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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.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England

Arts organisations braced for belt-tightening as Arts Council passes on Government cuts

More than 700 arts organisations supported by Arts Council England will receive a letter tomorrow detailing significant cuts in financial support as a result of an £11.6m reduction in its Government funding.

Tom Sutcliffe: Blue plaques give the city soul - so why not pay for it ourselves?

'Rules should ensure towns aren’t blotched with commemorations to Harry Styles or Towie'

The demise of blue plaques: it's not about just bricks and mortar

As budget cuts look set to bring an end to London’s Blue Plaques, Jerome Taylor laments the demise of a cultural landmark

Anthony McCall with a working model of his mist sculpture, Column, which was due to be in place last year

Lost in the mists of time: saga of Anthony McCall's £0.5m Column drags on

Delays mean artist's plan for a three-mile vortex above the Mersey may be called off

'A Fleet Street legend': Prime Minister leads tributes to former editor of The Times Lord Rees-Mogg

David Cameron has paid tribute to “Fleet Street legend” Lord Rees-Mogg, who has died after a short illness aged 84.

In a statement today, Jeremy Hunt said: I am disgusted and appalled to read these accounts of what patients and their relatives went through.

Jeremy Hunt 'disgusted and appalled' by reports of neglect at hospital where elderly man died of starvation

Reports claim some patients treated by the Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospital Trust were left thirsty with drinks left out of reach while others were left to sit in their own excrement

Muslims seek gay marriage exemption

Muslim leaders have demanded the same legal exemptions as the Church of England in legislation to introduce gay marriages.

Backlash over ban on cheap drink

The Coalition's plans to impose a minimum price on alcohol are being opposed in the Cabinet.

Under the Government's plans, four legal locks will be included on the face of the legislation

'No consultation': Church of England attacks Government over gay marriage plans

The Church of England has attacked the Government's lack of consultation over its gay marriage plans, saying senior ecclesiastical figures learned of them only when Culture Secretary Maria Miller announced them to Parliament.

The Prime Minister’s Director of Communications, Craig Oliver; Culture Secretary, Maria Miller

Senior David Cameron aide accused of threatening newspaper over Maria Miller investigation

One of David Cameron’s most senior aides has been accused of threatening a national newspaper over an investigation it was conducting into the Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

Ambulance queues have left thousands outside A&E for more than 30 minutes

NHS spending has been cut, Tories forced to admit

PM's totemic election pledge is broken after watchdog rebukes Government for claiming real rise in budget

Maria Miller: The Culture Secretary says philanthropic support is so important

Middle classes targeted for charity donations in wills

Government backs plans encouraging hundreds of thousands to bequeath to arts and culture

The Sketch: Miliband looks to the Tories to do the dirty work while Cameron praises the real victim - Jeremy Hunt

When politicians face an impossible dilemma, they set up commissions and await reports. So often, it is a way of procrastinating until a day when passions have subsided and difficult decisions can be avoided.

Maps showing the loneliest places in the UK to be created

Maps showing the loneliest places in the UK are to be created, the Health Secretary will announce today.

Arguably Henry Moore’s largest sculpture, Didcot dominates the Thames Valley in south Oxfordshire, and has inspired poets and artists. It could now disappear.

Henry Moore's cooling towers under threat

English Heritage considers listing Didcot power station, once the third most hated site in Britain

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