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'I'll be voting for you because I believe in the future'

"How would you like," says Caroline Lucas to passers-by, fat green rosette on her lapel, "to vote for social justice and the environment, and be part of history as well?" (She means by electing her as the Member for Brighton Pavilion, and thus Britain's first Green MP.)

Mother slams government 'legal high' drug plans

The mother of a medical student who died after taking a "legal high" drug said today that Government plans to ban it do not stretch far enough.

Virginia Ironside’s Dilemmas: My brother abused me - should I reveal the truth to my family?

Dear Virginia,

My brother sexually and physically abused me from when I was 10 until he left home. A few years afterwards, he tried to attack me and then, three weeks later, after he'd said he wanted a physical relationship, committed suicide. My family were distraught. I'm now in my forties. Having never told them, should I reveal the truth to my family? Do I speak out and tarnish their happy memories of my brother; or keep quiet and continue to feel ashamed and haunted for ever?

Yours sincerely, Nell

Lives Remembered: Charlie Jordan

Mention the name "Emmaus" in France and immediately everyone will know you are referring to an organisation for the homeless founded by a national hero, the Abbé Pierre. The movement is barely 20 years old in the UK and not so well known here but in that time has established 19 communities with a similar number in the process of development. In those 20 years Emmaus has attracted many committed and enthusiastic workers, but few have been more passionate and dedicated than Charlie Jordan.

Andrew Grice: Labour gets nasty

Ministers are getting personal in their attacks on the Tory leadership as they try to revive flagging Labour morale at the party's conference in Brighton.

Vicar in court over 'sham marriages'

A vicar appeared in court today accused of conducting sham marriages involving illegal immigrants.

Exposed: The dark side of 'liberal' Brighton

Foreign students are being targeted by violent criminals

Dvorak Rusalka, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, East Sussex

It helps to have a masterpiece as your starting point – and Dvorak’s Rusalka is certainly that – but when you’ve a director as painfully honest and unpretentious as Melly Still and a conductor, in Jiri Belohlavek, whose intent is not merely to conduct the piece but to honour it as a treasured part of his heritage, then we’re talking a very special alchemy around what we hear, see, and feel.

The Fairy Queen, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, East Sussex<br>Fidelio, Garsington Opera, Oxfordshire<br>Mirandolina, Garsington Opera, Oxfordshire

'The Fairy Queen' doesn't need lewd additions to get noticed &ndash; Purcell's score is seductive enough

Pensioner crashes into opticians

He may have needed to go for an eye test – but possibly not by car. An 89-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle while driving down a busy street yesterday and ploughed through the front of an optician's shop, causing damage estimated at thousands of pounds.

Injured teacher sues over fallen branch

A secondary school teacher is suing the Environment Agency for up to £300,000 after she was left unable to work by a falling branch from a tree, it was disclosed today.

Parents leap to death with body of son

A couple killed themselves by jumping to their deaths from a notorious suicide spot with the body of their five-year-old boy in a closed rucksack. The parents were said to have been unable to come to terms with their son's death, believed to be the result of an illness.

Police report progress on decade-old murders

New investigation links brutal rape to the killings

Virginia Ironside&rsquo;s Dilemmas: I miss my children so much

Dear Virginia,

When my wife fell for another man, life became so intolerable I had to move out. But although I see my children, aged five and six, for one day at the weekends, the separation from them is unbearable. I cry every day and miss them so much. My wife's a good mother and I don't want to upset the children's routine, which seems to work well for them. But how can I overcome this terrible emptiness I feel? If it wouldn't harm the children, I'd kill myself.

Yours sincerely, Rick

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