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The MP for Tottenham spoke to The Independent about a short film project on social housing in the capital

Brian May and Emily May attend The Kerrang! Awards at the Troxy on June 13, 2013 in London, England.

Kerrang! Awards 2013: Rock veterans Iron Maiden and Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor honoured

The biggest names in rock and metal descended on London last night for Kerrang! magazine’s annual awards, with British acts flying the flag in the capital by taking home some of the top gongs.

Edinburgh Diary

Comedian recalls useful advice that started him on the path to glory

Leading article: Paul Chambers and a deserved last laugh

Common sense has finally prevailed in the case of Paul Chambers, the Doncaster man whose conviction for sending a "menacing electronic communication" on Twitter was quashed yesterday in the High Court.

A Twitter post landed Paul Chambers in hot water with the police

Celebrities back appeal by airport tweet prankster

Celebrities appeared in court yesterday to support the right of a man to joke about blowing up an airport.

Frank Skinner and Friends, Noel Coward Theatre, London

Nobody should have been surprised by the news that the 55-year old comedian Frank Skinner is to become a father, after all, he’s never lost the glint in his eye. Grey-haired he may be, and perhaps a little bit more stately at times, the veteran joker can still nurture an audience.

Copycat comic capers

Jim Tavaré and Sid Bowfin are bald, wear tails and play stringed instruments. But it's no joke, says Tavaré, who is fighting back

How We Met: Mark Sargeant & Al Murray

'There are things I'm happier talking about with him than with mates I've had since I was 11'

Last Night's TV: Al Murray&rsquo;s German Adventure/ BBC4 </br> Julia Bradbury&rsquo;s German Wanderlust/ BBC4 </br> I&rsquo;m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!/ ITV1

It's not the first programmes you think of when you're planning a television season that cause the problems, it's the last ones, as you scrape around trying to make up the numbers. Because the problem with a season – as a scheduling strategy – is that it provides a protective umbrella for all kinds of programme ideas that you'd never dream of commissioning as one-offs. And, from the viewer's end, it isn't always easy to tell which are the core ideas and which are the hangers-on.

Al Murray: Through the looking glass

Think the Pub Landlord is a close relative of his creator? Think again. Ian Burrell meets a multilingual, renaissance pint-puller

On the agenda: XOYO; Brighton Comedy Festival; Agatha Christie Festival; London Fashion Week; London Design Festival;

Red, red, red: shades of Maybelline, herrings in Devon and painting the town in Old Street

Third time lucky for comic Kane

The Edinburgh Comedy Award goes to stand-up's intensely personal show about his late father

My Life In Travel: Al Murray

'I went on a sushi crawl across Tokyo &ndash; it was pure gluttony'

Big laughs: Why do we turn to stadium comedy whenever the economy becomes a sick joke?

Russell Brand and Al Murray are packing out London's 15,000-seat O2 Arena

Builder hits back at the Pub Landlord

Preston man lampooned by comic after they fell out over a patio threatens court action over jibes
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How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor