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More than one million British families now live in fuel poverty

Families hit by a combination of soaring energy costs and the squeeze on benefits

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls says Labour will square the circle of cutting the deficit and outspending the Tories – and he believes voters sense the party’s integrity

Ed Balls in his office in Parliament; he says he believes Labour is winning the argument

Ed Balls: Labour government would fast-track the mansion tax

Shadow Chancellor brings controversial proposal to top of Labour’s ‘to do’ list

Jim Murphy believes Labour is in danger of losing their former heartland

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy: I need £1m to fight rise of the SNP

Mr Murphy believes Labour is in danger of losing their former heartland

Labour MP John Mann has named 22 politicians as suspected child sex abusers

Child abuse inquiry must 'investigate historic murders of men with child abuse evidence'

John Mann MP calls for more resources

The former Labour minister Alan Williams has died, 50 years after he was first elected to the Commons

Former Labour minister Alan Williams dies

Alan Williams was Father of the House before stepping down at the 2010 election

Stonehenge road tunnel to go ahead despite archaeologists' warnings it could destroy clues to the monument's origins

Experts working on the ground at the site warn the secrets of the stone circle could be lost forever if the tunnel goes ahead

John Rees-Evans is standing for Ukip in Cardiff South and Penarth

Ukip candidate: 'Gay donkey tried to rape my horse'

John Rees-Evans is standing  as MP for Cardiff South and Penarth

David Cameron will say that Ukip cannot deliver the in/out referendum on Europe he has promised if he remains in power

David Cameron warned Tory party is patronising Tory voters on immigration

Conservative party hurt most by Ukip surge

Nigel Farage slams 'pathetic' Ukip app made by schoolchildren

Game users play as Nicholas Fromage - who resembles Farage - and kick immigrants off the white cliffs of Dover

Simon Danczuk, a British Member of Parliament accompanying British national Nasir Shaikh (unseen), the brother of a murdered British tourist Khuram Shaikh, addresses reporters in Colombo on March 8, 2013. The brother of Khuram Shaikh, a Red Cross worker murdered while visiting Sri Lanka, flew to the country in an attempt to speed up the investigation into his death.

Child abuse inquiry: 'The Government might not want to get to the truth,' says Labour MP

Simon Danczuk said people are starting to suspect 'deliberate mistakes'

A survey of local authorities found that 24 per cent of lights have been switched off or turned down – compared with 2.6 per cent in 2010

Safety risk as councils dim or switch off a quarter of street lights

Three-quarters of councils are economising on street lighting, according to a Labour Party survey

The worst-off 10 per cent of families pay 47 per cent of their earnings in tax

Poorest households are the most heavily taxed

The worst-off 10 per cent of families pay 47 per cent of their earnings in tax because they are disproportionately affected by flat-rate indirect taxes

The Public Accounts Committee found widespread concern among civil servants that they would be victimised if they spoke out about wrongdoing

Public-sector whistleblowers 'are still seen as snitches', admits Civil Service boss Sir Jeremy Heywood

Staff who expose malpractice are treated appallingly, admits the Cabinet Secretary

Research by the Open Europe think-tank found that an EU migrant with no children earning the minimum wage receives £290.28 a week when tax credits are included, meaning that state top-ups account for 32 per cent of take-home pay

Exclusive: Angela Merkel may back David Cameron's plan to stop child benefits going abroad

Commission sources told The Independent the proposal has been discussed by Mr Juncker and Angela Merkel, but plan could encourage migrants to bring their families with them rather than leave them at home

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