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Late in PM’s Questions the (very) right-wing Tory backbencher Peter Bone rose to deliver his magisterial verdict on Nick Clegg’s substitution for the absent David Cameron. “Hasn’t the acting Prime Minister been outstanding today?” he asked, adding that “anyone listening on the radio” would have thought it was Cameron himself. (This wasn’t a huge compliment since Bone is hardly the PM’s greatest fan). But then the only half-sarcastic pay-off: “I think that the Right Hon Gentleman is turning into a Tory.”

Lord Justice Leveson refuses to 'unpick' his own recommendations

Leveson refuses to be drawn into row on press regulation

The promise that Sir Brian would be ‘given a pretty hard time’ by MPs never really materialised

For newspapers with concerns over Parliament-approved Royal Charter, there is hope

News that a sub-committee of the Privy Council has thrown out a Royal Charter produced by the newspaper industry is undoubtedly a disappointment to most publishers. But for those papers with concerns over the Parliament-approved Royal Charter, there is hope.

Harriet Harman, MP for Camberwell and Peckham, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pictured at her office in Portcullis House in Westminster, London, February 17th, 2012

Harriet Harman: 'Grandmothers shouldn’t have to choose between helping with child care and their jobs'

Labour has revolutionary plans to allow mothers and fathers to transfer their parental leave to grandparents, Labour’s deputy leader tells Andrew Grice

Laura Trott wins in 2012

Uneasy rider: Laura Trott questions Le Tour for women

Olympian thinks a female version of the race should not just mirror the men's

Radio presenter Charlotte Green

Charlotte Green chosen as first female voice of BBC football results

A further bastion of male dominance has fallen after the BBC announced that Charlotte Green will become the first female voice to read the classified football results at 5pm on Saturday afternoons.

Jean Say: The alleged rapist stabbed his two children to death three years later in 2011

Met unit hit by new claims of incompetence as officer who mishandled rape claim kept his job

Scotland Yard was criticised last night for allowing an officer who mishandled a rape claim to keep his job – with one senior politician condemning the punishment handed out by the force as “woefully inadequate”. 

Yorkshire celebrates after announcement of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014

Tour De France 2014: Government pledge £10m towards Grand Depart in Yorkshire

The first three stages of next year's race will be held in the UK

David Cameron has been dragged into the Muirfield row

Maria Miller’s shot at sexist clubs such as Muirfield lands David Cameron in the rough

Maria Miller’s attempt to boost the Conservatives’ standing amongst women backfired as she put the spotlight on David Cameron’s privileged background.

Stuart Hall was sent to jail after admitting a series of indecent assaults on girls as young as nine

Disgraced BBC presenter Stuart Hall faces five new sex abuse allegations

Five new claims, including the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl, have now been made against the former presenter

Stuart Hall admitted to 14 counts of indecent assault against girls as young as nine between 1967 and 1987 at Preston Crown Court

Stuart Hall's 'unduly lenient' 15-month sentence for sex crimes to be referred to Court of Appeal

More than 150 people demanded Attorney General's Office reviewed sentence

Immigration, crime, benefits: Everything you know about the state of the nation is wrong

The world we think we live in simply does not exist, and the media and politicians share the blame

Miriam O'Reilly has won her landmark victory against the BBC after a two-year court case

After Falkirk, another selection wrangle looms for Labour - with ageism campaigner versus recent politics graduate

Will Nuneaton candidate be 56-year-old Harman-backed Miriam O'Reilly or 22-year-old local Victoria Fowler?

Andy McSmith's Diary: The wages of spin are … unreliable, so pitch for the next job

In this country, you can be forgiven if the name John McTernan rings no bells.

New BBC head of news James Harding has long battle ahead for more women broadcasters, warn female ex-governors

Former Times editor told journalists he was 'determined' to bring greater gender parity to on-air presenting and reporting team

Miriam O'Reilly has won her landmark victory against the BBC after a two-year court case

Older women are disappearing from TV due to combination of ageism and sexism, warns Harriet Harman

Women on television are affected by a “combination of ageism and sexism” that does not apply to men, new figures show.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee