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Jeremy Corbyn’s recycled lines were rejected by Ed Miliband

In his first conference address as party leader, Jeremy Corbyn recycled lines that had been published by Richard Heller, a former adviser to Denis Healey. ​In an age of jobbing speechwriters, does it matter? Blair's biographer, John Rentoul, considers the question

Malala beams in reunion with friend

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, was all smiles as she met her lifelong friend who was injured in the same attack. She met Shazia Ramzan again for the first time at Birmingham Airport.

Theatre review: If Only, Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre

The best play to date about the tragicomic compromises and ignominious ironies of coalition politics is Michael Frayn's Democracy (2003) about the unstable, ill-natured, ideologically bizarre groupings on which power depended in post-war Germany.

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