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Fox hunters ride through the village of Lacock during a traditional Boxing Day Hunt in 2011

David Cameron says he wants to repeal the fox hunting ban

Tory MPs will get a chance to vote on the issue if they win the next election

Chuka Umunna

Britain's undemocratic colonial history means it shouldn't 'lecture' other countries about democracy, says Chuka Umunna

Labour's shadow business secretary says the UK has often disregarded democracy in the past

The Government wants to make it easier to drive into town centres

Drivers who overstay in parking spaces will get a 10-minute 'grace' period before being fined

The Government wants to encourage people to drive into town centres

Nigel Farage tells dominatrix Ukip supporter who believes leader has been sent from God: 'I'm not the Messiah, I'm a very naughty boy'

The politician borrowed a well-known Monty Python phrase to issue a denial

Regret: Tony Blair described himself as a 'naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop' for having pursued the change to the law

Tories and Nationalists will exploit Tony Blair's £106,000 'blood money' donation to Labour

Plaid Cymru Welsh Assembly member says cash amounts to 'blood money'

Austrialian-born Natalie Bennett was elected leader of the Green Party in September 2012

General Election 2015: Greens are on course to win 'strong group' of MPs

The Greens offer a “message of hope and real change”

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has uncovered wide variations over the impact of the government's austerity measures

Council cuts are heaviest in poor areas, report finds

The IFS has uncovered wide variations over the impact of the austerity measures ordered by the Government

Labour has already promised to scrap winter fuel allowances for pensioners who pay the 40p rate of income tax

Ed Miliband pledges pensioners' perks will be safe under Labour

Labour leader rejects suggestions that he is stoking generational divisions

Labour would change the law to bring in a 10-year age limit for tyres on public service vehicles

Labour proposes 10-year age limit on public service transport tyres

90 people killed every month on buses between 2008 and 2012

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Blokeish Nigel Farage fails to charm the 'ladies'

Nigel Farage tweeted after his appearance on ITV’s Loose Women: “Well, I didn’t do too badly on @loosewomen, did I? It was good fun!”

David Cameron meeting residents of a Bellway homes development in Cannock, West Midlands, yesterday; he is accused of showing contempt for the electorate

The great TV debate debacle: 'Unseemly squabble' over debates 'embarrasses British democracy'

Broadcasters may yet use ‘empty chair’ instead of PM for final head-to-head ‘debate’ with Ed Miliband

Andy McSmith's Diary: Sir Malcolm Rifkind's exit clears path for Kensington's first female MP

Kensington Conservative Association, which has suddenly lost its sitting MP, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, will be choosing a new candidate on Friday the 13th, and whoever they choose is as near as guaranteed to be the next MP. Party headquarters have received an avalanche of applicants, from which they will pick six names, which the local party will whittle down to three.

Lawyers are threatening defamation action against members of the public who post negative reviews of their services on TripAdvisor-style websites

Lawyers 'are using threats to stop negative client reviews'

Law firms send ‘intimidatory’ legal letters to stem criticism

Sprakab is allegedly responsible for wrongly deporting 'hundreds'

Sprakab agency misled Home Office over checks on asylum-seekers

Exclusive: Swedish firm claimed analyst was ‘flawless’ but a court had cast doubt on quality of his work

Britain’s secret intelligence services are now being urged to tap into the maternal skill set to recruit a new generation of spies

Recruit spies from Mumsnet, Parliament tells MI5 – but give them a 24-hour childcare service

Hazel Blears said some female recruits to MI6 had encountered outdated attitudes

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