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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.”

Harman apologises for 'ginger rodent' jibe

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman was today forced to apologise for branding a senior coalition minister a "ginger rodent".

The Sketch: Bercow just keeps on disappointing his many enemies

What his enemies had wanted, expected and prayed for most devoutly was an 18th-century morality tale along the lines of the idle apprentice. John Bercow would be led by his prejudices desires and defects into situations he couldn't control and would be dismantled by them.

No knockout, but the Ed corner celebrates a PMQs points victory

His brother chose to stay away, but Miliband surprised Cameron and reassured his own party in his first big test

Miliband selects 22 new MPs for frontbench team

Ed Miliband handed a fast-track promotion to 22 new MPs yesterday as he sought to show the public Labour is run by a "new generation".

Joan Smith: Don't listen to the carping comments. The best man won

For the past couple of years, I've been telling anyone who would listen that the next leader of the Labour Party would be Ed Miliband. He's clever, warm and very modern, a fact that's sent much of the media into a state of comic incomprehension since his surprise victory over his elder brother last weekend. Who is this guy? Why isn't he married? Is he really an atheist? Ed hasn't been in frontline politics as long as David Miliband, which accounts for some of the bewilderment. But he's stood up to a bruising first week – everything from an invitation to propose to his partner on live TV to accusations of political fratricide – in a way that speaks volumes about his confidence and sense of purpose.

Harriet Harman pledges Labour unity in support of Ed Miliband

Harriet Harman today pulled down the curtain on a "roller-coaster" Labour conference which has seen the party gain a new leader and lose one of its brightest stars.

Tom Sutcliffe: Labour's loss could be the Boden catalogue's gain

I don't know if Boden are looking for new models right now but David Miliband may be available – and his appearances yesterday suggested he might be a good fit for their products. He is the better looking one, and he doesn't seem averse to rapid costume changes either. Earlier in the day he'd appeared on the doorstep of his London home in a floral shirt. A little later he was inside again – now in a purple V-neck sweater and matching shirt – and sitting alongside what looked like a photograph of the family he's going to be spending more time with.

Family tensions set to continue as Mr and Mrs Balls vie for jobs

The scramble for a place in Ed Miliband's shadow Cabinet officially began yesterday, bringing with it the prospect of another tense family contest at the top of the Labour Party.

Harriet Harman: So, farewell then, acting leader of the Labour Party

After a long career, the radical bluestocking made it to the top job – but only for 137 days. She talks about challenges, personal and political. Brian Brady meets Harriet Harman

The leader's in tray: Shadow cabinet poll is the first worry

Ed Miliband faces an early test of how best to deploy his team - once his backbenchers have decided who's in it

Brown vows 'tireless support' for new leader

Gordon Brown today promised his "full, unequivocal and tireless support" to his successor as Labour leader.

Leading article: The task for Labour's new leader in the age of coalition government

Today the Labour Party will know the identity of its new leader.

Livingstone will use cuts to spearhead Mayoral bid

Ken Livingstone promised to put the impact of spending cuts on London at the heart of his campaign to oust Boris Johnson as he was confirmed as Labour's candidate for the mayoralty in 2012.

Harriet Harman to question PM over Coulson

Labour's acting leader, Harriet Harman, is to confront David Cameron for the first time over the appointment of the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as Downing Street's communications chief.

John Rentoul: The brothers will keep Balls at bay

David's confidence and Ed's desire to appear confident may pave the way to No 11 for Yvette Cooper
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Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

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The school that means business

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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

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The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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