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Nick Clegg: I want to be prime minister

Guardian: Lib Dem leader uses keynote speech to tell conference he wants his party to replace Labour as dominant force in progressive politics

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Baha Mousa ‘killed after father saw soldiers stealing’

Independent: The Iraqi prisoner Baha Mousa was killed in a revenge attack by British troops because his father had seen soldiers stealing money from a hotel safe, a public inquiry was told today.

Baha Mousa’s father, Daoud, claimed that his son – who suffered 93 separate injuries – had been picked out for particularly brutal treatment folowing his arrest because he had openly complained about the alleged theft to a British officer.

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Attorney General’s aide resigns over housekeeper row

Times: Gordon Brown was today forced to restate his support for Baroness Scotland of Asthal as Attorney General after one of her aides quit over her breach of immigration law.

Stephen Hesford, the Wirral West MP, stepped down this morning as a parliamentary aide to the government law officers.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Hesford said that although he had “great personal regard” for Lady Scotland, he felt she should have left her post as a matter of principle yesterday, when she was fined for breaking a law that she had personally helped to pilot through Parliament.

“My decision comes about because, as an aide to the Law Officers, whilst I have great personal regard for the Attorney General, I cannot support the decision which allows her to remain in office,” Mr Hesford wrote.

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IN FULL: factors for and against prosecution

Times:

Factors in favour of prosecution

*Victim was under 18

*Victim suffered from a mental illness or learning difficulty affecting capacity to make informed decision

*Victim did not have a clear, settled and informed wish to commit suicide

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Three sent for trial in insider-dealing case

Times: An accountant and two lawyers accused of insider dealing by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) have been committed to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Andrew King, former finance director of Neutec Pharma, Michael McFall, a former partner at law firm McDermott Will & Emery and Andrew Rimmington, a former partner at Dorsey & Whitney, were sent for trial after a committal hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

They are accused of insider dealing in relation to the £305 million takeover of Neutec Pharma by Swiss drugs group Novartis in 2006.

Mr King is accused of disclosing inside information to Mr McFall and Mr Rimmington, who are accused of buying of shares based on the tip.

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Families may face assisted suicide charges, says DPP Keir Starmer

Telegraph: Family members who help loved ones to commit suicide when they are not suffering from a terminal illness are more likely to be prosecuted, Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions, has suggested.

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BBC: Drink-drive charge judge resigns

Drink-drive charge judge resigns

BBC: A judge who was arrested for allegedly being drunk in charge of a car while on bail for a similar offence has resigned, the Ministry of Justice said.

Crown court judge Bruce Macmillan, 63, of Sefton Park, was arrested on Thursday accused of being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle in Liverpool.

He had been charged with drinking and driving on 27 August after being stopped on the M6 in Lancashire.

The Ministry of Justice said the judge had resigned with immediate effect.

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