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Less than half of the £501.4m criminals owe in “confiscation orders” is “realistically recoverable”, according to the Crown Prosecution Service

Courts must do more to recover criminal gains, urges Labour

Only a fraction of confiscated monies retrieved from third parties and overseas

The intervention comes in the wake of the row which followed the awarding of a peerage to Ranbir Singh Suri, a Sikh jewellery magnate who has donated more than £300,000 to the Tories since 2004

Parties should explain why they award peerages, says Lords Appointments Commission

Political parties should start publishing detailed information about why they have chosen to make someone a member of the House of Lords, the body which oversees the awarding of peerages has said.

Tory MP Chris Kelly to stand down after just one term

MP for Dudley South will stand down at the 2015 general election

Umunna accepted Labour needed to make its case with 'even more energy'

‘More energy’ will win Labour election

Mr Miliband will aim to set out such a vision at Labour’s annual conference later this month

A rebel Tory vote to quit the EU would be widely seen as a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister’s ability to win a good deal for Britain when he renegotiates its membership terms

Exclusive: Tory Eurosceptics to defy Cameron with manifesto pledges in next year's general election

Up to 100 MPs will call for EU exit regardless of concessions won by PM, with many in marginal constituencies seeing it as the only way to save their seats

Isis terror threat: Michael Fallon defends Government action against ‘very real’ terrorist threats

Defence Secretary claims Government response is not simply a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction

Ukip poised to inflict humiliating defeat on Tories in Clacton by-election as Nigel Farage warns of 'landslide victory'

Massive lead predicted for Douglas Carswell, who defected from the Tories and is set to become Ukip’s first elected MP

Power talks: Police guard Downing Street

PM sets out tough new anti-terror measures in response to heightened threat

The move is seen as a return to control orders in all but name
nder the Labour government, households were allowed to earn an extra £25,000 before they had to pay money back. But in 2010 this buffer was gradually reduced to £5,000 by the coalition, meaning thousands of families are being chased for overpayment debts

Exclusive: We know tax credits were overpaid. Now it's revealed the figure is £5.6bn

Money is clawed back from Britain's poor under new powers, even though cash was paid out after tax office miscalculations
Money man: Paul Moore

HBOS accused of misleading the public over £4bn rescue

At the height of the crash, the bank failed to tell investors it was being supported by the state
Candidate Daisy Cooper

Challenger for Lib Dem presidency vows to revive party

Daisy Cooper pledges to restore the party's grassroots 'forgotten army'
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Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when

Local MP says former government forced him into 'grovelling' apology for voicing concerns on Muslims

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This list was compiled by Oscar Pearson, inspired by news of Evan Davis's appointment to replace Jeremy Paxman on 'Newsnight'.

Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, was named new President of the European Council at yesterday’s EU summit

New European Council President 'determined' to keep Britain in the EU

Polish PM, Donald Tusk, sure agreement can be reached on issues such as concerns over the free movement of people

Scottish independence: Glasgow cabbie wages one-man war against the Better Together campaign

Claims the driver 'put the meter on hold so he turn round and conduct a face-to-face argument' with one customer
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The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
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‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor