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Public satisfaction with the NHS rose to 65 per cent in 2014

Public satisfaction with the NHS at near-record levels

British Social Attitudes survey found satisfaction rose to 65 per cent in 2014

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Jail ‘wrong’ for half of women inmates

Just 8.5 per cent of women freed after short sentences are in steady work within a year

Ed Miliband has come under attack from Blairites

Labour sources hit out at Tony Blair's former ministers for undermining Ed Miliband's election chances

Lord Prescott branded the former ministers Lord Hutton and Alan Milburn “Tory collaborators”

Emma Woodward at her home in Didsbury, Manchester

Eculizumab: 'The £10m-per-patient NHS drug gave me my life back’

At 26, a teacher was told she had up to 10 years to live. The 40-year-old is now living to the full

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Ed Miliband fails to weaponise himself for NHS clash at PMQs

David Cameron said today that he had asked the new Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, what his “long-term economic plan” was. Since this is a bit like suggesting to a man whose house is burning down that it might be a good time to do a bit of loft insulation, it was presumably a joke. But hardly in the best of taste.

Andy McSmith's Diary: The Tories' missing reports on 'weaponising' mass distraction

David Cameron is right on one point: no one seriously doubts that Ed Miliband dropped a comment in the hearing of BBC executives about “weaponising” the NHS. The PM says it was a “disgusting” thing to say.

Ian Liddell-Grainger MP with the Prime Minister during a visit to the Somerset Levels last Winter

Ian Liddell-Grainger: Tory councillors revolt against ‘back-stabbing’ MP who doctored photograph

Mr Liddell-Grainger is at war with his local party

Beavers born in the wild in the UK are not thought to carry EM

Devon beavers can stay living in the wild, Natural England rules

First wild population of beavers for 500 years saved

Nigel Farage celebrates with a pint after early local election results in the Hoy and Helmet pub in South Benfleet in Essex

Ukip election policies: Slash foreign aid, bring back smoking in pubs, ditch Human Rights Act

'Britishness', the NHS and immigration is pushed to the top of the agenda

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Labour 'trying to out-kip Ukip,' says MP David Lammy over 'inflammatory' immigration leaflet

The mayoral candidate said he was 'surprised' upon reading the Labour leaflet

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett supports LGBTIQ issues

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett apologises for Rupert Read's 'disappointing' comments about trans people

Read descibed trans women as an 'opt-in version of what it is to be a woman'

American troops stand near a burning oil well in Rumayla, Iraq, in 2003

Intervention in civil wars ‘far more likely in oil-rich nations’

'Once Isis got near oil fields, the US sent drones to strike targets'

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Mary Creagh, shadow International Development Secretary, on foreign aid: 'If you don’t know where it is going then how can you measure if it is working?'

Labour attacks Government for 'wasting' foreign aid budget

The Government has earmarked £1.8bn for private sector schemes in developing countries

Vince Cable called for safeguards to British jobs and industry to be written into the deal

TTIP: Vince Cable clashes with David Cameron over controversial international trade deal

Exclusive: Opponents claim deal would transfer power from elected politicians to unelected corporations

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness