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Delays in releasing reports by the independent Chief Inspector of Immigration were attacked as 'unacceptable'

UK's immigration system now in 'intensive care', Theresa May is warned

Home Secretary attacked for 'inexcusable' failure to deport foreign prisoners

Alex Salmond angers Tories over SNP voting hints

Alex Salmond said SNP MPs could stop abstaining on English-only laws

Kevin Lee Light, aka Jesus of Hollywood, pursues Nigel Farage as he leaves the LBC studios yesterday

Ukip grassroots leave in protest at selection of ex-Tories and celebrities

Party spokesman claims any allegations of “fixing” the process are “untrue”

Government 'could have broken UN rules' on the treatment of lawyers in Iraq inquiry

Defence Secretary criticised lawyers in Parliament

The power-sharing administration at Stormont faces £200m cuts to its budget unless measures imposed by Westminster to reduce the benefits bill are introduced in Northern Ireland

Breakthrough in Northern Ireland as Stormont parties agree deal on welfare reform

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness tweeted: ‘A step change in negotiations!!’

Downing Street believes Ms May has explicitly approved the actions of her advisers Nick Timothy and Stephen Parkinson

Downing Street suspects Theresa May of boosting her own profile before helping her party

No 10 and Home Office in Cold War rumours

Philip Dilley, the Environment Agency’s new chairman

New Environment Agency head Sir Philip Dilley won’t mind getting his feet wet

Lord Smith’s successor tells Tom Bawden he’s ready for the floods

The Accident and Emergency unit of St Thomas' Hospital in London

English A&Es reach breaking point after worst-ever week

Just six A&E departments met national targets last week

Ed Miliband has said that the UK

Odds cut on Labour minority government after Alex Salmond hints at SNP support

Ed Miliband is the favourite to be Prime Minister after the general election

Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party

Four out of five would like to see Green Party leader in 2015 election's TV leadership debates

Data was gathered by pollster ICM and showed 79 per cent would support inclusion of Green Party leader

Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson, who attacked 'feckless' welfare families, owes £2,000 in missed child support payments

The politician said she was currently in a dispute with the Child Support Agency over the amount, meant for the upkeep of her teenage son

Mandy Rice-Davies at her home in Birmingham in 1963 at the height of the Profumo scandal

Profumo sex scandal: Who was Mandy Rice-Davis – and what was the affair all about?

Former model and dancer who became involved in the most famous sex scandal of the last century, rocking the political establishment

PM David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May

David Cameron told Theresa May's advisers 'to break Civil Service code'

PM accused of exacting revenge after they refused to canvass for by-elections

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: It’s not easy being green if you’re Ed Davey

When Labour’s Kevin Brennan asked Ed Davey his “position” on fracking after New York State’s ban on it, the Energy Secretary said portentously he was sure the MP “would like every government to follow everything that New York State does, but we are an independent country and we make our own decisions”.

Andy McSmith's Diary: The enemy within Chequers at Sam Cam's delayed 40th

There were many strange things about the party that David and Samantha Cameron threw at Chequers last week.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas