Former Co-op Bank chair Paul Flowers investigated for expenses claims and suspended from drug charity

Ed Miliband defends Labour's dealing with bank and Mr Flowers, saying party acted with 'utmost integrity'

Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) was arrested last month for possession of cocaine

Florida congressman, Trey Radel, pleads guilty to cocaine possession

The 37-year-old has yet to announce whether he will resign from Congress

Paul Flowers was questioned my MPs over the Co-operative Bank's losses on 6 November

City to probe how Co-op came to grief with Rev Paul Flowers as police search the former chairman's home over drugs allegations

Prime Minister David Cameron attacks Labour links as Vince Cable reviews scandal-hit bank’s mutual status

Andy McSmith's Diary: It’s time to stop invoking old treaties and let Gibraltar decide for itself

“Spain does not seem to be aware of the Treaty of Utrecht,” the Labour MP Jim Dobbin claimed, introducing a “debate” on Spain and Gibraltar in the Commons. I put “debate” in quotation marks, because the word implies a contest between different points of view. In the UK, politicians never actually debate Gibraltar: they assert that it is ours and that Spain should leave off. That message was repeated when the Spanish ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office.

Rob Ford is digging his way from infamy to celebrity

Reality shows, public appearances, commercial endorsements: that's the way it goes for someone who’s captured the headlines

Len Wardle, chairman of the Cooperative Group, has resigned after he admitted “serious questions” were raised by the drugs scandal over Paul Flowers

Saying it with Flowers: Co-op chief Len Wardle quits as beleaguered group plunges into crisis

Former chair Paul Flowers was exposed for allegedly buying and using illegal drugs in a newspaper sting at the weekend

Paul Flowers was questioned my MPs over the Co-operative Bank's losses on 6 November

Police start inquiry into former Co-op Bank boss’s ‘drug deals’

Paul Flowers said he had done things that were 'stupid and wrong'

Poppy production in Afghanistan has increased

Poppy war can only be won by the Taliban

This year, 5,500 tons of opium will be produced in Afghanistan, 90 per cent of global supply

Teenager Patrick McMullen who died while on Skype had bought drugs from Silk Road

Seventeen-year-old had taken LSD and ecstasy and also told friends how he had purchased drugs on Silk Road

Toronto strips mayor Rob Ford of powers after oral sex TV rant

Mayor told journalists that he did not ask a female employee if he could 'eat her p***y' and later said he was getting professional help

A new video surfaced showing Ford in a rage, using threatening words including 'kill' and 'murder'

Rob Ford's staff accuse him of drink-driving, drug abuse and consorting with sex workers

Police documents released by an Ontario judge show Mr Ford's staff had concerns over his drinking and saw him consuming pain killers

Justice Secretary to end cautions for repeat offenders

Thousands of minor criminals will face prosecution each year instead of receiving a succession of police cautions, the Government will announce today.

Hundreds of people flocked to Toronto City Hall this week in
hopes of buying a bobblehead doll of Mayor Rob Ford

Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford claims he is ‘a role model for down and out kids’

Unless the provincial legislature changes the law, which is highly unlikely, Toronto’s City Council has no means to force Mr Ford to leave

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford holds a Rob Ford bobblehead doll at Toronto city hall

Video: Controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford releases bobblehead toy

Hundreds queue to buy a signed bobblehead doll of scandal-hit Toronto mayor Rob Ford

Cambridgeshire man dies after accidentally drinking crystal meth worth £34,000

Inquest hears how Rodrigo Dias mistakenly believed the drug was a health drink

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