Mark Steel

Commentator and stand-up comedian Mark Steel has presented several radio and television programmes, and appeared on Have I Got News for You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In 2006 he published 'Vive La Revolution: A Stand-up History of the French Revolution', and in 2000 stood as a candidate in the London Assembly elections.

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David Cameron laughs while maintaining his usual sexy demeanour

Right to buy: When will aspirational people be able to buy their own firemen and zebra crossings?

If a Labour policy had been derided by so many leading figures, most newspapers would have huge headlines screaming 'Miliband denounced as sociopath'

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David Cameron is interviewed by the BBC's James Landale

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The Ukip leader was speaking at a conference in London

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind leaves Parliament on February 23, 2015 in London,

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HSBC group chairman Stephen Green

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Can’t these 17th-century traditions be a bit more, well, 11th century?

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