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.

Gordon Brown 'not of balanced mind' says Rupert Murdoch

Former prime minister Gordon Brown was not in a "balanced state of mind" when he called Rupert Murdoch to "declare war" on his company, the media tycoon told the Leveson Inquiry today.

Games drill for emergency services

A large scale exercise to test how the emergency services will need to react if a major incident strikes during the London 2012 Games will be staged this week.

Kelner's view: How many industries could withstand this scrutiny?

It took the arrest of five journalists from The Sun to put Lord Justice Leveson's examination of our newspapers into context. At the end of last week, it would have been possible to believe that the most significant aspect of the inquiry into press standards was the dispute between Hugh Grant and the editor of the Daily Mail over a woman with a posh voice.

7/7 inquest cost £4.6m

The inquests into the deaths of the 52 victims of the 7/7 suicide bombings cost more than £4.6 million, official figures show.

Dozens of new publications have sprung up in Tunisia since the uprising against President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January

Simon Kelner: Foundation aims to put trust back into journalism

It was like being scheduled against the Christmas special of Downton Abbey.

Karren Brady's phone records came into PKF's possession during the battle over the Olympic Stadium

Spurs deny trying to get Brady phone data

Karren Brady, West Ham United's vice-chairman, had her mobile telephone records "unlawfully obtained by subterfuge" at the height of the ill-tempered contest last year with Tottenham Hotspur to win the tenancy to the Olympic Stadium, a judge said yesterday.

Karren Brady's phone records came into PKF's possession during the battle over the Olympic Stadium

Spurs deny trying to get Brady phone data

Firm used by Tottenham admits 'wrongfully obtaining' West Ham executive's records

Party guest paralysed after pool dive loses £6m damages fight

A woman paralysed from the chest down when she dived into an indoor swimming pool at a late-night party and hit her head on the bottom has lost her claim for £6m damages from the pool owner.

Video: Clarke: 'No sentencing u-turn'

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke says his controversial sentencing Bill will be changed but denies a policy u-turn.

Ian Tomlinson, and many others like him, deserve justice

Finally, two years after the G20 demonstrations descended on the City of London, the truth that we knew all along has been confirmed.

David Prosser: Farepak victims not forgotten after all

Outlook This is not to prejudge the outcome of the proceedings the Insolvency Service began yesterday against the former directors of the parent company of Farepak, but it is genuinely heartening to see the Government seek to hold someone to account for what was a sordid episode. The only losers so far from the Farepak scandal have been its savers – five Christmases have passed since they learned tens of millions of pounds of money put by so prudently had somehow gone up in smoke, but little responsibility has been attached to anyone involved.

Judge attacks CPS 'shambles'

An Old Bailey judge today spoke out about the "shambles" in the criminal justice system caused by "failures by the Crown Prosecution Service".

Guy Adams: The end of celebrity justice

It wasn’t so long ago that being moderately famous seemed, quite literally, like a license to get away with murder.

Bill paves the way for Equitable Life payouts

Equitable Life policyholders came a step closer to getting compensation today when plans to pay them were included in the Queen's Speech.

BGC loses legal battle with fierce rival

A bitter legal battle between two of the City's biggest names ended today with a High Court judge ruling that BGC Partners had illegally tried to poach a string of employees from its rival Tullett Prebon.

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