News Bridget Harris, left, a former Clegg aide, has quit over the Lord Rennard affair

The Liberal Democrats’ calamitous handling of the Lord Rennard sexual harassment allegations looks set to be arbitrated by the courts after the peer’s supporters indicated he would if necessary take legal action to retain his position in the House of Lords.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley speaks to the media outside New Scotland Yard on Thursday

Mark Duggan inquest: Police warn of possible disorder at vigil in London today

Police have warned that some protesters plan to “provoke disorder” at a vigil for Mark Duggan in London this afternoon.

Mark Duggan was shot twice by police and died of a chest wound

Mark Duggan inquest: Armed police will wear video cameras

Met Police Commissioner said the move would make officers 'more open'

Maybe it worked? 'Cops off campus' demo passes off peacefully

Barely a police officer in sight as 2,000 student protesters take to London's streets

Surgeons performing bone marrow transplant on a patient

Exclusive: High Court judge orders life-saving bone marrow transplant to go ahead for three-year-old boy against father's will

Child was born in an Arab country and has spent the last two years in a leading English children's hospital

Jasminder Singh is being sued by his father, Bal Mohinder Singh for excluding him from the family business

High Court moves to hotel room as frail father sues sons

The barristers removed their wigs and gowns, the judge presided over the hearing in a suit and the usual wood-panelled backdrop was replaced with a conference suite when the High Court moved to a luxury London hotel yesterday.

The Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, London

Judge takes unusual step to move £50m family dispute to luxury May Fair Hotel

A luxury hotel conference room is to be turned into a courtroom on Monday for a £50m family dispute to be played out.

The shooting of Mark Duggan sparked the Tottenham riots

Mark Duggan was armed with a handgun when police marksman shot him, inquest hears

Panel also heard that gun was found 10 to 20 feet away from site of shooting

Pamela Duggan mother said her son should have been arrested, not shot dead

Mark Duggan’s father ‘gave up’ battle with cancer after son was shot, inquest told

Bruno Hall stopped talking after his son’s death except to repeat: 'They killed my son, they killed my boy'

The shooting of Mark Duggan sparked the Tottenham riots

‘No lessons have to be learned’ from Mark Duggan shooting, claims senior police officer

A senior police officer today claimed that no lessons could be learned from the operation which ended with the shooting of Mark Duggan.

Mark Duggan was shot twice by police and died of a chest wound

Mark Duggan 'among Europe's most feared and violent criminals' before his death sparked the 2011 riots

Inquest hears 29-year-old was actively involved in class A drug dealing and gun crime as part of his association with the Tottenham Mandem street gang

Mark Duggan inquest: Final moments of man who sparked London riots revealed

Inquest into killing of 29-year-old reveals frantic phone call to his brother just before he was shot dead by police

Family seeks answers over Mark Duggan's death as an inquest opens on 16 Septembe

‘Lies, misinformation, and delay’: Family of Mark Duggan angry as inquest opens into fatal shooting

Inquest aims to shed light on the facts surrounding the shooting of Mark Duggan by armed police in 2011

Sergeant Danny Nightingale and wife Sally

SAS sniper Danny Nightingale to appeal against conviction over gun

Former SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale is to appeal against his conviction for illegally possessing a gun and ammunition, his lawyer has said.

Artist's impression of HS2, which is struggling with costs 13 years before it is due to carry its first passengers

HS2 campaigners defiant despite Court of Appeal defeat

15 councils among objectors who asked judges to order further assessment of whole scheme

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