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Kendall argues her recent arrival at Westminster distances her from Labour’s past and enables her to speak hard truths

Labour leadership: Contenders step up campaigns for the top job

Liz Kendall has argued the party cannot keep 'repeating remedies of the past'

Tim Farron: Leading contender to replace Nick Clegg fronted a rock band in 1980s

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Two political insiders take up the argument

Have select committees become an abuse of power? Discuss...

YES say those who believe that Margaret Hodge and others generate more heat than light. NO say those who see them as an eye-catching exhibition of democracy in action

Labour MP Dennis Skinner tells Andy McSmith about his fight to keep the place he has occupied in Parliament for 45 years

Beast of Bolsover Dennis Skinner wins battle of Commons benches with invading Scottish Nationalists

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Andy Burnham is running for Labour leadership

Labour must distance itself from 'people who want something for nothing', says Andy Burnham

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David Cameron 'heartened' after EU reform talks with Angela Merkel

Prime Minister said the German Chancellor was open to the prospect of treaty change but talks come after tough meetings with Polish and French leaders

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Sepp Blatter has presided over the 'ugly side of the beautiful game' and should quit - David Cameron steps up call for Fifa president to go

Prime Minister says it is unacceptable for Sepp Blatter to continue as leader and says 'the sooner he goes the better'

David Cameron in Croydon on Saturday when he confused Aston Villa and West Ham

David Cameron will miss his beloved Aston Villa take on Arsenal in FA Cup final at Wembley because he's busy

PM's absence tomorrow will raise further questions over his commitment to Aston Villa after forgetting he supported them during election campaign

7 things David Cameron will try to get out of Angela Merkel - and his chances of success

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Greece could be forced out of the euro if negotiations fail, admits IMF's Christine Lagarde

The Greek government says it wants to reach a deal by Sunday

Douglas Carswell is escorted by police after being surrounded by protesters during an anti-austerity protest following the Queen's Speech

Ukip MP Douglas Carswell says protesters who shouted insults at him had 'murderous' intentions

The MP was surrounded by anti-austerity protesters after the Queen's Speech

David Cameron holds face-to-face talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on EU reform

The PM will try and convince the Chancellor on EU benefits changes

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