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Tory Commons majority wiped out as Labour hold Barnsley East; Jeff Ennis (Lab) 13,683 (77.69% of vote; share+0.50%) David Willis (LibDem) 1,502 (7.95%; -0.70%) Miss Jane Ellison (Con) 1,299 (6.87%; -7.30%)

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A demand from the Rev Ian Paisley for the expulsion of the fringe loyalist parties yesterday brought the Northern Ireland political talks to a halt within hours of their recommencement.

Talks resume on Ulster's long haul to peace

While leading parties remain pessimistic about progress, a women's group retains a glimmer of hope

Mitchell urged to rescue talks

London and Dublin are to look to the diplomacy of former United States Senator George Mitchell to defuse the row over death threats against two loyalist dissidents. The dispure threatens the fringe Unionist parties' presence at Northern Ireland multi-party talks.

King Rat defies death threat

The leading Protestant militant Billy Wright defied the loyalist paramilitary death threat against him at the weekend by appearing at a loyalist function to declare that he had no intention of leaving Northern Ireland.

Ulster march talks impasse

Crucial talks to agree a route for a large Protestant Apprentice Boys parade this Saturday in Londonderry broke up last night without reaching a solution, although both sides pledged to keep the dialogue going.

Parties' compromise allows discussions to continue

The all-party Northern Ireland peace negotiations are due to overcome their first hurdle today when after more than six weeks of wrangling delegates vote on rules and procedures.

SDLP 'ineligible' for talks

Unionists say protest resignation has disqualified party

Unionists threaten 'siege of Ulster'

The multi-party talks on the future of Northern Ireland will resume today without the main Unionist parties.

Mitchell tipped as 'supreme chairman' of all-party talks

Former US senator set to preside at Monday's negotiations on the future of Northern Ireland. Colin Brown reports

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Prime suspects in Tory defector hunt

Major on the brink: Two MPs are said to be ready to quit. But who are they?

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THE Northern Ireland peace process suffered a setback yesterday as the political parties and governments squabbled over the mechanics of elections to a new negotiating body.
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