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Speeches in the House of Commons by the Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg are an erudite comedy turn. As MPs debated the European Union (Approvals) Bill (Lords), which writes into British law two draft regulations passed by the Council of the European Union, only he thought it necessary to read into the official record part of what one of the regulations actually said.

Letter: Blair's secret

Sir: On your front page (23 April) you ask "Why is Tony Blair aping Norman Tebbit" on Europe.

ELECTION '97 : Ashdown sets out vision of a puppet regime

Does Paddy Ashdown see himself as a string of sausages? Or perhaps he would prefer the role of crocodile? If not, a policeman, perhaps?

The Europhobes who threaten Britain

Peregrine Worsthorne in his Spectator column, reprinted here, warns of the consequences of a Cold War with Europe

Watchdog clears Howard over pounds 1m bribe claim

An allegation that Michael Howard, the Home Secretary, received a bribe of pounds 1m to ensure that there was an investigation of Mohamed Al Fayed's takeover of Harrods, has been firmly rejected by a parliamentary investigation.

Everything must go in the Tory party sell-off

A very important announcement by the Treasury.

Murdered because he was black

After Stephen Lawrence died in a 'racist attack', the police ran into a wall of silence.

Obituary: Iain Mills

Elected a Conservative MP at his first attempt in 1979, Iain Mills was a robust defender of the interests of his constituents in Meriden, which takes in parts of Solihull and Birmingham Airport. He loved England and especially Meriden, and was often in the forefront of campaigns warning against incursions into the surrounding green belt. He was cautious about European developments.

Stop this balloon I want to get off

Which four people would form your balloon crew from hell? Which quartet would make you ditch so quickly that Richard Branson would look like Phileas Fogg by comparison? We posed the question on Tuesday and readers responded with all the hunger of publicity-crazed tycoons.

`Brute' Mawhinney divides the Tories

The Conservative Party chairman has been putting ministers' noses out of joint, writes Stephen Castle

Will Brian Redhead be turning in his grave?

`The Real Life of Brian' outraged many fans of the `Today' presenter. Michael Bywater (left) defends his radio portrait of a great but flawed human being

London's in-crowd

Simon Calder on the joys of capital living

Clarke hits back at Tebbit

THE Chancellor yesterday accused Tory Euro-sceptics of increasing Labour's chances of winning the next election by provoking "civil warfare" in the Tory party over the single currency.

City Diary: Franglais invades sacred precincts of the Bank

Zut alors! There is one thing that the French hate even more than hearing English people trying to speak French, and that is French people speaking the hated Franglais.

Showing the race card the red card

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