Sir Malcolm Rifkind

AV poll 'not a referendum on Nick Clegg'

Ed Miliband today urged people not to make the forthcoming referendum on voting reform for Westminster elections a referendum on Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

John McWilliam: Highly respected politician who served as an

As a member of the Speaker's Panel – senior MPs, not ministers, who chair the committee stage of bills in the House of Commons – John McWilliam was procedurally authoritative and unflappable. For this reason, I was one of 14 MPs who gave him a vote in the long, drawn-out procedure for the election of a Speaker after Lady Boothroyd went to the House of Lords.

New kids on the bloc: Cold Warriors

Most older observers in the West, who lived through one Cold War, don't want another. But Mikheil Saakashvili's contemporaries don't balk at antagonising Russia.