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Deputy PM said the ban would not be enforceable in practice

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Models, presidents, kings, actresses and bishops gather for memorial service in South Africa

Nelson Mandela memorial service: Tributes paid to 'giant of history'

President Obama told Johannesburg Mandela 'not only freed the prisoners, he freed the jailers as well'

In pictures: South Africans gather for Nelson Mandela memorial service in Soweto

South Africans and people from around the world have began filling the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, ahead of a massive memorial service for the country's former president, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, aged 95.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond would not take the pay rise and suggested cabinet colleagues would follow suit

Commons in chaos as MPs attack pay rise plan as ‘incomprehensible’

Moves to award an 11 per cent pay rise to MPs, taking their salaries to £74,000, were in chaos on Sunday night as politicians queued up to say they did not want the extra money.

The decision to award MPs an 11 per cent pay rise may be independent, but it shows a woeful lack of judgement

Politicians from across the spectrum are queuing up to denounce the scheme

Ed Balls insisted he 'couldn’t give a toss' about speculation he could be ousted as shadow Chancellor

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Ed Balls insisted on Sunday he “couldn’t give a toss” about speculation he could be ousted as shadow Chancellor.

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'Never a good time to increase MPs' pay': Jack Straw defends politicians' 11% pay rise in face of public outrage

'Inappropriate' £7,600 salary increase should be reconsidered in light of economic climate, Treasury minister Danny Alexander says

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town:
'He transcended race and class in his actions. He taught us that to respect those with whom we are politically or culturally at odds is not weakness, but a mark of self-respect.'

World leaders and celebrities to fly to South Africa for Nelson Mandela memorials

Few will want to miss being seen mourning one of the twentieth century’s greatest figures

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron signs the book of condolence at the South African Embassy in central London

MPs to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in Parliament

The leaders of Britain’s three main political parties will lead tributes on Monday, as normal parliamentary business is suspended

Autumn Statement 2013: George Osborne forces Labour into a fiscal straitjacket

George Osborne has set a political trap for Labour by challenging the party to sign up to tough fiscal rules that would mean billions of pounds of new spending cuts after the 2015 general election.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Nick Clegg plays PM at PMQs and Harriet Harman tells jokes

Late in PM’s Questions the (very) right-wing Tory backbencher Peter Bone rose to deliver his magisterial verdict on Nick Clegg’s substitution for the absent David Cameron. “Hasn’t the acting Prime Minister been outstanding today?” he asked, adding that “anyone listening on the radio” would have thought it was Cameron himself. (This wasn’t a huge compliment since Bone is hardly the PM’s greatest fan). But then the only half-sarcastic pay-off: “I think that the Right Hon Gentleman is turning into a Tory.”

Harriet Harman: Amazon should give a donation to a women’s refuge

PMQs: Are Clegg, Cameron and Osborne now leaders of the besieged centre?

There was plenty of interest in the House of Commons today, but first Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman unexpectedly managed to embarrass herself

Boris Johnson is seen as a possible challenger to David Cameron's leadership of the Conservative Party

David Cameron brushes Boris Johnson aside over IQ comments

The Prime Minister has asserted that the London mayor was speaking for himself when he commented that some people are not clever enough to be a success

Business Bank to lend extra £250m

The Government will announce today that its new British Business Bank will receive a further £250m to lend to small businesses, taking the total available to £1.25bn.

Push dads to share the baby burden

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