Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell is deputy editor of the cross-party blog Speaker's Chair, and contributing editor of Shifting Grounds.

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Thieves swoop to steal 400 budgies worth more than £60,000 in Hampshire

More than 400 budgies, worth more than £60,000, have been stolen from a breeder's home.

Stephen Gough is the Naked Rambler

Naked rambler Stephen Gough denies Asbo breach

BBC postponed screening of documentary after arrest

Festival-goers arrive for Bestival 2013 at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight

Bestival 2013: Festival-goers enjoy the sunny weather before impending heavy rain

Heavy rain is forecast for Friday with the 'odd rumble of thunder'

Revellers at Bestival 2012

Bestival 2013: Thousands don fancy dress and head to Isle of Wight-based festival

Thousands of revellers will be boarding ferries today to join one of the last big parties of the summer at Bestival.

Henry Assumang was charged with two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm

Man accused of infecting women with HIV virus dies in hospital aged 34

A man accused of infecting two women with the HIV virus has died in hospital.

Night shifts ‘increase risk of miscarriage’

Women who work night shifts are at greater risk of suffering miscarriages than those who work regular office hours, according to new research.

'Feeling like burning down some mosques in Portsmouth, anyone want to join me?': Woman avoids jail after post-Woolwich Facebook comments

Michaela Turner was given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for six months

The rain turned the Isle of Wight Festival into a mudbath

Isle of Wight festival organisers promise no repeat of last year's chaos as revellers board ferries for the 2013 event

Thousands of music-lovers have been piling on to ferries to the Isle of Wight for the first of the major summer music festivals.

Tory MP's wife denies groping housekeeper

Employment tribunal told that sexual moves were attempt to persuade her to join a threesome

Police concerned for Mexican woman missing in the UK for almost two weeks

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the well-being of a Mexican woman who has been missing in the UK for almost two weeks.

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