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
The former Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Met, on the force's mounting problems
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'
Labour is portraying Boris Johnson as "high risk" and "a joke" as it launches a last-ditch blitz aimed at preventing him becoming Mayor of London next week.
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."
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.
In his last flat, Brian Paddick was besieged by the media. Now the mayoral candidate has moved onwards – and upwards – to some rooms with a view