the architect of our "special relationship" with America, was banned from drinking it inside the House of Commons.

Liberal Democrat Conference: Northern Ireland - Anti-terror measures `shocking'

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS yesterday attacked the Government's emergency anti-terrorism legislation as "shocking" despite MPs supporting it in a vote in the Commons earlier this month.
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