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It was reported in the Sunday Mirror that former prime minister Gordon Brown will step down as an MP at the 2015 general election

Gordon Brown ‘to stand down as an MP’

Gordon Brown is set to stand down at next year’s general election.

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, will commit himself to closing the loophole which allows agencies to undercut the wages of permanent staff, and to put those which flout the law out of business

Ed Miliband to get tough on rogue employment agencies

Mr Miliband will reiterate Labour’s commitment to banning agencies from only recruiting overseas

Frank Field said the ‘north London set’ within Labour were like ‘a Berlin Wall’

Rochester aftermath: Labour backbencher's call to arms against party’s ‘north London set’

Former minister Frank Field said the flag incident was 'the most serious thing that has happened' to the party

Max Mosley says Labour has so far failed to respond to his offer

Max Mosley offered to give Labour close to £1m for campaign fund to attack David Cameron over links to Andy Coulson

Mr Mosley believed that reminding voters of Mr Cameron’s decision to employ Andy Coulson could help swing marginal seats

Ken Clarke says the two main parties have aided Ukip

Ken Clarke says Tories’ imitation of Nigel Farage boosted Ukip’s chances

The Prime Minister is preparing an attempt to regain the political initiative following Tory defeats at Ukip’s hands

The Green Party: a short history

Jonathon Porritt, who was to become the party’s most significant public figure, joined in 1976

Caroline Lucas says her party is prospering from a continued backlash against the Liberal Democrats

Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'

The Greens’ only MP tells Nigel Morris how the party will field a record 500 candidates at May’s general election – and could have a say in the next government. In the first day of a series on the state of the party, we examine its policies and its new momentum

David Cameron and Theresa May came under scathing attack from across the political spectrum tonight, after reneging on a promise to give MPs a vote on a contentious European issue

Government failing to reach immigration cut target, admits Home Secretary Theresa May

David Cameron pledged that a cut in immigration numbers by the next election

Teresa May has had a public row with Michael Gove about how to tackle extremism in schools

Child abuse cases are 'tip of the iceberg' in sexual exploitation of young people, warns Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May said sexual exploitation of children is rife

A major study concludes that soaring numbers of families with disabled children are being forced to go without food or heating because they can no longer afford the basics

Benefit changes mean a choice of 'eat or heat' for an increasing number of families

The cost-of-living crisis is damaging the health of children with disabilities
Royal Mail says rivals such as Whistl can ‘cherry-pick’ where they deliver

Rivals should be made to deliver regularly, and to any address, Royal Mail tells MPs

Royal Mail has told MPs that existing and potential rivals must be forced to deliver post for a set number of days and to every address in the regions they serve in order to protect the universal postal service.

Mark Wood, 44, died of starvation after his benefits were cut to £40 a week

Benefit changes are killing the vulnerable, say campaigners

The sister of a mentally ill man who starved to death warns that many more could die this winter
Labour MPs said Ed Miliband could have avoided sacking Ms Thornberry

Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'

Ed Miliband didn't want a 'toxic' row, but he's still got one
George Eustice MP

Tory MP plays up his Ukip past to woo voters

As senior Conservatives watch for fresh defections, a government minister flaunts his anti-Europe credentials

Charities demand budget increase for life-saving cancer drugs fund

Charities have demanded an increase in the £280m budget for a fund that has given 55,000 cancer patients access to life-saving treatments, and medicines that have improved lives or made terminal illness more comfortable.

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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

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The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
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Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
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Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
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Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
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When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible