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Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children

Party says the 'problem' of hiding these babies from immigration statistics had 'ramifications' for public services

As many as 15 per cent of patients who come to A&E could be treated by GPs

Report: GPs on call at A&E could reduce pressure on services

As many as 15 per cent of patients who come to A&E could be treated by GPs

Midland Metropolitan Hospital will cater for more than half a million people

Report: New PFI initiative will saddle NHS trusts with worse debts than before

"PF2 will deliver high returns to private investors at the risk of the health of the NHS"

Iain Duncan Smith’s reforms will merge six benefits, but has been beset by delays

Universal Credit is not providing value for money despite IDS' claims

NAO refuses to back Work and Pensions Secretary's claims

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: ‘The Mekon’ Dominic Cummings thinks Dan Dare tactics would knock the Civil Service into shape

Contrasting the extraordinary effectiveness of the airline industry with what he sees as the chronic record of failure in Whitehall, Dominic Cummings has painted a striking picture of the sort of accountability culture he would like to see imposed on civil servants.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Norman Baker and the strange case of passing the buck with the joint

Norman Baker has been making use of the freedom of Parliament’s backbenches since he resigned his old job as a Home Office minister. Today, the Lib Dem MP took advantage of health questions in the Commons to put the case for legalising the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

The party's over: Paul Higgins and Stella Gonet in 'Hope' at the Royal Court

Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

The playwright's latest work poses the question to audiences

Mick Foote of Brighton is a former Labour member who is voting Green for the first time next year

Meet the Green Party: From new converts to old campaigners

What makes a former Lib Dem councillor jump ship? And why do voters believe the party ‘does what it says on the tin’?

Entwistle was able to help establish the Bury branch of Ukip in 2011. File photo

Former Ukip regional chairman Peter Entwistle jailed for grooming children

Peter Entwistle, 52, targeted children as young as 12

Dalyell acquits Blair on devolution

Tony Blair's 'morally reprehensible' Save The Children global legacy award branded a 'betrayal' by charity staff

An internal letter signed by 200 members of staff, including senior workers, called for the accolade to be withdrawn from the former British Prime Minister

The former Cabinet Minister said he regrets losing his temper

David Mellor under pressure to apologise to cabbie he called 'smart-arsed little b******'

Former Tory minister recorded having a row with a London taxi driver

Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'

The Health Secretary previously urged people to avoid emergency departments

The Resolution Foundation think tank said all three of the main parties should be more open with the public about how they would tackle the deficit

Major parties 'not being open' with voters on their budget plans

Resolution Foundation says all three parties are keeping voters in the dark

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Enough frivolity, Theresa May comes out dancing with another contender pitch

Sketch: This was mainly a new version of the speech which she gave so successfully at the Tory conference

Serco began managing the Yarl’s Wood facility in 2007

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’

Home Office slammed for new Serco deal

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

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Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

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US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
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Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

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Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
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Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
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Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

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'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

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How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

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Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital