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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.

Miliband was 'tempted' to join fees protest

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was "tempted" to join student protesters on the streets this week but was "doing something else".

Mephedrone ban blamed for rise in cocaine deaths

Banning the "dance drug" mephedrone may have cost lives rather than saving them – by driving users back to cocaine, an expert said yesterday.

Diary: Mandy out of step with Beeb

Waltzing Peter Mandelson, seen here strutting his stuff at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom, will not be appearing on his beloved Strictly Come Dancing, but controversy still rages as to who snubbed whom: Mandy or the BBC. The former First Secretary suggested stroppily to Total Politics magazine that no invitation to strut his stuff had been forthcoming: "They had their opportunity [to ask me]," he said, "and now they can get lost." Yet the Corporation's head of comms for Entertainment insists that, on the contrary, Mandelson declined an offer to take part – unlike cross-party fox-trotters Ann Widdecombe and Vince Cable, who is due to feature in a Christmas special. Well, it is two years since Mandy first expressed his interest in the show; perhaps the Beeb just played too hard to get.

Simon Carr: Asset or liability? Only George really knows

Sketch: The only meaning money will have is what the Georges say it's worth

John Rentoul: AJ4PM Committee reconvenes

Alan Johnson, the shadow chancellor, is certainly ruthless enough to have been prime minister. I detected an assertion of his authority while his leader was on paternity leave in his speech at the RSA on Thursday, about which I wrote in The Independent on Sunday today.

Decision on deportation of hit-and-run asylum seeker

An asylum seeker who left a 12-year-old girl dying under his car in a hit-and-run accident could be kicked out of Britain today after his victim's family fought to have him deported.

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Oh, all right. I wouldn't have got it either. Sad but true: if you had asked me what the national debt was, I wouldn't have been able to give you a figure. If you asked me the difference between that and the budget deficit, I probably wouldn't get it either. Thank goodness it's not part of my job.

Labour endorses graduate tax

Labour is to endorse a graduate tax as its official policy after Ed Miliband overruled Alan Johnson, the shadow Chancellor, who has expressed grave doubts about the idea.

Taxpayers 'will be fined' for child benefit breach

Higher rate taxpayers who fail to declare that their partners are claiming child benefit will be fined under planned welfare reforms, it was disclosed today.

Relief for Osborne on rare day of good news

George Osborne received a double helping of good news yesterday: better-than-expected figures on the strength of the recovery and an upgrade from the credit-ratings agency Standard & Poor.

Matthew Norman: Alan Johnson is just the man for the battle Labour must fight

The Shadow Chancellor needs to do what doesn't come naturally to him, and get livid about this systemic attack on human potential

John Rentoul: Ed Miliband needs a plan, and soon

Labour politicians' answer to the question, 'What would you do?' invariably starts with, 'Not this'

Leading article: Where is the Labour alternative?

This was the biggest week yet for the Coalition Government.

The Sketch: The amateurs are in charge, and who knows what will happen next?

What a week in Parliament it was; what a month it has been. So much New Generation news, we need a recap.

Shadow Chancellor lambasts the Coalition's 'deficit deceivers'

Alan Johnson condemns the cuts as an ideologically driven assault on the state and based on a series of economic myths
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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Robert Parker interview

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