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Dharmender Singh Phangurha was a prospective Labour MEP whose promising political career was cut tragically short in a Taliban suicide attack at a restaurant in Kabul. Del Singh, as he was better known, was one of two Britons killed along with 19 others, including senior UN officials, US workers, eight Afghan dignitaries and members of staff of the popular restaurant, La Taverna du Liban, in what was described as the "deadliest violence against foreign civilians" in Afghanistan since the start of the war nearly 13 years ago.

Labour Conference Sketch: Ed exorcises demons as Damian McBride spreads havoc in party’s scary movie

While Ed Miliband was lamenting to Andrew Marr on Sunday the falling living standards “so many people are facing…” the capsules behind him of the Brighton Wheel started slowly to move downwards as if to illustrate his point. So mesmerising was the sight that you wondered for a second if Damian McBride would leap down from one of them and advance on the studio, machete in hand.

The police were urged on Sunday night to investigate claims that Damian McBride, left, Gordon Brown’s disgraced spin-doctor, could have broken the law by leaking confidential government information

Police should investigate Damian McBride over leaks, say critics

The police were urged on Sunday night to investigate claims that Damian McBride, Gordon Brown’s disgraced spin-doctor, could have broken the law by leaking confidential government information.

Paul Kenny, the leader of the GMB union who chairs the Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison Organisation, won huge applause at the Brighton conference when he attacked Mr Miliband’s plan for union members to 'opt in' to supporting the party financially

Trade union leaders threaten to block Ed Miliband's reform plans

GMB union leader attacks plan for union members to “opt in” to supporting the party financially

Yvette Cooper: I’m sure there will be a female Labour leader in future. Right now, let’s get Ed elected

Yvette Cooper interview: 'I just want to be the next Home Secretary'

With the polls showing that Ed Miliband's No 10 prospects are far from secure, Jane Merrick asks a member of his shadow Cabinet where her own ambitions lie

Harriet Harman, MP for Camberwell and Peckham, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pictured at her office in Portcullis House in Westminster, London, February 17th, 2012

Harriet Harman: 'Grandmothers shouldn’t have to choose between helping with child care and their jobs'

Labour has revolutionary plans to allow mothers and fathers to transfer their parental leave to grandparents, Labour’s deputy leader tells Andrew Grice

Exclusive poll: Labour just as much to blame for current crisis as Coalition, say voters

Blow for Ed Miliband as he prepares to put the cost of living at the heart of his appeal to the country

Ex-spin-doctor Damian McBride with his boss Gordon Brown at the Labour Conference in 2008

Did Ed Miliband know what Gordon Brown’s spin doctor Damian McBride was up to?

Serialisation of memoir, which reveals smears against rivals, raises awkward questions for Labour leader

Damian McBride's book details past machinations, but its impact will reverberate through the present - and the future

Brown’s main allies now lead the party. The tension has not died

The McBride revelations are a diversion the Labour leader does not need

How Ed Miliband learnt from the Blair-Brown psychodrama

Inside Westminster: The McBride revelations are a diversion the Labour leader does not need

David Cameron became leader of the Conservative Party in 2005

Revealed: Almost half of Tory members have quit the party since David Cameron became leader in 2005

There are now 134,000 constituency members - down from the 253,600 who voted in the leadership contest eight years ago

Andy McSmith's Lib Dems Conference Diary: No bullying, but Lib Dems talk around the subject

The Liberal Democrats put aside half an hour at their conference Sunday to discuss a worthy addition to their party constitution, which lays down that “you must treat others with respect and not bully, harass or intimidate any party member, member of party staff, volunteer or member of the public.” During the debate, the party President, Tim Farron, mentioned “revelations” and “events that have unfolded”, which brought about the amendment, and admitted “we as a party have not always lived up to our values.” Two words that no one uttered were ‘Lord Rennard’. He denies any wrongdoing.

The presenter, who is thought to be a friend of the Prime Minister, told his followers on the micro-blogging site that he was thinking of standing as an independent at the next general election.

The biggest threat to Ed - in the world: Jeremy Clarkson threatens to stand as MP against Miliband in Doncaster seat

Currently unclear how seriously, if at all, Mr Clarkson is considering the idea

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David Cameron benefits on welfare at Labour’s expense

Only 14 per cent think Ed Miliband could stop payments spiralling out of control, says poll

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

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

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

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