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Labour leader opted to go second in debate

David Cameron during Wednesday afternoon's PMQs

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Bassist and cheese-maker Alex James has completed his journey from regular at the Groucho to pillar of the Chipping Norton set, as this image demonstrates. James is seen consorting with David Cameron and Jeremy Clarkson (and Cameron's baby, Florence) at Harvest, a festival of food and other unashamedly bourgeois pursuits, organised by James at his farm in Oxfordshire. James's features betray mild apprehension, as if he's thinking:

Jeremy Clarkson sacked from Top Gear: David Cameron believes he must 'face the consequences of abuse'

Change in tone from Prime Minister after previously lending Top Gear star his public support

A supporter of same-sex marriage waves a rainbow flag outside the Houses of Parliament

General Election 2015: Lib Dems pledge global same-sex marriage rights

"We must extend the freedom of LGBT citizens, both here and abroad"

David Cameron and Ed Miliband clashed in the Commons at PMQs on Wednesday

Prime Minister's Questions: 11 reasons why it epitomises the worst in British politics

Politicians love it; the vast majority of the public hate it. This is why no one will miss the weekly shouting match and why it should be consigned to history

Mr Cameron said he would not raise the tax

David Cameron promises he won’t raise VAT again if the Tories are re-elected

The Prime Minister made the pledge at the last Prime Minister's Questions before the election

Deputy Prime Minister, and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg speaks at the party’s autumn conference in Glasgow

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Clegg tries to get in on the next internet meme sensation after Harry Potter mashup showed Lord Voldermort in hair curlers

The Prime Minister was filmed at his second home in Oxfordshire

David Cameron and the mystery of the 'sexist' chopping board

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David Cameron speaks to members of 'Age UK' during an election rally at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London, on Tuesday

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Grey voters give the tardy PM colourful reminders about social care

Normally, before Cameron Direct events, the audience waits in respectful silence for the Prime Minister.

Survey found 87 per cent of public want profit made on second homes to be given to the Treasury

Retiring MPs in line to make up to £9 million profit from sale of second homes

Research finds up to 30 veteran MPs could take advantage of booming house prices and cash in on their taxpayer-funded second homes

A scientist takes a close look at wild solanum plants as they are harvested in Peru

Trials of GM ‘super spud’ scheduled after election due to public sensitivity

Field trials are expected to be announced in June

David Cameron speaks to members of 'Age UK' during an election rally at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London, on Tuesday

David Cameron may have hastened his own departure, warn truculent Tory MPs

Backbench critics say PM has made himself vulnerable in the event of poor election results or a rocky patch

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