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Rifkind 'not surprised to be banned from Russia'

Sir Malcolm Rifkind told ITV News he is "not particularly surprised" that he is among 89 European Union politicians and other senior figures who have been banned from entering Russia.

The former Foreign Secretary said President Putin has "that sort of little tantrum every so often."

I'm not particularly surprised, Mr Putin tends to go in for that sort of little tantrum every so often and they clearly are feeling that the sanctions are having an effect, they are realising that their economy will continue to be damaged unless they approach the Ukraine issue in a diplomatic way, rather than misuse of their military forces.

– Sir Malcolm Rifkind


Miliband attacks Cameron on MPs' second jobs

Ed Miliband has called on David Cameron to ban MPs from having second jobs "to restore the reputation of this house" following recent allegations against two former foreign secretaries.

Ed Miliband addressing David Cameron in the Commons today. Credit: ITV News

Mr Miliband accused the Prime Minister of not wanting to change the rules after the Government amended a Labour motion that MPs should only have one job.

The Labour leader recalled comments by Mr Cameron in 2009 when he said in opposition that "being a Member of Parliament must be a full-time commitment" and that "double-jobbing MPs" would not be allowed under his leadership.

Mr Cameron said Mr Miliband's proposal was "not thought through", adding: "I think the difficulty with your specific proposal is it would allow, for instance, someone to be a paid trade union official but it wouldn't allow someone to run a family business or a family shop."

Miliband hit back, saying: "Let's agree now we will rule out anyone being a paid trade union official, a paid director, or a paid consultant. Say yes and we can restore the reputation of this House."

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby said Mr Miliband's performance at Prime Minister's Questions was one of his "best" for a while.

Rifkind to step down as MP over cash-for-access claims

Former Conservative Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has stepped down from an important parliamentary committee and says he'll quit as an MP at the election.

It comes after he was secretly filmed apparently discussing payment for political influence.

Sir Malcolm admitted today he may have made errors of judgment - but insisted he'd done nothing wrong.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:

Sir Malcolm Rifkind says allegations are 'not justified'

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has denied any wrong doing and said the cash for access allegations are "not justified".

He announced earlier today that he would be stepping down as an MP at the General Election and he also resigned as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee,

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports:


Malcolm Rifkind: 'I don't think I did anything wrong'

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has again denied any wrong doing over the cash-for-access claims, saying he may have made "errors of judgement" but said, "I don't think I did anything wrong."

Sir Malcolm was speaking after his resignation as the chair of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee and saying he will step down as an MP at the general election.

The former Foreign Secretary said he had resigned as he "did not want the work of the committee to be distracted."

Tories 'respect' Rifkind's decision to step down as MP

The Conservative party has said it supports Sir Malcolm Rifkind's decision to stand down as an MP.

Sir Rifkind, 68, also announced earlier today he would be resigning as chairman of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee

The news comes amid fresh pressure over cash for access allegations.

Sir Malcolm has had a long career of distinguished service both to the Conservative Party and the country. We respect and support his decision to stand down.

– Conservative Party spokesperson

Rifkind to remain on Intelligence Committee but not as chair

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has said the recent controversy over cash for payments was not relevant to him role as Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee chairman, however he has still decided to resign from the role.

He will remain on the committee.

None of the current controversy with which I am associated is relevant to my work as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.

However, I have today informed my colleagues that while I will remain a member of the Committee, I will step down from the Chairmanship.

The Committee is due to be dissolved in little over a month with the prorogation of Parliament for the forthcoming General Election. The main substantive work which needs to be completed will be the publication of our Privacy and Security Report during March.

I do not want the work of the Committee and the publication of the Report to be, in any way, distracted or affected by controversy as to my personal position. I have concluded, therefore, that it is better that this important work should be presided over by a new Chairman.

– Sir Malcolm Rifkind statement
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