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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.

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I popped in to one of my local Woolworths last week, visiting not as a customer but as a kind of deathbed hoverer.

Days out 2009: Not much time to spare? How about an awayday

This year's crop of new visitor attractions proves you don't need to go far to enjoy a break. Simone Kane rounds up what to see and do

Victory for <i>The Independent's </i>campaign to save Bletchley Park

English Heritage offers grant to preserve wartime code-breaking centre

Roman invasion beach found in Kent

Archaeologists unearth landing point of legions &ndash; only now it's two miles from the coast

Lord Bruce-Lockhart: Powerful advocate of local government who became an effective chairman of English Heritage

Few would have thought when he was first elected to Kent County Council in 1989 that Sandy Bruce-Lockhart would eight years later lead his Conservative group back into power and become one of the most powerful advocates of the localist agenda, helping return it to centre-stage in British politics.

Secret Britain (part 2): The best places in the country for wildlife, heritage and scenery

Get off the beaten track. David Randall guides you to the best places in the country for wildlife, heritage and scenery that have managed to stay under the radar &ndash; until now

The Complete Guide To: Great British days out

The summer holidays are here &ndash; the best of times for people who prefer to pick and mix their lazy, hazy days. From sandy coves to stately homes, the sky's the limit, says Harriet O'Brien

Crumbling English landmarks are left 'in peril'

Neglectful owners of historic landmarks risk being named and shamed by English Heritage, which has placed one fifth of all the nation's monuments and battlefields on a register of threatened structures and warned that they are in danger of being lost.

Sir Simon Jenkins: History man

After more than 40 years in journalism, he will become the public face of the National Trust

Worthy of listed status, Percy Thrower's Blue Peter garden

Mention the words "Italian sunken garden" and almost everyone who grew up in Britain in the latter part of the 20th century will immediately know what is being discussed.

Trail Of The Unexpected: King of the castles, turrets, towers and timekeeping on the Kent coast

There's a definite novelty factor to ordering a pizza to be delivered to your very own 13th-century tower at Dover Castle. Ideally, we would have rustled something up in our brand-new kitchen – complete with all mod-cons and probably one of the best views in Britain – but it was Sunday, we'd been out seeing the sights and hadn't made it to the supermarket in time.

Vandals attack Stonehenge

Souvenir-hunters have chipped a lump off Stonehenge in the first case of vandalism at the world-renowned prehistoric site in Wiltshire for decades.

If you want to be cool, head to Northumberland

Ian McCurrach finds out why Northumberland is on a new list of must-see destinations

The secret of Stonehenge

It is half a century since the inside of the mysterious circle was last excavated. Now a fresh dig has begun, aimed at solving a mystery which continues to baffle archaeologists
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