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Labour backbencher Marsha Singh is to step down as an MP, triggering a by-election in his Bradford West constituency.

Oldham date 'will deprive students of vote'

Labour leader Ed Miliband accused the Liberal Democrats today of depriving thousands of students of a vote in a key by-election by calling it during the Christmas holidays.

Lib Dems call by-election early

The Liberal Democrats will today bring forward the date of their first big electoral test since joining the Coalition Government.

Phil Woolas 'crushed' after losing legal battle

Former Labour MP Phil Woolas's hopes of regaining his seat were dashed today after he failed in a High Court bid to overturn a decision stripping him of his Commons seat.

Miliband faces fractious party

Members of Ed Miliband's frontbench team who backed his brother for the Labour leadership have warned that he has until Christmas to put his stamp on the political agenda.

Mark Steel: Being honest is no longer official policy

Now Phil Woolas has been banned from parliament for lying on his election leaflets, I suppose the Liberal Democrat MPs who vote for increasing university fees will all be chucked out as well.

Woolas 'hopeful' after election court challenge

Former minister Phil Woolas today launched his High Court bid to overturn a decision stripping him of his Commons seat, saying that freedom of speech at elections was at stake.

John Rentoul: Lies, damned lies, and Phil Woolas

Most politicians tell the truth, more so than most other human beings. I dislike the use of the words 'lie' and 'liar' in politics

The Sketch: No more lies, they shouted – and that was inside the Commons

Outside Parliament students protested over tuition fees. Whistles, drums, chanting, a firework. "They've been lucky with the weather," a policeman said in an amiable, English way.

Labour MPs mutiny over 'cowardly' Harman

Harriet Harman has been branded "shameful and cowardly" by Labour MPs for cutting former minister Phil Woolas off from the party.

Harriet Harman under fire over Phil Woolas comments

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman was under fire today for cutting ex-minister Phil Woolas adrift from the party after he was found guilty of lying about his election opponents.

Phil Woolas legal challenge sees election put on hold

A by-election to replace a former minister stripped of his Commons seat for lying about an opponent was put on hold today pending a legal challenge which has been fast-tracked by a judge.

Village People: London landlords cash in as MPs play by the rules

It is not the fashion to write anything on the subject of MPs' expenses which could be read as a defence of our elected members; still, here goes.

Leading article: When victory is won by deceit

Ed Miliband was very ill advised to allocate a place on his frontbench to Phil Woolas, the MP who was found yesterday to have broken electoral law when he defended his seat at the general election.

Electoral slurs declared foul play as Woolas loses seat for personal attacks

Former immigration minister in three-year ban from Commons

Former minister Phil Woolas loses his seat

Former immigration minister Phil Woolas lost his seat as an MP today after an election court ruled that he knowingly made false statements about an opponent in May's general election.

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