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The proposal has dropped the amount of 'affordable' housing to a derisory level

Stephen Kelman: He creates a tragic story that’s full of life and energy

Ios paperback review: Pigeon English, By Stephen Kelman

Setting the patois among the pigeons

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Detective Constable Adele Cashman, 30, a response team officer based at Kentish Town police station, who collapsed and died yesterday whilst chasing a phone thief

Detective collapses and dies while chasing phone thieves

Britain's top policeman tonight paid tribute to one of his officers who collapsed and died while chasing two phone thieves.

Dragons make for an uncomfortable drive

Things have changed in the 10 years since I last sat behind the wheel of a car

84-year-old Ezekiel McCarthy admits killing nephew after mistaking him for a burglar

An 84-year-old man has admitted killing his nephew after mistaking him for a burglar.

Three restaurants and a top nightclub in central London are shut after inspectors find cockroach eggs, rodent droppings, maggots and decomposing mice

Three restaurants and a top nightclub in central London have been shut after inspectors found a catalogue of food hygiene failings.

Pigeon English, By Stephen Kelman Bloomsbury

The story of 13-year-old Ghanian immigrant, Harri Opoku, whose new home is a gritty London estate and whose fate bears echoes of Damilola Taylor's murder, caused a publishing sensation and ended up on the Man Booker shortlist.

Would life be better as a toothbrush?

Sitting on my friend's sofa, drinking wine a couple of weeks ago. "Don't you sometimes wish," said my friend, her dog's head nestled happily on her knees as she gently frotted her stuffed rabbit (the dog, not my friend), "that you could just be a nice person's dog? That you didn't have to worry about being the nice person, but you could just rely on them being there to look after you? And not worry about them judging you if wanted to frot your teddy in public?"

Tory majority cut in latest council by-elections

Tory majorities were slashed in the latest council by-elections which saw Labour go ahead over the month.

Scott Lidgett: inspired a generation of British publicists

Helen Scott Lidgett: PR supremo for major cultural institutions

In 1991, a sculpture by Patricia Finch called Golders Hill Girl was unveiled in a north London park. Dressed in bronze flip-flops and hot pants, the work is arresting for its unusual mix of glamour and informality. The same might have been said of Helen Scott Lidgett, née Finch, who sat for the piece for her mother and has died of ovarian cancer at 63.

Alice Jones: Don't ever change a name, especially if it's unpronounceable

IMHO: The announcement that Big Ben was to be renamed The Elizabeth Tower was met with a deafening peal of baffled whys
Labour peer Andrew Adonis, aka Baron Adonis of Camden Town in the London Borough of Camden

Diary: Disloyal subjects rail against Baron High-Speed of Camden

The Labour peer Andrew Adonis, aka Baron Adonis of Camden Town in the London Borough of Camden, was a Secretary of State for Transport who loved trains. He spent five days touring the country by train soon after his appointment. And he left behind a £33bn plan for a high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham, which survived the transition from a Labour to a Coalition government.

63 sex cases under review as specialist Met detective arrested for perverting the course of justice

A police officer has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice following allegations over inaccuracies in crime reports.

Parsons says: 'I think Ian Fleming is very underestimated as a writer, and I love the way that he mined his life and his soul for 007'

One Minute With: Tony Parsons, novelist

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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