News Max Mosley explained why he gave financial help to victims of hacking to sue papers

If Monday’s Commons debate was post-Leveson showdown lite, today’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing was the real thing. We had Max Mosley, who famously won a 2008 court action against the (late) News of the World after it turned over his private life. And we had at least three Tory MPs who could barely contain their fury at Hacked Off’s starring role in the Ed Miliband-hosted talks which secured the cross-party regulation deal with David Cameron.

Steve Richards: A revolution that shows Cameron in his true colours

His crusade goes well beyond handing taxpayers’ billions into the hands of GPs. Approve or disapprove, this policy marks the end of the NHS

Jeremy Laurance: A high-risk strategy, but Lansley is in a hurry

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, is a useful maxim for a politician – but not apparently for Andrew Lansley. The NHS is enjoying its greatest ever year, with the highest spending, shortest waiting lists, lowest deaths from cancer and heart disease, and record levels of satisfaction (according to this week's British Social Attitudes survey). Yet the Health Secretary is determined to yank the service up by its roots – for the umpteenth time.

Lansley hands 80 per cent of health budget to GPs despite Treasury fears

The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley will press ahead with handing GPs control of £80bn of the £100bn health budget tomorrow despite No 10 and the Treasury undergoing a "wobble" over his controversial plan.

Simon Carr: Sir Humphrey is alive and well and talking in riddles in the House

Sketch: This thing Mr Letwin calls transparency is what we know as "speaking clearly". It's not his first talent

Diary: Tara gives it both barrels

To a gala dinner celebrating the 80th anniversary of the famed Foyles literary luncheon, where I learnt a thing or two about the perils of book signing (which, naturally, I'm filing away for future reference). "The worst thing about being an author," a tired and emotional Tara Palmer-Tompkinson assured me as she arrived, "is having such a bloody long name. My book signings take ages!"

The Sketch: Damned if I can work out what their plan is

"We have no plans to abolish child benefit." Was that true? Yes, but in the sense that "No decision has been made to invade Iraq" was true. Preparations went on for a year but the "decision" was made only when the orders were signed. In truth, there don't seem to be "plans" in what is obviously government by inspiration.

Birmingham Diary: Tory fringe despair at antics of Coalition Cameroons

Representatives at the Conservative conference are not all seething with rancour over the compromises they have had to make through being in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, but a lively minority are. Nearly 150 gathered in a side hall yesterday to hear the Tory MEP Roger Helmer and the Daily Mail's Melanie Phillips denounce David Cameron for not setting Britain on a course that would get us out of the EU.

Letwin: Coalition has allowed us to be more radical

The creation of a power-sharing government has enabled Tory ministers to pursue a more radical agenda than they might have managed on their own, the man who helped negotiate the deal said yesterday.

Independent Live at the party conferences

This year, Steve Richards and Independent Live have been putting on events on the fringe of the party conferences, supported by John Lewis Partnership. Stream the podcasts below or download them from this page or iTunes to listen to at your leisure.

Conference Diary: Danny and Oli

The spiritual conflagration raging between Dave and Nick has been well-documented. Less so the concord between two of their key sidekicks who were pivotal in the coalition talks – Oliver Letwin and Danny Alexander.

Lib Dems 'closing in' on concessions from Tories on Trident and migrants

Senior figures use last day of party conference to shore up Coalition's support among activists worried about sliding ratings

Coalition ministers plan united conference front

The Liberal Democrats have traditionally been forced to scream – or beg – for attention when they hold their annual conference. But it could not be more different this year with an unprecedented spotlight about to be trained on the Coalition Government's junior partners.

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