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John Bercow letter inflames unrest over Commons clerk

John Bercow

MPs have renewed their call for the Speaker, John Bercow, to rethink the appointment of an Australian as the House of Commons clerk, parliament's most senior official, following the revelation that he has said he does not believe the job should be done by one person.

With Old Labour, we might have had a better New Britain

Roy Hattersley

Older readers may recall that I usually spend August in a delightful Provençal village near Vaison-la-Romaine. Often there have been guest columnists, but occasionally I would write from there and the words Vaison-la-Romaine would appear at the top of this column.

UK launches Ebola research drive

Red Warning Light

The international development secretary, Justine Greening, has launched an emergency research initiative to look into spread of Ebola, which has claimed more than 1,200 lives in west Africa.

English voters want Scottish spending cut after no vote, survey shows

Alex Salmond outside Scotland House

English voters oppose sharing the pound with an independent Scotland, want public spending there reduced in the event of a no vote and are broadly pessimistic about future relations between the two countries, according to new research that suggests a hardening of attitudes regardless of the outcome in September's referendum.