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Labour will give councils more power to counter the dominance of companies such as Stagecoach

Labour plans transport overhaul with not-for-profit licenses for local bus operators

Labour hopes to break 'Big Five' market dominance

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Iraq war revisited is a chance for MPs to quip 'I told you so'

You have to hand it to Jack Straw. It’s not easy to sit through a three-hour debate as the sole representative of a government which took Britain to war in a 2003 decision reviled by almost all the 30-odd MPs present today – those who voted for it at the time parading their regret, and the rest taking every chance to recall they hadn’t.

Migrant voters could have a decisive impact in marginal seats across England and Wales

Hard line on immigration could cost Tories the election

Study shows migrants could swing vote in up to 70 key marginal constituencies

Charlotte Leslie MP in the BBC series ‘Inside The Commons’

'Berserker' right-wing Tory MPs tried to sabotage BBC documentary

Tory MP Bill Wiggin is seen demanding that the Speaker order one of the cameramen to move

The ombudsman was inappropriately paid £20,000 in travel expenses

Ombudsman resigns over £20,000 train fares

Adam Sampson continued to live in London when he took up the post based in Birmingham

Andy McSmith's Diary: David Cameron's a man of principle - if you can dig deep enough

David Cameron has said he will “rule nothing out” – meaning that he just might call for a No vote in a referendum on EU membership if his negotiations in Brussels come to nothing.

Ed Miliband and Jim Murphy, the Scottish Labour leader, visit Queenslie Training Centre in Glasgow yesterday

Ed Miliband refuses to rule out coalition deal with SNP

But SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon accuses Labour and the Tories of being "joined at the hip"

Objections to the NHS tariff for 2015/16 have been submitted by hospitals

NHS budget crisis as hospitals rebel against Government cuts en masse

Objecting to the NHS tariff is a “last resort”

Figures show that 84 people killed themselves in custody in England and Wales last year

Shocking new figures show huge rise in prison violence, suicide and self-harm

84 people killed themselves in custody in England and Wales last year

Huge drop in women and disabled people participating in sport after the Olympics

245,000 fewer people are participating in swimming

Russell Brand side-steps the formal inquiry to take on the 'paedophiles in Westminster'

“Well, I think it is for me to judge,” Brand says in response to Labour MP Tom Watson's claims against Lord Brittan this week

Lib Dem Justice minister Simon Hughes

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

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

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

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Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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