Briscoe was asked about Chris Huhne's 'liaisons with men' by reporters

Barrister Constance Briscoe says she was asked about Chris Huhne's ‘liaisons with men’ by reporter

The high-profile barrister accused of lying to police about her contacts with the media over a plot to bring down the politician Chris Huhne claimed to have been approached by a reporter investigating the former minister’s alleged “liaisons with men”, a court was told.

Lynton Crosby has told ministers to stop announcing minor policies which distract from the party's core messages

Tories’ election guru Lynton Crosby tells ministers: Stop announcing minor policies

Government departments have effectively been banned from promoting initiatives that are not central to the party’s key election themes of crime, the economy, immigration and welfare

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard will not face any further action over allegations of sexual harassment against female activists

A close friend of mine was involved in an encounter with Lord Rennard. Now I feel I ought to speak out

The House of Lords is now pulling rank to protect this man

DWP to offer new support for separating couples

This month is the worst for struggling couples but a new initiative aims to ease the pain, reports Simon Read

Former minister Sarah Teather announced she is quitting Parliament

Nick Clegg has a woman problem

Having only seven female MPs is not liberal or democratic

Conservatives condemn Ed Miliband's plan to break up high street banks

As much as £1bn knocked off the taxpayers' stakes in RBS and Lloyds

Labour wins key Manchester council seat at Trafford Borough

The win indicates there will be a tense battle in the May polls

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the UK should not

London Mayor Boris Johnson warns UK should not 'slam the door' on super-rich foreigners

The London Mayor's remarks came after the Chancellor announced an "oligarch tax" in the Autumn Statement last year

The man behind the all-important shift of David Cameron’s parting from the left to the right was awarded an MBE the New Year's Honours.

David Cameron's number one priority for 2014: 'Keeping the bald spot under control'

Mr Cameron was speaking at the first Westminster Correspondents' Dinner for 40 years when he made the tongue-in-cheek comment

Nick Clegg speaks with inmates during a visit to the Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institution in Rochester

Government to trial 'fortified school' concept in an attempt to reduce rate of teenage reoffenders

Secure college will house up to 320 young troublemakers

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Profumo evidence - now you see it, now you don’t

It’s a British first! While it may have been commonplace in the days of Glavlit, the dreaded Soviet censorship organ of the Stalin era, the UK Government may be the only one in modern times to make secret what had previously been public. Labour’s Lord Dubs discovered this when he asked for the release of the transcripts of the 1963 trial of Stephen Ward – the osteopath who introduced Christine Keeler and her lover, the married War Minister John Profumo, and was convicted on what a historian of the period has called the “tainted evidence” of police and others.

George Osborne says he wants the national minimum wage to increase to £7 an hour

Chancellor surprises Vince Cable with call for above-inflation increase to minimum wage

George Osborne pre-empts Ed Miliband speech on economy, but  Lib Dems say Treasury ignored repeated calls for increase

Andy McSmith's Diary: Conservative candidate’s racial sensitivity falls flat as a pancake

“One thing I have become very sensitive about is this accusation that Conservatives are somehow racist,” Edward de Mesquita, who is standing as a Conservative candidate in West Hampstead, in London, told the Camden New Journal. “Conservatives are not racist. So many of the Conservatives have foreign wives, after all.

Nick Clegg was warned he would face a rebellion by Liberal Democrat peers in the House of Lords if he tried to remove the whip from Lord Rennard

Nick Clegg faces revolt by Lib Dem peers if he removes whip from Lord Rennard

Nick Clegg was warned he would face a rebellion by Liberal Democrat peers in the House of Lords if he tried to remove the whip from the party’s former chief executive Lord Rennard over allegations of sexual harassment against the peer.

A YouGov poll predicts that the Lib Dems will lose all of their MEPs in the May election

YouGov poll: Tories to come behind Labour, while Lib Dems may lose all their MEPs

The poll showed that Labour could gain seats in May's EU elections

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