Charles Clarke 'ashamed' to be Labour MP

Former home secretary Charles Clarke is the latest MP to go on the attack against Gordon Brown, declaring himself 'ashamed' to be a Labour MP.

Blunkett: Labour is heading for 'civil war'

David Blunkett warns of 'self-inflicted' wounds amid rumours of Blairite plot

Brown under pressure to scrap debate on MPs expenses

Charles Clarke accuses PM of trying to 'bully' MPs into changing system

Call to delay MPs' expenses decision

The Commons anti-sleaze watchdog today called for any decisions on the MPs' expenses controversy to be postponed until after the completion of an independent review.

Cameron: This will be the new age of austerity

As Brown enters the twilight zone, Labour is mired in angry recriminations

Cameron to Brown: I want an apology

Labour under pressure to reveal who was in on the plot to spread slurs against leading Conservatives

No 10 aide fired over 'obscene' email smears

'Dirty tricks' campaign making serious allegations about senior Tories backfires on Gordon Brown adviser. Jane Merrick and Matthew Bell report

Plea for rise in tuition fees condemned

Students should not pay more as recession bites, say former education secretaries

Hutton admits UK handed over suspects for rendition

British forces in Iraq handed over two terror suspects to the US who were then flown to Afghanistan for interrogation, the Defence Secretary admitted today.

Brown slips from recession to depression

Gordon Brown was accused last night of hiding the true scale of Britain's economic crisis after he said in the House of Commons that there was a global "depression", rather than a recession. The Opposition seized on an off-the-cuff remark during Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) in which Mr Brown suggested the world is in its first depression since the 1930s. "We should agree... on a monetary and fiscal stimulus that will take the world out of depression," he told David Cameron.

Campbell rebuffs Brown as Milburn returns to centre stage

Election speculation mounts with Prime Minister 'intensively courting' Blair's spin doctor, while another former New Labour foe agrees to pilot White Paper on social mobility

Charles Clarke – Voice of Britain! (14 December 2008)

Britain's most respected political sage gives his views on the true meaning of Christmas and the right sort of wrapping paper

Labour rebels push Speaker to the brink of humiliation

Government narrowly escapes defeat over arrest of Tory frontbencher

Charles Clarke – voice of Britain! (5 October 2008)

A very interesting reshuffle, but what is wrong with the phone at No 10?

Kelly: Rapid rise led to eventful career

Ruth Kelly's decision to stand down as Transport Secretary at the next reshuffle heralds the imminent end of a short but eventful Cabinet career.

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
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How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why