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Rachel Reeves said the work capability assessment 'humiliates' disabled people

Labour pledges to overhaul the hated fitness-for-work tests that it introduced

The controversial fitness-for-work tests for the sick and disabled would be overhauled by an incoming Labour government with the companies which operate them paid according to the quality of their performance.

Beyond the boundaries: according to the men the writer canvassed, non-consensual sexual acts are common on the gay scene

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Patrick Strudwick, himself a victim of such behaviour, argues that far too many people accept it as a fact of gay life

Lembit Opik spent 13 years as Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire

Former MP Lembit Opik becomes the face of 'Britain’s first satirical pro-Iranian politics show'

Lembit Opik, the former Liberal Democrat MP, has found a new role fronting what is billed as “Britain’s first satirical pro-Iranian politics show” despite campaigning against persecution in the country when he was in Parliament.

David Cameron sings a hymn during the enthronement service of The Most Rev Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury, at Canterbury Cathedral last year

Let us praise: David Cameron acclaims his and Britain’s Christian faith

The PM's comments are likely to be seen as an appeal to churchgoers and Anglican leaders who have been highly critical of government reforms

Liam Fox was set to speak at a conference for the right-wing American Enterprise Institute in Washington

Liam Fox says ‘self-publicising narcissist’ Edward Snowden committed treason with NSA leaks

Former defence secretary says Snowden files ‘helped Russia to annex Crimea’

Average pay increased by 1.7 per cent this year

Wages higher than inflation for the first time in four years

Wages are rising ahead of inflation for the first time since the Coalition government took office, official figures showed this morning.

Wikileaks backs Ukip over list against journalists at Times (or ‘Tories Inventing More Erroneous Sh*te’)

Nigel Farage claims to be victim of a smear campaign

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls as he listens to George Osborne deliver his Budget last month

Ed Balls under police investigation over 'fail-to-stop collision' outside West Yorkshire offices

Shadow chancellor's car was filmed crashing into parked vehicle in West Yorkshire - before driving off

A British soldier stands on top of an armoured vehicle in Camp Bastion

Inadequate defences and high-level complacency: MPs blast MoD for failures over fatal Taliban attack on Camp Bastion

Military chiefs are accused of complacency by failing to protect the UK’s biggest base in Afghanistan from a devastating Taliban assault that killed two US marines and wounded 16 British and American troops.

There has been a steady rise in people becoming self-employed since the recession

Report: 450,000 recently 'self-employed' Brits would rather just have a normal job

Hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to register as self-employed after failing to find jobs elsewhere, new research has discovered.

Louise Duffin said she had ‘practically nothing’ left in her cupboards

Food bank visitors in Coventry: ‘Compassion has disappeared out of the welfare state’

People at the Trussell Trust's busiest outpost tell Emily Dugan of biting sanctions, rationing meals and living with an empty cupboard

Volunteers at the Hope Centre, Coventry, help visitors

The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame

600 religious leaders from all denominations combine to condemn 163 per cent increase in food bank use in past year

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education

Education Secretary Michael Gove ‘plans more free schools’ before election’, claims Tristram Hunt

Education Secretary Michael Gove plans to rush through new applications for free schools in the run-up to the general election next year, Tristram Hunt has claimed.

United Nations special rapporteur Rashida Manjoo addresses journalists in central London

UN human rights investigator denied access to Yarl's Wood immigration centre

A UN human rights investigator has revealed she was denied access to the controversial Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre on Monday by the Government, in a move that she said was “disturbing.”

Leader of UKIP Nigel Farage as he listens to a speaker during the party conference on 20 September, 2013 in London.

Nigel Farage expenses: Ukip leader claims to be victim of a smear campaign

Mr Farage says £70,000 spent on his UK office since 2009 is justifiable

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Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
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10 best smartphones

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Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

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Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

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The pain of IVF

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