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Commons 'would be emptied fast if every lying MP was sacked'

If every MP that lied was subsequently sacked, the House of Commons would be emptied "very fast", the former deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats has said.

Sir Malcolm Bruce at the Scottish Liberal Democrats Spring Conference in March. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Sir Malcolm Bruce made the comments in a defence of party colleague Alistair Carmichael, who has faced calls for his resignation over a leaked memo alleging Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon privately wanted David Cameron to win the General Election.

Carmichael, the only remaining Lib Dem MP in Scotland, has apologised to Sturgeon and the French ambassador to the UK after the Cabinet Office found he bore responsibility for the sharing of the document with the Telegraph.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Sir Malcolm said: "If you're suggesting every MP who has never quite told the truth or indeed told a brazen lie, including ministers, including Cabinet ministers, including prime ministers, we'd clear out the House of Commons very fast, I would suggest."

Questioned further on the apparent claim that lying in public life was widespread, he said: "No. Well, yes - I think the answer is lots of people have told lies and you know that to be perfectly true."

"But Alistair has taken consequences. He has apologised. He's indicated had he been a minister he would resign. He's forfeited his severance pay," he added.

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Islamic State: Iraqi forces prepare for assault on Anbar

Iraqi forces are set to launch an offensive to drive Islamic State out of Anbar province.

An Iraqi soldier pictured during clashes with IS in Anbar in March. Credit: Reuters

The start of the operation - backed by Shi'ite and Sunni forces - was announced on state television, although no further details were given.

IS seized large parts of Anbar in early 2014 and militants recently captured the provincial capital Ramadi.

Iraq's prime minister said yesterday that he was confident his troops would retake Ramadi "in days".

Peter Robinson 'stable' after suspected heart attack

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson is in stable condition after suffering a suspected heart attack, a party official has said.

Peter Robinson, the first minister of Northern Ireland. Credit: PA Wire

The Democratic Unionist leader was rushed to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday.

Speaking about the 66-year-old's condition, DUP Finance Minister at Stormont Arlene Foster said: "He has stabilised but still remains in hospital."

His health means he will miss an important Assembly debate on welfare reform which has been threatening to collapse the power-sharing institutions at Stormont.

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Corrie actress gets engaged to Dancing on Ice star

Samia Ghadie out and about with Sylvain Longchambon

Coronation Street's Samia Ghadie and Dancing On Ice's Sylvain Longchambon are engaged.

Ghadie, who is expecting their first child, revealed the news exclusively to OK! Magazine. Talking about the surprise wedding proposal she said: "I can't believe he proposed to me while we were lying in bed! I was so excited and couldn't think of sleeping."

Ghadie posted a picture of her ring on her Instagram account.

Ghadie posted a picture of her ring on her Instagram account. Credit: Instagram

Stars congratulated the couple on Twitter, with former Corrie star Helen Flanagan writing "Congratulations beautiful" and Denise Welch writing "So happy for my friends and neighbours @realsamia @slongchambon. If only they were goodlooking, they'd have everything!!!"

She revealed she fell pregnant in the first month of trying. The full story is in this week's OK! Magazine.

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Didcot killings: Police probe deaths after suspect found

Detectives investigating the murders of a six-year-old girl, her mother and her father will switch their attention to the circumstances of their deaths after finding the body of the prime suspect.

The bodies of Janet Jordon, Derin Jordon and Phil Howard were found on Saturday. Credit: PA Wire

Jed Allen, 21, was found dead in a wooded area of Oxford yesterday evening, ending a 30-hour manhunt which began when the bodies of his sister Derin, Janet Jordon, 48, and Philip Howard, 44 were found at their home in Didcot.

They had been stabbed to death.

Thames Valley Police confirmed officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders.

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