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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.

George Osborne: We don't need to raise taxes to beat deficit

Chancellor says he suspects Labour would plan "big tax increases" if they regain power in 2015

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: How David Cameron and William Hague got caught up in a battle of the sexes

David Cameron and William Hague got into similar trouble, but for exactly opposite reasons. If the Foreign Secretary had said “stupid person” or (admittedly a bit of a mouthful for an impromptu sedentary aside) “stupid Honourable Member”, he’d be home free. As the lip reading consensus was that he muttered “stupid woman” while Cameron was answering, or more accurately not answering, a hostile question from Labour’s Cathy Jamieson, he quickly became Twitter villain of the day.

Tom Watson after putting up his tent at Glastonbury

Drenge 'not totally overjoyed' at being mentioned by Tom Watson in his resignation letter to Ed Miliband

Drummer: 'My mum's a fan but when she says she is a fan to her mate there's no media storm over that'

Only two months ago, Ed Miliband was under the least pressure of the three main party leaders, but times have changed
Labour MP Tom Watson

Labour may be stranded in the desert by Tom Watson's resignation

The MP's resignation letter couldn't disguise his disenchantment with Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband addresses trade unionists at an anti-cuts rally in Hyde Park, central London, last October

Labour Party admits union paid for 500 new members

Ed Miliband under pressure to intervene after David Cameron seizes on the fall-out from Falkirk

Sometimes no pun captures the absurdity as well as a straight description

Politicised food: Ham burglar? No, it’s the Chancellor

OK, so George Osbourne poked down a posh patty, but give a burger fan a break!

Ed Miliband: I’ll get tough on developers who hoard land

Property firms which buy land as an investment and fail to develop it would face tough penalties under a Labour government in a drive to raise levels of house-building.

Boris Johnson’s popularity is outstripping that of the Conservative Party and David Cameron

Popularity poll: Boris Johnson tops David Cameron – and his own party

Result puts the Tories on their lowest-ever rating for ComRes

MP Tom Harris quits frontbench for family

Labour MP Tom Harris has quit the frontbench - saying he was unable to juggle the responsibility with his family life.

Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Labour admits it did not build enough homes while in power

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne today admitted that Labour did not build enough homes when it was in power.

Longest general election campaign starts now

The general election may be 696 days away, but the campaign is already under way. Ed Balls kicked it off with a speech last week in which he talked of the "tough choices" that would face an incoming Labour government in 2015 – including axeing winter fuel payments for the richest pensioners.

Ed Miliband faced Conservative claims of 'hypocrisy'

Tories brand Ed Miliband a 'hypocrite' over Labour donor's tax avoidance

Party helped John Mills avoid tax of up to £1.5m by accepting a £1.65m donation in the form of shares in his JML shopping channel company rather than cash

Leading Labour donor John Mills

Labour must pay the tax avoided with £1.6m donation, George Osborne demands

Ed Miliband argues that 'lots of organisations receive donations on this basis'

Jake Morrison, right, has accused Luciana Berger of making his life 'unbearable'

Rising star of the Labour Party Luciana Berger is driving me out of politics, says councillor

Jake Morrison, the youngest candidate ever elected to Liverpool City Council, accuses MP of making his life 'unbearable'

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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