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The estranged father of a research scientist who outed herself as former call girl and blogger Belle de Jour revealed today he had used more than 150 prostitutes himself and had even introduced his daughter to some of them.

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In between overseeing the ad campaign which may propel David Cameron into No 10 next spring, the irrepressible David Jones, is working on a project which could have an even great bearing on the future.

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It's going to be some party, though retribution may be swift if fans fall foul of law. Steve Tongue reports from South Africa

Outrage as Jesus portrayed as transsexual woman

The creator of a controversial play which depicts Christ returned to earth as a female transsexual has accused critics of misinterpreting her work. Nearly 300 people picketed the opening night of Jesus, Queen of Heaven at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow this week, part of the city’s publicly funded annual Glasgay! arts festival.

Lords to be banned from lobbying for cash

Peers are to be banned from taking money for Parliamentary lobbying under proposals published today.

Peter Stanford: After 500 years, has the Pope outfoxed the Archbishop?

The Vatican's pitch for disaffected Anglicans is a major breach of protocol. But it could rid the Church of England of some of its most turbulent members

Former archbishop attacks Pope for Anglican overtures

Lord Carey says lack of consultation on Rome's invitation to Anglo-Catholics is 'inexcusable'

United across the divide: The nation answers Griffin

No one would pretend everything is perfect, but, contrary to the BNP's suggestions, all races do live together and respect each other's differences. Jonathan Owen and Victoria Richards report

Ball joins Portland as adviser

The PR company once close to the Labour Government is widening its sphere of influence, writes Nick Clark

Anselm Kiefer: 'The Independent wants to know if I am a Nazi!'

In 1969, he photographed himself giving Nazi salutes in public. Forty years on, Anselm Kiefer is a titan of world art, but his controversial work still picks at the scabs of the Fatherland's history. So why does this most German of artists live and work in Paris's Jewish quarter?

New archbishop to be unveiled

The new Archbishop of Birmingham, a key position in the Catholic Church in England and Wales, will be announced today.

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