Ben Jennings on lobbying and Doctor Who – cartoon

As the lobbying scandal claims more victims, Matt Smith has announced his retirement from TV’s Doctor WhoBen Jennings    
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Nigel Evans accused of sexual assault by fourth alleged victim

Police to interview former parliamentary intern who claims deputy speaker assaulted him in Commons bar 18 months agoPolice investigating sexual assault allegations against Nigel Evans are planning to interview a fourth alleged victim who claims he was intimately groped by the deputy speaker in a House of Commons bar.The former parliamentary intern, 22, claims he […]
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Patrick Mercer MP resigns from Tory party amid lobbying claims

Former shadow minister is understood to have been approached by journalists posing as lobbyistsPatrick Mercer, the former shadow minister, has resigned from the Conservative party after being caught up in a sting by journalists posing as lobbyists.The Conservative MP for Newark said he was resigning the Tory whip immediately “to save my party embarrassment”, and […]
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Nick Clegg launches inquiry into MP facing sexual assault claims

Deputy PM’s announcement follows the beginning of legal action against Mike Hancock, MP for Portsmouth SouthNick Clegg will take disciplinary action against a Liberal Democrat MP accused of sexual assault, the party announced in a statement.Mike Hancock, MP for Portsmouth South, will attend a meeting with the party leader as well as Simon Hughes, the […]
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PPI complaints to ombudsman soar as banks fail to deal with claims

Financial Ombudsman Service received a record 2m inquiries and complaints last year, including almost 380,000 about PPIConsumers complained to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) in record numbers last year, as the fallout from the payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling scandal continued and financial services customers became more aware of their rights.In its annual review, published […]
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Rising PPI claims are bad news for shareholders | Analysis

The chances of a write-back of the banks’ gigantic provisions are unlikely, says Patrick CollinsonThe PPI catastrophe rolls on. Every mobile phone in the UK has already been blasted with countless texts telling people to grab a share of the payouts (however spuriously), so you might imagine every possible claim has already been sent in.But […]
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MoJ denies it has plans for privatisation of courts service

Spokesman confirms it is looking at ways of improving efficiency of HMCTS as part of fund-saving reviewThe Ministry of Justice has dismissed claims that is actively considering “the wholesale” privatisation of the courts service as part of a radical review to save funds.While confirming that civil servants are looking at ways of improving the efficiency […]
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Benefits cap will have catastrophic effect on families, court will hear

Vulnerable families challenging £500-a-week cap say it may force victims of domestic violence to return to their abusersFamilies will suffer catastrophic effects and victims of domestic violence may be forced to return to their abusers, it will be argued in the first test cases challenging the government’s imposition of a £500-a-week cap on benefits.A judge […]
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Woolwich attack: meat cleaver, knife and jihadist claims filmed on mobile

•?British soldier dead in suspected terror attack in London•?Knife attack near barracks ‘an eye for an eye’, says suspect •?Killing in street is ‘absolutely sickening’ says prime ministerA man suspected of staging a terrorist attack that left a British soldier dead near a military barracks in London, was caught on camera clutching a meat cleaver […]
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Google faces new pressure over tax claims

Revenue and Customs is investigating fresh lines of inquiry after interviewing whistleblower who gave evidence to WhitehallHM Revenue and Customs is investigating fresh lines of inquiry into Google’s tax affairs after interviewing a former executive at the company who gave anonymous evidence to parliament, the Guardian can disclose.Barney Jones, 34, who worked for the internet […]
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