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

Ed Miliband: ‘We need to raise taxes for the better-off’

The leadership candidate promises radical Labour leadership – and carves out clear divisions between him and his brother David

David Miliband: 'I can build a coalition across the party'

The 'unity candidate' in the Labour leadership race is no lightweight... especially when Iran's foreign minister threatens to smack him round the chops. Matt Chorley and John Rentoul meet David Miliband

John Rentoul: A little fratricide can do Labour no harm

David Miliband has been much too restrained. He should have told some truths about his brother

Exclusive: David Miliband: Britain was slow to act against US torture

Critics of Labour leadership frontrunner accuse him of 'burying his head in the sand' over abuses

Ed Miliband hits back at brother's criticism

Ed Miliband will today hit back strongly at his brother David's attempt to portray him as preaching to Labour's traditional supporters rather than reaching out to middle-class voters.

Cruddas opts to back David Miliband as Ed Balls wins the support of Livingstone

David Miliband won the surprise backing of the Labour left-winger Jon Cruddas last night as his younger brother Ed hit back in a war of words between the two Milibands.

Diane Abbott: The myth of the forgotten middle class

There was a ubiquitous television advert for sweets in the 1980s where the catch line featured an endearing moppet saying "Don't forget the fruit gums mum!" You no longer see this ad. But the right of the Labour Party has it's own ubiquitous recurring theme where someone pops up and says "Don't forget the middle classes!" The latest tribune of the right to utter this sentiment is my leadership rival David Miliband.

Labour's battle of the brothers gets personal

David Miliband will today make his strongest criticism of his younger brother Ed with the Labour leadership contest getting personal as it reaches a critical stage.

Burnham's attack on party 'elite' reignites Labour leadership race

Andy Burnham today launches a scathing attack on the "self-serving elite" running Labour, pitching himself as the "anti-establishment" candidate in the battle for the Labour leadership.

Labour needs middle classes, says David Miliband

David Miliband will this week warn Labour that it will not return to government until it wins back support across the class divide – and that it cannot retreat into its working-class heartlands following its May election defeat.

Miliband's supporters get a crash course in dinner-party politics

Politics, as anyone who has ever hosted a drinks party well knows, is a subject to be avoided at all costs in case the resulting discussion divides the guests and leads to insults being exchanged over the punch bowl.

Leading article: Dinner party from hell

Those for whom Abigail's Party was insufficiently excruciating might like to try a Miliparty.

Straw backs Miliband in leadership race

David Miliband's hopes of being elected leader of the Labour Party were boosted yesterday when he was given the backing of Jack Straw.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?