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Release of Iraq war minutes vetoed

Details of cabinet discussions held in the run-up to the Iraq war are to be kept secret after the Government decided to take the unprecedented step of vetoing their publication.

Straw blocks Cabinet Iraq minutes

The Government will exercise veto powers to block publication of key Cabinet minutes under freedom of information laws, it was announced today.

Clinton and Miliband upbeat after meeting

The new US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton affirmed her commitment to the "special" relationship between America and Britain today as she met with Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Cabinet papers on Iraq must be released

The Government was ordered today to release the minutes of Cabinet meetings where the invasion of Iraq was discussed.

Government scrapes home in Green vote

The Government narrowly avoided defeat in the Commons tonight over the timing and scope of the inquiry into the Damian Green affair.

Speaker 'to stand for re-election' despite Green row

Beleaguered Commons Speaker Michael Martin is set to defy his critics and stand for a third term, it was reported.

Speaker faces showdown over raid on Tory's office

Michael Martin, the Commons Speaker, faces an unprecedented revolt from some of Britain's most senior politicians as the row over the arrest of Damian Green threatens to overshadow one of the great ceremonies of state today.

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Queen's guitarist Brian May epitomises the kind of chancellor being appointed to universities today – hip, anti-establishment and in touch with students. Lucy Hodges looks at how an ancient role has changed

Leading article: Three tricky tasks facing the third force in politics

The increasingly desperate struggle taking place in the Labour party throws the plight of the Liberal Democrats into stark relief. It demonstrates the disconcerting ease with which the third party in British politics, even in its major conference week, can be barged from the media spotlight. But it also highlights the opportunity open to the Liberal Democrats if they have the skill to exploit it. Politics is a zero sum game. With one of its two rivals in a state of confusion, the Liberal Democrats have a chance to offer themselves as a coherent and attractive alternative to the voting public.

John Rentoul: Clarke should have kept it in the family

The former Home Secretary's criticism of Gordon Brown raises the question: if the PM is so useless, why is he still in No 10?

Clegg to be father for third time

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is to be a father for the third time, his spokeswoman announced today.

Menzies Campbell: Obama's search for the golden age

There was flashy oratory in Denver, but what sort of change do the Democrats really want in the US?

Brown loses a friend – and faces another daunting Scottish by-election

Gordon Brown faces a daunting by-election in his own political backyard following the death yesterday of a Labour MP.

Brian Wilson: Labour can't win in Britain if it doesn't win in Scotland

A decade on, devolution is indisputably a disaster for the Labour Party

We will be the party of tax cuts, says Clegg

Nick Clegg will today commit the Liberal Democrats to cutting the overall tax burden as he relaunches his party as one committed to fairness for people on low and middle incomes.

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