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Nick Robinson, Political editor

Nick Robinson Political editor

Welcome to Newslog - come here for my reflections and analysis on what's going on in and around politics

Emergency phone and internet data storage law to be brought in

Emergency legislation will be brought in next week to force phone and internet companies to log records of customer calls, texts and internet use.

Ministers say it is necessary so police and security services can access the data they need after a legal ruling which declared existing powers invalid.

The proposed law has the backing of Labour and the coalition parties.

A special cabinet is being held to agree the planned laws, which will only last until 2016.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell a special cabinet meeting on Thursday that emergency legislation is necessary to keep the country safe.

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Labour - working with or against business?

Shopping centre in Birmingham

Labour is promising to give more power and more money to cities outside London and the regions that surround them.

It is one part of a series of policies designed to mend what the party is calling the "fractured economy" symbolised by one stark fact - eight out of 10 new private sector jobs created in the past four years have been created in London. (see update below about the dispute over these figures)

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Cameron's fears after Juncker defeat

David Cameron

When Margaret Thatcher swung her handbag in Europe she was isolated but she won - securing a rebate for Britain or what she called "her money".

I put it to David Cameron that his defeat here will convince some that he has stamped his feet, been isolated but won nothing.

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Cameron and EU: Defeat and then what?

David Cameron

"What I say is what I do."

That is what David Cameron says you can learn from his decision to force a vote at this EU Summit - a vote which he looks certain to lose and lose big. This is, he told me hours before 28 EU leaders meet for dinner in Ypres, just the "start of a long campaign".

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Europe - PM tries to turn defeat into victory

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (L), Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (2nd R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) listen as German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint news conference at Reinfeldt"s summer residence in Harpsund, south of Stockholm June 10, 2014.
David Cameron had hoped for support from the Dutch, German and Swedish leaders

The prime minister is determined to try to snatch a moral victory from the jaws of a certain negotiating defeat at the EU summit which begins today.

It is now almost certain that Jean-Claude Juncker, a man David Cameron has consistently opposed, will be confirmed as the next president of the European Commission on Friday.

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Hacking - why an apology will not be enough

Never before has the prime minister called in the cameras to make such a swift and abject apology, but that will not be enough to silence the questions David Cameron now faces.

He said it was the wrong decision to give Andy Coulson "a second chance" and to accept "his assurances" about what had happened at the News of the World.

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Hacking verdict: Prison for Coulson, questions for Cameron

Andy Coullson

On the day David Cameron walked up to the door of Number 10 as prime minister, he was there - standing in a huddle of the staff who were about to move into new taxpayer-funded jobs in Downing Street.

Andy Coulson had been hired to connect the Tories to the parts of the electorate they struggled to reach. The man who usually stayed in the shadows was to lose his job, his reputation and almost certainly his liberty for listening to other people's phone messages.

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About Nick

Nick started blogging about politics for the BBC in 2001 when he was one of the earliest mainstream journalists in the UK to adopt the format.

He has been in his current role since 2005.

Before he was political editor, he did the same job at ITV News, before which he was chief political correspondent for BBC News 24, deputy editor of Panorama and a presenter on BBC Radio 5 live.

He began his time at the BBC behind the microphone, starting as a trainee producer in 1986 on Brass Tacks, Newsround and Crimewatch.

Based at Westminster, he has particular responsibility for serving the flagship news programmes, including Today on Radio 4 and the Ten O'Clock News on BBC One.

Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1963, he attended Cheadle Hulme School, followed by University College, Oxford where he studied politics, philosophy and economics.

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