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.

Clarke first off the blocks with departmental cuts

Minister earns right to judge where other savings must be made

Osborne's Bombshell: Chancellor declares war on middle-class welfare

Big cuts in the £170bn-a-year social security budget will be sought by the Government as it launches a fundamental review of all public spending to reduce Britain's £156bn deficit.

Danny Alexander: strait-laced loyalist who played a key role in coalition negotiations

Danny Alexander is rewarded for his commitment

Steve Richards: Start reform with the Civil Service

Normally any minister who ends up in the Cabinet Office pulls levers and discovers that nothing happens, however close they are to the Prime Minister

David Cameron and Nick Clegg sworn in as MPs

Prime Minister David Cameron and his Deputy Nick Clegg were today sworn in as MPs in the new-look House of Commons.

Andy McSmith: How five days of tortuous talks finally yielded a coalition government

The negotiators struggled long and hard to reach an accord. Our writer tells the story of the deal that almost never was

Randall and Rentoul unleashed: Election Oscars 2010

Debate continued until the early hours, so tight was the battle, but, finally, Gillian Duffy and Gordon Brown stood out from the crowd

Britain's first Muslim minister loses seat

He was Britain's first Muslim minister but yesterday Shahid Malik became one of the highest-profile victims of Labour's electoral failure. Elected in 2005 to represent Dewsbury in Yorkshire, Mr Malik stepped down as Justice minister last year over allegations that he had breached the Ministerial Code. He was reinstated as Communities minister but has now lost his seat.

Christina Patterson: Sweden's lesson in education priorities

If the Tories scrape through on Thursday, they're planning to open the first "free schools" in September

Making of Labour's manifesto: 184 opinions – and endless meetings

It will take only a few hours for the political parties to present their manifestos, and for the political analysts to digest their contents this morning. None will be a great work of political literature. The prose will be bland, the promises vague – and yet, behind every word lies months of agonised thought, time consuming meetings, and political power-broking.

Conservatives: Will Dave's high command prove too cosy a coterie?

As election year dawned, Team Cameron appeared to be cruising to victory. But they may have peaked too soon. By Andrew Grice

The Sketch: Tanned and with a twang, but it's still the same old routine from Tony

Tony, the tan and his transatlantic twang – the three of them must have been a shock for Sedgefield. And why was he joking about the Bush pub? "It was a place for – how can I put this? – the strong-minded." That was a daring piece of humour. Maybe that's where they decided to "do" Iran as well as Iraq.

Simon Carr: Lots of quick answers. But the questions keep on coming

Sketch: But what big, blue eyes Cameron has! Did you know he has such blue eyes?

Bruce Anderson: Cameron is at his best when the threat is greatest

The Conservatives' leader has an electricity which his rivals cannot match

Sayeeda Warsi: The Tory peer who never plays it safe

She is a tough talker ready to take on anyone from hardcore Islamists to the BNP, which may explain why David Cameron has chosen her to lead his 'broken Britain' campaign. She speaks to our political editor, Jane Merrick
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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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