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Russell Brand 'wants Boris Johnson's job' and could stand for Mayor of London on 'anti-politics' ticket

Brand, who previously described voting as a waste of time, has told close friends he wants to succeed Tory Boris Johnson in 2016

Shirley Baker: Street photographer whose work chronicled the hardships of Northern working-class life in the postwar decades

“The erosion of people by progress” was how one journalist described the bulldozing away of not only a standard of living but also a style of living in Britain, when, over a 20-year period from the mid-1950s, well over a million homes were demolished in what was proclaimed “the biggest clearance of sub-standard housing in Europe”.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin following their marriage in Venice last month

Amal and George Clooney reportedly planning third wedding in England

The newly-weds exchanged vows in Venice last month

Lynda Bellingham: Far-right group Britain First accused of using actress' death to promote its Facebook page

Right wing organisation has defended its actions in a series of further posts

Ched Evans: Aunt of convicted rapist criticises footballer for not showing more remorse following prison sentence

Nina Evans said her nephew needed to apologise to his victim

A shared vision: Cerys Matthews has been familiarising herself with Dylan Thomas’s material, for a revealing radio programme

Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

The singer recently learnt that the interviews had not, as previously feared, been destroyed. She tells Andrew Lycett how she intends to use them

Renee Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

Zellweger's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday

Convicted rapist Ched Evans said he is going to fight to clear his name, in a YouTube video appeal released today

Ched Evans says he is 'determined to fight' to clear his name to return to football after rape conviction

The convicted rapist said "it is my hope that I’ll be able to return to football", in a video statement published today

Watch Lynda Bellingham's last Loose Women appearance

Video: On Wednesday, Loose Women aired the final interview with the late actress Lynda Bellingham

President Barack Obama awards former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in November 2013

Ben Bradlee dead: Read Barack Obama's statement in full upon the death of legendary Washington Post editor

Bradlee dies aged 93 at his home in Washington DC

TV writer and producer Shonda Rhimes has shut down criticism that

Shonda Rhimes deftly addresses criticism that "gay scenes" in her shows "add nothing to plot"

The highly acclaimed TV producer and writer took umbrage at a comment made by a viewer on Twitter

Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius appeal: Prosecutors have 'appetite' to appeal culpable homicide charge

The state has two weeks to decide if it wishes to lodge an appeal

Oscar Pistorius sentence and Twitter's conflation of jail time with Reeva Steenkamp's 'life worth'

Is a valuation of life not a veiled suggestion for death?

Christophe de Margerie dead: CEO of oil firm Total dies in plane crash with 'drunk' snow plough driver

Four people in total including Mr de Margerie and three crew members died

Oscar de la Renta dead: Legendary US fashion designer dies after long cancer battle aged 82

'I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant'

Shoppers at Selfridges department store in central London

Jeremy Paxman has admitted he is a 'one-nation Tory' and complained that Newsnight is made by idealistic '13-year-olds' who foolishly think they can 'change the world'.
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game