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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.

Professor Sir Roger Boyle; Leeds General Infirmary

Former 'heart tsar', Sir Roger Boyle, resigns over Leeds children's unit row

Sir Roger Boyle steps down as NICOR director after being accused of ‘vendetta’ against hospital

Artist Anthony McCall's plans for a sculpture called Column have been scrapped

Artist Anthony McCall's Olympic 'Column' for Merseyside scrapped wasting £500,000 Arts Council England cash

One of the UK’s most ambitious arts projects which was meant to form a centrepiece of the nation’s Olympic year celebrations was scrapped after organisers admitted it would never come in on budget or on time.

Michael Frayn is among the luminaries of stage and screen to call on culture minister Ed Vaizey to rethink arts funing cuts

Theatre luminaries warn arts funding cuts could hinder future generation of playwrights

'New plays are vital to the future health of British theatre' they say

Student nurses will be made to work for up to a year as junior healthcare assistants if they want to receive NHS funding for their nursing degrees

Mid Staffordshire NHS scandal: Government accepts that student nurses need more hands-on experience

Student nurses will be made to work for up to a year as junior healthcare assistants if they want to receive NHS funding for their nursing degrees, the Government will announce today.

Sketches by artist Julia Miranda which feature in Living Words staff workshop books, made bespoke for each residency

Words of dementia sufferers woven into poetry by Susanna Howard

A poet is working with dementia patients to weave their words into poetry. Susanna Howard, sits with them, often in silence, jotting down whatever words they utter, and then uses only these utterances to put a poem together for her collections, Living Words.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Sightseers (15)

DVD & Blu-ray review: Sightseers (15)

Ben Wheatley DVD/ Blu-ray (120mins)

High Court blocks plans for giant wind farm

The High Court has blocked plans for a giant wind farm at the Duke of Gloucester’s Barnwell Manor in Northamptonshire after English Heritage and the National Trust challenged the development.

Coasting culture can kill, Jeremy Hunt warns hospitals

Too many middle-of-the-road hospitals are “hitting targets but missing the point”, the Health Secretary is to warn.

English Heritage disappointed after Eric Pickles gives go-ahead for controversial Liverpool skyscraper development

English Heritage expressed its disappointment today after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave the go-ahead to a controversial skyscraper development on the banks of the Mersey fuelling fears that Liverpool’s historic waterfront will now be stripped of its World Heritage Status.

'Less than half' of dementia sufferers have 'good quality of life' in care homes

Charity warns 80 per cent of people in care have condition

The Britten-Pears Orchestra is organised by Aldeburgh Music, which received some of the cash, as did Music in the Round

Who was Diana Kurzman? Donor leaves £1m for classical music

Posthumous gift to Arts Council England comes 10 years after mysterious piano-lover’s death

The artwork on the side of a Poundland shop on the corner of Whymark Avenue, Wood Green appeared before the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last year and had since become a tourist attraction

Arts Council unable to prevent Banksy Poundland mural from being sold overseas

Arts Council England has said it is unable to intervene in the sale of a Banksy mural removed from a wall in North London over the weekend.

Disabled face 'funding black hole'

Leading charities say disabled adults are in danger of being forgotten in the social care debate after the Health Secretary's statement last week failed to allay their fears of a £1.2bn deficit in disability funding.

The new plans could lead to fines – or even prison sentences – for directors who fail to safeguard vulnerable patients in homes which they run

Public urged to buy insurance to pay for £75,000 care bills

Millions of working Britons will need to take out insurance to pay for their care in old age in addition to saving for a pension, under government plans.

Richard Desmond launching the Health Lottery with TV presenter Eamonn Holmes

Law on lotteries under review that could make Richard Desmond’s Health Lottery give more to charity

Ministers order consultation amid questions over amount given to good causes

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