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Parliament: The Sketch: Tory stamp of approval delivers blow to Labour benches

I DON'T suppose Stephen Byers expected quite such a warm welcome for his statement on the Post Office. Members hear-heared with gusto, greeting almost every clause with mutters of approval and ostentatious nodding.

Parliament: Interests register may be extended

CANDIDATES STANDING for Parliament might have to declare their interests before election day so that voters know their financial connections, the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, said yesterday.

Letters: Benn's legacy

Sir: Tony Benn's most memorable political achievement was, I'm afraid, a negative one. He was the major influence in the forces that made the Labour Party unelectable for almost 20 years. Even when the party had begun the long haul back under Neil Kinnock, it took a decade for the public perception of a party under the influence of Bennite extremism to be changed.

Letter: Backing Benn

Sir: For Gerald Kaufman to blame 18 years of Labour in opposition on Tony Benn is breathtaking. Remember, Benn lost the deputy leadership election - it was the leadership, that of Kinnock, that was the face of Labour that the electorate rejected.

Labour MPs' anger at new poll rules `control'

LABOUR OFFICIALS dismissed renewed accusations of "control freakery" yesterday after it emerged that all the party's MPs would be subject to tough new reselection rules.

Right of Reply: Mark Seddon

The editor of Tribune responds to Gerald Kaufman's assessment of Tony Benn's career

Letter: Benn's Law

Sir: Tony Benn is an admirable relic of the heyday of Westminster democracy, when we were grateful that our betters represented us and we had no chance of participating. Today we are consumer citizens with direct and global and increasingly interactive media, not to mention an all-pervasive democracy of information, NGOs and the other bits and pieces of politics without politicians.

Parliament: The Sketch: If air power wins wars, why is the airport unimportant?

THE VICTORIOUS forces had arrived with good morale and they didn't look too interested in any notions of magnanimity towards the defeated. After a period of great trial and anxiety, the Tories had finally pushed back the hated Europhiles.

Benn Jr may join father in House

A HISTORIC father-and-son partnership in the Commons looked certain last night after Hilary Benn was selected as Labour candidate for the Leeds Central constituency.

John Smith made mistakes, but at least he was trusted

In comparison with him, the Millbank Tendency characters have yet to develop backbones

Parliament The Sketch: Benn blazes away at targets all around the world

FOR THOSE armchair warriors happily anticipating an extension of the war in Yugoslavia, yesterday's debate on Kosovo was an object lesson in how a small force of highly motivated guerrillas can pin down a much larger body of men.

Europe: Failings in EU tolerated 'far too long'

"ROOT AND branch reform" of the European Commission was demanded by MPs from all sides yesterday as Tony Blair called for an entirely new framework for fighting fraud and financial irregularities in the EU. Opening his Commons statement, Mr Blair said it was "absolutely right" that the whole Commission had resigned because the inquiry report revealed a "sad catalogue of negligence and mismanagement".

Kurd Protests: Hostage-takers start hunger strike

THE KURDISH protesters occupying the Greek embassy in London announced they had started a hunger strike yesterday in an effort to secure their demands.

Parliament: The Sketch: Will Tony Benn find himself in one of Straw's gulags?

JACK STRAW did not quite suspend habeas corpus but he made several dramatic strides in that direction to enhance his authoritarian reputation as a "tough" home secretary. Tory home secretaries talked tough but Mr Straw acts tough and yesterday he became the first one in living memory to propose measures to incarcerate people who have not actually been convicted by any court.

The Week In Westminster: Citizen Blair leads mob as Tory shadows fade away

IT WAS A wretched week for parliamentary democracy which began with the Prime Minister determined to forsake the Commons Punch and Judy show for the soft sofa of the Richard and Judy television show.
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

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The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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