New Articles Waving and drowning: Nigel Farage’s local council success will not carry through to the next general election

Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

Macmillan Cancer have warned older cancer patients are being judged 'too old' for treatment

Cancer patients written off as 'too old for treatment', charity warns

Some cancer patients are being “written off” as being too old for treatment, a charity has warned.

Doncaster 2 Stevenage 3 match report: Stevenage upset the odds to give their season a much-needed boost

League One side took the lead in an electric second half that saw all five goals come after the break

A letter signed by leading actors, artists and campaigners was delivered to Theresa May demanding she show clemency on Isa Muazu case

Private jet standing by to deport 'close to death' hunger striker Isa Muazu to Nigeria

He now weighs just 53 kilos, despite being 5ft 11in tall - but appeals to Home Office seem to be unheeded

Sussex University promises legal action as students reoccupy campus buildings

Occupiers are protesting the "monetisation of higher education"

Michael Clarke and the Ashes: The shocking thing about sledging is not the damage it causes but how witless it is

England and Australia might just as well indulge in a spot of ice hockey-style brawling

Barratts Shoes has gone into administration for the third time in four years

Thousands of jobs at risk as Barratts and Blockbuster fail

Directors at Bradford-based chain left with no choice after investor pulls out of plan to inject £5m

Nicholas Barber's the Watch List: Anti-Hollywood Hollywood films

Seduced and Abandoned (in cinemas now) is a tongue-in-cheek documentary in which Alec Baldwin struggles to get a film financed at the Cannes Festival – or, at least, he struggles just hard enough to show us what a fickle mistress Hollywood can be. He’s not the first person to make that point.

This house - in which Mick Philpott killed six of his 17 children - well be demolished

Philpott family home: Work begins to demolish Derbyshire house where six children were killed in fire lit by parents

Mick and Mairead Philpott jailed in April after being convicted of killing the children in a petrol-fuelled blaze

Vera Duffy looks on as the house where her six grandchildren died in a fire set by Mick and Mairead Philpott is prepared for demolition

Demolition begins at house where six children died in fire started by parents Mick and Mairead Philpott

Emotional grandmother Vera Duffy says 'the children will be resting in peace now'

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Doncaster 1 Blackpool 3 match report: Two goals in closing stages gives Seasiders late victory

Gary MacKenzie and Tom Ince give Blackpool victory after Rob Jones had cancelled out Steven Davies' opener

Female Ukip activist alleges assault after ‘drink spiked’ at party conference

Internal investigation by party general secretary reveals details of accusations, while recommending police are not involved

Everton sign Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu on season-long loan

The striker is highly rated at the Nou Camp

Whole-life sentence: List of current prisoners serving whole-life tariffs

The following is a list of current prisoners serving whole-life sentences, and the date they were given the tariff. Some of the prisoners, such as Peter Sutcliffe, received an initial sentence for their crimes long before the whole-life tariff was imposed.

Real IRA murders: Brian Shivers cleared of 2009 double murder of British soldiers at Massereene barracks in Antrim

Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar were gunned down by two masked gunmen as they collected pizzas outside the gates in 2009

Ukip town councillor Peter Reeve is a volunteer loo cleaner for Ramsey's public toilets

As the UK gears up for the polls, what is life like in Britain's only Ukip-controlled town?

And can it clean up in the county elections? We ask councillor Peter Reeve, who volunteered to clean loos to save money for Ramsey

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'