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Both sides know that the top rate of income tax is mainly symbolic

They're back! Power couple go on the attack

Restored to politics' centre stage, Yvette Cooper hits out at control orders while her husband, Ed Balls, guns for the Chancellor

Leading article: Ed Balls is Labour's accidental gain

Ed Miliband is a lucky politician. At some minor cost to his personal authority, he has accidentally managed to strengthen Labour's collective leadership.

Julian Knight: Strewth! The Barmy Army's wonga needs a boost well before 2014

Just back from Australia, after watching our boys trounce the home team in the Ashes, an immensely happy event, particularly as I was there four years ago when the Aussies humiliated us five-zip.

Johnson bodyguard probed over 'affair with wife'

Alan Johnson's ex-bodyguard is facing disciplinary action over allegations that he had an affair with the former shadow chancellor's wife.

Five key questions for Ed Balls

He hasn’t been putting himself around for interviews yet, but in preparation for when that moment comes here are five questions for anyone who bumps into the shadow chancellor over the next few days.

The Sketch: The Speaker could be more indiscriminate in his barking and biting

A torrid few days for the Speaker, and maybe we've learnt something about him we didn't know before. He has a temper. It was probably obvious to you, as obvious as him walking around with a black and white bull terrier. I've only just noticed it – and what a magnificent specimen it is!

Steve Richards: Miliband made a mistake. Now it has been corrected

To mark this down as a victory for the Labour left is wrong. Balls does not easily fit the caricature of 'Red Ed Two'

Former 'Blair Babe' rises to key Labour post

Yvette Cooper is one of the most powerful women in British politics and was once tipped to become Labour's first female prime minister.

Simon Carr: House teaches the Met a thing or two about going on the attack

Why not route demonstrators through the parks rather than down Whitehall past visible symbols of authority?

Nick Clegg urges Lib Dems to reunite after fees split

Nick Clegg today appealed to the Liberal Democrats to move on from their divisions over tuition fees and re-unite to help the party deliver on its priorities in the coalition.

Simon Carr: Timely gaffe provides welcome distraction from tuition fees vote

Sketch: However, ministers who abstain won't get a hospital – they'll find their jobs given to their PPS

New powers to tackle domestic violence

a scheme to remove brutal partners from the family home has been saved following protests that scrapping it would worsen the plight of women already suffering serious abuse.

May plans to cut student visas by up to 120,000

The number of visas issued to foreign students will be cut by up to 120,000 in an effort to achieve David Cameron's pledge of a dramatic fall in immigration.

The Sketch: A tale of two Eds – Balls' loss turns out to be Miliband's gain

You must have noticed Ed Balls working at his reinvention. It's "new balls please" in the shadow Home Office. For years he was the sorcerer's apprentice, the imp who mixed the phials of poison for his boss Brown. He handled Damian McBride, he stoked the loathing for Tony Blair. And he could win almost any fight because there were two of him.

Diary: The paper with teeth

* The News of the World seemed both inspired and confused on the octogenarian dental front. The paper collects Headline of the Week for "Gum And Get It", and Backhanded Compliment of the Decade for this contradictory reference: "Sheila, who looks a lot younger than she is and still has nearly all her own teeth ..." Genius.

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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

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The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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