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Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a campaign visit to Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding in Penzance

General Election 2015: Tories and Lib Dems throw their star names west to grab votes

The heat is on to gather votes in crucial marginal seats

Bright ideas: Volvo’s Life Paint was originally developed in Sweden partly to help farmers find their sheep during short winter days

Volvo's new hi-vis paint helps riders and bikes stand out - but not everyone is happy

Hi-vis clothing doesn't have to be a fluoro yellow thanks to a raft of companies that are making safety gear cool. But as Volvo creates a paint that lights up bikes, critics claim that it's tantamount to victim shaming, reports Simon Usborne
On the money? William Cash, the Ukip candidate for Warwickshire North, decorates his Jaguar before campaigning in Atherstone

General Election 2015: Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North for Ukip?

He lives in a moated manor, is married to a society milliner, runs a magazine for the super-rich, and says you can't get the staff these days. Simon Usborne goes on the campaign trail with William Cash

Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause – why was it published?

As Hopkins becomes more offensive to stay relevant and in work, it’s not ok for us to sit on our hands

Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

The Global Citizen project aims to encourage young people to donate to charity by combining the power of music, social media and old-fashioned rewards

Red Szell's extraordinary journey to becoming the first blind person to scale the Old Man of Hoy

Losing his sight could have spelt the end of his passion for climbing - but it wasn't

Nicky Clarke interview: The celebrity hairdresser on politicians' dos, the return of the crop, and what he'd advise Prince William

Clarke began working as a hairdesser as a teenager and opened his own salon in 1991, becoming the country’s most well-known hair stylist

Royal flush: (clockwise from top left) Alfred the Great, Richard I, Henry V, Edward I

The medieval kings to remember - and what they tell us about Michael Gove

It's alleged that Michael Gove compiled a list of those English medieval kings that he wanted children to study. But which would have been on it? Simon Usborne picks claimants who might appeal to an opinionated young fogey
Teletubbies

The Teletubbies are back: Why is there an unprecedented glut of children's TV revivals?

So are 'Thunderbirds', 'The Clangers', 'SuperTed', you name it. Simon Usborne asks: are there no new kids' TV ideas under the baby-faced sun?

Tulips Siddiq for the Labour party speaks at the Hampstead and Kilburn election hustings for the 2015 general election.

Tulip Siddiq: Fighting for Britain's most marginal seat in the shadow of tragedy

Her aunt is Prime Minister of Bangladesh - but it is Glenda Jackson’s shoes that she aims to fill, as the new Labour candidate in the north London seat

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
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Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
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How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
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Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
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Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
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The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence