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“One thing I have become very sensitive about is this accusation that Conservatives are somehow racist,” Edward de Mesquita, who is standing as a Conservative candidate in West Hampstead, in London, told the Camden New Journal. “Conservatives are not racist. So many of the Conservatives have foreign wives, after all.

255th anniversary of the British Museum: Google Doodle celebrates institution's opening

Google has celebrated the 255th anniversary of the British Museum with a Doodle on its search page.

The NHS is more fragmented than ever

Are ministers prepared to provide the means required to deliver integrated care?

Handout photo issued by Omega Auctions of George Harrison (left) and John Lennon during The Beatles iconic Shea Stadium performance in August 1965 in New York

Beatles guitarist George Harrison 'turned down' OBE before his death

According to reports, Cabinet Office papers disclose that Harrison turned down the “insensitive” offer of an OBE

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The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 3 - Art and Theatre

1. Which musical broke single-day sales records in March, taking more than £2m in less than 14 hours?

Winter Solstice marks shortest day of the year

Thousands of people joined druids and pagans who gathered together to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge, the shortest day and longest night of the year.

King Arthur Pendragon changed his name by deed poll after he was told that he embodied the legendary monarch's spirit

Druids take up arms over display of bones at Stonehenge

King Arthur Pendragon says 'the spirit of Arthur has returned to have the ancients reinterred at Stonehenge'

Julia Peyton-Jones, co-director of the Serpentine Gallery - Peyton-Jones has taken a 60% pay rise

Serpentine charity boss Julia Peyton-Jones took 60 per cent pay rise

Gallery attacked for spending too much of its budget on senior salaries

History man: Arthur Pendragon at Stonehenge, which is opening a new visitor centre

Stonehenge: Two tribes go to war – over bones

Druids and archaeologists battle it out at Stonehenge’s new £27m centre

Tate Britain: Over half of adults attended a gallery or museum in the past year

Gallery and museum attendance up despite decrease in arts participation

Over 50 per cent of adults visited a museum or art gallery in the last year

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the quality of NHS care at weekends was 'completely unacceptable'

NHS weekend failings: Report shows patients 24% more likely to die if operation is on a Friday

Statistics highlight poor quality of care for those recovering at weekends, which Jeremy Hunt calls ‘completely unacceptable’

A digital depiction of a plan for Soho in 1954 shows the district built over with platforms, with glass-bottomed canals following street patterns and 24-storey towers

Exhibition reveals how London could have looked if radical development projects from the past century were given green light

From knocking most of Covent Garden to building castles in the sky over Soho, London would look very different today if it wasn’t for conservationists

Danny Dun and Sylvia Chan in the 1988 film 'Soursweet'

UK signs film treaty allowing more British-made movies to be shown in China

The treaty will allow Sino-British co-productions to sidestep China's quota system that limits cinemas from showing foreign films

The new website will be used to try and name and shame doctors who have poor rates of dementia diagnosis

New government website to name and shame doctors over who have poor rates of dementia diagnosis

Critics accuse the Government of passing the blame on to local doctors and politicians for failures in dementia care

Andy McSmith's Diary: Jeremy Hunt(s) for answers to all the right questions (if they’re sent in beforehand)

There is little spontaneity in Question Time in the House of Commons. MPs arrive with their pre-prepared questions, quite often supplied for them by the business managers.

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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