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Interview: Doughty's thrilling novel of adultery and murder captures the zeitgeist in women's fiction.

Amy Jenkins: Don't be fooled when siblings talk about being friends

I mostly get on with my brother and sisters and so have never thought much about sibling rivalry.

Ed Miliband now bookie's favourite to win Labour leadership race

For the first time since the contest began, Ed Miliband is favourite with bookmaker Coral to become the new leader of the Labour party. The younger Miliband is now the odds-on 8-11 favourite to replace Gordon Brown, with brother David out to evens.

New Labour gives way to Hard Labour as battle to replace Brown proves interminable

No great drama, no new philosophy, no knock-out blows. So, Brian Brady asks: just what have we learned from the campaign?

New Labour MPs 'prefer David to Ed Miliband'

David Miliband has won the support of more of Labour's new generation of MPs than his younger brother, Ed.

David Miliband twice as popular as Ed, says poll

David Miliband is the choice of Labour voters to be the next leader of the party, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.

The Sketch: Has David Miliband really got what it takes to be a leader?

Nice, decent, liberal, progressive, modern-minded David Miliband was trying to winkle something nasty out of William Hague's recent tabloid embarrassments. He came up with "we have an absent Foreign Secretary, not an active Foreign Secretary". The House went a little still and waited for the punchline, the wallop, the pay-off, the zinger. We're still waiting; that was it.

32,000 'surge' in Labour party membership

More than 32,000 people have joined Labour since the general election, including 10,000 former Liberal Democrat supporters, the party's acting leader said today.

Survey puts Ed Milibandahead of David in Labour vote

David Miliband has admitted his campaign for the Labour leadership received a "wake-up call" after a poll showed his brother, Ed, had moved into a narrow lead.

Matthew Norman's Diary: Murdoch inquiry could clinch Labour leadership for David Miliband

With a YouGov poll showing the Milibandroid race too close to call and the odds shortening against Forrest Gump, as Little Ed is now known by David's campaign, we are reminded that with elections you never know what you're gonna get.

Ed Miliband: I'm the best candidate for Labour leadership

Labour leadership hopeful Ed Miliband claimed today he had the momentum to win the party's leadership race after a poll put him ahead of his elder brother David.

John Rentoul: The brothers will keep Balls at bay

David's confidence and Ed's desire to appear confident may pave the way to No 11 for Yvette Cooper

David Miliband warns of long spell in opposition

David Miliband warned today that Labour risked three or four terms out of office if it picks the wrong leader to succeed Gordon Brown.

Dennis Skinner backs David Miliband for Labour leader

David Miliband's Labour leadership bid received a boost today when he was backed by veteran left-winger Dennis Skinner.

Unite union 'ignored rules in endorsing Ed Miliband'

Britain's biggest union has been accused of ignoring Labour rules in the way it is urging its members to back Ed Miliband in the party's leadership election.

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