News Syrian refugees look out from an evacuated house in Istanbul. Hundreds of Syrian refugees will be allowed to come to Britain under new government plans

Hundreds of Syrian refugees will be allowed to come to Britain under plans to be announced by the Government on Wednesday.

Mr Miliband deserves a break

He understands people's problems and has a good grasp of policy detail

The new website will be used to try and name and shame doctors who have poor rates of dementia diagnosis

New government website to name and shame doctors over who have poor rates of dementia diagnosis

Critics accuse the Government of passing the blame on to local doctors and politicians for failures in dementia care

PMQs: Ed Miliband is striding onto centre ground

Meanwhile, though, the Labour leader is doing his best to downplay the heroic role of payday crusader Stella Creasy

Protesters carrying a coffin to npower’s offices in London to highlight the number of deaths linked to the cold weather

Winter freeze led to 31,000 extra deaths last year - against a backdrop of soaring energy prices

Needless fatalities pile pressure on Cameron and Big Six over energy price rises

Cameron's party is perceived by a majority of the public to only represent the interests of the rich

Most voters see Tories as 'party of the rich'

Results also highlight dangerous 'gender gap' facing party

The Prime Minister's original message appears to have vanished, according to Mr Miliband

David Cameron demeans his office

The Conservatives’ tactics of fear and smear raise serious questions about type of politics we want

Despite a string of controversies, Rob Ford holds a higher approval rating than David Cameron or Barack Obama, according to a recent opinion poll

Toronto mayor Rob Ford has higher approval rating than Cameron and Obama despite crack smoking revelations

A recent poll has put Rob Ford’s approval rating at 42 per cent, higher than that enjoyed by David Cameron or Barack Obama

Mr Alexander said green levies on energy were designed to help insulate the homes of poorer families and create tens of thousands of jobs

'Full of crap': Senior Lib Dem Danny Alexander stokes Coalition tensions as he turns on right-wing Tories over environmental taxes on energy bills

A Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister today accused right-wing Conservatives pressing for the scrapping of environmental taxes on energy bills of being "full of crap".

Only 107,950 homes were constructed in 2012-13

'Disaster' as UK house-building rate falls away

Less than half the amount of new houses needed to meet demand were built in the last year

‘Green crap’? Cameron's u-turn on the environment is just as shameful as Clegg's on tuition fees

What we are witnessing is more than simply a shift in rhetoric

So what if David Cameron took drugs? We all did

If he was still snorting coke now, I’d worry

Former Co-op Bank chair Paul Flowers investigated for expenses claims and suspended from drug charity

Ed Miliband defends Labour's dealing with bank and Mr Flowers, saying party acted with 'utmost integrity'

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Rev Paul Flowers tops the agenda – not to Labour a point

A new Prime Ministerial human shield is born! Len McCluskey is so last week! Enter the colourful, substances-prone, Labour-friendly Rev Paul Flowers, lately of the Co-op. Allotted the first question at Prime Ministers Questions, Conservative Steve Brine declared: “MPs across the House will have grave concerns about the nightmare unfolding at the Co-operative bank.” This was not quite accurate, since Tory MPs were ecstatic.

Search engines take on child abuse: The 'massive breakthrough' where little has changed

David Cameron was as anxious as the Daily Mail to herald today's joint announcement by Google and Microsoft as a historic moment.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Fawning in the Commons, doghouse at home

In an admittedly competitive field, the award for the most unctuous Commons question on the Commonwealth Summit should probably go to the Tory backbencher Michael Ellis.

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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn