Ministers deny plot to oust Brown – and call for unity

Senior cabinet ministers were forced to quash rumours of a plot to replace Gordon Brown as Prime Minister as they yesterday insisted that the Labour Party needed to rally round its leader.

Steve Richards: Gordon Brown has found problems will only erupt by remaining silent about tax policies

There is no longer the scope to raise money to pay for what voters fear is a big black hole

Leading article: After another fine mess, Mr Brown needs to show signs of conviction

After last week's calamitous defeat for the Labour Party in the town hall elections, it was imperative for Gordon Brown to steady the ship of Government and project an image of calm and authoritative leadership. Yet the Prime Minister has failed to provide any of this. Instead, he has stumbled from one imbroglio to another. Tragically, the only image that has been projected from Downing Street is one of haplessnessand desperation.

PM hints at prospect of concessions to tax rebels

Brown desperate to quell mounting revolt among Labour backbenchers in advance of the 1 May local elections. Jane Merrick reports

Charles Clarke lines up southern 'stalking horses' to challenge Brown's leadership

Former home secretary said to be collecting names of MPs in anticipation of a revolt against the PM if Labour does badly in 1 May local elections

Brown will upgrade cannabis to class B substance despite advice of drugs experts

Gordon Brown is preparing to override the views of his own expert advisers and tighten the law on cannabis.

Alan Watkins: Labour in power after 2010? Not on your nelly

Former home secretary Charles Clarke has been reflecting on the government's future. All very interesting – but not convincing

Clarke: Labour must focus on future

Labour could be out of power for more than a decade if the party "gets it wrong" in the run-up to the general election, Charles Clarke, the former home secretary, has warned.

Steve Richards: He injected life into politics and was a force for good. But Hain should have gone weeks ago

The resignation of Peter Hain was inevitable and necessary. Quite often, frenzied calls for Cabinet ministers to resign are made without much basis, though in this case the media was relatively subdued and restrained. Yet Hain should have bowed out several weeks ago.

Brown defends handling of banking crisis

Gordon Brown hinted at further cuts in interest rates yesterday after announcing he had consulted world leaders, including the US President George Bush, over the global banking crisis.

Alcopop adverts banned from TV

Two alcopop advertisements have been banned after falling foul of rules designed to protect under-18s.

BP's Browne may face Texas deaths probe

US safety watchdog carrying out 'detailed and copious investigation' into explosion last year

Karlsson and Broadhurst dreaming of Ryder Cup call

The charge for the Ryder Cup started for Robert Karlsson with this Wales Open victory here yesterday, while Paul Broadhurst's pursuit to the K Club quickened so markedly that a fairytale return to the Europe team after a 15-year absence has become a real likelihood.

Alternative religions: Paganism and prejudice

A march in London yesterday demonstrated the enduring popularity of polytheistic faiths. But adherents continue to come up against ignorance and distrust

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Charlie Russell set up home with grizzlies in the wild, and found himself the 'mother' to three orphaned cubs - all to prove that bears can coexist with humans
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