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Police look into complaint over Carmichael memo leak

Police have confirmed they are looking into a complaint made against Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael over his involvement in a leaked memo about SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "We can confirm that a complaint has been received and inquiries are ongoing to establish whether there is any criminality."

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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.

Yvette Cooper: UK needs free childcare for all

Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper wants to adopt Scandinavian-style system of universal childcare, with 30 hours of free care for all preschool children over the age of two.

Writing in The Independent, Ms Cooper said she wanted to see new tax credits to help parents out in the period after maternity leave finishes, and that the pledge would be a cornerstone of her leadership campaign.

She said: "We should campaign for universal childcare - as other countries, including Scandinavia, have.

"That means breakfast clubs, after-school clubs, holiday clubs and free nursery places and childcare available full-time, not just for three and four-year-olds but two-year-olds too."

Yvette Cooper visits a primary school Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Wire

The EU 'needs to change', Cameron tells Juncker

David Cameron has told the president of the EU that it "needs to change" to meet UK voters' wishes.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reacts as he meets David Cameron. Credit: PA Wire

The Prime Minister met with Jean-Claude Juncker at Chequers yesterday, in an attempt to build bridges with a man whose election he once described as a "serious mistake".

"The Prime Minister underlined that the British people are not happy with the status quo and believe that the EU needs to change in order to better address their concerns," a Number 10 spokeswoman said.

"Mr Juncker reiterated that he wanted to find a fair deal for the UK and would seek to help. They talked through the issue at some length in the spirit of finding solutions to these problems."

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David Cameron opens talks with EU chief

Prime Minister David Cameron has begun talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker as he begins efforts to renegotiate the UK's relations with the EU.

David Cameron with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker

Greeting Mr Juncker at Chequers, Mr Cameron told him they were meeting in the room reputedly used by Winston Churchill to write some of his most famous wartime speeches.

"Think of 'we'll fight them on the beaches' " he told him before they sat down for a dinner of pork belly, bacon and seasonal vegetables - promising to later show him the ex-premier's brandy glass.

Exchanging pleasantries before getting down to talks, Mr Cameron noted that it was a bank holiday, adding: "My wife has taken the children away on holiday and I am working."

Farage: Labour 'dragged unwillingly' to EU vote U-turn

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said that the Labour Party has been Labour "dragged unwillingly" to in to a U-turn over an EU referendum.

Farage: Labour 'dragged unwillingly' to EU vote. Credit: Farage: Labour 'dragged unwillingly' to EU vote.

Mr Farage said: "The Labour Party has been dragged, unwillingly, to accept the inevitable that there will be an in/out EU referendum in the next two years. But Harman and Benn's position shows quite how little they have learned from their defeat and how much more they have to learn about the European Union debate in the UK.

. "They grudgingly accept that it is the will of the British people to have a say on their future, but they make it clear that they will campaign for in, whatever the result of Mr Cameron's negotiations."

Harman: EU referendum is a 'huge question' for Britain

Acting Labour leader has outlined her argument explaining why her party would now back an EU in out referendum.

Harman: EU referendum is a 'huge question' for Britain. Credit: PA

Harriet Harman, speaking on the Andrew Marr show, said: "There is a huge question. Is our future as 60 million people outside of Europe on our own, or are we going to be one of those big building blocks."

It is not inconsistent to say that we recognise that our future is better in Europe than outside of Europe but we want to see Europe change, not only for this country, but because all around Europe they have got to address the question of people feeling like Europe is too centralised, insufficiently accountable and insufficiently in touch.

– Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman

"We would be on our own. If we were outside of Europe we would be a small country, outside those big continental building blocks around the globe," Ms Harman added, pointing out that "timing"was key, and the vote must not be at the same time as other important elections.

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