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Richard Littlejohn, bile-secreting gallbladder of the Daily Mail, is used to life as a conspicuous figure. Not usually conspicuous, however, by his absence.
Row erupts over who will pay to police demonstrations
On the eve of Labour's conference, Brown hit by new blow as Nye plans her departure
The Cabinet has agreed that a senior minister should face Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, on BBC1's Question Time.
Labour was embroiled in a fresh row over donations last night after it was forced to pay back £15,000 to a children's charity which illegally donated cash to the party.
Peter Hain will be interviewed as a suspect within days by police investigating secret donations to his deputy leadership campaign.
Senior MPs are expected to open the door today to spot checks of parliamentary staffing and expenses amid growing pressure for radical reform of members' allowances.
The Electoral Commission is considering whether to refer the case of Peter Hain's undisclosed donations of £103,000 to the Metropolitan Police because of the sheer scale of the amounts involved.
Peter Hain is to admit that he failed to declare tens of thousands of pounds given to his campaign for Labour's deputy leadership.
Individuals are responsible for preventing a national pension crisis in the future, the Government warned yesterday.