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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Ellie Goulding and Debbie Harry of Blondie

Blondie, Ellie Goulding and Bloc Party join Isle of Wight line-up

Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, Blondie, Ellie Goulding and Bloc Party are among acts added to the line-up of next-year's Isle of Wight Festival.

Debt rising, jobs stagnating: should the young think twice before attending university?

As every year goes by it's getting harder to justify that degree

Universe is expanding at a rate comparable to a rollercoaster, say scientists

The universe is expanding at a rate comparable to a rollercoaster, according to scientists who have mapped the galaxies for the first time as they were 11 billion years ago.

Flybe flight makes emergency landing following technical fault

The pilot of an airplane carrying 34 passengers had to turn off an engine before making an emergency landing after the aircraft developed a technical fault midair.

Man who hid 14 million cigarettes in refrigerated lorries carrying fruit and vegetables is jailed

A freight distribution manager who hid more than 14 million cigarettes in refrigerated lorries carrying fruit and vegetables, to evade an estimated £2.5 million in duty and VAT, has been jailed, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

A pub landlord battles with River Ouse floodwater in York this week

UK faces increased flooding risk after wet summer, warns Met Office

The wet summer has left the country with a higher risk of flooding this autumn and winter, the Environment Agency and Met Office have warned.

No excuses, our leaders should debate on TV in 2015

There are signs that the Tories want to opt out - they shouldn't be alllowed to

Two held after £6.8m cocaine seized

Two men have been arrested after Border Force officers seized cocaine with a street value of £6.8 million on a lorry at a UK ferryport.

Disabled tall ship crew begin around the world voyage

Crowds gathered to wave off a tall ship as it set sail to become the first vessel of its kind to voyage around the world with a crew of disabled sailors.

Sailor held over cabin gun incident on warship

A Royal Navy sailor has been arrested after entering an officer's cabin on board a warship with a loaded weapon, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

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Power dressing is back

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor