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John Laird, the Ulster Unionist peer caught in a newspaper sting, is going to have to manage without free car parking and access to Parliament’s subsidised bars and dining rooms for four months, after the Lords Privileges Committee found that he had “demonstrated a clear willingness” to use his position for financial gain. Brian Mackenzie, former Durham Chief Constable and a Labour peer, has also been suspended – in his case, for six months.

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This is an insulting account of Oakland's history. How about the shipyards that produced the ships that fought in the Second World War? Or the rise of the Black Panther movement that put Oakland at the centre of the political unrest of the late Sixties and Seventies?

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Dowton Abbey star Jim Carter has hit out at the “old Etonians” he says are still running the country.

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Of all the people David Cameron might choose to write his biography, Michael Ashcroft must surely be near the bottom of the list.

Nigel Harman as visiting valet Mr Green, who attacked and raped Anna Bates in Downton Abbey

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On his fourth series,  Julian Fellowes is bound to want to keep his plotlines interesting

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That outfit’s a bit racy for a head housemaid!

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