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”

Cameron's conference speech left voters completely unmoved

David Cameron's speech to the Tory party conference failed to make an impact on voters who were previously unsure of what he stands for, a new poll for The Independent on Sunday shows today.

Conference Diary: A case of Major vu?

You have to go back nearly two decades to the days of John Major's brief honeymoon as Prime Minister to find a similar sense of anticipation at a Tory conference. They began queuing for the best seats for Dave's speech nearly three hours before he strode on to the conference platform.

Andrew Grice: Trust me. says Cameron

"'m Dave, trust me." That was David Cameron's message in his closing speech to the Tory conference in Manchester.

Polish president 'won't sign EU treaty'

Poland's President Lech Kaczynski will not sign the European Union's Lisbon Treaty on Sunday, his twin brother Jaroslaw said today, contradicting an earlier statement from a presidential aide.

Brits opt for 'staycations'

The number of holidays taken in England by UK residents rose 14 per cent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2008, VisitEngland said today.

Andrew Grice: Mr Gloom and Mr Sunshine

The Tories have a tricky balancing act at their conference this week: how to sell an "age of austerity" without looking too austere. They know they also have to offer people a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, and give a vision of what the sunny uplands might look like after a Tory Government had tackled Britain's debt crisis.

Conference diary: Move over William Hague

More than three decades on, William Hague is still haunted by his barnstorming appearance at a Tory conference as a 16-year-old warrior against socialism.

Hague warns Tories against complacency

Shadow foreign secretary William Hague today warned party activists not to be complacent about winning the next general election.

Conservative call for lower energy bills

The "cartel" of the "big six" energy firms will be referred to the Competition Commission as one of the first acts of a Conservative government, it is reported here today.

Private school numbers holding up in recession

Fears that the recession would spark an exodus of pupils from private schools are proving unfounded, with numbers holding steady this year, headmasters said today.

Andrew Grice: Brown's indecision is final

As the Labour conference closes, we still don't know for sure whether the general election will bring Britain's first-ever televised debates between the three main party leaders.

PM on defensive as conference ends

Gordon Brown was on the defensive as the Labour conference ended today as he declined to spell out any of the "tough choices" on public spending cuts he has promised to make.

Chris Moncrieff: Party conferences have become festivals of undeserved applause

If you are yearning for public acclamation, then your place is the platform of any party political conference.

Conference ovations - a clapped out ritual

If you are yearning for public acclamation, then your place is the platform of any party political conference.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee