Patrick Mercer

It was a fitting end to a car crash career in politics. Disgraced former Conservative MP Patrick Mercer was less than keen
Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 2 May 2014... 1) 'WHATEVER IT TAKES' Dave is trying his best to fight
Mercer, who faced a six-month ban from parliament, sparked speculation that Farage could contest his Newark seat after announcing
A man who was thinking of maybe standing in a local by-election has confirmed that he will not be standing in that local
Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 30 April 2014... 1) HAS NIGEL BOTTLED IT? It's the question that'll
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said he will not fight the Newark by-election sparked by disgraced former Tory minister Patrick
Update: 19:11, 29 April 2014 with confirmation Mr Mercer has left parliament Update: 21:00, 29 April 2014 with comments and
Nearly a week has passed since the latest 'lobbying scandal' broke; and it's taken that long for my bile to subside. Not that I'm feeling particularly bilious about the alleged miscreants. No, what made me most nauseous was the cynical response of our political masters.
On a scale of one to very, approximately how unstunned would you be if you learned that Honourable Members of Parliament were taking money to have their opinions swayed like a Fijian palm tree in the breeze?
There is nothing wrong with people asking MPs for help or asking MPs if they can bring up in Parliament issues dear to their hearts. That's why we are a representative democracy. As much as politicians quite often do a bad job of representing their constituents - or the views of anyone other than themselves - that is what their job is about. Representing people's views.