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Aidan Burley, the Tory MP who bought a Nazi uniform for a friend to wear at a stag party, is presumably relieved by the conclusions of a report by Lord Gold, a Tory peer who was asked by the party to look into the affair. He concluded Mr Burley “is not a bad man, still less a racist or an anti-Semite” but he is stupid.

Cameron to Brown: I want an apology

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

Daughter of Labour peer ruffles feathers in safe London seat

Georgia Gould could become youngest ever Labour MP after she is shortlisted for 2010 election

Steve Richards: It's taken a crisis for Labour to rediscover its unity

To the amazement of his listeners, Brown said 'Mandelson gets it. He gets globalisation'

Leading Article: The unwelcome reappearance of Alastair Campbell

THE FOLLY of the Prime Minister's decision to give Alastair Campbell a role in Labour's election campaign team is already glaringly obvious. The latest gaffe from Tony Blair's former director of communications was to send - accidentally - an abusive email to BBC2's Newsnight that concluded: "Now fuck off and cover something important you twats!"

Anti-euro briefing by Brown camp reopens rift with Blair

TONY BLAIR clashed with Gordon Brown last night as tension between the Prime Minister and his Chancellor overshadowed the opening day of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth.

Blair tried to sack Whelan at election

AS LABOUR celebrated its landslide election victory, Tony Blair had other things on his mind: he was trying to sack Charlie Whelan, the press secretary to Gordon Brown.

Campbell drops `Socialism' from party broadcast

ALASTAIR CAMPBELL, Tony Blair's press secretary, was at the centre of two controversies last night after it was revealed that he banned the word "socialist" from a Labour television broadcast and had been rebuked by the Prime Minister for attacking the Chancellor Gordon Brown.

Mr Portillo, the Great Political Crusader, is ultimately doomed

Mr Portillo's reinvention will be covered hour by hour, day by day. One way or another he will slip

Media: This Tory will run and run

Tory HQ is being run like a newsroom. But can anyone turn William Hague into good news?

Parliament: Media - Brown appoints new spin-doctor

GORDON BROWN announced the appointment of a special adviser to replace Charlie Whelan, the Chancellor's former spin-doctor who was forced to resign earlier this year.

Book review: Spin doctors: the bigger picture

SULTANS OF SPIN: THE MEDIA AND THE NEW LABOUR GOVERNMENT BY NICHOLAS JONES, GOLLANCZ, pounds 18.99

Sport on TV: The pathetic parody of a professional football fan

IF CHARLIE WHELAN is attempting to leave spin-doctoring behind and forge a new career as a media front man, his appearance on Leviathan (BBC2, Thursday) was the equivalent of phoning work from an Amsterdam brothel.

Notebook: The solid foundations of Donald Dewar

THE ONE quality of Scotland's new First Minister that everybody agrees on - probably even Alex Salmond - is his decency. "Donald Dewar?" people say. "A very decent man." Some go further. He is too decent.
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003