Do we really need to watch the election in HD? According to Sky News we do

For an election as closely run as this one seems likely to be, a single Swingometer was never going to be enough. So 55 years after the first prototype was introduced to illustrate the change in voting patterns in Southampton Itchen and Southampton Test, the BBC will be deploying three Swingometers to interpret the latest news from the nation's polling stations.

Brian Paddick: A bad day for race relations in the police

I first met Ali Dizaei in 1999 during three days of tests and interviews to get on a course that would be our ticket to the highest ranks in the police service. Even then his reputation preceded him. As the outspoken head of the Black Police Association he had been justifiably critical of the police service's, at times, half-hearted attempts to tackle racism within its ranks and institutions.

Statesman or salesman? Why Cameron's speech failed to inspire

The Tories had a good conference – and appear set fair for the general election. But there are nagging doubts after their leader's address

Brian Paddick: Police leaders must regain control of their subordinates

The former Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Met, on the force's mounting problems

Fine-free period for cannabis users

Cannabis users will not face fines from today, despite it being upgraded to a Class B drug.

Brian Paddick: 'I've done my public service. Now it's time to have some fun'

What possessed the high-ranking former Metropolitan Police chief to enter TV's most notorious jungle? And what's he planning for his next trick? Deborah Orr steps into the contradictory world of Brian Paddick

Pandora: Floyd's divorce hits home hard

While the state of Gordon Ramsay's marriage dominates the headlines, I hear that his fellow chef Keith Floyd is counting the cost of a painfully expensive divorce.

Leading article: Competent leadership badly needed

The scandal of the arrest of the Shadow immigration minister, Damian Green, continues to reverberate. Arresting MPs (not to mention raiding their offices in the House of Commons) is no small matter in a democracy. The affair must be treated with the highest seriousness by the Government. Before anything else we need an official statement detailing exactly what ministers knew before the raid went ahead. Otherwise, poisonous suspicions that the police have been used as a political tool will continue to fester.

Jungle lessons in creeping, crawling and breeding

'I'm a Celebrity' has shone a light on the grooming habits and territory marking of the celebrity species. Its mating rituals are next

Celebrity, the cerebral and articles you won't see in 'Heat'

Matthew Bell wonders if we really need academics to explain our obsession with fame

Tennis ace faces the oddest competition of her career on 'I'm a Celebrity ...'

Jungle's Martina will be hoping they call 'Out!'

Terence Blacker: It's enough to make me cry... in private

The great blubbing debate has just moved to a new, decisive phase, with those of us who hold that crying in public is almost always a form of showing off in danger of being swept away on a tide of tears.

Pathologist given false details over Menezes death, inquest told

A pathologist was misled during a police briefing into believing Jean Charles de Menezes "vaulted" over a ticket barrier before he was shot dead, an inquest heard today.

The Grades recruitment event: White men in braces need not apply...

The Grades recruitment event is strongly focused on diversity, inclusion and merit

Mayor dismisses 'Tory plot' over ousted Met chief

Boris Johnson branded claims of a Tory plot to oust Britain's most senior police officer as "absolutely outlandish" today.

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