Sir Malcolm and Labour MP Jack Straw were secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private firm for cash. Both deny wrongdoing.
The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson said Downing Street withdrew its support from Sir Malcolm and "threatened to push [him] if he didn't jump first".
And the reason for that, which has once more been thrown into sharp focus by the latest allegations about cash for access involving Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind, is all to do with money.
UK to send military advisers to the Ukraine ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~
The prime minister said Britain would be “the strongest pole in the tent”, and argued for tougher sanctions against Moscow if Russian-backed militias in eastern Ukraine failed to observe the provisions of a ceasefire agreement reached this month with the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko.
Downing Street said some personnel would be leaving this week as part of the training mission. Initially 30 trainers will be despatched to Kiev with 25 providing advice on medical training, logistics, intelligence analysis and infantry training. A bigger programme of infantry training is expected to follow soon after taking the total number of trainers to 75.
Eurozone backs the Greek reform plan and a 4-month extension ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~
Greece secured a four-month extension of its financial rescue yesterday when its eurozone partners approved a reform plan that backed down on key leftist measures and promised that spending to alleviate social distress would not derail its budget.
Finance ministers sealed the decision in a one-hour telephone conference convened by Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem after the new leftist-led Athens government sent him a detailed list of reforms it plans to implement by July.
De-fund the Dept. of Homeland Security NOW ~ link ~ The Department of Homeland Security is un-American and part of a Globalist/Zionist attempt to turn America into a fascist police state! Stirling
Homeland Security was set up by Israeli-American Dual Citizens as an Israeli police State occupation army inside America and it is time to completely defund it and destroy it forever.
Right now there is a quiet battle in Congress over the re-funding of Homeland Security which is set to expire February 27, 2015 and it is time to completely de-fund it, break it up and destroy it forever.