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The former US intelligence agent Edward Snowden is standing as a candidate in the election for Student Rector at Glasgow University.

Labour set to suffer a total meltdown in council elections

Fresh allegations about Chancellor's expenses expected as Vince Cable calls for him to resign

Liberal Democrats' Conference Diary

The party's former communications chief, Mark Littlewood, was left sprawling on the ground outside the hall after a heated altercation with the Torbay MP Adrian Sanders. Witnesses said Littlewood fell over a wall into a bush. They exchanged words over a forecast by Littlewood's think-tank, Liberal Vision, that the party could lose seats, including Torbay, to the Tories. Party chiefs hurriedly asked Sanders to apologise.

Clamour grows to save Bletchley Park

A campaign to save Bletchley Park, the legendary site where code-breakers toiled in secret to hasten the defeat of the Nazis and end the Second World War, is launched by The Independent today.

Lord Russell-Johnston

In 1971, I responded to a Liberal party political broadcast, writes Jim Wallace [further to the obituary by Lord Wallace of Saltaire, 29 July]. The Scottish Liberal HQ sent me a copy of Russell Johnston's pamphlet "To Be a Liberal". I read it, and promptly joined the party. The examples used to illustrate points may be dated, but read the text today, and the statement of core Liberal values resonates with all the clarity and relevance that it did almost four decades ago.

Business leaders losing faith in Brown and Darling, survey shows

Business leaders have lost confidence in Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling to lead the British economy through difficult times, according to a new survey.

Freedom Of Information: The right to know about history but not current affairs

Requests for politically embarrassing material have been made harmless in the slow appeals system. Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, considers cases now looking distinctly dusty

The 5-minute Interview: Alex Proud, gallery owner

'I was once in Charles Kennedy's kitchen cabinet'

I don't believe in God, says Clegg

Nick Clegg revealed that he does not believe in God as he sketched out his policy priorities on his first full day as leader of the Liberal Democrats. Asked: "Do you believe in God?" during a BBC Radio Five interview, Mr Clegg replied simply: "No." Later he issued a statement in an attempt to ensure that his answer did not offend people with religious beliefs.

Tory plans backfire as Lib Dems ridicule call for 'progressive alliance'

David Cameron has been rebuffed by the Liberal Democrats after appealing for a "progressive alliance" to be formed to challenge Gordon Brown.

Greece special: An island fit for heroes

The deities of ancient myth went island-hopping long before any backpackers arrived. Suzi Feay visits Samos, a tranquil retreat where one divine honeymoon lasted 300 years

AMC Pacer

The Pacer looked horrible, drove badly and ate money. Martin Buckley wonders why Americans loved it

My Mentor: Gordon Thomson On Dave Cottrell

'He managed the almost impossible task of being everybody's boss and their mate'

The eyebrows have it for new penguin species

In a world full of disappearing or threatened species, here is some good news at last. The planet is about to welcome a new species of penguin.

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