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The Kumars (Sky1) are back. They've left number 42 at their street in Wembley and moved to Hounslow, where a divorced Sanjeev Kumar/Bhaskar is hosting his TV show from behind his dad's shop where they're renting from new landlord Hawney (pronounced "horny").

MPs accuse Government over scrapping of international aid programmes

The Government has been accused by MPs of bowing to “short-term political pressures” by deciding to scrap aid programmes to South Africa and India.

John Biffen’s withering verdict on Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet meetings: 'Miserably disappointing' gatherings full of 'unctuous self-satisfaction'

Cabinet meetings under Margaret Thatcher were “miserably disappointing” gatherings devoid of debate and filled with “unctuous self-satisfaction”, one her most senior ministers said in 1984.

BBC's Liz Barclay joins the Financial Services Consumer Panel

BBC business journalist Liz Barclay is set to join the Financial Consumer Panel, which advises the Financial Conduct Authority.

RSPCA has become ‘sinister and nasty’ and should be replaced, says head of Countryside Alliance

Sir Barney White-Spunner questions authority of ‘once great British institution’

John Cridland looks to ‘working café’ culture in CBI’s new home

When the CBI director-general, John Cridland, took the top job at the UK’s biggest business lobbying group in February 2011, his ambition was to find a fitting new home for the organisation: in his words, a “modest palace of glass and steel”.

7. London came seventh overall, it came second in diversity

Old fashioned? City of London award dowry to 'poor honest young woman'

If you thought dowries in Britain were a thing of the past, think again.

New twist in 'plebgate' row as police officer to sue former chief whip Andrew Mitchell for libel

PC Toby Rowland was on duty when the former Cabinet Minister attempted to cycle through the main Downing Street gates

Matt Butler: The national treasure, his soiled shorts and the shaven ‘fairy’

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David Cameron becomes first British PM to telephone an Iranian president in over 10 years with call to Hassan Rouhani

David Cameron has become the first British Prime Minister to call an Iranian president in more than a decade.

Savoy may close as £220m refit fails to drum up trade

The Savoy was a favourite rendezvous for brokers, bankers, bounders and Hollywood's best. And, for a time, it was a home away from home for the artist Claude Monet, stars Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, and Sir Winston Churchill.

'Stop buying Home Counties schlosses': Boris Johnson rattles super-wealthy with plea for greater philanthropy

Mayor of New York says Britain had yet to catch up with American idea of large-scale giving

Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the finish line on Stage Seven of the Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain: Mark Cavendish takes second stage victory as Sir Bradley Wiggins closes on overall triumph

Cavendish wins the Epson-to-Guildford penultimate stage

Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the finish line on Stage Seven of the Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain: Mark Cavendish takes second stage victory as Sir Bradley Wiggins closes on overall triumph

Cavendish wins the Epson-to-Guildford penultimate stage

Kathryn Blair at the wedding of her brother Euan Blair on 14 September 2013

Tony Blair's daughter Kathryn held at gunpoint in attempted London street mugging incident

She was walking with friends in Marylebone when they were confronted

Civil Service is a ‘Rolls Royce in need of repair’

Britain’s Civil Service may be a Rolls Royce – but it is in need of urgent repair, a committee of MPs has concluded.

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