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Whips warned MP about his behaviour and he was then allowed to successfully run for deputy speaker.
Revised figures released by ONS show insecurity becoming the norm in job market, says Labour.
Department for Work and Pensions is struggling to meet demands for savings, according to internal review.
Shadow chancellor says plan will be funded by levy on bankers’ bonuses and pension tax changes but idea is criticised by thinktanks.
Former Liberal Democrat health minister is seeking to amend clause 119 of the care bill, dubbed the ‘hospital closure clause’.
British PM calls on Russian president to agree to contact group allowing direct talks between Kiev and Moscow.
British Chambers of Commerce raises alarm over youth unemployment, but wage growth expected to overtake inflation.
Ex-prime minister sets out radical plan to rewrite UK constitution giving Scots more powers.
Internal report into corporation’s funding recommends move to inflationary rise in place of price freeze.
Lord Justice Fulford was involved with National Council for Civil Liberties, to which Paedophile Information Exchange was affiliated, but denies supporting group’s aims.
Bill would also establish commission of experts to check NSA files leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Study challenges idea that all over-50s are basking in affluence and says real inequality is not just linked to age.
Survey of 2,200 people across London found that two-thirds of lower-income Londoners have seen standard of living fall.
British foreign secretary accuses Putin of major miscalculation but says pressure will not remove Russia from Crimea.
Commons Treasury select committee says more must be done to warn public about consequences of protecting public spending.
Tory rebels expected to join effort to veto health secretary’s plans to fast track cuts in healthcare.
Anti-terror head moved as black police leader says force has not improved since the 1999 Macpherson inquiry.
Deputy prime minister says Crimea is in different category from rest of Ukraine, and Russia has ‘pronounced imprint’ there.
Austerity may last until 2020 and chancellor may have to make further cuts to welfare, local government and police, claims FT.
Former Tory MP Sir Ivan Lawrence QC tells protesters he is ashamed of government for ‘destroying criminal justice system’.
Solicitors and barristers are resisting cuts, but the two sides disagree even on the size of the legal aid budget.
Chancellor ‘must say why he has not curbed excess’ as EU considers imposing new limits on bosses’ pay.
Explosive devices found in Derry and Lisburn sorting offices were intended for staff at Maghaberry top security jail.
Tim Farron to call for public protection from ‘overreach by the state’ after its imposition of ‘blanket surveillance’ on UK.
Maria Miller prepared to suggest change in law to make non-payment a civil offence during talks regarding BBC charter.
Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet tells EU’s Cathy Ashton about claim that provocateurs were behind Maidan killings.
Around half of the vacancies on official job search website may be bogus, falsely promoted or against the rules, says Frank Field MP.
Trade union halves official number of members affiliated to the party in wake of Ed Miliband’s voting reforms.
Concern and sadness as city looks to prized National Exhibition Centre to raise funds for £1bn equal pay settlement.
Lib Dem business secretary and Conservative immigration minister plan to take opposite positions in clashing speeches.
Reduction in numbers to 82,000 – with greater reliance on reservists – causes concern among committee members.
Business secretary’s speech appears to accuse teachers of failing to give students correct career advice
Sir David Nicholson admits ‘bitter regret’ about Mid Staffs and says service should spend hospitals’ money closer to home.
Phone-hacking trial hears ex-PM texted ‘thinking of you’, with Michael Gove and Piers Morgan also offering their support.
MEP calls on European commission to take UK to court for allowing banks to ‘blatantly’ sidestep EU rules limiting bonuses.
Labour accuse No 10 of lack of transparency over resignation as government refuses to reveal exact timings of events.
Institute of Fiscal Studies warns that predictions by Alex Salmond’s government of North Sea earnings are ‘too optimistic’.
International Narcotics Control Board calls US and Uruguay moves on cannabis ‘misguided initiatives’.
Government document photographed outside No 10 states that ‘London’s financial centre’ should not be closed to Russians.
Media watchdog says Ukip should receive same coverage as Tories, Labour and Lib Dems before European elections.
London mayor denies George Osborne has approached him and says he prefers ‘daily excitement’ of running city to parliament.
Acpo demands specific legal focus on parents who let their daughters suffer FGM as well as on ‘cutters’.
Support for going it alone drops to 32% in Ipsos Mori survey, which compares views on both sides of border.
Deputy PM commissions independent report after failing to persuade David Cameron of need for reform of oversight.
Coalition’s business secretary asks for advice from equalities watchdog on legality of move that would be highly controversial.
Patrick Rock resigned as deputy head of Downing Street’s policy last month on day before arrest.
Prime minister will unveil plan to raise personal tax allowance above £10,000, a pledge made by the Lib Dems in 2010.
Prince Edward also pulls out of attending Paralympics in Sochi on advice of government.
Before George Osborne’s budget, business lobby group says UK remains too dependent on consumer demand.
Mayor of London calls for children at risk to be removed from families and taken into care.
Ukraine has put its armed forces on full alert and warned Russia that military intervention will lead to war shortly after Vladimir Putin gave the green light for an invasion as the upper house of the Russian parliament unanimously approved his request to send troops into the neighbouring state.
Cutbacks across England and Wales mean pupils will only get transport to nearest school.
Former prisoner has denied charges of terror offences.
Peer who quit the party 33 years ago hopes changes will save National Health Service.
Crimea’s key airport and parliament building apparently held by pro-Russian forces as Russian troops mobilise on peninsula.
Deputy Labour leader stands by own decision not to apologise over former employer’s links with age-of-consent lobbyists.
Ukip leader uses spring conference speech to make immigration the focal point of campaign for European and local elections.
The CPS has written to barristers instructing them they may lose work if they join a day of action against legal aid cuts on 7 March.
Northern Ireland justice minister demands former PM and fellow ministers at time of ‘on the runs’ deal give evidence in inquiry.
Health secretary to provide assurance that confidential information will not be used for commercial insurance.
Department of Education survey suggests profession is plagued by long hours and ‘unnecessary and bureaucratic tasks’.
Walkout likely as 17.5% cut for solicitors and 6% for barristers revealed along with two-thirds reduction in duty contracts.
Former minister says government at the time never agreed to grant amnesty to republicans on run despite Sinn Féin pressure.
Former cabinet minister says she ‘got it wrong’ in 1970s, but rejects claims that she had condoned crimes of child abusers.
Deal ‘doable’ but not a piece of cake, says German chancellor as Downing Street welcomes signals as ‘helpful but realistic’.
We can ‘have fun’ but it won’t last, says Ukip leader at TaxPayers’ Alliance event.
Finance group to set up English subsidiary firms in case it relocates, while RBS says UK split could damage its credit rating.
Sheila Holt was contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions who invited her to attend ‘intensive job-focused activity’.
Atos and Capita have failed to hit assessment targets leading to poor peformance of Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship programme.
Evidence continues to emerge of links between NCCL and PIE after denials by Harman and Dromey.
Key services will now be moved to neighbouring units after scathing findings over death rate at Stafford hospital.
Len McCluskey says Unite’s position as Labour’s biggest affiliated union and a key donor is ‘untenable’.
Labour deputy faces accusations she failed to stop child sex lobbying group working with National Council for Civil Liberties.
Berlin’s stance revealed before chancellor’s visit and compromise is likely before possible referendum.
UK Statistics Authority backs Commons library’s assessment that funding has been cut by £247m in real terms.
Education secretary meets campaigner Fahma Mohamed after Guardian-backed petition attracted nearly 250,000 signatures.
Labour deputy leader steps up her attack on rightwing paper, calling on it to retract its ‘politically motivated’ claims.
Public Health England is too close to the government, in the judgement of the Commons health select committee.
Energy secretary also announces carbon capture investment in Scotland as part of campaign against independence.
Labour leader reacts to Daily Mail allegations against Harriet Harman, Jack Dromey and Patricia Hewitt.
Caribbean leaders meet next month to increase pressure for money from European nations that colonised their lands.
Remarks by candidate for May’s European elections underline extent to which party’s policies have yet to be developed.
Labour deputy leader issues point-by-point rebuttal of Daily Mail’s claims that she says are an attempt to smear her.
This would bring down the cost of family breaks and reduce the likelihood of families going away together during term time.
Foreign secretary says he hopes for a quick resolution to the crisis but that the situation is still fraught with many dangers.
Professional body’s warning comes as Labour says lack of appointments at surgeries is putting A&E units under pressure.
Shadow energy chief Caroline Flint rules out reworking controversial £16bn deal for building Hinkley Point C plant.
Foreign secretary emphasises role of German chancellor to UK relationship with European Union prior to her London visit.
Concerns voiced about high-speed train line that runs over flood plains and requires diversion of seven major rivers.
Campaign to be launched by George Osborne warns of fines double the amount of tax evaded and possible prison sentences.
Price of bananas in UK supermarkets has nearly halved in 10 years and is putting pressure on suppliers, foundation says.
John Redwood urges David Cameron to warn German chancellor during her visit to London that Britain may vote to exit.
Prime minister says UK government acting together is best guarantee for job prospects and economic benefits.
Professor Sir George Bain, who chaired the low pay commission when the minimum wage was introduced, says it needs updating.
New strategy aims to counter criticism of poor record on living standards.
In wealthy towns, families hit by falling incomes and benefit cuts are increasingly being forced to rely on charity handouts.
Open letter from 15 professional bodies warns prime minister that reversing policy on dredging could cause other problems.
Ukip leader says ‘I’ve spent years being told I’m a nutcase. I’ve got to say yes’, after Lib Dem leader proposes head-to-head.
Court of appeal rules against campaigners trying to get bedroom tax and £500 weekly benefits cap declared unlawful.
Government’s finances weaker than expected for month in which it usually receives more than it borrows because of tax receipts.
Under-fire company says it will continue to provide service until new contractors have been appointed.
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ apologises after tribunal judge rules he ran up paper losses in effort to cut tax bill.
Helen Grant says the key to increasing female participation in sport is to give women ‘what they want’.
Weekly roundup: Flood victims exempt from council tax, councils told to release more land for housing, and Wolverhampton city council plans 2,000 redundancies.
Deputy PM’s challenge to Ukip leader follows warning that Lib Dems could be wiped out in May’s European elections.
Deputy prime minister says claim by Vincent Nichols that ‘safety net has been removed altogether … is not right’.
British Gas owner calls for more investment in UK and says threat of price caps ‘could lead to lights going out’.
Voting analyst says support for independence increased after George Osborne ruled out a currency union.
Review for Defra was passed to ministers in June but not published, creating speculation findings had been ‘suppressed’.
Party looking at same-day registration amid growing concern millions will drop off official register in ‘disaster for democracy’.
Two countries to quit contact through third-country intermediaries but embassies in their respective capitals are to remain closed.
Critics argue that proposal in leaked document from Department for Work and Pensions would hit poorest people in the country.
Policy Exchange urges recruitment of 10,000 more magistrates, assigned to community venues to bring ‘swifter justice’.
Britain faces fines and court appearances for failing to reduce ‘excessive’ levels of nitrogen dioxide fumes from traffic.
Former PM says Brooks email saying he urged NoW inquiry ‘to clear her’ was just ‘advice for transparent process’.
Singer gives statement through Kate Moss, who collected his best British male award, saying: ‘Scotland, stay with us’.
Prime minister says archbishop of Westminster’s claims that benefit changes left many facing destitution ‘simply not true’.
PM also promises a ‘vast national effort helped and co-ordinated by the British government’ to aid those affected.
Benefit system failings under fire from Church leaders who claim PM’s policies are ‘responsible for half of food aid cases’.
Two Sutton Coldfield officers investigated after allegedly leaving expletive-strewn message on woman’s phone.
Detention of former Guardian journalist’s partner was justified by ‘very pressing’ interests of national security, judges say.
Charity considering dozens of cases against department relating to their failure to send out benefits letters in braille or large print.
Chancellor will warn in speech that economic recovery is not secured because UK still too reliant on consumers and City.
Former prime minister suggested setting up ‘Hutton style’ inquiry, according to email from former News International chief.
Iain Duncan Smith announces earnings threshold that must be reached in order for migrants to qualify for ‘worker’ status.
Roman Catholic archbishop Vincent Nichols, who is to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis, inundated with messages of support.
New figures presented to benefits inquiry expected to show record numbers of claimants have had cash withheld.
UN secretary general praises Fahma Mohamed’s campaign to enlist help of headteachers in ending female genital mutilation.
GP and patient groups hail decision to put launch of care.data back six months to give more patients more time to evaluate opt-outs.
Regular brisk walking three times a week increases the size of brain regions linked to planning and memory, a study has shown.
Scientists, in BMJ paper, warn of potential long-term damage of exposure to synthetics, including formaldehyde in drinks bottles.
Flood clear-up summit comes amid fears over costs for those left out of ‘Flood Re’ scheme as PM faces plunging approval ratings.
Labour leader said he was looking for a majority government, rebuffing Lib Dem leader’s ameliorative tone in radio interview.
Government seeking additional providers to offer further capacity and then take over contract, leaked DWP review says.
CBI and IoD leaders both say currency union would be ‘unstable’ as Scottish first minister makes major speech in Aberdeen.
Avoidable damage estimated to cost £3bn as projects at Heathrow, Dawlish and Somerset Levels delayed or downsized.
Viviane Reding calls for full fiscal and political union for 18 eurozone countries but says UK should remain apart.
Dozens of English councils set to raise taxes by maximum possible before referendum is triggered for voter approval.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper writes to Theresa May offering cross-party co-operation to bring about change.
Survey for Avaaz suggests support for Ed Miliband’s call for action with only 27% denying climate change linked to floods.
Storms ease but severe flood warnings remain in place along Thames and in Somerset, where pumping work continues.
European commission president says new country emerging from current member would struggle to win unanimous approval.
Labour attacks scheme, saying DWP not supplying information in a way that allows ONS to count UC claimants.
Actor shrugs off London mayor’s claim of ‘Hitlerian agenda’ as ‘too much hyperbole washed down with a few whiskies’.
Protections for parts of Somerset, Kent and Devon worth millions of pounds were planned but not delivered.
Deputy PM praises Labour for embracing the possibility of sharing power and accuses Tories of becoming more ideological.
Even though storms ending, PM says volume of rain over past few weeks means groundwater levels will keep rising.
Labour leader says UK is ‘sleepwalking to a crisis over climate’ as storms bring more major disruption and flooding.
More than twice as many think PM has bungled as think he has responded well, while both Labour and Ed Miliband’s ratings up.
Sir Mark Walport warns schools will ‘conclude theory is all that matters’ for good exam grades.
Founder of influential conservation body accuses Holyrood of contributing to catastrophic decline in salmon stocks on rivers.
PM says second place result for Ukip is not the breakthrough the party had hoped for as Labour cruises to victory.
Archbishop of Westminster says Duncan Smith’s reforms leave people with nothing if they fail to fill in forms correctly.
Judge rules earlier consent failed to comply with planning law relating to landscape and heritage sites.
Monuments Men star follows Parthenon marbles demand with suggestion Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting should go back to country of origin.
Education secretary urged to instruct headteachers to inform parents and children about female genital mutilation.
First minister should pursue ‘plan B’ after three Westminster parties ruled out deal on sterling, say nationalists and allies.
Government mansion was used to host family charity of Sudhir and Bhanu Choudhrie, arrested by SFO on Wednesday.
Heart and lung hospital’s planned Cambridge move caught up in ‘NHS politics’ that may force partnership with loss-making trust.
Benefactor Sudhir Choudhrie who donated £500,000 to party is named as arms dealer on Indian police list of ‘undesirables’.
Tories pushed into third place and Liberal Democrats lose their deposit in poll triggered by death of popular Labour MP Paul Goggins.
No deal on sterling will mean no deal on national debt, Scottish first minister says, as all three pro-union parties back chancellor.