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All the talk has been of cabinet reshuffles in the run-up to the party conference season – but now it looks like they may be delayed until after it is over.

Iron Lady’s pages are for turning: Loyal Tories make Margaret Thatcher’s life story their top choice of summer reading

The hefty biography of former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, written by the ex-Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore, may not seem the obvious pick for most people to while away hours on the beach with. But a poll of MPs by ComRes found that it was the Conservatives’ favourite to pack away.

Labour leader Ed Miliband; former minister Chris Mullin

Ed Miliband urged to bring back ‘grown-ups’ to Labour front bench

Move could help counter claims made by ministers that economic crisis was caused by previous Labour government

Question Time: Can't the BBC allow us one hour of unashamedly highbrow televison?

We no longer have reasoned arguments between people who know what they're talking about, interspersed with intelligent contributions from the audience

On the police commissioner campaign trail with John Prescott as he addresses the (not quite) masses in Hull's main square

Subtract the three Union officials, the nine badge wearing local party members and the city's three Labour MPs - including former Home Secretary Alan Johnson – from the total at the John Prescott for Police and Crime Commissioner rally in Hull's Queen Victoria Square, and the is attendance figure is hovering around the zero mark.

Emergency action taken after court says immigration rules are illegal

Immigration rules that have been in operation for four years had to be rushed from the Home Office to the House of Lords yesterday, in the hope of saving the system from collapse.

'Rotten' John Lydon set for Question Time

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon is swapping anarchy for current affairs to appear on Question Time.

'Independent' cartoonist wins prestigious award

The Independent's Dave Brown has been named political cartoonist of the year by the Cartoon Art Trust.

Alan Johnson guard sacked for 'affair'

A police bodyguard was sacked last night following an investigation into claims he had an affair with the wife of the former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson.

Alan Johnson: 'Coalition government is here to stay'

Free of front-bench responsibility, the former home secretary is happy to catch up on his reading – and pass on some advice to his leader. John Rentoul meets Alan Johnson

John Rentoul: Why did nobody stop Gordon Brown?

Another memoir from a former member of Brown's government adds brushstroke detail and depth to his monster status

Matthew Norman: In the interests of his party, Clegg must walk the plank

His Icarus-style descent isn't fair. One of the good guys, he doesn't deserve the unthinking demonisation in which too many of us have lazily indulged

Volunteer police bid 'a slap in the face'

Hundreds of the country's most experienced police officers who were forced to retire under a legal loophole are being encouraged to return to Britain's second largest force as unpaid special constables.

Yes campaign makes its final push for victory

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg last night made last-ditch pleas to the public to defy David Cameron and the pollsters by supporting a historic change to the voting system in tomorrow's referendum.

Alan Johnson: Lansley's not a bad surgeon, but he's fixing the wrong leg

The Labour politican ran the NHS too, and he can spot a bad remedy

Boyd Tonkin: Author, thinker – prime minister?

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

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
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
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

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
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

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
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