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Tory fundraiser Lord Fink faces inquiry into Lords dinner for Amex clients

The Conservative Party treasurer is to face a full Parliamentary inquiry into allegations that he broke anti-sleaze rules.

Lord Malloch-Brown
Votes in last 12 months: 1
Last debate contribution: 2010
Dinners hosted this year: 1

The House of Lords exposed: 'I hope to play a much fuller role from next year...'

Radical proposals to reform the House of Lords are set to shine a light on those peers with low participation in debates or votes

Baxter (left) says: 'We got so involved in ideas there was no one else left at the party but the hostess, staring at us'

How We Met: Stephen Baxter & Terry Pratchett

Stephen Baxter, 54

Major: 'There was no question of me changing our policies'

Rupert Murdoch did try to dictate government policy on EU, says Sir John Major

Starkest evidence of political interference as ex-PM recalls threat to withdraw papers' support

DVD/Blu-ray: Curb Your Enthusiasm: Series 1-8 (18)

Larry David never really topped his first two Curb series, where his mystified mischief maker was at his most excruciating – the "beloved aunt" episode being a standout.

Listen up... and make someone's day

What small act of kindness would brighten up your day? A new YouGov poll, published by the Samaritans, discovered that 44 per cent of people across the nation say having someone listen to them would make them feel better.

Simon Kelner: You are cordially invited to sit very still and behave

Hosting a dinner party is not easy. The gut-busting hard work and the stress followed by the ingratitude of the guests – that may just be my friends – ensure it's a labour most of us don't take on regularly.

Angela Merkel insists that it is not the right time to reduce the pressure on euro members to cut their deficits

Angela Merkel under pressure to sign up to eurozone stimulus plan

European Union leaders will tonight pledge to give greater priority to securing economic growth as they increase the pressure on Germany to do more to solve the eurozone crisis.

Lisa Markwell: Why I still want people to come dine with me

Surveying the dirty dishes and streaky glasses after a midweek dinner party, it would be easy to agree with the YouGov survey announced yesterday that 40 per cent of us can't face the hassle or expense. After a dash home from work to tidy up and throw together a shepherds pie (I always forget the homespun end result comes from laborious preparation), by 10.30pm I'm wishing my guests would bugger off so I could go to bed. Then there's the clearing up ...

There was a definite fin de siècle vibe at The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker when Amol dined there

The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker, 292-294 St John Street, London EC1

What happens when you turn up at a gastropub at the last minute – in every sense?

Rebekah Brooks denies making threats to MPs

Rebekah Brooks today denied using her clout to get her own way with Government ministers.

Rebekah Brooks' meetings with party leaders: the list

This is the list of meetings with prime ministers handed to the Leveson Inquiry by Rebekah Brooks.

For the first time in a decade, 100 people on the waiting list are to be invited to gain access to to Club 33

Disney takes the Mickey with its members' club fees

You don't have to be a prince (charming or otherwise), to gain entry to Club 33, the private members' establishment at 33 Royal Street on the Disneyland estate in California, but having the deep pockets of royalty probably helps.

Heston Blumenthal has two restaurants in the top 15

It's Dinner time: Heston Blumenthal's latest hit earns a spot at the foodie top table

Chef has two restaurants in world's top 15 but Denmark's Noma wins for third year

Scarlett Johansson: 'People pry so much. I'm constantly surprised by how rude people are'

I never wanted to be a sex symbol I wanted to be a character actor. Those are the actors I mostly admire. I think women that are curvy can be pigeonholed in that bombshell thing. It's not like I actively look for sexy roles. It's not a requirement that my character be pretty and delicate. I never think about my character being sexy, unless that's written in.

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album