News There has been a 69 per cent year-on-year increase in children contacting ChildLine for counselling about racist bullying

Heated debate on immigration blamed for increase in children reporting abuse

2013 - the year in review: Very public justice for Chris Huhne and Nigella Lawson

In the harsh glare of legal inquisition, embarrassing personal failings are among the first things to come out

Andy McSmith's Diary: The man who didn’t hate Britain but did kill a cat

Ed Miliband has won an unexpected gong at the annual Spectator political awards for his speech to this year’s Labour Party conference. Unexpected because the magazine’s editor, Fraser Nelson, thought that the speech was constructed around “a dangerous principle, dug out of its 1970s grave and held up for applause”.

An English Defence League supporter

'What we’re really against is extremism...': The complex world of former EDL leader Tommy Robinson revealed

Recent encounters caused Eric Randolph to modify his view of the man and his party - as it emerges that 30-year-old was holding discussions with former jihadi who has himself renounced fundamentalism

Anonymous hacking EDL is pointless - the nationalist group do a good enough job of making themselves look stupid

Who are we to deny EDL the right to show the world just how prejudiced they are?

Union City Blues: Falkirk wasn't a wake up call for Labour, it was a wake up call for the unions

The union millions wasted on a political party that refuses to act on behalf of its core supporters would be better spent building grass roots services and support

EDL leader Tommy Robinson, who today said he

Controversy as EDL leader asked to speak at Oxford Union

Tommy Robinson, co-founder and current leader of the English Defence League, has been invited to debate at Oxford Union.

Sermons preached in mosques will do nothing to prevent child sex abuse in south Asian communities

There is no doubting the good intentions of Together Against Grooming, but their actions will only reinforce anti-Islamic assumptions and distract from the real issues

EDL leaders bailed after attempt to visit spot where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed

Two English Defence League (EDL) leaders arrested as they attempted to visit the spot where Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered have been released on bail.

Nigel Farage is facing further questions about Ukip’s vetting tonight after it emerged that two of his party officials attended a demonstration organised by a far-right group

Nigel Farage faces further questions over Ukip’s vetting as two officials linked to far-right party rally

Nigel Farage is facing further questions about Ukip’s vetting tonight after it emerged that two of his party officials attended a demonstration organised by a far-right group.

Why is the left so blinkered to Islamic extremism?

A report calls out the left for embracing fundamentalists

Anti-Ground Zero Mosque campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, pictured in 2012, have been barred from entering Britain

Anti-Ground Zero Mosque campaigners Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer barred from entering Britain to speak at an EDL rally

Theresa May said activists' presence in the UK would 'not be conducive to the public good'

Right-wing American speakers planning to join the EDL's Woolwich march 'should be banned from entering the country'

Keith Vaz calls on the Home Secretary to ban the founders of Jihad Watch and the American Freedom Defence Initiative who hope to join the EDL's march in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby

EDL leader Tommy Robinson, who today said he

EDL leader Tommy Robinson 'utterly condemns' attacks on Muslims

Robinson also says his groups tactics are 'completely questionable' but claims it contains no Nazis

The EDL and Islamic extremists are two different problems - but the solution is the same

The root cause that separates people in any society is ignorance leading to fear of unknown. We must use the knowledge of local communities at a national level

Fire at London Islamic school: Four teenagers arrested over blaze at Darul Uloom Islamic boarding school in Chislehurst

Four teenagers have been arrested over a fire at an Islamic School which saw 182 staff and pupils evacuated and two treated for smoke inhalation.

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

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eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

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Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home