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The 'special relationship' is stronger than it’s ever been

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.

The HMS Illustrious will head to the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan aftermath: HMS Illustrious to help in Philippines aid effort, says David Cameron

The British Navy will send the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to help with the relief effort following Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines last week.

Debate: Russell Brand has called David Cameron a ‘filthy, dirty, posh w****r’. Has he gone too far?

Russell Brand has elbowed his way back into the headlines with a controversial appearance on Alan Carr's Chatty Man show, to be broadcast on Friday.

David Cameron is right to go to Sri Lanka

Boycotting the summit would have done little to muster world opinion

More than 2,000 NHS staff made redundant and rehired under current government, claims Ed Miliband

Labour leader says Prime Minister David Cameron is clueless about the NHS

The duo behind the BBC3 satirical series The Revolution Will Be Televised pranked the Prime Minister in a significant security breach

David Cameron security breached by BBC3 Revolution Will Be Televised pranksters

Duo behind the satirical series say politicians are terrified of coming face-to-face with public

George Osborne moves to thaw diplomatic freeze with China

The Government attempted to draw a line under the freeze in diplomatic relations with China today as George Osborne said Britain is determined to move on from the row.

'Defend green policies,' activists urge Lib Dems

Environmental campaigners are urging Liberal Democrat ministers to do more to defend green policies in the coalition, with a raft of energy-saving and carbon reduction measures under threat in George Osborne's Autumn Statement.

Up to 450,000 face court over council tax arrears

156,500 people in England have received summonses in response to the changes to benefits six months ago

Nigel Farage with Theresa May on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has eye on Folkestone seat in 2015 election

MEP said the cabinet views his party 'as being part of the lower orders'

David Cameron was asked by a radio host to say how much he thought a loaf of value bread was to prove he understands the living costs for ordinary voters

Claims that David Cameron regrets legalising gay marriage are untrue, says Downing Street

Downing Street today denied that David Cameron regretted his decision to legalise gay marriage because of the uproar it caused inside the Conservative Party.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: We Borisologists know better than to take this stuff too seriously

There were lots of references to ‘my friend the Prime Minister, David Cameron’

Conservative Party conference: David Cameron defends Tory plan for more seven years of austerity

Billions more to be cut from welfare cash before 2020 in pledge for surplus

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
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Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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