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Finding out the things that people don't want unearthed, Michael Crick keeps an investigative eye on the halls of power.

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April 10, 2014 No Comments

What will the future hold for Nigel Evans?

“Thank you,” said Nigel Evans, nodding towards the jury in gratitude.

The former Deputy Speaker could not hide his emotions as he was cleared of rape and seven charges of sexual or indecent assault and one charge of attempted sexual assault.

As he left the court a free man he couldn’t contain his tears. (more…)

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March 27, 2014 No Comments

MP takes to the witness stand to deny all charges

This, the 13th day of this trial, was the day when Nigel Evans MP got the chance to start giving evidence in his own defence. He confirmed to the court that he had no previous convictions; had

March 14, 2014 15 Comments

Ten things you may not have known about Tony Benn

Tony Benn was for decades the most independent-minded and passionate voice of the hard left at Westminster – but how much did we really know about him?

March 12, 2014 No Comments

Nigel Evans trial: witness describes ‘irritation’ of Patrick McLoughlin

A court hears that the former chief whip refused to act on allegations that the former deputy speaker Nigel Evans committed a sexual assault.

March 10, 2014 1 Comment

Nigel Evans trial: nine MPs may appear as witnesses

The jury, sworn in this morning, were given a list of people who may be appearing as possible witnesses for the prosecution. This list includes nine current MPs.

March 7, 2014 4 Comments

Could backbench campaign lead to end of TV licence?

One MP’s proposal to stop it being a criminal offence if you don’t pay your TV licence could have worrying implications for the BBC.

March 6, 2014 4 Comments

If coalition relations are bad now, what will they be like when the general election comes round?

Never before do I recall a minister publicly attacking another in such stark, vituperative terms as in today’s spat between Vince Cable and James Brokenshire over immigration.

March 5, 2014 6 Comments

EU voting records: how do Ukip and Lib Dems compare?

Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have given us a taste of their forthcoming radio and TV debates by crossing swords today over their relative voting records.

February 28, 2014 6 Comments

Ukip conference: Farage , Torquay and Fawlty Towers

Torquay, with its many palm trees, is the most continental of English resorts. Yet this weekend it hosts the most uncontinental of British political parties: Ukip.

February 12, 2014 9 Comments

Ukip is the big by-election issue between now and May 2015

Labour is likely to win this week’s Wythenshawe by-election. But the big question is how well Ukip fares – while all the Lib Dems can expect is another lost deposit.

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