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A father accused of starting the fire in which his six children died said he had sex and smoked cannabis to blot out the horror of the blaze.

Wogan addresses BBC's Savile crisis on 'Children in Need' as appeal beats 2011 total

The BBC's Children in Need appeal raised more than £26 million during this year's live television show, beating the 2011 total.

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New Culture Secretary Maria Miller faces wrath of Conservative right flank with resounding endorsement of gay marriage agenda

The new Culture Secretary today risked incurring the wrath of the Conservative Party’s right flank with a resounding endorsement of the Government’s gay marriage agenda.

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Recently freed from an injunction imposed by her ex-husband Jeremy Clarkson, she wants to make known how her name has been blackened. Matthew Bell meets Alex Hall.

Sexy, druggy Tory story upsets 'old school'

Andrew Davies's TV adaptation of Booker Prize-winning novel about the Thatcher years ruffles feathers

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