Sport Kevin Durant takes a shot during a practice session in Manchester

“I’ve been second all my life. I’m tired of being second. I am done with it”

City must work to restore public faith

The Lord Mayor of London is to call for a "new contract" between the City of London and the public. Nick Anstee plans to "challenge the City" with a debate on trust and ethics at a City of London conference today.

Independent Live at the party conferences

This year, Steve Richards and Independent Live have been putting on events on the fringe of the party conferences, supported by John Lewis Partnership. Stream the podcasts below or download them from this page or iTunes to listen to at your leisure.

'I can best support Ed from the backbenches'

David Miliband confirmed today he will not be seeking to serve in his brother's first frontbench team.

US consumer confidence wanes

Worries about the US economy came back to the fore yesterday after a widely followed gauge of consumer confidence dipped to its lowest level since February.

Conference Diary: Just a joke, Evan

Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and Newquay, appeared to drop a bombshell as he congratulated colleague and would-be male model Evan Harris on being the "first out Lib Dem Member of Parliament". The comment was not as surprising as it seemed. Just a joke about Dr Harris's championing of equality issues.

Independent Live: Danny Alexander talks to Steve Richards

From the Liberal Democrat Conference in Liverpool, Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, talks to The Independent's Steve Richards.

Conference defies Coalition on 'free schools'

Liberal Democrat councils are on a collision course with Nick Clegg by campaigning against the creation of "free schools" in their communities. Following a rebellion by party activists against the Coalition's flagship education policy, the conference voted to boycott the new schools because they increased "social divisiveness and inequity".

North Korea set to anoint next leader

North Korea's ruling party will hold a conference to elect its supreme leadership board, according to the country's official KCNA news agency.

Theresa May rejects police chiefs' concerns over cuts

Home Secretary Theresa May today rejected a warning from senior police officers that the Government's spending cuts will leave forces unable to cope with rising social and industrial tensions.

Nick Clegg orders ministers: 'Mingle with the troops at conference'

Nick Clegg has told his ministers to "mingle" at the Liberal Democrat conference next week, to avoid the impression that being in government has gone to their heads.

MPs should 'job share' says Green Party MP

MPs should be allowed to "job share", Green Party leader Caroline Lucas said today.

Nigel Farage to stand for UKIP leadership

UK Independence Party MEP Nigel Farage confirmed today he is standing for the party's leadership.

Titford: 'UKIP will win Westminster seat'

Ukip will eventually win a Westminster seat, its interim leader Jeffrey Titford predicted today as the party's annual conference got under way.

Tories accused of hypocrisy over conference events

Conservatives have been accused of "rank hypocrisy" for taking cash from public bodies to sponsor events at their party conference.

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