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Tory party chairman, Baroness Warsi

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The UK Independence Party has more reason than any other to complain about the British election system: despite winning 900,000 votes at the last general election it has no MPs. In the European Parliament, which is elected by proportional representation, the party has a dozen MEPs.

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Two stylish wins at Meydan this year had earned the filly a quote of 12-1 for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas

Godolphin's Gamilati to miss Guineas after injury

A defining week in Godolphin's year began in disappointing fashion yesterday when it was revealed that Gamilati, one of the stable's leading Classic contenders, will miss the opening phase of the European season. Two stylish wins at Meydan this year had earned the filly (pictured) a quote of 12-1 for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, but the Godolphin manager revealed that she is now in the Dubai Equine Hospital. "Unfortunately, Gamilati has required surgery to remove a chip from her near-fore ankle," Simon Crisford explained. "She will have a little bit of time out of training, and when she starts back in a few weeks we will reassess her programme for the summer."

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Al Dente, By David Winner

The handful of recipes in this intriguing curiosity about "madness, beauty and the food of Rome" includes "a charming description of Vineyard Snails" from 1930 and a seminal recipe for tomato sauce from 1891, but the strangest takes the form of an eight-page interview. "Other ingredients are absolutely not allowed, so we have to take maximum care that it's only flour and water," says David Winner's informant, before explaining the subsequent stages – mixing, pressing, baking, humidification and wrapping – of the process. "We pay a lot of attention to every detail because we know what the wafer will become."

Mad, bad and darling to know

Riots and protests by the disaffected poor with the looming spectre of "mob rule", have often troubled MPs and lords at Westminster.

English Romantic poet George Gordon Noel Byron, known as Lord Byron (1788 - 1824) being visited by his muse

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As Lord Byron takes centre stage in the West End, Boyd Tonkin explains how an outspoken champion of the poor became a cultural superstar.

Frank Meadow Sutcliffe's image of Whitby's upper harbour, c1880

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People flock there now for its perfectly picturesque seaside and Rick Stein's fish and chips, yet in Frank Meadow Sutcliffe's day, Whitby was a place of Bram Stoker stories, gambolling urchins and an endlessly photogenic sea.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 01 February 2012

Santander profits hit by PPI bill

The Beatles performing All You Need is Love at the Abbey Road Studios

All you need is a big fat wallet to record at Abbey Road

Wealthy guests at the Savoy Hotel will be allowed to take over Abbey Road and add amateur recordings to its heritage in a move that will horrify Beatles obsessives for whom the recording studios are sacred ground.

DVD: Bluebeard (15)

French provocateur Catherine Breillat delivers a typically idiosyncratic take on Charles Perrault's fairy tale about a serial-killing aristocrat in 17th-century France.

Smith, left, with the singer Wee Willie Harris in the late 1950s

Mike Smith: Record producer who had a string of No 1 hits but turned down the Beatles

Between 1963 and 1970 Mike Smith produced six No 1 records for Brian Poole, the Tremeloes, Georgie Fame, Marmalade, Love Affair and Christie. He produced many other hit records too – but he missed out on the Beatles, turning them down at their audition for Decca Records on New Year's Day, 1962.

Unaccompanied 'answered the call'

Weld takes Champion aim

On a vile afternoon of icy squalls, the melancholy fact was that the hurdlers most competent to warm the cockles going into the big race were not actually taking part. First there was the eponymous, 19-year-old hero of the Istabraq Festival Hurdle, who looked in the pink of health as he jogged round the parade ring beforehand. And then there was Hurricane Fly, almost certainly the best in their discipline since the triple champion hurdler, and supposedly in his prime. Unfortunately, his scheduled return had again been postponed when he failed to appear among the final declarations for this, the last big race of the Christmas meeting. Though his trainer, Willie Mullins, insists the horse has no structural problems, he is plainly not blossoming as yet. In the circumstances, perhaps the mare who filled the breach yesterday should not be dismissed too hastily.

Dublin Carol, Trafalgar Studios 2, London (3/5)

The straggling Christmas decorations look more than a little half-hearted (mostly bare spruce), but then the setting of Conor McPherson's play, first seen in 2000, is an undertaker's office and it would be tactless to the bereaved to put on a flashier show.

Malban Cottage has been remodelled from two properties to now sleep ten

Stay The Night: Combermere Cottages, Shropshire

The decorators have been in at Combermere Abbey and given the old stables a fresh contemporary look

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Abbey Road at 80

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