Cash for influence

Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw would use their political influence to lobby for a putative Hong Kong firm in return for handsome fees, according to a(...)

 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.

Downing Street will hope that the resignation yesterday of former British foreign secretary, Malcolm Rifkind has drawn a partial line under the lates(...)

 Malcolm Rifkind, who said he is to step down as an MP at the upcoming British general election and has also resigned as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Former British foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind is to step down as an MP at the upcoming general election following criticism over “cash-for-access” (...)

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 Malcolm Rifkind is under pressure to quit as head of Westminster’s security intelligence watchdog following a sting (...)

Malcolm Rifkind (left) and Jack Straw face claims on February 23, 2015 that they offered to use their positions to help a private company in return for cash following an undercover investigation. Photograph: Justin Tallis/Leon Nealleon/AFP/Getty Images

The Conservative Party has suspended the whip from former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind, and a party disciplinary committee will investigate cash-(...)

A boy plays football in  the Govan area of Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

For perhaps a few hours early into tomorrow morning, Shettleston, Castlemilk, Drumchapel and Easterhouse – some of Glasgow’s poorest districts – wi(...)

UK Independence leader Nigel Farage wants immigrants  barred from getting benefits for five years. Photograph: PA

A majority of those in Britain with no educational qualifications have said in a recent survey of social attitudes that immigration should be cut back(...)

Eurosceptic multimillionaire Paul Sykes, a former Conservative Party backer, who is promising to bankroll Ukip’s European Parliament election campaign. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA

Paul Sykes is the quintessential Yorkshireman, blunt in speech, strong on opinions. Indeed, there are times when he can appear as a caricature.An occa(...)

The phone, internet and email records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analysed and stored by America’s National Security Agency (NSA)

The phone, internet and email records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analysed and stored by America’s National Security Agen(...)

Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague making a statement to the House of Commons. He  denied claims that British security agencies had been circumventing UK law by using information gathered on British citizens by PRISM, a secret US eavesdropping programme. Photograph:  Reuters/UK Parliament

Hundreds of requests by British intelligence agencies to monitor people’s email and web traffic are made every year, but each is judged by a strict le(...)