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A former activist in the radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir has been chosen to fight a marginal parliamentary seat for the Liberal Democrats.

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THE BITTER personal rivalry between Steven Norris and Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare looked set to intensify last night after both men were shortlisted to become the Tory candidate for Mayor of London.

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IF ONLY London were Paris, Lord Archer, Glenda Jackson and our very own Ken Livingstone would have an added reason for seeking the mayoralty. For they would then get to choose whose bust should grace the civic offices of the towns across the country.

Thursday Book: Glenda's change of stage

Glenda Jackson: The Biography By Chris Bryant, Harpercollins, pounds 16.99

Let Livingstone run for mayor, says Blair adviser

KEN LIVINGSTONE'S campaign to be allowed to stand for mayor of London has received an unexpected boost from one of Tony Blair's closest advisers.

Thatcher backs Archer for mayor

BARONESS THATCHER waded into the battle to elect a mayor for London yesterday by expressing her support for Jeffrey Archer as the Tory candidate.

Leading article: So when will the Prime Minister complete the cull?

LIKE THE shoe salesman driven to distraction by the man in the room above dropping one shoe on the floor, the press has for weeks been agonised by the hints dropped by No 10 of a full Cabinet reshuffle. Now that the Prime Minister's carried out half the grisly task, commentators have been left screaming: "For God's sake drop the other one."

Prescott pleads for end to the sniping

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Archer and Banks head list for mayor

THE RACE for the Mayor of London has burst into life after Glenda Jackson and Tony Banks resigned from Government to run as Labour candidates for the post.

Government reshuffle: Blair dismantles Prescott's empire

TONY BLAIR has slapped down John Prescott by using last night's Government reshuffle to break up the ministerial empire of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Government reshuffle: Banks and Jackson quit but Cabinet left intact

TONY BLAIR sprang a surprise last night by shelving changes to his Cabinet until the autumn, following weeks of speculation about a shake- up.

Cabbies threaten to stay home on New Year's Eve

LONDON'S CABBIES are threatening to boycott Millennium Night unless the Government allows them to charge passengers pounds 26.40 before they have even turned the engine on.

The Sketch: Mowlam has a rough ride as squall blows in off Irish Sea

FIRST WE had the knockabout - though it has to be said that the promise of a good slapstick head-to-head between The Two Johnnies wasn't entirely fulfilled.

Lacklustre ministers face Blair purge

TONY BLAIR is drawing up plans for a wide-ranging purge of junior and middle-ranking ministers when he reshuffles his Cabinet later this month.
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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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