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Cycling campaigners attack Government's cycling revolution plans

Cycling needs "at least £10 a head" to catch up with Germany or Holland, they claim

Lord Freud suggested that some disabled people are 'not worth' the minimum wage

Lord Freud: Labour claims 'nasty party' is back as another senior Tory backs welfare minister

Jackie Doyle-Price MP tweets: “Anyone who denies that the minimum wage is a barrier to employment for the less able is living in cloud cuckoo land”

Ed Miliband has pledged Labour would build 200,000 homes a year by 2020

Labour would reserve half of all new-build homes for 'local' first-time buyers

Party denies policy is designed to look tougher on immigration and head off Ukip

Alan Milburn, Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission chairman

Ban unpaid internships completely, says Social Mobility Commission

Internships prevent people from poorer backgrounds entering the professions

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will ask nurses to play their part

Jeremy Hunt tells nurses 'path to lower cost is the same as the path to safer care'

Health Secretary claims NHS could hire more staff if it made fewer mistakes

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Freudian slip was just the tonic for sick Ed Miliband

Most people hearing a croaking Ed Miliband gamely explaining that “I am speaking through a sore throat, but I would not have missed this meeting with the Prime Minister for the world” would think: “For goodness sake, why didn’t you call in sick?”

Lord Freud: Past gaffes on welfare, food banks and 'bedroom tax' revealed

Tory minister suggested disabled people shouldn't get minimum wage

Lord Freud suggested that some disabled people are 'not worth' the minimum wage

Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments

Minister roundly condemned over suggesting denial of minimum wage to the disabled

Andy McSmith's Diary: Douglas Carswell’s 51-word opening punch as a Ukip MP has PM on the ropes

Douglas Carswell has spoken 51 words in the Commons as a Ukip MP, and already he seems to have sent David Cameron into retreat. At Prime Minister’s Questions, he asked about a promise the Conservatives made in 2010 that they would legislate to give constituents the power to sack sleazy MPs. This became a live issue during the expenses scandal.

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Sir Alan Duncan's 'apartheid' attack on Israel settlement building angers Jewish groups

Sir Alan described Israeli settlement building as an ‘ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe’

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby backs military action

Fighting Isis must be ‘battle for social justice’, says Archbishop of Canterbury

Most Rev Justin Welby supports military action in Iraq and hopes it creates ‘just peace’

Lord Freud disabled wage comments: 'Those words will haunt him', say Tory MPs as peer faces calls to resign

David Cameron distanced himself from the welfare reform minister’s apparent suggestion that some people might not be “worth” the minimum wage

Senior Liberal Democrat Jeremy Browne his ministerial post in the October reshuffle

Lib Dem MP Jeremy Browne to stand down in 2015

Former minister shocks party with decision

Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage

Lord Freud suggested disabled workers might want to work for £2 at Tory conference fringe meeting

Alex Salmond fell on his sword last month, making Nicola Sturgeon the clear frontrunner to replace him

Nicola Sturgeon named next leader of Scottish National Party to replace Alex Salmond in November

Mr Salmond will step down at the SNP conference, having failed to persuade Scotland to vote for independence

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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We need to talk about loss

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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

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How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

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Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album