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A North Lincolnshire MP has called on the Government to "follow the lead of their Australian counterparts" and force companies to sell cigarettes in plain packaging.
Cigarettes in Australia must now be sold in dark olive brown packets which are mostly covered in health warnings.
The House of Commons will debate emergency legislation to assist the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in their investigation into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster today.
The Police (Complaints and Conduct) Bill will grant two new powers to the IPCC: firstly, to require that any serving officer who is called to an interview is obliged to attend; and secondly, that in exceptional circumstances the IPCC may investigate a matter that has already been investigated.
As legislation currently stands, any officer who is not under investigation by the IPCC may refuse to attend an interview as a witness in any given investigation.
Tighter controls on pedlars in four parts of England, including Leeds, finally cleared the Lords, nearly five years after they were first brought before Parliament.
The Leeds City Council Bill, Canterbury City Council Bill, Nottingham City Council Bill and Reading Borough Council Bill were each given an unopposed third reading.
But peers were told that the Government is currently consulting on proposals to amend street trading legislation nationwide - ending the need for local authorities to bring forward a succession of Bills themselves.
Rotherham's new MP has officially taken her seat in the House of Commons this afternoon. Sarah Champion was welcomed to Westminster by some of her new colleagues before taking the oath on the floor of the House.
She became the town's first ever female Member of Parliament when she won last week's by-election and she replaces Denis MacShane, who resigned after a Commons Committee found he had wrongly claimed thousands of pounds in Parliamentary expenses
Two Conservative MPs say they have had 'a worthwhile' meeting with the Prime Minister in which they discussed how their areas could benefit from the renewable energy sector.
Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers and Andrew Percy, who represents Brigg and Goole, met David Cameron and Energy Minister John Hayes this afternoon.
Labour held onto Rotherham in a parliamentary by-election which saw a surge towards the UK Independence Party and disastrous results for both coalition parties.
Conservatives finished fifth behind not only Ukip but also the British National Party and Respect while Tory candidate Simon Wilson only held onto his deposit by a whisker. And LibDem Michael Beckett limped in eighth and lost his deposit, trailing behind the English Democrats and an Independent.
Labour's Sarah Champion won comfortably with 9,866 votes, a majority of 5,218 (24.46%) over Ukip. The party's majority in a seat it has held since 1933 was marginally down on the 27.9% it recorded in the 2010 general election.
Residents in Rotherham will go to the polls today to vote for a new MP.
It follows the resignation of Denis MacShane for fiddling his expenses. A Parliamentary committee found he had submitted claims for almost £13,000 for work carried out in Europe.
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England should have a 'regional government for the North', a West Yorkshire MP has claimed.
MPs from the region have clashed in the Commons over calls to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote.