MPs decide to take ANOTHER two week break: Parliament"s only been back for 10 days since their last fortnight off


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MPs decide to take ANOTHER two week break: Parliament’s only been back for 10 days since their last fortnight off Commons will not sit again until Queen's Speech on May 8MPs will be in Westminster for eight days before 10-day Whitsun holiday For first 150 days of 2013, Commons will convene just 64 times By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:32 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:37 GMT, 26 April 2013 DM.has('shareLink', 'shareLinks', { 'id': '2315155', 'title': 'MPs decide to take ANOTHER two week break: Parliament's only been back for 10 days since their last fortnight off', 'url': 'http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315155/MPs-decide-ANOTHER-week-break-Parliaments-10-days-fortnight-off.html', 'eTwitterStatus': 'MPs%20decide%20to%20take%20ANOTHER%20two%20week%20break:%20Parliament's%20only%20been%20back%20for%2010%20days%20since%20their%20last%20…%20http://bit.ly/11Hr5Zs%20via%[email protected]' }); MPs have ignored warnings that they risk looking lazy and today begin another two-week holiday. The latest break comes just days since the Commons' two and a half week Easter recess

MPs can claim 3,750 on expenses to fly home to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher in the Commons


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MPs can claim up to 3,750 on expenses for flying home to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher in the Commons All 650 MPs told they can receive up to 3,750 after Parliament was recalledLabour MPs say debate could have been delayed until next week By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:55 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:50 GMT, 10 April 2013 MPs have been told they can claim up to 3,750 if they want to take part in today’s Commons tributes to Baroness Thatcher. Expenses chiefs emailed all 650 MPs to tell them they can receive the sum to cover the cost of returning from their Easter holidays.

Britain"s top Catholic cleric accused of "inappropriate acts" against FOUR priests just days before he helps choose the new Pope


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Britain's top Catholic cleric accused of 'inappropriate acts' against FOUR priests just days before he helps choose the new Pope Cardinal O'Brien, 74, faces claims of inappropriate attention by four priests One priest alleges 'unwanted behaviour' after late-night drinking Another priest said he was 18 when 'inappropriately approachedO'Brien now faces demands for his immediate resignationBut a former archbishop says people 'must listen' to the cardinal's side O'Brien wrote of his concerns over same-sex marriage in Scotland in The Daily Telegraph.

Shoe Wars II: Panic in the Commons as protestor hurls pair of size 8s at American diplomat in repeat of Bush attack


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Shoe Wars II: Panic in the Commons as protestor hurls pair of size 8s at American diplomat in repeat of Bush attackFormer US envoy to Iraq Paul Bremer was making speech in the CommonsDemonstrator said he had a 'message from Saddam HusseinDiplomat joked 'you should improve your aim Throwing shoes is Arab gesture of disrespect By Brendan Carlin PUBLISHED: 23:48 GMT, 9 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:44 GMT, 10 February 2013 A former top US diplomat had shoes thrown at him in the Commons last week in a re-run of the attack on George W. Bush when he visited Iraq as President.

Ed Miliband is a work in progress , says his policy chief Jon Cruddas


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Ed Miliband is a work in progress – and that's his own policy chief talking!Jon Cruddas: 'public still blame Labour for immigration and housing crisis'Miliband faces growing criticism over lack of substantial policies By Jason Groves, Political Correspondent PUBLISHED: 02:54 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:54 GMT, 6 February 2013 Ed Miliband has failed to win back the trust of the voters and remains a ‘work in progress’, his own policy chief warned yesterday.

Mo Farah: Olympic hero"s brother vows to change his was after being arrested during London riots


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'Mo is inspiring me to sort my life out': Olympic hero's brother vows to change his was after being arrested during London riotsOmar Farah was jailed after the riots but his double gold medalist brother stood by himHe said while Mo was busy training for the Olympics, he was going off the rails, mixing with the wrong crowdsNow the star is now helping him to rebuild his life – where he won the 5,000m and 10,000m titles for Great Britain – had provided the inspiration for him to stay out of trouble with the police. He said the experience of being in the young offenders unit made him never want to go back, adding that he did not want to 'doss around and get in trouble with the police.' He said while Mo was busy training for the Olympics, he was going off the rails, mixing with the wrong crowds. Omar said he was caught up in the riots in August 2011 – which saw London erupt into violence and thousands of shops looted – and was arrested and charged with using or threatening violence to others near Brentford, West London.

Fears over security in Parliament as it is revealed visitors tried to smuggle swords, knuckle-dusters and even a meat cleaver into the building


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Fears over security in Parliament as it is revealed visitors tried to smuggle swords, knuckle-dusters and even a meat cleaver into the building At least five truncheons were found while two people brought in cannabis Over 100 people had knives on them when entering Palace of Westminster | UPDATED: 00:31 GMT, 31 December 2012 A meat cleaver, a catapult, and three swords were among hundreds of deadly weapons visitors have tried to smuggle into the Houses of Parliament, it has been revealed. At least five truncheons and two sets of knuckle-dusters have also been confiscated at Westminster's entry checkpoints sine the start of 2008, according to a Freedom of Information request, as were two amounts of cannabis. According to the data, no suspected explosive devices were uncovered at checkpoints and no real firearms, but three imitation guns were picked up – one in 2010, one in 2011 and one this year

Speaker"s plans to end booze culture in Westminster scrapped after staff claim they will pay for antics of drunk MPs


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Speaker's plans to end booze culture in Westminster scrapped after staff claim they will pay for antics of drunk MPsJohn Bercow unveiled plans after MP Eric Joyce assaulted colleagues in Commons barStaff say they will be penalised because MPs will not suffer same restrictionsBan replaced by a voluntary code for drinking at Westminster | UPDATED: 22:37 GMT, 29 December 2012 John Bercow’s attempt to call time on Westminster’s hard-drinking culture was in tatters last night after plans for a total ‘no-alcohol’ policy for Commons staff were ditched. The Speaker has taken action to curb excessive drinking at the Commons after Labour MP Eric Joyce assaulted colleagues in a Westminster bar

UK can"t "cherry pick and choose powers to claw back from Brussels", EU president warns


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UK can't 'cherry pick and choose powers to claw back from Brussels', EU president warns Herman Van Rompuy said the EU would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose powersHe said if UK departed it would ‘see a friend walk off into the desert’David Cameron is expected to call for renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the EU next month | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 27 December 2012 Herman Van Rompuy said the European Union would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose which powers they wanted to keep David Cameron will not be allowed to ‘cherry pick’ powers to claw back from Brussels, the EU president has warned. In a major blow to the Prime Minister’s strategy, Herman Van Rompuy said the European Union would fall apart quickly if countries were allowed to pick and choose which powers they wanted to keep. Mr Van Rompuy said he wanted Britain to stay in the EU, adding that the UK’s departure would ‘see a friend walk off into the desert’.

Jacintha Saldanha: Tragic suicide note to DJs written by nurse after royal hoax call "I hold you responsible"


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Tragic suicide note to DJs written by nurse after royal hoax call: I hold you responsibleShe wrote note after radio station warned her of prank broadcastLetter is one of three and singles out two hospital staff for blameFriend of family reveals nurse 'committed suicide at second attempt' | UPDATED: 15:04 GMT, 16 December 2012 The nurse who committed suicide after the royal hoax phone call left a note telling the two DJs behind the prank they were responsible for her death, according to sources close to the family. In one of three apparent suicide notes, Jacintha Saldanha wrote a short letter in which she expressed her deep anger at the Australian radio presenters and blamed them for her tragic death.