The actress Sienna Miller is poised to become the latest litigant to join a growing queue of high-profile figures seeking damages from the publishers of the News of the World newspaper over the illegal hacking of voicemail messages.
On the anniversary of the July 7 bombings, <i>The Independent</i> speaks to those caught up in the carnage...
It began with an unprecedented third-party surge, with Channel 4 opening its campaign for the couch-potato vote 55 minutes before the two established parties – BBC and ITV – even got into the game. There would be, the announcer promised, "very strong language and adult humour", not something that had ever been delivered by the traditional coverage, and it was rapidly clear that the Alternative Election Night really did have fresh policies to offer.
The Tories had a good conference – and appear set fair for the general election. But there are nagging doubts after their leader's address
Boris Johnson branded claims of a Tory plot to oust Britain's most senior police officer as "absolutely outlandish" today.
For three years he survived calls for his resignation over allegations of incompetence, racism and political naivety, but Sir Ian Blair lasted just one day working for Boris Johnson. By Cahal Milmo and Nigel Morris
Conservative MP Boris Johnson looked set to be crowned Mayor of London tonight barring a last-minute turnaround.
Such as, 'How will you cut crime?' and 'What is your favourite joke'
The secret paranoia of former statesmen. The former Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson memorably told two journalists: "I see myself as a big fat spider in the corner of the room. Sometimes I speak when I'm asleep. You should both listen. Occasionally when we meet, I might tell you to go to the Charing Cross Road and kick a blind man standing on the corner. That blind man may tell you something, lead you somewhere."
Labour is trying to forge an informal "Lib-Lab pact" to head off the prospect of a victory by the Tory candidate Boris Johnson over Ken Livingstone in the election for London mayor.
In just over three weeks, Londoners choose their next mayor. Jonathan Owen profiles the leading candidates and their policies
Boris Johnson pledged yesterday to sweep away the "superannuated Marxist cabal" installed at City Hall by Ken Livingstone, as he launched his campaign to become Mayor of London.
The race to choose the next Mayor of London has begun. The main candidates are in place. This week, Ken Livingstone made his first manifesto pledge, that if he is re-elected, London's pensioners will be allowed free travel on public transport 24 hours a day. He has had his first head-to-head debate with his main rival, Boris Johnson.