UKIP: 'No skeletons in my cupboard'
If you want evidence of how UKIP is trying to become more professional, look no further than the form potential candidates have to fill out, a copy of which I have obtained at the party's conference in Torquay.
Wannabe UKIP candidates have to declare the following:
"I never engaged in, advocated or condoned racist, violent, criminal or anti democratic activity.
"I have never been a member of or had links with any organisation, group or association which the national executive committee considers is liable to bring the party into disrepute.
"I have never been convicted of any offence punishable by a custodial sentence, whether or not a custodial sentence was actually imposed. I shall notify the Party Chairman and General Secretary immediately upon being interviewed under caution."
Floods: Are politicians more Canute than can-do?
It was on the marshy banks of the Thames at what would subsequently become Westminster that King Canute supposedly battled the incoming flood tide.
He placed his throne on the beach and commanded the rising waters to halt to show his impotence at the face of the elements.
Good signs for UKIP in Wythenshawe?
The Wythenshawe and Sale East by- election is dull.
There is no getting away from it. I have spent a day driving round this corner of southern Manchester and there is hardly a poster to be seen. The streets do not heave with canvassers.
Britain and France 'at odds with one another, again'
It has not been news for several centuries to report that Britain and France are often at odds with one another and that tension hangs across la Manche like a stubborn mist on the sea's face.
But of late the relationship has been pretty dire.
UK to act with 'urgency' over Syrian refugees says PM
The government has been reluctant to admit any Syrian refugees to the UK, preferring to focus its humanitarian aid on refugees in the region.
But a fear of looking hard hearted and the threat of parliamentary defeat on Wednesday changed minds in Downing Street.
Lord Rennard row: What does it tell us about Lib Dems?
On Monday, Lord Rennard is hoping to resume his seat on the Liberal Democrat benches in the House of Lords.
With exquisite timing, he will do so just as their Lordships gather to discuss anti-social behaviour.
Why are 95 Conservative MPs backing calls for EU veto?
The decision by 95 Conservative MPs to sign a letter demanding that Parliament should have the power to veto EU law unilaterally has left ministers scratching their heads with astonishment.
They believe such a change would make it impossible for the European Union to work.
EU referendum bill is not a done deal
Today the EU referendum bill begins its consideration in the House of Lords.
For those who do not follow the ebb and flow of the Europe debate, this is the bill that would commit Britain to hold an in-out referendum on our membership of the European Union.
How I ended up quizzing the Fonz about Heathrow
So there I was, stalking the streets of Richmond in south west London, interviewing shoppers about plans to expand nearby Heathrow airport.
In the journalistic trade, it is known as a vox pop, short for vox populi, Latin for the voice of the people. In practice, it is an unscientific collection of unrepresentative views that helps us illustrate what at least some people are thinking.