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1. "The BBC is generally as pogonophobic as the late-lamented Albanian dictator, Enver Hoxha."

e) Jeremy Paxman

Labour outcast Lutfur Rahman wins mayoral election

A candidate for a mayoral election who was dumped by Labour then stood as an independent won the contest with more than half the vote early today.

Seriously funny: satirist takes on the US Congress

Stephen Colbert stumps Republicans with immigration broadside

Phone-hacking test cases could lead to deluge of celebrity claims

Lawyers are preparing to use a series of test cases involving politicians and celebrities to challenge Scotland Yard's handling of the phone-hacking scandal and pave the way to multiple six-figure compensation claims against the News of the World.

Phone-hacking row returns to haunt Cameron's chief spin doctor

The Prime Minister's media adviser Andy Coulson faces being summoned to court to give evidence over further allegations of phone-hacking by reporters from the News of the World during the time he was editing the newspaper.

Oona King: 'I can appeal to Tories as well'

Oona King took a battering when she lost her MP's seat in 2005. But now she's back as would-be London mayor.

The Feral Beast: Lordy, lordy

Paul Dacre failed to get a peerage in Gordon Brown's dissolution honours, but might he be rewarded in this Saturday's birthday honours? Some say the Daily Mail editor could have expected to be rewarded for his personal loyalty to Brown, even if his paper did back the Tories in the election. If David Cameron had ennobled him last week, it would have echoed Margaret Thatcher's arrival in office – the first peer she created was a Lord Dacre, the late historian Hugh Trevor-Roper. But all is not lost: whispers reach me that a knighthood may not be out of the question next weekend.

John Walsh: Stop agreeing and start fighting

How do the Tories and Lib Dems get through every day without winding each other up?

Oona King to launch bid to be London Mayor

Former MP Oona King will launch her bid to take on Boris Johnson as Labour's candidate in the London mayoral election in 2012 today, the first to formally declare her candidacy since nominations opened yesterday.

Galloway looks on the bright side despite losing east London stronghold

Jerome Taylor hears the Respect party founder claim the credit for the election of the country's first British Bangladeshi MP

Nevin's Notes: 08/05/2010

An alternative take on the election

Matthew Norman: Soon, Gordon, the torment will be over

The Prime Minister has been as complex and compelling a psychological study as any politician in my lifetime

'The first punch came, landing on my nose, sending blood down my face'

'Independent' reporter Jerome Taylor relives his bloody experience on the trail of voting fraud in east London

Pandora: George Galloway's last gasp

Hear that? It's the sound of Parliament's last cigar being stubbed out. Once a mark of Churchillian defiance, the wealthy man's gasper was long ago eschewed in favour of a Boden shirt and everyman tie as the political accessory of choice.

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