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Ben Bradshaw says Mr Umunna's extended family had been subject to scrutiny

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon launches the Scottish National Party manifesto at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

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It would be very difficult for a number of reasons

Chuka Umunna appearing on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show on 10 May, 2015

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He released a statement saying that he was uncomfortable with the level of pressure on his personal life

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The shadow business secretary said he had not found media attention 'to be a comfortable experience'

A map which shows where UKIP gained the most voteshare across Great Britain. Darkest is 44 per cent increase, lightest is -1.4.

The map which shows how Ukip support is growing in every constituency but two

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Labour leader hopeful Chuka Umunna with his girlfriend Alice Sullivan

Chuka Umunna quits Labour leadership contest due to 'uncomfortable' media attention

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Nigel Farage speaks to Sky News

'The sheer level of support for me is astonishing': Nigel Farage remains defiant in the face of Ukip civil war

Ukip leader blames anonymous figure within the party for whipping up row and accuses Tories of trying to destabilise the party

Unsurprisingly, Nigel Farage thinks a Ukip leadership contest would be a 'massive mistake'

The party leader seems to have no appetite to take on challengers

Focus E15 Mothers led a protest to highlight the lack of affordable housing in London

It looks like 2015 is going to be the worst year on record for tenant evictions

Charities say welfare cuts and rising housing costs are to blame

Nigel Farage: Ukip should reject all taxpayer funds because it must 'not look like other parties grubbing around after public money'

Ukip leader insists party should accept none of the £3.2 million of 'Short money' the party is entitled to after winning 4 million votes at the election

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage arrives at the counting centre of the Thanet South constituency in Ramsgate

The map that shows how Ukip took British politics by storm

Ukip increased its vote share dramatically across England and Wales

Farage loyalists havet issued declarations of support for him

Ukip row: Nigel Farage defiantly rebuffs calls for him to quit as party leader

Backing is growing for Douglas Carswell to replace Farage as party leader

Nicola Sturgeon with David Cameron

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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