Adam Withnall

Adam Withnall writes for http://independent.co.uk

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Conservative Party may take action after local councillor claims prospective MP was rejected due to 'handicap of being brown and a woman'

Tory constituency president in rural Sussex John Barnes said Suella Fernandes may have been held back partly by this so-called 'double whammy'

Ex-Radio Caroline DJ Ray Teret, 73, used his celebrity status in the Manchester club scene in the 1960s and 1970s to prey on many of his victims

Jimmy Savile friend DJ Ray Teret sentenced to 25 years for rape and indecent assaults on girls as young as 12

Teret - known as 'Ugly Ray' - was mentored by Savile in the early days of his career

Russell Brand vs Nigel Farage: Play Question Time bingo

Most hotly-anticipated episode of BBC show since summer 2011's 'Riot Special'

A climate change banner is seen beside the historic Nazca lines located on a stretch of coastal desert in Peru

Greenpeace Nazca Lines stunt: Peru government to sue activists for criminal damage to 2,000-year-old UN World Heritage site

Government claims activists damaged archaeological marvel while leaving clean energy message

Natasha Bolter at the Ukip annual conference in Doncaster in September

Oxford University rejects Natasha Bolter's PPE degree claims as Roger Bird Ukip sex scandal rolls on

The former Labour activist turned Ukip candidate has accused the party’s general secretary of sexual harassment

File: A 15-year-old Yazidi girl captured by Isis and forcibly married to a militant in Syria

Isis releases 'abhorrent' sex slaves pamphlet with 27 tips for militants on taking, punishing and raping female captives

The 'Q and A' describes women captured by the group as 'merely property'

An Israeli border guard grabs Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein (L) during the demonstration in the village of Turmus Aya near Ramallah, on December 10, 2014

Ziad Abu Ein: Palestinian cabinet minister dies after 'clash with Israeli forces'

Senior official reportedly dies during a protest in the West Bank

File image from one of the first same-sex marriages in Brighton, 29 March 2014

10 same sex couples in Brighton make history by converting civil partnerships into marriages

Change to UK Marriage Act comes into effect today

A ruling banning Dutch ISPs from letting subscribers access The Pirate Bay torrent website has been lifted.

The Pirate Bay brought down by Swedish police raid, but is it already back online?

New Costa Rica domain may hint at controversial torrent site’s relocation

The CIA has hit back at the damning report, which it claims is 'cherry-picked'

CIA torture report: Extremist backlash to controversial report begins with calls to 'take revenge on the despicable kuffar'

'Getting beheaded is 100 times more humane, more dignified than what these filthy scumbags do to Muslims'

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there