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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.

'I'll scrap winter fuel payouts for rich pensioners' says Ed Balls

Ed Balls on Labour's spending plans: We would scrap winter fuel payouts for rich pensioners

Shadow chancellor says Labour would axe grant for 600,000 better off pensioners

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown during the TV debate in 2010

Nigel Farage warns: Let Ukip into studio for TV election debates or I'll take you to court

Tories threaten to pull the plug on live broadcast if Ukip leader is included

John Mills, left, said Ed Miliband had no clear idea on how to get the economy growing

Labour’s largest donor: ‘Pygmy’ Ed Miliband needs to get on message over economy

Head of JML shopping channel, John Mills, also criticises party over opposition to EU referendum

Eric Schmidt has defended Google's tax affairs
Ed Miliband will reject calls for Labour to promise a referendum on the EU

Ed Miliband to rule out promise of a referendum on Europe

Ed Miliband will today reject calls for Labour to respond to the rise of the UK Independence Party (Ukip) by promising a referendum on the European Union.

Cyclist Ella Phillips was helped by Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband my hero: ‘Action Man’ Labour leader rescues injured cyclist

They have called him a geek; they called him Red Ed. They have noted his resemblance to the jug-eared hero of Wallace and Gromit. But never in his 43 years has anyone cast Ed Miliband as “Action Man” – until now.

Anything can happen: Ed Miliband on the stump in Long Eaton, Derbyshire

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Ed Miliband takes to the hustings in the shadow of Attlee... and Mr Whippy

The man in the Brookings Meat caravan who mics up to advertise his wares – “£10 pounds for a chicken, beautiful bit of beef” – gracefully fell silent to allow Ed Miliband to stand on a pallet and promote his own product in Long Eaton’s Market Place: “One Nation Labour.” Carmella Barbero, selling ice creams on the Mr Whippy van, went even further and told the Labour leader: “Business is no good, because people have no money.”

Prime Minister David Cameron and UKIP leader Nigel Farage

Blow for David Cameron as popularity falls to lowest level since general election as polls show Ukip are favourable to Liberal Democrats for first time

Dismal performance in local elections could reignite internal dissent over David Cameron's leadership

David Cameron speaks to Morrisons workers in Somerset

British public loses faith in Coalition's austerity plan as voters run out of patience with Plan A – but they still aren't convinced by the alternative

More people support Ed Miliband’s 'time for a change' message than the Conservatives' likely pitch at the next general election

Ukip campaigner in Eastleigh, where the Tories came third in February

Peter Mandelson tells Prime Minister: Stay strong on EU

Fears of a Ukip surge at local elections must not make David Cameron tack to the right on Europe, says former commissioner

In 2011, George Osborne anointed Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister, as the “outstanding candidate” to become managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The IMF's check-up will give George Osborne another headache

Miliband may need five symbolic cuts to convince that he means business on the deficit

Andy McSmith's Diary: Egg on Benyon’s face in food fight

Richard Benyon, the minister responsible for food, was given an idea of what it would be like to be pelted with rotting vegetables yesterday after remarks that he made in the Commons were all over the front of the Daily Telegraph. Coming on the same day that he was identified as Britain’s richest MP, with an estimated fortune of £105m, it did not look good that he was apparently telling families that a bit more care about managing their fridges and keeping perishable food properly wrapped would help them through these times of austerity.

Thatcher’s inheritors: the Camerons in Cornwall

Andy McSmith's Diary: Tony Blair talks of courageously standing up to the party. Get that, Ed?

Tony Blair’s gentle rebuke to Ed Miliband in the centenary edition of the New Statesman magazine has landed him with the problem that anything he says on any subject will be scrutinised to see if it contains another dig at the Labour leader. Over the weekend, he spoke at Judson University, near Chicago, where he was asked how he had managed to get along with President George W Bush, despite their ideological differences.

David Cameron to read a lesson at Margaret Thatcher's funeral

David Cameron is to do a reading at the funeral this week of Baroness Thatcher, it has emerged.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links