SPlit: Calls for public smoking ban have divided the anti-tobacco lobby

Call for public smoking ban splits anti-tobacco lobby

Demands for a ban on smoking in UK parks and outdoor spaces have split the anti-tobacco movement, with leading figures engaged in an increasingly bad-tempered war of words on the issue

Rifkind steps down

Lobbying scandal: Rifkind falls on his sword

Malcom Rifkind has announced that he is stepping down as chair of the intelligence and security committee and as a member of parliament, a day after videos emerged showing him trying to secure employment with a made-up Chinese firm.

Taking due diligence to new levels

EU directive will monitor MPs' bank transactions

Thousands of Britain's most important figures in public life could have their banking transactions monitored closely under new rules from Brussels.

Twitter: Legislation struggling to keep up with new medium

Revealed: Police arrests on Twitter and Facebook

Over 355 people have been charged or cautioned for messages on social media, many of them for causing 'offence', new research has revealed.

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  • Rifkind steps down

    Lobbying scandal: Rifkind falls on his sword

    Malcom Rifkind has announced that he is stepping down as chair of the intelligence and security committee and as a member of parliament, a day after videos emerged showing him trying to secure employment with a made-up Chinese firm.

  • Tory poll lead - could this be a late surge?

    Poll shock: Is this the long promised Tory swing?

    An ICM/Guardian poll has put the Conservatives four points ahead of Labour, raising expectations among some political pundits of a long-promised swing to the governing party.

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