Brian Brady

Brian Brady is Whitehall Editor for The Independent on Sunday.

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David Cameron and the Home Secretary, Theresa May (pictured), highlighted a possible 40p baseline for alcohol earlier this year when they confirmed the coalition supported minimum pricing

Cameron to set minimum price for alcohol

PM to publish plan this week to tackle binge drinking by outlawing cheap drink

John Prescott was the best-known casualty of the police commissioner elections

John Prescott vows: I'll be back!

The former Deputy Prime Minister won't be retiring, despite his humiliating defeat in the police commissioner elections last week – a process that left voters around the country cold

Crosby: street-fighter reputation

No 10 signs up Boris's campaign manager

David Cameron has hired Boris Johnson's controversial polling guru in an attempt to keep the Tories in power beyond the next general election, in 2015, it emerged last night.

Liverpool FC emblem on Anfield stadium’s gates. Victims’ families want inquiries to be ‘knitted together’

Hillsborough: Fears of delay and duplication

Home Secretary rejects appeal for 'special prosecutor' to co-ordinate inquiries into disaster

Ukrainian lion tamer Vladislav Goncharov, at a circus
in Budapest

Circuses blow their top at lion licensing plan

Owners say proposal is 'disrespectful' and could drive them out of business

Campaigners say anonymity for child sex defendants would be a step backwards

Child abuse: Rochdale MP calls for "the truth" about Sir Cyril Smith

Allegations of abuse were printed by Private Eye in 1979

Lord Patten greets his new DG in September

John Humphrys vs George Entwistle: A humiliating interview, and a career was at an end

Humphrys destroyed his boss in a memorable encounter on the ‘Today’ programme, and within hours Entwistle did the honourable thing and quit

Fuzzy logic: Homes near to 4G base stations may need a filter to maintain TV reception

Roll-out of 4G leaves UK with £180m bill

Millions expected to suffer from interference

You have the right to remain silent: nearly 85 per cent of voters are expected to shun the ballot on Thursday

David Cameron's police reform fails to impress

This week's turnout for elected commissioners could be the lowest ever

John Prescott (Labour) - Humberside
The former deputy prime minister pledges to resist job cuts, give better support to the victims of crime, and fund a drive against alcohol-related offences through a “late-night levy” on late-opening problem pubs

Move along now. There's nothing to see here: Police commissioner elections fail to take off

Brian Brady reports from a meeting in Hull – where only one person turned up

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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