Andy McSmith's Diary: Music bonus on BBC show as Nick Robinson's iPad blasts out Queen hit live on air

Nick Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, had an embarrassing moment on air today. During the Daily Politics programme, Labour’s Caroline Flint was railing against bonuses for bankers that are larger than their annual salaries when suddenly a burst of music filled the studio. It was coming from Robinson’s iPad, which he hastily switched off.

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Lord Rennard said he was pleased to have been cleared

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Lord Rennard applauds former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy during his speech to delegates in 2006.

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard 'clear' of alleged sexual harassment charges

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Mr Cable promised to make it easier to 'name and shame' rogue employers

Coalition to introduce £20,000 per worker fines for employers who refuse to pay minimum wage

Employers who refuse to pay the national minimum wage will face fines of £20,000 for each underpaid worker.

Shopping vouchers, cash incentives and extra holidays: Immigration officers reportedly rewarded for winning tribual cases against asylum seekers

The move is understood to be part of the Home Office's 'performance measurement process'

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: David Cameron’s liaisons are so different to François Hollande’s

It’s fair to assume that David Cameron’s appearance before the Commons Liaison Committee was not the most watched public questioning of a European leader this afternoon. Or, for the man in question, the most gruelling. 

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Russian Lib Dem leader tells party members to have sex only four times a year

Vladimir Zhirinovsky also called for films showing smoking and drinking to be banned

Jonny Benjamin has launched the 'Finding Mike' campaign to track down the man who saved his life

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Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Does Philip Davies really believe tattoos are a burden on the state?

In the often unintelligible acronym- and jargon-crazed world of Work and Pensions Questions, no-one could accuse the right-wing Tory Philip Davies of not telling it like he thinks it is.

A veto over EU laws? This can only be a Mandelsonian plot

What the 95 Tory MPs propose is not just unrealistic, it is unrealism on stilts

Alastair Campbell said Ed Miliband had failed so far to follow up his 'one nation' approach

Alistair Campbell predicts Labour/Lib Dem Coalition at 2015

Former No 10 spin chief says Ed Miliband's party will fail to win overall majority

A 2004 painting of MP Diane Abbott which cost £11,750, by Stuart Pearson Wright

MPs splurge £250,000 of public money on 'expensive' portraits

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Charities say drug users are switching to alternative drugs created in laboratories because they know they are not breaking the law if they are caught in possession

UK opts out of EU legal high plans

Proposals "fetter UK's discretion", insists crime minister Norman Baker MP

‘Shareholder Spring’ reawakened as Fidelity vows pay crackdown

easyJet, Imperial Tobacco and catering group Compass will be the first to test Fidelity's new approach

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