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

Darts: Taylor's perfect finish

Addicted son of minister `could have been saved'

THE DEATH this week of Hugh McCartney, son of the Cabinet Office minister Ian McCartney, seemed inevitable. The black sheep of the family, he had been a heroin user for several years. Typically, one in a hundred users dies annually.

Parliament & Politics: Blair pressed to give Mandelson poll job

TONY BLAIR is being urged to give Peter Mandelson a behind-the-scenes role at Labour's Millbank headquarters later this month as right-hand man to a new party campaigns chief.

Mandelson set for new party role

TONY BLAIR is being urged to give Peter Mandelson a key behind- the-scenes role at Labour's Millbank headquarters later this month as right-hand man to a new party campaigns chief.

Labour donor inquiry call

THE GOVERNMENT will be urged today to order an inquiry into the activities into one of Britain's most prominent Asian businessmen, who has given money to the Labour Party.

Hague link to fraud investigation firm

LABOUR is seeking to implicate William Hague, the Conservative leader, in a failure to declare an interest in the MPs' parliamentary register.

Thomas Creevey His Diary: Madam Speaker to stand down

It is discreetly bruited at Westminster that Madam Speaker will stand down "some time in the next two years". Betty Boothroyd, the first woman Speaker, hates people talking about her age, but she will be 70 in October 1999, and even High Court judges have to retire then. No doubt she will find ways of maintaining her famous sun-tan, even in retirement. Betty on the lecture circuit would be a great deal more entertaining that Margaret Thatcher.

Irish footsteps in Westminster

Sinn Fein will be taking its place at Westminster tomorrow. Sort of. They are rolling out the red carpet for a "Shinner" MP. He will be given the right-royal tour of the House of Commons during the annual Anglo-Irish parliamentary bash, which this year takes place in the QE2 conference centre in Parliament Square, in the shadow of Sir Winston Churchill's statue. (He is looking the other way.)

Animal welfare: Ministers rally to the call of Bill to ban hunting

A Cabinet minister last night was among more than 20 ministers who gave their backing to a Labour backbencher's anti-hunting Bill. Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, discovered the supporters with their tails up.

Hindley painting prompts outcry

The mother of one of the Moors murder victims yesterday said she was seeking legal advice about the possibility of taking action to stop a "disgusting" portrait of Myra Hindley going on show.

Letter: Britain's digital TV victory

Sir: Polly Toynbee asks "Who really won the battle?" for the future of digital broadcasting (25 June). The answer is that Britain won.

A pounds 3,000 degree fee

Full-time undergraduates could be facing the end of free tuition. As the Dearing Committee gears up to recommend a pounds 1,000 a year charge, experts warn of a missed opportunity. Lucy Hodges reports

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