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Alan Watkins: Labour's backbenchers are revolting

The government's MPs want to pick a fight, whether its over the Speaker or the Iraq war inquiry

Speaker hopefuls take to the campaign trail

Labour whips are rumoured to favour Tory backbencher John Bercow

Beckett joins growing list of would-be Speakers

Margaret Beckett has been installed as Labour's leading candidate to become the next Speaker of the House of Commons after confirming that she would be competing for the job.

Denis MacShane: End the cant and save Bill Cash for the nation

My heart sank when I read that Bill Cash, the doyen of anti-Europeans in the Commons, had been fingered in the MPs' expenses row. As a BBC journalist and trade union official I was paid per diems, overnights and all sorts of allowances that the professional classes are awarded to boost their salary.

Widdecombe makes her bid to become Speaker

Her stopgap candidacy could appeal as MPs jostle for backing

Front-runners stumble in the race for Speaker

Claims for second homes return to haunt candidates to succeed Michael Martin

Expenses accusations hit pair's Speaker bid

A fresh twist in the race to become the next Speaker of the House of Commons emerged last night after two of the candidates vying for the role became the latest to face questions over their use of expenses.

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Michael Brown, an MP for 18 years, reflects on a historic day at Westminster

Now it's time for the Commons clean-up

Party leaders agree to end principle of self-regulation at Westminster, with new speaker to be elected next month after Michael Martin resigns

Leading article: A clear line from Mr Clegg

David Cameron was widely praised for seizing the initiative when he took members of his shadow cabinet to task for excessive expenses claims and listed those who would be paying money back. But he is not alone in emerging with some credit from this furore. The Liberal Democrats' Nick Clegg has taken a clear and consistent line, which he represented forcefully again yesterday.

Clegg calls for ban on second-home profits

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, called yesterday for MPs to be banned from making a profit from selling second homes which they bought using their Commons allowances.

Pandora: "I had to work!" says Tracey of Tory no-show

Was Tracey Emin's absence from a Tory arts do on Tuesday a deliberate boycott?

Bruce Anderson: Brown's best refuge now is a bipartisan solution

If No 10 would display some goodwill, it might still be possible to produce some interim measures

MPs demand release of Green arrest report

A cross-party group of MPs today put pressure on Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to release a report into the police's handling of the arrest of senior Tory Damian Green.

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