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The Coalition is under mounting pressure from Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs to perform a U-turn to allow some Syrian refugees to come to Britain.

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Chris Huhne, the disgraced former cabinet minister, was punched and dragged through a window by his wife when she discovered his affair with an aide, a jury was told yesterday.

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Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard has been asked to apologise over allegations of sexual harassment against female activists

Nick Clegg puts Lib Dem authority on the line, demanding Lord Rennard apology over 'sexual harassment' he never admitted

Row over allegations will see major challenge to leadership when House of Lords sits on Monday afternoon

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Immigrants who cannot speak English have no way of being a 'full member' of British society, Eric Pickles said

Non-English speakers may lose benefits, says Eric Pickles

Immigrants who cannot speak English have no way of being a “full member” of British society, Eric Pickles said on Sunday, amid suggestions benefits could be stripped from those who do not learn the language.

Bridget Harris, left, a former Clegg aide, has quit over the Lord Rennard affair

Lord Rennard will sue party if Lib Dems withdraw whip over sexual harassment allegations

The Liberal Democrats’ calamitous handling of the Lord Rennard sexual harassment allegations looks set to be arbitrated by the courts after the peer’s supporters indicated he would if necessary take legal action to retain his position in the House of Lords.

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Man tortured for Britain finds asylum – in the US

Guard who refused to be a spy says UK turned its back on him

Mr Farage is favoured over Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg as a party leader, beaten only by David Cameron

Ukip tops Independent on Sunday poll as the nation’s favourite party

In a shock result for David Cameron and Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage’s ‘fruitcakes’ are in pole position

Michael Dugher condemned the publication of the “annual” Chequers guest list, which was over a year late when it was quietly released on Friday evening

David Cameron urged to reveal list of visitors entertained at Chequers

Shadow Cabinet Office ministercondems publication of “annual” guest list

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The Lord Rennard issue is increasingly being seen as a test of Nick Clegg's leadership of the Liberal Democrat party

Nick Clegg calls on Lord Rennard to apologise over harassment claims

Nick Clegg has declared that former Liberal Democrat chief executive Lord Rennard should apologise over allegations of sexual harassment before rejoining the party's group in the House of Lords.

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