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“One thing I have become very sensitive about is this accusation that Conservatives are somehow racist,” Edward de Mesquita, who is standing as a Conservative candidate in West Hampstead, in London, told the Camden New Journal. “Conservatives are not racist. So many of the Conservatives have foreign wives, after all.

The Insider: How to tackle an old house

When the British fashion design duo Antoni & Alison bought a derelict 1820s house, they spent a year, they say, "Going, 'Agh! What do we do with it?'" They wanted to respect its history but not to the point that it resembled an English Heritage property. The result is a surprisingly beautiful blend of giant Mr Blobby ornaments and painstakingly salvaged authenticity (above). On 17 September, as part of London Fashion Week, they open it to the public (open houselondon. org.uk). I asked Antoni what he'd learnt during the restoration...

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British Land defeats English Heritage at battle of Broadgate

The Culture Secretary has turned down a request to list Broadgate in the Square Mile, clearing the way for British Land to redevelop part of the City estate for UBS's new European headquarters.

David Prosser: Rebuilding Broadgate isn't cultural vandalism

Outlook Given that the Government rarely ignores the recommendation of English Heritage that it should give a building listed status, the decision of Jeremy Hunt to do so for the Broadgate buildings in the heart of the City is worthy of scrutiny. And anyone who looks at the facts will conclude that the Cultural Secretary has put financial considerations first in this case.

BBC puts landmark Television Centre up for sale

The BBC has put its landmark Television Centre up for sale and said it is looking for a deal which will "maximise the value" for the corporation and licence fee-payers.

A computer dating revolution (of the archaeological kind)

Innovations in programming are changing archaeologists’ perception of how settled life and early agriculture spread through Britain, David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent, reports.

Strong results at British Land as property recovery gathers pace

British Land posted a 12.5 per cent increase in net asset values yesterday, a key indicator of the health of property companies, although analysts said the results were not as strong as the recent update from its FTSE 100 peer Land Securities.

Capita signals outsourcing rebound as sales pick up

Capita flagged up a change in the outsourcing sector's fortunes yesterday, reporting a "busy sales period" only months after spooking investors with a warning on the impact of the Government's public-spending cuts.

Stonehenge pulls in £30m

Stonehenge has taken more than £30m in tourism income in the past five years.

Houses of the Holy: The historic churches that have been turned into a family home

It takes a leap of faith but for the brave, the reward at the end is a unique living space.

The sorcerer apprentices: A new breed of craftsmen is bring Britain's aging houses back to life

Callum Morrison, a 21-year-old carpenter from Croydon in south London, has spent his day working atop the 919-year-old roof of Lincoln Cathedral, repairing rotten rafters which have been eaten away by worms and deathwatch beetles, in a bid to preserve a piece of history. "Not many power tools here, just hard graft," he says, when he's finally able to come down off the roof and talk. "We need to replace the rafters in keeping with the original roof, to keep the rot at bay and keep the roof in working order. The last time this roof was worked on was hundreds of years ago, by someone with even fewer tools than I have now. And now I'm working on it – that's an incredible feeling."

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