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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

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

David Lammy disagrees with the

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

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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

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