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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<p>Russell Brand, 2007</p>
<p>Never one to shy away from offending, Russell raised a few eyebrows with quips about Robbie Williams’ spell in rehab, the Queen’s “naughty bits” and a British soldier killed in Iraq. ITV received over 300 complaint calls from viewers and Ofcom logged a further 135. </p>

Russell Brand: I recently wanted to take heroin

Comedian and former drug addict Russell Brand has admitted that he is still tempted to take heroin.

Nothing much on: Stephen Gough is the Naked Rambler

Now naked rambler Stephen Gough is covered by a nationwide Asbo

Naked rambler Stephen Gough has been issued with an interim anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from going nude in public places.

Trafficker jailed for using Polish workers as slaves

A “physical and mental bully” has been jailed for six years and three months for trafficking four men to the UK and exploiting them to work as slaves.

Rizzle Kicks have been confirmed for the Isle of Wight Festival

Rizzle Kicks added to Isle of Wight Festival line-up

Hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks have been added to the line-up of the Isle of Wight Festival along with 1980s favourites T'Pau.

Dappy - real name Dino Costas Contostavlos

N-Dubz rapper avoids jail for garage brawl

N-Dubz rapper Dappy broke down in tears and shouted 'Yes' after he avoided a jail term today when he was sentenced for assault and affray.

Bob Geldof frontman of punk group the Boomtown Rats in 1975

Bob Geldof to reunite with Boomtown Rats for first time in 25 years at Isle of Wight Festival

Bob Geldof is to be reunited with the Boomtown Rats for the first time in more than 25 years at a festival this summer.

Paul Weller has been added as the latest act to appear at the Isle of Wight Festival

'Modfather' Paul Weller joins Isle of Wight festival bill

"Modfather" Paul Weller is the latest act to be added to the bill for this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

N-Dubz rapper Dappy guilty of assault and affray

N-Dubz rapper Dappy has been found guilty of affray in connection with a brawl at a petrol station.

Dappy - real name - Dino Costas Contostavlos - outside Guildford Crown Court on Monday

Witness in Dappy assault trial sent 'selling story' tweets and said she'd 'bull****' evidence

A teenage witness in the trial of N-Dubz rapper Dappy has admitted in court sending tweets about selling her story to the press and that she was “in the process of sending the singer down”.

Rapper Dappy, real name Dino Costas Contostavlos, outside court

N-Dubz rapper Dappy's saliva 'found on victim'

Saliva found on the t-shirt of a victim allegedly involved in a fight with N-Dubz's Dappy has a "billion-to-one" DNA link to the rapper, a court has heard.

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In grandfather's footsteps

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