It wouldn't be wrong to call London the immigrant capital of the world
England icon’s grandson has taken circuitous route to Test debut
We had a toe-to-toe argument about who would sit in the back seat... He won
Whether in the cut-throat field of politics or the fashion industry's corridors of power, this year they left our planet a better place. Celebrate 10 of the best, nominated by Independent writers
Peter Walker was one of the great survivors of the Conservative Party, spanning the Heath and Thatcher eras. At the time of his voluntary retirement in 1990, a few months before Thatcher's downfall, no 20th century politician, apart from Churchill and Lloyd George, had served longer in Cabinets and Shadow Cabinets, and it was appropriate that he should call his memoirs Staying Power. Though he never held one of the "great" offices of state, the variety of posts that he did fill, and the timing of them, ensured that he made significant contributions to British public life, proving a minister of considerable executive efficiency. Political durability was not his only claim to fame. His earlier role as a successful city financier, particularly with Jim Slater, would alone have ensured him the attention of serious commentators.
Chris Smalling's career has taken off in spectacular style. Last year, the centre half was playing for Maidstone in non-league football. Currently at Fulham, he has agreed terms with Manchester United and will join the Champions in the summer.
A break from the classroom gives a welcome chance to refresh skills
Tony McNulty, former employment minister, had to make a humiliating apology in the Commons after claiming expenses on a property occupied rent-free by his parents.