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

Mark Steel: Socialists? You've got to be joking

Everyone seems to agree that the Labour party is better off having the polite contest taking place now, rather than its old ideological fights. But the result is a series of debates about nothing, with no one daring to say anything, let alone disagree with the nothing someone else has said.

Ed Balls: 'I want to escape the manipulated view of what I've done in the past'

The Labour leadership candidate tells Steve Richards he'd rather talk about the economy than his hard-man image

Four in 10 Lib Dem voters would not vote for party again, says poll

The Liberal Democrats have lost the support of almost four in 10 of the people who backed the party in May, according to an opinion poll for The Independent.

David Miliband: 'I have changed since the general election'

The Labour favourite tells Steve Richards about brotherhood, socialism and the state

David Miliband challenges Lib-Dem MPs to back his plans for electoral reform

David Miliband has challenged Liberal Democrat MPs to back a Labour proposal in the Commons today which he says will achieve the reform of the voting system that they want.

Miliband accuses coalition of 'greenwash' over North Sea oil

Leadership hopeful attacks Government over deep-sea drilling off Shetlands

Don't back me for leader, Miliband urged Blair

David Miliband appealed to Tony Blair not to issue a public declaration of support in his battle to become the next Labour leader, fearing it could damage rather than boost his prospects in the contest, The Independent can reveal.

Leading article: Blair's flawed and self-serving analysis

Perhaps the strongest impression left by Tony Blair's memoirs is one of familiarity. From Iraq, to terrorism, to public service reform, to criminal justice, the former Prime Minister plays the same tunes we heard from him when he was in No 10.

William Hague forced to defend 'unqualified' special adviser

William Hague was forced yesterday to defend his decision to employ a 25-year-old man as his special adviser at the Foreign Office.

Matthew Norman: Ed Miliband is the only real man in Labour race

With the exception of Diane Abbott, whose parlaying of a minor TV career into D-list celebrity has been admirably opportunistic, this has been the Castrati Election

Leading article: Of courage and credibility

Labour's leadership contest has taken time to come alive and only does so now as an awkward, closely fought duel between two brothers. Even so, the largely subdued campaign could prove to be an important one. As the main opposition in a hung parliament, Labour still has more to play for than seemed likely in advance of the general election. In theory, at least, their next leader has a better chance of being a Prime Minister than the victors of Conservative leadership contests in 1997 and 2001, when the winners faced landslide governments ruling in a relatively benign economic climate.

David Miliband receives boost from Ed Balls ally

A prominent backer of Ed Balls in Labour's leadership contest today endorses David Miliband as his second choice, in what will be seen as a setback for Ed Miliband's campaign.

Geoffrey Robinson: I feel he has the strength of character for the job

The five tests devised by Ed Balls steered Brown to victory on the decision of whether to join the euro

I would serve under Ed, says David Miliband

Labour leadership frontrunner David Miliband today said he would be ready to serve in his brother Ed's shadow cabinet if he is defeated.

Mandelson warns on Labour's future

Labour risks getting stuck in an "electoral cul-de-sac" if it takes a "pre-New Labour" direction under its new leader, Lord Mandelson has warned.

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