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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.

Council cuts could shut swimming pool that fosters Olympians

One of the country’s leading swimming clubs could be left homeless after a council announced plans to close a city centre pool to save money.

Cathedral licker nears end of quest

A man who bet he could lick every single one of Britain's cathedrals is nearing the end of his bizarre quest, the York Press reports.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Parliament that thousands of Britain’s most vulnerable patients have been locked up on the say so of doctors (Picture posed by model)

Thousands wrongly sectioned under mental health act following 'technical error'

Error will require immediate retrospective legislation to avoid a deluge of legal complaints

Culture Secretary Maria Miller meets with press reform group 'Hacked Off'

The Culture Secretary Maria Miller met Hugh Grant and other members of the Hacked Off press reform group today and told them a new “tough and independent” regulator of the newspaper industry was required.

Controversial decision on heart surgery units halted amid threats of legal action and protests

A controversial decision to close three children's heart surgery units in England has been halted by the Government amid threats of legal action and growing protests from MPs and families.

Anger at cost of NHS reforms

The NHS reforms will cost £300m more than expected, the Government has admitted.

Niall Dickson, General Medical Council: 'The scheme is the biggest change in medical regulation for 150 years'

Doctors to face regular checks as performance fears are raised

More than 1,000 doctors in England could be putting patients at risk after serious concerns about their competence were raised by their NHS Trust, private hospital or employer.

NHS reforms cost soars by £300m

The Government's controversial NHS reforms are to cost £300 million more than previously thought, the Health Secretary said.

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said the figures showed spending on food varied 'wildly across the country'

Healthy eating? Hospital spends just £2.19 a day on patients' meals

Investigation launched after health figures reveal huge disparities across country

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Government overturns judges' decision to publish letters written by Prince Charles to seven different government departments

In a statement, the Attorney General Dominic Grieve said the letters reflected the Prince of Wales 'most deeply held personal view and beliefs' and 'are in many cases particularly frank'.

Playboy TV filmed the movie, which is a erotic spoof of 1980s classic TV series Knight Rider, in just 10 hours amongst the tunnels at the historic fort. Filmakers reportedly paid more than £1,000 to hire out the venue.

Row after beautiful 18th century fort is used as location for pornographic film

A beautiful 18th century fort, recently reopened with the help of a £50,000 Lottery grant, is at the centre of a row after it was used as the location for a pornographic film.

6,000 sites on historic danger list

A 100-year-old cinema in Devon, a Margate roller coaster and Britain's first atomic bomb store, in Thetford Heath, Suffolk, are among the historic sites at risk of being lost for future generations, warns English Heritage.

Tories offer £155m boost to nursing and cancer care

David Cameron will announce a £155m boost for nursing and cancer treatment today as he seeks to demonstrate the Conservatives' own "One Nation" credentials.

James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors at the NT Lyttelton

Artistic director of National Theatre Sir Nicholas Hytner warns of 'clear and present danger' for regional theatre amid arts cuts

Sir Nicholas Hytner said at the launch of the NT’s annual report that he wanted to highlight “enormous short-term issues” for regional theatres, and said further cuts would be “madness”.

Leading article: Any resemblance may not be purely coincidental

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life, Oscar Wilde once said. And he reached that conclusion without the benefit of seeing mockumentaries such as the London Olympics spoof Twenty Twelve, the US White House satire Veep or its British inspiration The Thick of It, which is about to return for a new series.

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