News 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

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

Government facing defeat over circus ban as animal groups dig their claws in

The Government is facing an embarrassing defeat over its refusal to ban wild animals from circuses in a crunch vote in the Commons next week.

Cameron and Clegg both claim victory on NHS

David Cameron and Nick Clegg are squabbling over which one of them will get the most credit for watering down the Government's controversial reforms to the National Health Service.

The Sketch: No dissent? It means they're all in on it

Talking about "the spiral of speculation" as the Attorney General did when telling the House why he wasn't going to the High Court to apply for a proper inquest... what was that big lug Mike Penning doing there on the front bench? He's some sort of Transport minister – why was he attending a quasi-judicial statement on the death of David Kelly? There was no parliamentary need for him to be present but there he was, in far more elevated company than he's used to. You can call it a coincidence but only if you're credulous enough.

Voters remain unconvinced by Miliband and Clegg

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are struggling to improve their image with voters while David Cameron remains almost twice as popular as his two rival leaders.

Vince Cable threatens banks over lending

Business Secretary Vince Cable has told MPs the Government is prepared to increase taxation on UK banks if they fail to back small businesses.

Boundary change 'could cost Lib Dems quarter of MPs'

The Liberal Democrats could lose a quarter of their seats under boundary changes currently being drawn up by the Government, more than four times that of Labour, according to a new study.

Japanese PM survives no-confidence vote but still set to quit over nuclear disaster

Prime Minister Naoto Kan, under fire for his handling of Japan's worst disaster since the Second World War, has survived a no-confidence motion in his government but is likely to step down by end of this month.

Watchdog opens review of Huhne's expenses

Chris Huhne, the Secretary of State for Energy, discovered yesterday that he is not yet in the clear over an allegation that he broke electoral law when he filed his expenses after the last general election.

Pollution fears as UK blocks European ban on fuel from tar sands

The British Government is unlikely to support an EU push to include tar sands in its new fuel directive

Investigation into Chris Huhne election expenses

The Electoral Commission is to investigate Cabinet minister Chris Huhne's election expenses.

Chris Huhne: Police contact prosecutors

Police investigating allegations that Cabinet minister Chris Huhne dodged punishment for speeding have made contact with prosecutors, it was disclosed today.

Huhne faces expenses complaint

Under fire Cabinet minister Chris Huhne was under fresh pressure today following the disclosure that he faces a complaint about his general election expenses.

Detectives to quiz Chris Huhne over speeding claims

The Energy Secretary Chris Huhne came under fresh pressure yesterday after detectives said they want to speak to "key individuals" over allegations that he tried to evade punishment for speeding.

Police plan interviews over Chris Huhne

Police are to speak to "key individuals" over allegations that Cabinet minister Chris Huhne tried to evade punishment for speeding.

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