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Ex-MEP Nicole Sinclaire charged with money laundering

Former MEP Nicole Sinclaire has been charged with money laundering and misconduct in a public office, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Former MEP Nicole Sinclaire represented the We Demand A Referendum Party.
Former MEP Nicole Sinclaire represented the We Demand A Referendum Party. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

Ms Sinclaire, who represented the We Demand A Referendum Party, allegedly used funds paid into her bank account by the European Parliament "in respect of false travelling expenses claims."

She denies all the charges.

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Dan Byles MP not standing for re-election in 2015

Dan Byles MP, Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, has announced he will not be standing for re-election in 2015.

Dan Byles MP not standing for re-election in 2015.
Dan Byles MP not standing for re-election in 2015. Credit: ITV News

For the last four years, it has been an honour and a privilege to represent the people of North Warwickshire & Bedworth as both a constituency MP and a national legislator. Before becoming an MP I served in the Army for nine years, deploying on operational tours in Bosnia and Kosovo. By the time of the 2015 General Election, serving my country will have been the primary focus of my professional life for some 14 years. For myself and for my family, whose support and understanding have been unerring throughout, I believe it is now time to move on to new challenges. I will therefore not be standing for re-election in 2015.

– Dan Byles MP
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Tony Benn's granddaughter to stand for election

The granddaughter of the late Labour politician Tony Benn has been selected to stand in next year's general election, as she bids to become the fifth generation of her family to sit in the Commons.

Emily Benn will contest Croydon South for Labour in May next year, but she will have to overturn a 15,818 Tory majority if she is to win the seat and join her uncle Hilary Benn in the Commons.

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Emily Benn with, her grandfather, former Labour MP Tony Benn (right) and her uncle Hilary Benn. Credit: PA

Benn, 24, said it was "insulting" to suggest that her family's history had anything to do with her selection and insisted there was no extra pressure at become of her ancestry.

As well as her uncle and grandfather, Ms Benn's great-grandfather William Wedgwood Benn, her great-great-grandfather, Sir John Williams Benn and great-great-grandfather Daniel Homes, were all MPs.

Tony Benn died in March at the age of 88, with David Cameron describing his death as a "sad day for British politics".

'Trojan horse' report into 'islamification' of schools

Park View, one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations
Park View, one of the schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' allegations Credit: ITV News Central

Key findings of a Birmingham City Council report into the alleged islamification of schools named in the so-called 'Trojan Horse' group will be published today.

Former headteacher Ian Kershaw was appointed to work on the investigation in April.

It comes after four schools were placed in special measures by Ofsted, after an anonymous letter earlier this year alleged Muslims with hardline views were attempting to take control of schools in the city.

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Background to Northern Ireland 'On The Runs' crisis

  • Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson threatened to resign after the existence of the letters was made public.
  • David Cameron called the letters a "dreadful mistake".
  • The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 meant anyone convicted of paramilitary crimes was eligible for early release from prison.
  • However, this did not cover those suspected of such crimes, nor did it cover people who had been charged or convicted, but who had escaped from prison.
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Gove: Nicky Morgan 'intelligent, passionate, principled'

Michael Gove has paid tribute to his successor as Education Secretary, describing Nicky Morgan as "one of the most intelligent" people he has worked with in government.

The Education Secretary also told ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby his new job as Chief Whip meant he could play a role in ensuring a future Conservative government would be "a genuinely reforming government and also a genuinely socially progressive government".

Read: PM hails Gove as 'one of my real stars' despite move

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