Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon visits an amusement park in Motherwell. The major UK parties have looked to strategic voting to halt the advance of the SNP. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Alastair Cameron had just arrived home on September 18th last year, the night of the Scottish independence referendum, when he got a telephone call sh(...)

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-(...)

Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko holds up Russian passports as proof that Russian troops are present in the conflict at talks in Munich at the weekend. Photograph: Tobias Hase

It was -3 degrees in Munich over the weekend and, inside the 51st Security Conference, there was an unmistakable cold war chill. For three days the Ba(...)

Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee: rejected  charges the committee is too close to British establishment. Photograph: PA

British politicians, either those now serving or those who were in office during Labour’s years in power, will be held to account if they were “com(...)

Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) chair Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the committee would request sight of any redacted sections of the CIA report  related to the UK’s role in the rendition and interrogation of terror suspects. Photograph: PA Wire

The UK’s parliamentary panel investigating allegations of British involvement in torture is seeking access to secret parts of an damning US report int(...)

Antennas of the former National Security Agency (NSA) listening station are seen at the Teufelsberg hill, or Devil’s Mountain in Berlin. Germany’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had asked the British ambassador to come and discuss a report that Britain was operating a covert spying station in Berlin, using hi-tech equipment housed on the embassy roof. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Britain’s spymasters are facing an unprecedented televised grilling at the hands of MPs.For the first time the heads of the Secret Intelligence Servic(...)