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Press "Play" and stand well back: RR+P's 1981 debut is still strong stuff, with a level of energy and experiment that shames today's boho fringe.

There's something sweet about Gabriella Cilmi

The "Sweet About Me" singer tells The Independent about being chucked in the same barrel as Amy, Duffy and Adele and her love of Janis Joplin, the Stones and funk

Preserved: Britain's 'barrier reef'

Government scheme to protect ecology of Chagos Islands delights green movement, but exiled islanders will be kept away so that US can retain use of its airbase

Mephedrone to be banned after deaths

Dance drug mephedrone will be banned within weeks, Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced today.

Brown to give up PM's right to set election date

Historic concession offered in bid to secure Lib Dem support

Assisted suicide rules fail to settle debate

Opponents fear 'back-door euthanasia' while supporters say it has not gone far enough

What to do if ... you become an MP

Chloe Smith became the country's youngest MP, aged 27, last year. The Conservative member for Norwich North, she was elected to the seat when the local MP Ian Gibson (Labour) stood down during the expenses furore

Fiscal responsibility: Pledge to halve deficit in four years

Legislation binding the Government to halve the UK's ballooning public deficit in four years was put before Parliament yesterday.

Rebels and Traitors, By Lindsey Davis

Epic proves a battle to get through

Oh, if only the 'father of the modern sketch' were here...

Frank Johnson would have found a bonanza in the MPs' expenses row, writes Matthew Bell

Helena Kennedy: This is our chance to seize power – it may be the last one we get

We cannot leave the task of making change happen to politicians alone

Tory MP denounces Howells's lead role in rendition inquiry

A former minister hand-picked by Gordon Brown to lead an intelligence watchdog should not lead an inquiry into Britain's involvement in transporting terrorist suspects for interrogation and torture abroad, a senior Tory claimed last night.

3,000 days and counting... the lonely life of Brian

His body is weak, but Brian Haw’s spirit is still willing – even after eight years of protesting

Richard Ingrams’s Week: Celebrity coverage is rarely fair and balanced

"Nobody has soared so high and dived so low," says David Miliband on his website, according to a report in The Times. He was referring, apparently, not to Tony Blair or Gordon Brown but to the late Michael Jackson. "RIP Michael," Miliband added in a pious afterthought.

Brown faces MPs amid backstabbing

Prime Minister Gordon Brown will seek to regain the political initiative tomorrow after a week of turmoil surrounding his leadership by addressing MPs on his plans to clean up Parliament.

Simon Carr: The favourite is yet another Etonian. But could it be DD or FF?

What can't they do? Three Labour speakers in a row? That's too daring surely. But they are talking about an "interim speaker" who will stand down from Parliament at the next election. Tony Wright, chair of the Public Administration Committee, is the only obvious Labour candidate. He's likeable and inquisitive but in committee often fails to deliver the knock-out blow.

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