Student Former NSA analyst Edward Snowden leaked details of the secret programmes that critics say violate privacy rights

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Leading Article: Grow up, Mr Hague

WHAT IS the mental age of the Shadow Cabinet? William Hague and his gang of cheeky lads seem to think that the art of politics is about pulling clever tricks. As with Richmal Crompton's schoolboy scoundrels, the joke usually rebounds on just William rather than his intended victim. The stunt last week was to get Mr Blair to say "actually" as often as possible during Prime Minister's Question Time, so Tory backbenchers could giggle at him and generally lark about. The Daily Telegraph went into ecstasy, which shows what sort of triumph it was for the New Tory Yah- boo-sucks Tendency. Is this serious opposition?

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300,000 children miss free meals

MORE THAN a million British children living in poverty are not entitled to free school meals, and one-third of those who are eligible not taking them.

The concept of a Lib-Lab coalition is not yet dead

`There is no sign that the Tony Blair of October 1997 has since had a Damascene conversion to tribalism'

Right of Reply: Charles Kennedy

The leader of the Liberal Democrat Party replies to a leading article in which his party's continuing co-operation with the Labour Party was questioned

Lib Dems are `anarchists' says Lord Owen

LORD OWEN, the former leader of the Social Democratic Party, has branded the Liberal Democrats "anarchists" and predicted that they would lose almost half their seats at the next general election.

Ashdown says Blair wanted a coalition

TONY BLAIR was on the verge of forming a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats on two occasions since the general election, Paddy Ashdown will claim today.

Letter: Name to remember

Sir: John O'Farrell says the Liberal Democrats have the only candidate for London mayor who is not a household name ("There's no business like showbusiness - except politics", 11 November). Well, have I got news for him? Susan Kramer has received excellent press since being selected by a ballot of all our members in London. This makes her the only candidate to have the confidence of both her party and her leader.

CBI Conference: Today's business

TONY BLAIR will become the first serving prime minister to speak at the CBI when he delivers the keynote speech to delegates at 10.35am. Sir Donald Tsang, Hong Kong's financial secretary, will address a business breakfast. The conference will also be addressed by the Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy, and the former Conservative defence secretary Michael Portillo during a debate on the euro.

CBI chief spikes Byers' guns by taking pounds 500,000 pay cut

SIR CLIVE THOMPSON, the president of the Confederation of British Industry, revealed last night he is taking a pounds 500,000 pay cut this year because of the poor performance of the company he heads, Rentokil Initial.

Leading Article: We've seen the caution, Mr Blair. Now where is the radicalism?

WE MUST be cautious, Tony Blair said last week, to be radical. With great respect, Mr Blair, what utter nonsense. In order to be polite, we must be rude. We have seen the caution, but where is the radicalism?

Labour Conference: Poll shows euro gaining in favour

PUBLIC opposition to Britain's entry to the single currency would drop dramatically if Tony Blair took a strong lead in promoting entry, according to an opinion poll published on the eve of the Labour party conference.

MONITOR: LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CONFERENCE: Duller than a tumble drier

Reaction to Charles Kennedy's first party conference speech as leader of the Liberal Democrats in Harrogate this week

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