Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon:   Piers Morgan huffs that the Scottish National Party  leader is “the world’s most dangerous woman”. Photograph; Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon’s party in that rare position where every move seems to offer benefits

Nicola Sturgeon speaking at the launch of the Scottish National Party  election manifesto in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Lesley Martin

SNP leader says party will use its influence in Commons to end austerity

David Cameron: “They don’t believe in the Westminster parliament, they don’t believe in the United Kingdom. They would not be coming to Westminster to help our country. They are coming to Westminster to break up our country.” Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

David Cameron warns party alliance threatens break-up of United Kingdom

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon and her predecessor  Alex Salmond on the election campaign trail in Inverurie at the weekend. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish National Party’s ‘UK-wide manifesto’ to be published today

Nicola Sturgeon, who was applauded by a London audience during a BBC-hosted TV debate when she criticised Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Analysis: SNP leader one-upped Ed Miliband with her non-proposal in TV debate

 Prime minister David Cameron on the Conservative election campaign bus, near Builth Wells, Wales. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Cameron says unemployment numbers prove Conservatives' policies are working

Ukip believes this can be its breakthrough election, but the first-past-the-post system may yet undo the party’s electoral ambitions. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Enthusiastic pollsters and analysts unpack boggling array of possibilities in wake of vote

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband looks on as Plaid Cymru Party leader Leanne Wood, UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon embrace after the BBC Challengers’ Election Debate 2015. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour leader’s performance enhanced by rivals treating him as PM-in-waiting

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg warned of potential “Blukip” coalition “bringing together people who don’t believe in climate change; who reject gay rights; who want the death penalty back; and people who want to scrap human rights legislation”. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Liberal Democrat leader suggests possibility that coalition would include DUPs and Ukip

Ukip leader Nigel Farage at the launch of his party’s election manifesto in Thurrock, Essex. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Party’s policy document a mixed bag, with the usual obsessions of EU and immigration

British prime minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron and his wife Samantha have a cup of tea with a young couple in their home in Swindon. Cameron yesterday outlined his party’s manifesto in advance of the general election on May 7th

As the UK election looms, the language of fiscal rectitude has been scrapped

London think-tank Open Europe says: “Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the geographic proximity and high levels of trade, our modelling suggests that Ireland would be hit the hardest.”

Dublin would face paying €200m more to EU each year, economic think tank finds

Labour leader Ed Miliband arrives to address supporters during the party’s launch of its election manifesto in Manchester. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Leader hard at work to restore Labour’s credibility on budgetary issues

Britain’s Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech at his party’s manifesto launch in Manchester. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Labour leader in Manchester to unveil party’s election manifesto

Liberal Democrat candidate Christine Jardine, who is campaigning in the Gordon constituency north of Aberdeen.

Bookies see SNP leader’s win as formality but constituency is divided

Medium and message: Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Conservative Party supporters in Cornwall. Click to the next photograph for an alternative take on the size of the crowd. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage and other British party leaders are fighting to keep control of their campaigns now that (...)

UK business secretary Vince Cable has condemned the Conservatives for insisting that the fees be introduced for unfair dismissal and other employment cases. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

More complicated cases cost claimant £250 at the beginning and £950 before the hearing

 Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon was met with groans during an Edinburgh TV debate, when she indicated that a pledge to hold a second referendum would be included in the SNP’s manifesto for next year’s Holyrood elections. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

SNP will push for full control of all of Scotland’s taxation and spending

Conservative defence secretary Michael Fallon. He   said that it is increasingly clear that Labour’s Ed Miliband “will pay any price” to get the keys of No 10 Downing Street. Photograph: PA Wire

SNP’s demands for end to nuclear arsenal threatens ‘security of our nation’ says Fallon

Anti-nuclear demonstrators march in Glasgow. Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens addressed the crowd. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Party squeezed out of public debate as focus falls on Labour-SNP fight

Former British prime minister Tony Blair speaking in  Sedgefield yesterday. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Miliband has shown leadership on EU membership, says former Labour PM

From left: Scotland’s Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Labour leader Jim Murphy, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie during Tuesday night’s televised debate. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Jim Murphy challenges the claim that Labour signed up for £30bn more in cuts

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphywith party members at Neilston on the outskirts of Glasgow during the launch of the party’s general election campaign yesterday. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Beleaguered party redirects general election resources to seats it believes it can hold

First minister Nicola Sturgeon: denies that she made remarks attributed to her. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Story widely seen in Scotland as part of Whitehall ‘dirty tricks’ campaign

Steven Woolfe, Ukip’s candidate in Stockport, where the party took just 2.2 per cent of the vote

Steven Woolfe, who has Irish grandmother, says party message reaching working-class

The morning after the debate before: Labour leader Ed Miliband talks to members of the media on board the Labour bus following a campaigning visit to Blackpool yesterday. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon will be the leader most pleased with TV performance

ILeader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, British Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Nick Clegg, Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, ITV news host, Julie Etchingham, Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader, David Cameron take part in the “ITV Leaders’ Debate” Photograph: Ken McKay/AFP

ITV televised debate had its moments but polls showed no clear winner once again

UK party leaders at the TV debate on April 2nd: (from left) Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, followed by Liberal Demorcrats leader Nick Clegg, Ukip’s Nigel Farage, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Scottish National Party’s Leader Nicola Sturgeon and Conservative leader David Cameron. Photograph: EPA/Ken McKay/ITV/Rex

Two-hour marathon debate ahead of May 7th general election involved seven party leaders

Former leader Alex Salmond addressing the SNP conference  in Glasgow on Sunday. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Today, both sides exist in the echo chamber of social media where biases are confirmed, not challenged

Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has a selfie taken with reality television star Joey Essex. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Despite the Joey Essex factor, research shows British public prepared to engage in debate

Campaign trail: prime minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron with  members of Sainsbury’s digital technology team in London, yesterday. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

With no set rules, forming a government could be a free-for-all

Chancellor George Osborne  prepares a pizza during a visit to Hove, where he was meeting local apprentices and issuing a jobs announcement. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Osborne says consumer confidence at a 12-year high as economy grew by 2.8%

Kashmiri farmers spray pesticides on apple trees in an orchard at Bandipora, north of Srinagar, India. Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images

Semen quality can be lowered by up to 50% with high consumption, Harvard research finds

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon told the party faithful at the annual conference that her “message today reaches far beyond the ranks of our party”. Photograph: EPA

Scottish National Party believe transformational change at hand with up to 50-seat gain

Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon : “I’m the leader of the SNP, I will lead negotiations. I will lead my party and hopefully I’ll continue as first minister of Scotland even after the Scottish parliamentary elections next year.” Photograph: Stringer/EPA

SNP leader says party can bring in real change if voters in Scotland unite

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the SNP conference at the SECC in Glasgow. Photograph: PA

Sturgeon tells other nations they should not fear greater influence for SNP

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell voters elsewhere in the UK that they should welcome the SNP’s hold on power in Westminster, “not fear it.” Photograph: PA

Party is on course to take dozens of seats from the Labour Party

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon: ‘agrees with the BBC’s stated view that all parties should now be allowed to move on, so far as possible’, he lawyer said. Photograph: BBC Worldwide/PA Wire

Oisin Tymon just wishes to return to job in BBC as soon as possible, statement says

 William Hague  and John Bercow. Mr Hague has been accused of a “squalid” and “shabby” move to make it easier for Tory MPs to oust Mr Bercow as the Commons speaker after the election. Photograph: PA

Even Conservatives vote against motion on how speaker is elected

Labour leader Ed Miliband is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour leader rejects claims he is not tough enough to be British prime minister

 Prince Charles  during a reception at Clarence House in London yesterday. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

‘Black spider’ correspondence will give brief insight into relations with ministers

UK prime minister David Cameron said he would see “what more we can do to be transparent”. Photograph: PA Wire

NI Office clarifies comments by David Cameron where he said he would try to be transparent

Clarkson’s fate was sealed, according to BBC sources, after the corporation’s head of television, Danny Cohen, finally lost patience with the presenter following a series of controversies. Photograph: EPA

BBC director general says presenter ‘crossed line’ in unprovoked attack on Irish producer

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said it is now “almost impossible” to hold elections before a five-year term is up. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Flaw in legislation would favour administration that had lost the confidence of MPs

Screen grab taken from topgear.com of Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. Photograph: PA

Oisin Tymon has faced a deluge of offensive attacks on Twitter

British prime minister David Cameron speaking to members of Age UK in London yesterday. Looking flustered on stage, the prime minister said: “I’ll be frank: if you are not satisfied with how elderly people are being looked after and valued by this government, don’t blame other ministers, blame me.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Analysis: Few in Westminster believed British PM would want to go on even until 2020

Alleged IRA Hyde Park bomber John Downey, whose 2013 prosecution collapsed over the ‘no trial’ guarantee in a letter. The letter was central in the House of Common inquiry. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Commons MPs say former PM Tony Blair bowed to SF pressure over ‘comfort letters’

Gerry Kelly MLA North Belfast: Northern Ireland Affairs Committee “comprised politicians all of whom oppose Sinn Féin”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

MLA for North Belfast says NI investigating committee’s report ‘politically driven’ attack

Tony Blair and Peter Hain (centre) seen with Martin McGuinness,  Bertie Ahern and Ian Paisley at Stormont on May 8th, 2007. Hain has been  accused of giving a “less than helpful” testimony to a House of Commons inquiry into the operation of the On The Runs to 200 Republicans. Photograph: Paul Faith/Reuters.

Former NI Secretary ‘very knowledgeable’ about scheme but gave ‘less than helpful’ testimony

The year-long inquiry was prompted by the collapse in the prosecution of John Downey for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing. Downey was one of the recipients of the ‘on the run’ letters. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images.

Collapse of Downey case prompted inquiry into UK Government letters to Republicans

Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused the Scottish National Party of being in “an unholy alliance”. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Voters urged to put aside thoughts of Scottish independence as poll shows Labour far behind SNP

British prime minster David Cameron speaking to BBC News 24’s chief political correspondent James Landale about the prospect of whether he would run for a third term if he remained prime minister after the election. Photograph: BBC News 24/PA Wire

Tories would need fresh eyes, fresh leadership by end of next parliament, says PM

James Brohan’s painting of poet Seamus Heaney is one of the highlights of the collection, and is currently on display at Barbara Stanley’s gallery in Mayfair

Michael Flatley and others have made donations in effort to raise €830,000

Portable politician: Armagh-born Conor McGinn at Windle Labour Club, in St Helens

Conor McGinn, the son of a former Sinn Féin councillor, is a Labour Party candidate for a safe seat in May’s UK general election. (...)

The land of Du Noyer: Martha Kearney at Dunluce Castle, in Antrim. Photograph: BBC Northern Ireland

The BBC presenter, who was one of a few London-based journalists who covered the Troubles in the 1980s, is following in the steps (...)

Janice Atkinson. Ukip has removed the whip from the MEP and axed her as a general election candidate “following allegations of a serious financial nature”, the party said. Photograph: PA

Janice Atkinson suspended by party immediately

The chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander speaking in the Commons yesterday. Photograph: PA Wire

New plans seen as reply to disclosures that HSBC conspired with wealthy individuals to evade billions in taxes

A lorry displaying a Conservative party poster which pictures Labour Party leader Ed Miliband in the pocket of former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond. Photograph: AFP Photo/Justin Tallis

Unlikely pre-election alliance between Conservatives and SNP aims to destroy Labour

(Left) Kerry-born Arthur Spring (56)  was sentenced to three years and nine months imprisonment and disqualified from being a company director for 10 years. Edward Corr (52), originally from Co Donegal,  was given three years and nine months in jail.

Court told millions siphoned from business and laundered through other bank accounts

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has tax avoidance as a policy priority. Photograph: Bloomberg.

Corporation tax battle set to flare after European Commission targets avoidance

 British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne holds up his pre-election budget outside no 11 Downing Street. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

Chancellor’s autumn statement is all about ‘the future’ rather than debt

 UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne holds the dispatch box containing the 2015 budget outside 11 Downing Street in London yesterday. He has proposed a 25 per cent  tax to tackle brass-plate operations that “lack economic substance”, with the aim of raising £25 million (€34.47 million) in its first year. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New penalty tax on artificial shifting of profits abroad to become law this month

Art gallery owner Helly Nahmad, who owns a £2 billion modern and impressionist collection, including Picassos

The 65,000sq ft offices were completed in February, with each floor let individually

First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon. “I have said repeatedly that a formal coalition between Labour and the SNP was highly unlikely, [and] would not be my preference.” Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Labour leader Ed Miliband has ruled out coalition deal with SNP

Muhammad Al-Hussaini: “When I sing sean nós I feel I am reciting sacred verses in Irish. It really feels like that. In our hearts, we are all Irish.”

Liberal academic Muhammad Al-Hussaini sees the arts as an antidote to extremism

Nick Clegg,  leader of the Liberal Democrats,  and his wife, Miriam González Durántez,  arrive for the party conference  in Liverpool on March 15th. Photograph: EPA/Peter Powell

As the British public begin to engage with the election, the minority party in government gears up for a do-or-die campaign

First Minister Peter Robinson described the sale of the loans to Cerberus last year as “excellent news”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Concern over Cerberus Capital Management, which paid in region of €1.3bn for portfolio

Sligo-born man Philip Steels, who was killed in London last September in an attack on a street. Photograph: Metropolitan Police.

Malachi Lindo battered face of Phillip Steels (51) with a brick during incident in Enfield

This week, the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland statistics  were published in Edinburgh. They show that Scotland was £12.4 billion (€17.4 billion) in the red last year. Photograph: PA

SNP wants full fiscal freedom, but its budget arithmetic doesn’t add up

Labour leader Ed Miliband has consistently refused demands from within his own ranks to match the Conservatives’ pledge to hold a referendum on EU membership. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

Intervention poses significant headache for Miliband

British home secretary Theresa May said allegations of child abuse at the Kincora boys’ home in Belfast in the 1970s will not be investigated by a major British inquiry. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Inquiry confined to England and Wales but will liaise with Hart Inquiry

The House of Commons has heard that the number of flights linking smaller British airports to international flights from Heathrow has ‘steadily declined over the last decade’ because of a shortage of landing slots at the London airport. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

House of Commons group says space shortage at London airport costing regional hubs

Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to take part in a head-to-head debate with Labour leader Ed Miliband. Photograph: PA Wire

Insults traded between prime minister and Labour leader in row over TV debates

American-born directors rank third in the list, with just over 19,000 sitting on British boards, while the French have 15,602 and and the Italians have 15,432

Irish comprise one-in-six of foreign nationals on British boards, up 6% on previous year

As England is set to introduce standardised cigarette packaging, Imperial Tobacco has warned the British government that it will sue to protect its intellectual property rights.  Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Third country to implement change after Australia and Ireland

Sahima Begum (sister of Shamima Begum) and Abase Hussen (father of Amira Abase ) leave the Houses of Parliament in London, after giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee after three schoolgirls are feared to have joined Islamic State in war-torn Syria. Photograph: PA Wire

Families of teenagers who went to Syria to join IS are critical of police

Top talk: Ed Miliband (right) is congratulated by Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy following his speech at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Edinburgh. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

May election a likely Labour bloodbath, but pact with rivals could split party

Labour leader Ed Miliband. ‘Every one less Labour MP makes it more likely the Tories will be the largest party.’ Photograph:  Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Labour Party leader in battle for seats Scottish National Party

Passengers arrive at Gatwick Airport. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Figures show that 550,000 more foreigners are living in England than four years ago

WB Yeats in Walter de la Mare’s garden at Taplow in 1935. Passengers on London’s Underground system have been able to read the works of a half-dozen Irish poets, led by WB Yeats, as they make their way to and from work

Literary works being showcased on system to celebrate WB Yeats’s 150th anniversary

Potential partners: Peter Robinson with David Cameron in the Downing Street garden (bottom right) and with Ed Miliband in Belfast (bottom left); David Cameron formed his current coalition with Nick Clegg (top left); Robinson will be under pressure to deliver short-term gains to party colleagues frightened of Traditional Unionist Voice, the party of Jim Allister (top right). Photographs: Will Oliver/AFP/Getty, Charles McQuillan/Getty, Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty and Paul Faith/PA Wire

Peter Robinson and the Democratic Unionist Party are being wooed by David Cameron’s Conseratives and Ed Miliband’s Labour Party ah(...)

Harlow has become the first town in Britain to officially ban Travellers. The council obtained a temporary court injunction that protects nearly 500 plots of land. Photograph: Eastnews Press Agency

Essex authorities say families had set up more than 100 illegal sites around town

Irishman Christopher John Barry, known as Jack, died after he was stabbed in the back as he and his partner tried to get into their flat block in Edmonton. Mr Barry exchanged words with a gang of youths after they tried to get into the complex to go a party at another flat.

Teen pleads guilty to stabbing 53-year-old Christopher John Barry last December

No agency  – even GCHQ, which has a large estate – has nurseries in their offices. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

MI5 is using gender-attraction strategies to boost female recruitment

 Former conservative MP Harvey Proctor arriving at the High Court in London. Proctor has denied bring part of a “rent-boy ring” or attending sex parties with other prominent figures after his home was searched by police. Photograph: Louis Hollingsbee/PA Wire

Claims of paedophile ring that operated at the highest level of British society

A still image taken from CCTV of a suspect in alleged sexual abuse last year of a boy aged six in London. The man spoke with an Irish accent, London police said.

Alleged attacker is aged 55 to 65 with large stomach and dark chin-length hair

The Birmingham Six with MP Chris Mullin (centre) outside the Old Bailey in London following their release: (from left) Mr John Walker, Mr Paddy Hill, Mr Hugh Callaghan, Mr Richard McIIkenny, Mr Gerry Hunter and Mr William Power. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Inquest did not reopen after Birmingham Six were released by the Court of Appeal

 Egerton Crescent in   Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; named by Lloyds Bank as Britain’s most expensive road to live in, with average property prices around £5 million. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty

Body blames lax UK rules on billions in illegally gained wealth moving into high-end properties

Belfast developer Paddy McKillen: an Abu Dhabi fund has indicated it would be willing to settle for a majority stake in the Maybourne hotel group, with Mr McKillen holding a minority interest – an acceptance the Irishman is not prepared to leave the scene. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Developer ‘has no intention of selling his shareholding in Maybourne’

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney giving an emotional speech during the Ukip Spring Conference at the Winter Gardens in Margate, Kent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Transsexual and former boxing promoter says Ukip is open to all

Ukip’s leader, Nigel Farage, during the party’s conference at the Winter Gardens in Margate, Kent.  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Nearly 1,000 Ukip members gathered at seaside town to ‘believe in Britain’

Clostridium difficile is still the most common use for faecal transplant: it hits hundreds of thousands of people annually, causing serious diarrhoea and often death. Photogarph: The Irish Times

Innovative procedure tackles most common gut bug infection – Clostridium Difficile

Jimmy Savile celebrity awed some, while his bullying, dominant personality frightened others. His fund-raising skills were seen as useful by Margaret Thatcher’s government, particularly, who “feted” Savile. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Savile’s ability to abuse depended on influence, power and the right to be left unchallenged

Jimmy Savile, whose passing was initially mourned in 2011 before his crimes emerged into public view, raped or abused sixty-four victims — aged between eight and 40 — in just one hospital alone, Stoke Mandeville; though his oldest victim was 75. Photograph: PA Wire

Savile’s older brother, who died in 1998, also alleged to have assaulted five patients

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “Our economy is growing; our public finances are under control. Jobs are being created.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister indicates possible Coalition losses of 16 FG seats, with Labour partner losing 18

The head of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Lin Homer,  giving evidence at a treasury committee hearing in Westminster yesterday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Head of UK tax authority defends organisation in face of MPs’ complaints

The scene in Glasgow’s George Square after  a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians and  left six people dead. Photo: PA

58-year-old Harry Clarke says every day is now ‘a struggle’ after six people died in incident

Speaking in London, Michael Noonan said the offer from IAG for Aer Lingus would “be looked on favourably” if it brings benefits, but he emphasised that an island nation’s air routes are strategically vital. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Minister says decision on airline bid will be taken on commercial, not political grounds

 Former British Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind besieged by the media yesterday. The Conservative MP resigned his role as chairman of the ISC and is to resign from Parliament as a result of a cash for access lobbying scandal.

Prime minister, in pre-election mode, says he respects and supports decision

Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind has been caught in a  sting apparently offering their services to a private lobbying firm for payment. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Former British foreign secretary filmed discussing payment for influence

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