PM pledges internet access for all children

Announcement will form centrepiece of Brown's crucial conference speech

Senior MPs urge change of direction

Two senior Labour MPs have issued stark warnings that their party will be defeated at the next general election unless it radically changes direction.

Liberal Democrat Conference Diary

*There are jitters in Liberal Democrat high command over Lembit Opik's attempt to become party president. Colourful doesn't begin to describe the love life of the former paramour of weather girl Siân Lloyd and Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia. Opik is otherwise known for warning of the threat from asteroids and appearances on shows like Al Murray's Happy Hour. But with the party president having a crucial role in the event of a hung parliament, when he or she would represent grassroots opinion, some fear he lacks gravitas and prefer candidate Baroness Ros Scott. But Opik's star quality is likely to hold sway.

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

The leading political thinker of our age (his description) shares his ideas on nuclear physics, personal duty and the burden of leadership

Leading article: Union loyalty to the PM shows signs of fraying

The annual conference of the Trades Union Congress opens in Brighton today with a varied agenda but one that is bound to be overshadowed by continuing speculation about Gordon Brown's leadership. Although unions clearly do not wield anything like the same power within the Labour Party that they did 30 years ago, when they all but terrorised the governments of Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan, they remain a significant force, not least because of their financial donations. Their voice is important when doubts arise about the party leadership.

My Week In Media: Graham Stuart

Brown: Battening down the hatches

A year ago, Gordon Brown was embracing the 'big tent' approach. Now, mired in trouble, he has reverted to his inner circle. By Jane Merrick and Brian Brady

Charles Clarke – Voice of Britain! (7 September 2008)

Our most perspicacious politician (his description) shares his thoughts on the state of the nation, the destiny of continents, the world economy, but, principally, on himself

Andrew Grice: The hurdles for Mr Brown get higher by the day

The Week in Politics: Brown must stop looking at the Blair years and move on

Matthew Norman: Anyone would be better than Brown – even Kerry Katona

The mystery is why enough doubt persists for Charles Clarke to feel obliged to launch another Exocet

Prescott backs PM – by comparing him to the captain of the 'Titanic'

An attempt by John Prescott to rally support for Gordon Brown backfired after he compared the Prime Minister to the captain of the Titanic.

Meet your victim – can criminals ever be shocked out of a life of law-breaking?

The first time Will Riley laid eyes on Peter Woolf was when he caught him burgling his home. The next was two months later in a prison room where Woolf was forced to face up to his actions, and the impact they had on Mr Riley.

Blair backs Brown, but his private view is less supportive

In public, Tony Blair rallied behind his successor yesterday, saying Gordon Brown could not be blamed for Britain's economic woes that are beyond his control.

Leading article: Tough talk and empty gestures

Latest indications from Westminster suggest Gordon Brown will succeed in his attempts to extend the time that terror suspects can be detained without charge. Apparently, enough Labour MPs have been won over by a series of concessions that are more limited than they seem. Perhaps they are also influenced by the likely dire political consequences of a Commons defeat for the Prime Minister over the issue.

Bumblebees set new insect record for high-altitude flying

Scientists reveal remarkable ability of mountain-dwelling bumblebees to fly in air so thin it would kill a human
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee