Andrew Mitchell launches libel suit against The Sun for breaking "Plebgate" story

Police find 'no evidence' that officers lied in Plebgate row as Andrew Mitchell launches libel suit against The Sun for story that cost him his job Ex Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell issued writ against The Sun yesterdayLawyer says it is to address 'campaign of vilification by the Sun against him'It was claimed he called police 'plebs' in spat as he left Downing St last year 'A number of potential actions being considered' against other newspapers 'Initial papers' regarding the row were passed to detectives yesterday . Those arrested include a 52-year-old from the DPG who was held on December 15 on suspicion of misconduct in public office and bailed until April

Just a quarter of criminals caught with a knife are jailed despite plans for stronger sentencing


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Just a quarter of criminals caught with a knife are jailed despite plans for stronger sentencingKnife thugs less likely to be locked up on the spot than a year agoBefore election, Tories pledged to jail anyone caught with a knife in publicBut 25 per cent of 3,376 adult offenders jailed on the spot in last 12 months a total of 3,376 adult offenders were sentenced for possession of a knife or other offensive weapon. Of those 23 per cent – some 865 offenders – were handed community service by the courts – leaving them free to walk the streets.

Lib Dems battle to persuade voters to turn out in today"s crunch Eastleigh by-election amid fears sex scandal could decide result


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Lib Dems battle to persuade voters to turn out in today's crunch Eastleigh by-election amid fears sex scandal could decide result Polls open in Hampshire town to elect successor to disgraced Cabinet minister Chris HuhneContest billed as three-horse race between Lib Dems, Tories and UKIPLib Dems thought win was 'in the bag' until allegations emerged against ex-chief executive Lord RennardTories fear they could be forced into third place by a surging UKIP By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 08:54 GMT, 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 28 February 2013 Panicked Liberal Democrats launched a drive to persuade their supporters to turn out in today's crunch Eastleigh by-election amid fears voters will desert them in protest at the Lord Rennard scandal. Voters go to the polls in the Hampshire seat today to choose a successor to disgraced Cabinet minister Chris Huhne, who quit after being warned he faces jail for pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice. The Lib Dems are battling to see off challenges from the Conservatives and the UK Independence Party, who claim they could be on course for a historic first Commons win

Labour has biggest lead over Tories for a decade as women turn on David Cameron


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Labour surges 12 points ahead in polls to biggest lead over the Tories in a decade as women voters desert David Cameron ICM/Guardian: Labour 41%, Conservatives, 29%, Lib Dems 13%, UKIP 9%Female voters deserting Tories for Labour – 26% more would vote for themIn/out referendum promise has not stopped UKIP gaining votesLabour lead despite lack of faith in Ed Miliband as leaderOnly 18% asked thought him 'good in a crisis' – half PM's rating By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 11:44 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:04 GMT, 12 February 2013 Labour has surged to its biggest lead over the Tories in the polls for a decade as female voters continue to desert the Prime Minister. If a General Election was held today Ed Miliband's party would probably secure 41 per cent of the vote while David Cameron's Conservatives would get 29 per cent – down four per cent in a month

"There are some pretty odd people": Cameron insults UKIP again as party hits poll high


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'There are some pretty odd people': Cameron insults UKIP again as party hits poll highPrime Minister made comment as poll suggests UKIP seeing record supportA survey for the Mail on Sunday puts UKIP at 16 per cent, taking third placeUKIP leader Nigel Farage said comments meant there was no chance of pact By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 23:58 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:00 GMT, 7 January 2013 Mr Cameron has said there were 'some pretty odd people' when asked about his previous comments of UKIP supporters David Cameron renewed his attack on UKIP yesterday, saying it contains some ‘pretty odd people’.

Bust-up in Commons Tea Room between Tory MPs as gay marriage rift threatens to tear party apart


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Bust-up in Commons Tea Room between Tory MPs as gay marriage rift threatens to tear party apart Supporter Gavin Barwell clashed with anti-gay marriage Sir Gerald HowarthRow comes as Cameron accused of 'not listening' to the party over the issueMore than 100 MPs expected to rebel in vote expected next month | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 22 December 2012 David Cameron was last night battling to contain his party split over gay marriage after a delegation of senior MPs urged him to reconsider the plans – and two Tories had a ‘toxic’ public argument in the Commons over the issue. The confrontation between fiercely anti-gay marriage MP Sir Gerald Howarth and rising star Gavin Barwell took place in front of shocked colleagues in the Commons Tea Room. One onlooker told The Mail on Sunday that ‘offensive words relating to sexual orientation’ were used – although this aspect of the exchange is denied by the men.

Chris Huhne tipped to replace Nick Clegg and halt poll slide if he wins criminal case


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Chris Huhne tipped to replace Nick Clegg and halt poll slide if he wins criminal case | UPDATED: 22:36 GMT, 22 December 2012 Chris Huhne is tipped to replace Nick Clegg as Liberal Democrat leader if he wins a criminal case being brought against him, senior party figures claimed last night.

Nick Clegg"s leadership "in trouble", admits his deputy Simon Hughes


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Nick Clegg's leadership 'in trouble', admits his deputy as opinion polls show Lib Dems languishing in fourth with just 10% of vote | UPDATED: 12:07 GMT, 17 December 2012 Nick Clegg’s leadership is ‘in trouble’, his deputy admitted yesterday. Simon Hughes spoke out as the Deputy Prime Minister prepared to distance himself from David Cameron with a call to scrap benefits for better off pensioners. Mr Hughes acknowledged that there was growing ‘chatter’ within the party about Mr Clegg’s leadership following months of polls suggesting the Lib Dems will be wiped out at the next election

EU deal "is first step towards joining Euro Army": Leaders agreed plans for greater defence corporation at Brussels summit


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EU deal 'is first step towards joining Euro Army': Leaders agreed plans for greater defence corporation at Brussels summit Plans appear to duplicate role of Nato alliance which Tories credit with responsibility for European defenceCall for a co-ordinated policy to boost development of defence technology | UPDATED: 01:56 GMT, 15 December 2012 Accusations: David Cameron is said to have signed Britain up to a blueprint for a Euro Army David Cameron was accused yesterday of signing Britain up to a blueprint for a Euro Army. European leaders agreed plans for greater defence co-operation at a summit in Brussels that will force Britain to consult fellow EU nations over defence planning, with defence chiefs having to co-ordinate capabilities and procurement.

A little dusty, one of life"s softly spoken charmers


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A little dusty, one of life's softly spoken charmers | UPDATED: 23:28 GMT, 4 December 2012 With what chewing-gum officialdom knots the shoelaces of its masters. Take a select committee meeting yesterday examining the charities world. Our witness was William Shawcross, new chairman of the Charity Commission.