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

Supporters hope a successful Olympics will help Boris Johnson win the next Tory leadership race

Boris favourite to take over from Cameron as Conservative leader

Boris Johnson has emerged as the favoured choice of Conservatives to succeed David Cameron as leader of the party, according to a survey for i.

Will Cameron's business Olympics clear the economic hurdles?

The PM wants the nation to cash in on the Games but, says Mark Leftly, the credit crunch may have spoiled its chances

Victoria Summerley: How Mitt Romney made me love the Olympics

There's something about a smarmy Yank coming over here and criticising the way we run things that brings out the Little Britisher in all of us

President of the European Central Bank vows to do 'whatever it takes to preserve the euro'

Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, has vowed to do “whatever it takes to preserve the euro” in a speech that cheered world markets today.

No amnesty for illegal immigrants

Downing Street yesterday ruled out offering an amnesty for illegal immigrants and failed asylum-seekers still in Britain.

Pre-Olympic Games road restrictions 'cause delays'

Road restrictions in place ahead of the Olympics caused some long delays today, according to traffic information company Inrix.

Sir Martin Sorrell carries the Olympic flame through the streets of Redbridge in London yesterday

Marketing guru Sorrell jogs on by with a smile

First came Coca-Cola's free sample bearers. Then the trotting Samsung flag distributors and the Lloyds TSB streamer wavers. And finally, with a broad smile as he bore the fiery symbol of sporting purity, came the millionaire ad man who knows the power of a brand more than any other.

Tim Walker: The whingeing champions...

One problem with the Olympics is that it's hard for the true believers to express their enthusiasm without being accosted by the "brand police"

Portraits show Olympians' 'spirit of greatness'

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled its largest commission to date, the culmination of three years’ work, dedicated to the “spirit of greatness” of those involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Pippa and Kate Middleton

Trending: Royal Box? Actually, I'm invited to join the Federers…

Watching the Men's final in the Royal Box at Wimbledon yesterday was a mix of aristocrats, politicians, Olympians and, er, the Beckhams.

Boris Johnson supports OAP Jack Denness's Olympic Torch bid

A pensioner who has run through Death Valley 12 times for charity may yet get the chance to carry the Olympic Torch after his case was highlighted by The Independent.

Transport: 'Next stop Westminster, eh?!' Boris Johnson turns Tube announcer

Londoners can be a miserable lot. While the rest of the country flocks to watch the torch relay and gets ready for the Olympics on TV, they're moaning about ZiL lanes, anti-aircraft missiles, packed trains and tourists. And now there's something new to drone on about.

Michael Gove's Tory donor friend Edmund Lazarus is linked to pension furore at private schools chain

Investigation into allegations of improper claims under state-run scheme for teachers

London's brand new £60m 'flying bus' route opens

Having been waved off by a group of north London delicatessen workers, one of a rotating smorgasboard of sectional groups beaming out from an enormous screen in the “terminal building”, a jolt of acceleration begins one's journey on London's brand new £60m flying bus route. “You are cruising at an altitude of 295 feet. Please remain seated at all times,” informs the piped in stewardess.

Olympic rings adorn Tower Bridge

Giant Olympic rings became the crowning glory on Tower Bridge today to mark the countdown to the London 2012 Games.

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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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