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As if the police had not already inflicted enough trouble on themselves with the plebgate saga, a Chief Constable had to ‘fess up that his force did not understand the law that protects an MP’s right to speak freely.

The newspaper industry has applied for an injunction against the consideration of a historical Royal Charter on press reform

Phone hacking coverage divides Fleet Street into those who look - and those who look away

Some papers focused on crime, others took a showbiz angle

NSA infiltrated more than 100,000 offline computers using covert devices, says leaks

The intelligence agency reportedly inserted radio-transmitters into computers via spies and unwitting users to crack disconnected devices

AA Gill (left) described Morrissey's book as a 'heavy tome, utterly devoid of insight, warmth, wisdom or likeability'

Hatchet Job of the Year 2014: And this year’s prize for the best literary hatchet job goes to...

A A Gill, Peter Kemp and David Sexton in the running for the award that celebrates the year's most acerbic, entertaining critical put-downs

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall. Spies in the UK are to be allowed to break the speed limit new motoring law proposals

Spies to be allowed to break speed limit in cases of ‘national security emergency’

Change to UK motoring laws will also give speeding exemptions to transplant organ couriers and bomb disposal units

In Brief: Boeing on track; LoveFilm beats rivals; Apple makes it Snappy; News Corp on the move; Bullish Bentley; Clarksons ahead for year; Profits bubble up for Lush

Boeing on track to keep biggest plane-maker title

Boeing has revealed record deliveries and orders for 2013, putting it on track to remain the world’s largest plane-maker for a second year in a row.

Today women are spoilt for choice in terms of sporting role models like cyclist Laura Trott

Ashling O'Connor: How long before a woman is deemed capable of managing a top men’s side?

The FA’s decision to appoint a male coach of the England women’s  football team shows progress – but there’s still a long way to go

Andy McSmith's Diary: A Christmas-card character mash-up from Parliament

Most Christmas cards from MPs are worthy, if dull, but one or two try to break away and do something notable, usually landing their senders in trouble in the process.

Lord Mackenzie and Lord Laird will not be able to sit in the House of Lords for months

Two peers suspended from the House of Lords after offering to do paid work for undercover reporters

Lord Mackenzie and Lord Laird both face temporary bans after being caught by Sunday Times journalists

Obama, Cameron and Thorning-Schmidt cosy up for the selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

David Cameron pleads with Danish Prime Minister not to delete their Mandela selfie

Mr Cameron suggested the picture could be sold to raise money for charity instead, reports say

GMG’s Andrew Miller heads a group that also includes ‘The Observer’ newspaper

The Guardian's future... by the paper's guardian Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller has presided over a £200m loss at the media group over the past six years, but that’s the cost of global expansion, he tells Ian Burrell

Old ties: Ed Miliband talks to former group Co-op chairman Len Wardle in Downing Street in 2010

Exclusive: Ed Miliband says David Cameron's Tories in the gutter as 2015 election strategist Lynton Crosby pushes party towards the politics of division

Labour fears dirtiest Conservative campaign in 20 years, as Attorney General withdraws attack on Pakistani community

The former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers

Male escort who claimed Paul Flowers hired him for sex ditched by directory

Gay male escort site Manchester Lads has removed Ciaron Dodd, 21, from its listings for breaking discretion rules

Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, said the current legal limit prevented sexually active younger teenagers from getting support with issues of disease and contraception.

‘Confused’ messages: an emotive debate reignites about the UK’s age of consent

There is no international consensus on what’s right, but any move to change the law here would be politically impossible

Health expert calls for age of consent to be lowered to 15

Leading public health advisor to Government says 15-year-olds should be allowed to get support and contraception

The new-look Independent print edition: A champion of free expression that is true to its founding values

Long before my family became involved in publishing, we had a deep respect for The Independent and the tradition of British journalism it belongs to. This dates back to the 1980s, when my father was working as an economic analyst for the Soviet intelligence service. He read it because he wanted information he could trust.

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