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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This year revellers at the Isle of Wight Festival were unable to negotiate the muddy conditions in their cars

Extra police deployed to 'mudbath' Isle of Wight Festival

Extra police are to be deployed to help revellers leave at the end of the Isle of Wight Festival after heavy rains turned the site into a mudbath causing traffic chaos.

Isle of Wight Festival revellers forced to sleep in cars

Hundreds of revellers have been forced to sleep in their cars after traffic became gridlocked when the Isle of Wight Festival site turned into a mudbath caused by heavy rains.

Poison doctor guilty of frame plot

A jailed doctor who tried to poison his pregnant lover has had his jail sentence extended by two years after he was found guilty of plotting to frame her from behind bars, according to police.

Navy destroys German mine off the coast of Sardinia

A Royal Navy warship has destroyed a Second World War mine discovered off the coast of Sardinia.

Woman wins compensation after breast implant exploded

A 45-year-old woman who travelled to Tunisia for breast enhancement surgery has successfully claimed compensation after one of the implants exploded.

Woman's body found in underpass

The death of a woman whose body was found in an underpass is being treated as suspicious by police.

Boy drowns after jumping off Oxford bridge

A 15-year-old boy has drowned after jumping from a bridge into a river.

£6.5m of cocaine found on fruit ship headed for UK

Cocaine with a street value of £6.5 million has been found on a container ship bringing bananas and pineapples to the UK.

Liver disease 'time bomb' warning

A national screening programme is needed to tackle the "ticking time bomb" of liver disease caused by alcohol, obesity and hepatitis, according to a top doctor.

'Britain's rudest shop' to shut after 170 years

A store described as "Britain's rudest shop" is to shut after 170 years.

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...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
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Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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