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Another week and another round of Prime Minister's Questions with very few answers. Yet although the reasons for Cameron and Miliband's mutual mocking changes, look a little closer and you will notice there is always one constant.

Leading article: A reversal that demonstrates not strength, but weakness

David Cameron seems incapable of following a reforming line on sentencing when under attack

Steve Richards: The end of the Tories' romantic dream

The romantics are original thinkers driven by ideas, vision and with the courage and guile to follow through with policy

Jeremy Laurance: New answers, but there's still the £20bn question

The sound of screeching brakes could be heard in University College Hospital as David Cameron engaged reverse gear on NHS reforms.

The Sketch: It's hard to think clearly when you're drowning in alphabet soup

I've always been very clear on that," Andrew Lansley told the House. It was so untrue. He's never very clear, not about anything. He knows too much. He wants us to know he knows too much. He gives us the background, the foreground, the underground to every question.

Leading article: NHS pledges with a political purpose

David Cameron was confident and fluent in his keynote speech on the NHS yesterday but its content did not add up to much. The five pledges he made were anodyne: he wants to spend more, keep waiting lists low, improve integrated care not hinder it, and all the rest. He could hardly have said the opposite.

Back me or sack me over NHS reforms, Cameron tells voters

David Cameron will today invite the public to vote against him at the next general election if he fails to keep his promises to protect the National Health Service.

Steve Richards: Why cling to the least helpful targets?

As ministers insist they have no time for targets, you cannot move for them in relation to the economy

No 10 denies Lansley is to resign over NHS reforms

David Cameron was forced to issue a vote of confidence in his Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, yesterday as ministers search for an NHS reform blueprint acceptable to both parts of the Coalition.

Nick Clegg rejects 'arbitrary NHS deadline'

NHS reforms could be delayed by weeks if not months, the Deputy Prime Minister has suggested.

Huhne 'will tell police he can't remember who drove his car'

'It might have been me,' he will say as claim of second alleged speeding points swap emerges

Andrew Lansley guarantees cancer networks

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has guaranteed the future of key teams of cancer experts after heavy criticism that his NHS reforms would put them at risk.

Nick Clegg: Health reform changes are the price of Lib Dem support

Nick Clegg has warned David Cameron he will not ask Liberal Democrat MPs and peers to support the Government's health reforms unless they are "substantially changed".

NHS reforms essential, says David Cameron

David Cameron warned today that the Government's NHS reforms were essential to avert a £20 billion funding shortfall by 2015.

Cameron to promise 'no risks' in NHS reform

David Cameron will today attempt to breathe life back into the Coalition's faltering plans for the NHS.

John Pugh: Stop tinkering, and start again with NHS reform

The Prime Minister is promising substantial and significant changes in the Health and Social Care Bill. But if yesterday's press reports are to be believed Professor Steve Field, the man appointed to pull together the Government's listening exercise, is likely find himself on the same page as many of the Bill's critics – particularly over unbridled competition within the NHS.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee