News British muslim Maajid Nawaz is the country's most famous former Islamist fanatic

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

Lower fare rises as Tories bridge capital gridlock

Three new river crossings, lower Tube fare rises and a commitment to clear the backlog of investment on the London Underground by 2008 are the main pledges in transport strategy for London published yesterday.

Ashby backs move to help gay couples

JOHN RENTOUL

All the world's a wobbly set

Actors get stroppy with them. Singers fall off their sets. Audiences are confused by them. And directors steal their thunder. Who'd be a stage designer? John Gunter, for one. By Michael Church

Nuclear rail incidents increase

SERIOUS incidents involving the transport of nuclear rail flasks have increased sharply in the run-up to rail privatisation, writes Paul Routledge.

Jackson 'silenced by Blair'

LABOUR MP Glenda Jackson pulled out of a meeting yesterday by pro-abortion campaigners at which she had been billed as one of the principal speakers.

Nuclear fuel flask left in perilous spot for 12 hours

CHRISTIAN WOLMAR

Howard to act on child-sex tourism

The Home Secretary yesterday announced proposals to tackle tour operators and others who enable sex tourists to prey on children abroad.

The theatrical roles of Lord Vestibule

POWER PLAY: The Life and Times of Peter Hall Stephen Fay Hodder & Stoughton, pounds 20

Wrong battle, wrong time, wrong country

If the broadcasters lose this case, they will have lost the right to decide what is impartial, says Stephen Ward

As Britain's unemployment rate slides below 9 per cent, businesses are crying out for highly skilled workers. But the Government's pet scheme for trai ning the jobless is a shambles.

The latest high-profile advertising campaign could prelude a mega-bid, says Nicholas Faith `After ICI, Hanson became aware that you have to carry the general public with you all the time'

Camden asks for cash to fund green bus

A community bus service powered by gas and electricity will soon operate in north London if Camden council succeeds in attracting money from Europe and industry for a revolutionary transport scheme, writes Matthew Brace.

Law: Small shops win lease of life: Sharon Wallach reports on a battle to amend the Sunday trading law

A West End solicitor has been instrumental in securing an amendment to the Sunday Trading Bill. Geoffrey Silman, a partner in the four-partner firm Nathan, Silman, was concerned that as it stood the effect of the Bill could be to compel some small shopkeepers to open on Sundays.

Gay vote

FOLLOWING publication of division lists on the age of consent, readers should note these MPs opposed 18 to emphasise their strong support for 16: Michael Stern (C), George Galloway (L), Roger Godsiff (L), John Heppell (L), Keith Hill (L), Glenda Jackson (L), Ian McCartney (L), Michael Watson (L), Nick Harvey (LD).

Inside Parliament: Tories mass ranks to defend armed forces: Rifkind announces cuts in miltary hardware - Benefits for young single mothers under fire - Labour attacks 'vandalism' of pit closures

Single teenage mothers lost out in the Commons yesterday to the massed ranks of Britain's armed forces as Tory backbenchers cast round for savings in public spending.

All-party unity over women's campaign

'I'M A socialist, Teresa's a Tory. But this is one thing we all agree on . . . Isn't that right, Teresa?' asks Glenda Jackson, Labour MP for Hampstead and Highgate, writes Patricia Wynn Davies. 'Yes it certainly is. Thanks very much Glenda,' says Mrs Gorman, the right-wing MP for Billericay.
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