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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.

George Osborne tackled over museum closure

A group representing 11 local authorities has written to Chancellor George Osborne expressing its serious concerns about the possible closure of a major museum in the north of England.

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt: 'The proposals cannot go ahead in their current form'

Fury at Jeremy Hunt’s U-turn on child heart units

Specialists warn patients will suffer as Health Secretary suspends rationalisation plan

At least 52 staff have been silenced using the orders since 2008

NHS hospitals spend £2m on gagging orders preventing staff speaking out

Tory MP, Steve Barclay, accuses NHS chief Sir David Nicholson of either failing to ask questions about the orders or being 'complicit in a cover-up'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

The health gap: New mortality rates show how the north loses out to the south

New mortality data highlights serious divisions across England but is intended to help councils improve public health

The people's palaces: 70 years on Britain's prefabricated houses are still home to many

They were built as temporary post-war homes, yet many of Britain's prefabricated houses are still standing – and much loved, as the photographer Elisabeth Blanchet discovered.

The Natural History Museum in London

Staff walkouts threaten disruption at museums

Industrial action this week is part of a three month campaign culminating in a national walkout at the end of June

Jeremy Hunt has been branded 'childishly superficial and misleading'

Leading doctor launches second attack on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over 'childishly superficial and misleading' comments

Dr Laurence Buckman also said Hunt had made a mess of introducing the troubled NHS 111 emergency line

Leeds NHS hospital trust to replace chief executive Maggie Boyle following children's heart surgery row

An NHS trust at the centre of a row over children's heart surgery is to replace its chief executive, it said on Saturday.

Deep blue yonder: UK tourist trail extends  all the way to seabed

Waterproof guidebooks and underwater signposts to help people explore Britain’s most secluded heritage sites 

A statement co-ordinated by the Newspaper Society said that the Government's proposals enjoyed 'no support within the press'

Newspapers set out rival plan for press regulation

The Government has poured cold water on an alternative plan for press regulation, backed by three of the country's largest newspaper groups, which proposed an independent system of self-regulation with the power to administer £1m fines but which would not be backed by statute.

So, do the arts really offer value for money?

So should the Government subsidise the arts – and on what basis, artistic merit or economic contribution? As so often, the simpler the question the harder it is to give an answer, and this one is about as political as they come. But there some economic pointers.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson was overlooked as the new chair of Sport England

Paralympian rejected for Sport England role

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson was overlooked as the new chair of Sport England yesterday, amid claims that her appointment, which had originally been approved by the selection panel, would have been “too political”.

Stonehenge needs a new manager and if there were ever a workplace with “a unique set of demands”, this is it

Wanted: manager to look after Stonehenge - the world's most famous stone circle

The ancient monument presents a unique challenge, as Charlie Cooper discovers

Small blogs will escape post-Leveson rules

Government seeks to 'clarify the position' over smaller scale operations

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

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One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
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The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels

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