The New Year roll call is expected to confirm a knighthood for David Cameron’s election guru, Lynton Crosby
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The former union activist, also referred to Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell as 'scumbags', called Jack Straw a 'vile git'
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Move could help counter claims made by ministers that economic crisis was caused by previous Labour government
News Corp chief admits criticism that feature is ‘so last century’ may be right
As Twitter releases a tranche of data looking at the trends and top tweets of the year, we've got an alternative list. What was your favourite spat?
Their politics is grander than ours, but also far more prone to fantasy and extremism
An award for the creator of 'The Thick of It' was too much for the spin-doctor who does not believe in the honours system
Forget the antics of Joey Barton, the toughest footballers these days are to be found playing in charity games. It's something that Gordon Ramsay discovered at the weekend, after he was floored by Teddy Sheringham during the Soccer Aid event at Old Trafford.
The recent appearances of Labour figures at the Leveson Inquiry hasn't just been a reunion for the Class of '97, it has also provided an opportunity for them to plug their books.
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Having run his inquiry into media ethics thus far without a pratfall, Lord Justice Leveson has created an opportunity to make a complete ass of himself next week by getting heavy with Paul Staines, who blogs under the alias Guido Fawkes.
Tony Blair has expressed his irritation at the Iraq inquiry's preparing to deliver a damning verdict on his handling of the war.
While scandal can bring down the powerful, others feel they have to make a stand