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The acclaimed artist said he told London Mayor Boris Johnson to solve the city's housing crisis

Philip Hensher: A politician's wealth is fascinating, but it's not necessarily our business

How gripping it would be to discover how much one’s friends and enemies made last year

Mayoral candidates enter earnings race

London's three top mayoral candidates published details of their income and tax payments yesterday but the row over their personal finances looked set to continue.

London mayoral hopefuls Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone locked in tax row

A bitter row over candidates' tax affairs was centre stage once again in the fight to be London mayor today as rivals clashed over publication of details of their personal finances.

Seven candidates nominated to become Mayor of London

Seven candidates have thrown their hats into the ring in the May 3 fight to be mayor of London, it was announced today.

Boris Johnson insists there will be no third runway at Heathrow

Boris Johnson has insisted there will not be a third runway built at Heathrow, despite the Prime Minister and Chancellor stating the need for airport expansion in south east England.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Everyone has a theory no one has an answer

Last week Darell Desuze, 17, admitted the manslaughter of Richard Mannington Bowes, 68, in Ealing. Bowes tried to talk sense to crazed rioters last year, was attacked and later died. It was a savage crime, one of many committed over those frightening days. Desuze will be sentenced next month by the judge, who said he would take into account the context when passing judgement. Good luck to m'lud. Even his considerable cerebrum may find it somewhat testing to sum up the context, contested daily by every sector of society and an unending line of headmen and specialists.

Jane Merrick: That's not wallowing. It's emotion, the Scouse way

Calm down, calm down! If you're a Scouser like me you would have heard that phrase about every 10 days for the past 20 years, usually coupled with the flat-palmed hand gestures and "'ey, 'ey". Thank you, Harry Enfield, for cementing a stereotype of Liverpudlians that has been harder to shift than a van full of shell suits.

David Cameron: As PM he earns £142,500 but he also rents out his former home for up to £70,000. The tax changes are likely to save him £3,000 - £5,000 a year

Top Tories to save thousands after 50p tax cut

David Cameron and his wife Samantha are likely to save thousands of pounds as a result of George Osborne's decision to scrap the 50p tax rate for those earning more than £150,000 a year. An analysis of their earnings suggests the Camerons could gain up to £5,000 a year as a result.

Boris Johnson speaks at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester

Boris Johnson promises 200,000 new jobs

London mayor Boris Johnson today promised to create more than 200,000 jobs in the capital over the next four years if he is re-elected on May 3.

Asia boost for Pru

Prudential's Asian division has become the biggest contributor to group profits for the first time, the insurer said yesterday, bolstering its case for a move overseas.

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Mark Rylance to perform impromptu Shakespeare on Tube for Cultural Olympiad

A floating opera written by Monty Python star Terry Jones and impromptu Shakespeare recitals on the Tube by award-winning actor Mark Rylance are among the cultural events that will run alongside the Olympics in London this summer.

A new routemaster double decker bus passes Piccadilly Circus in London on its first first day of service

Ding ding, all aboard. The Routemaster returns to London

At 1.33pm today, the bright new hope of London’s transport network finally reached its terminus at Victoria station. The six-mile journey aboard the new Routemaster on route 38 from Hackney in east London had taken longer than a Eurostar train from the capital to Lille in northern France.

Livingstone jab at Mayor's double duty

Ken Livingstone, Labour's candidate in the London mayoral election, will call at Downing Street today to hand in a letter to David Cameron promising that if elected, he will make being Mayor a full time job.

Idiosyncratic old Etonian: Jacob Rees-Mogg

Diary: A 29-letter word outburst is nothing to Rees-Mogg

Floccinaucinihilipilification is sometimes said to be the longest word in the English language. At 29 letters, it beats antidisestablishmentarianism, though there are some longer concoctions in medical dictionaries, and the third paragraph of Finnegan's Wake, by James Joyce, has a made-up word of 100 letters.

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