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Helen Bailey, one of five homeowners affected by CRL in Edingale, near Tamworth, Staffordshire, recently won a lengthy battle to have her liability compounded, where both parties agree to a ‘buy out’, at a cost of £45 to her PCC

Church of England acting 'disgracefully' by seeking compensation after abolition of law requiring repairs on medieval buildings

The medieval law, Chancel Repair Liability, means that owners like Helen Bailey can be liable for repair of their local Anglican church if built before 1536

Rupert Read: Green party candidate apologises for offending transgender people

The philosopher sparked a heated debate after posting that the use of the word “cisgender” as the opposite of “transgender” troubled him

Government e-petition system called into question after bizarre recycled response

Petition about music venues gets stock answer defending against accusations of NHS privatisation

The bottom 10 per cent of households with children have lost the most in both cash terms and proportionally than any other group from the Coalition’s decisions

Coalition's tax and benefits changes hit low income families harder than any other group

Middle-income, working-age households without children however are much less affected by benefit cuts than other group

The Churchill Prize is a £6,000 prize to cement Winston Churchill's legacy

Winston Churchill's grandson: The wartime leader was a founding father of the EU

Sir Nicholas Soames is today launching The Churchill Prize, a £6,000 prize to cement his grandfather's legacy as a founding father of the European Union

Winston Churchill died 50 years ago on 24 January 1965
Lord Brittan has long been at the centre of rumours that dated back before 1984

Lord Brittan dies: His final months were marred by smears and innuendo – but no charges that would stick

In the hysteria that surrounds the alleged VIP child abuse scandal, one name was never far away

Blogger Christina Annesley, 23, died on holiday

Former Ukip youth leader dies in Thailand

Libertarian ‘free spirit’ found by resort staff after seeking treatment for chest infection

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Scotland's human panda David Mundell loses on pedantry

Rarely has London felt so provincial – Thessaloniki to Edinburgh’s Athens of the North. While the panoply of Anglo-Scottish power – First Minister, Prime Minister, Secretary of State – was cavorting round Holyrood, the Commons made do with a sparsely attended, 40-minute statement.

Leon Brittan arrives wife Diana for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher

Remembering Leon Brittan: An 'inspiring leader' who helped to shape the EU

As Home Secretary under Margaret Thatcher, Brittan was at one time even talked about as a possible future Tory leader

Cameron has been accused of trying to torpedo the TV clashes

Broadcasters call David Cameron's bluff as they invite the Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru to join TV election debates

Cameron has been accused of trying to torpedo the clashes after refusing to debate Nigel Farage unless the Greens’ leader Natalie Bennett was included

Andy McSmith's Diary: Who said politics was all about the money? White Dee

White Dee, heroine of the Channel 4 documentary series Benefits Street, has been advised by her agent to shun politics. If the bookies are correct, she has a better chance than any other challenger of unseating the incumbent Labour MP Shabana Mahmood in Birmingham Ladywood where she lives, but her manager, Barry Tomes, thinks she should forget it. He has advised his client, whose real name is Deirdre Kelly, that she can make more money by being a media personality. She is thought to have been paid £100,000 for appearing on Celebrity Big Brother.

Boris Johnson attempted to intervene in the incident

Wary of London terror threat, Boris Johnson arrives in Iraqi Kurdistan to see fight against Isis

Officials claim Johnson is keen to see first hand the efforts being made to combat the extremist group

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, left, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, centre, and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Woodand

Green Party, SNP, and Plaid Cymru set to join seven-way TV leaders’ debates

The new plans come after widespread argument over who should be included in the televised clashes

The Prime Minister said he expected others to keep arguing for more powers for the Scottish Parliament but, as far as he was concerned, today’s settlement represented the final stage on Scotland’s devolution journey

David Cameron: No more devolution powers to Scotland after today's settlement

'This is the right resting place,' he declared, after championing the UK Government’s blueprint for more devolution, which he published today

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links