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Seven extremely rare photographs of Churchill have been restored and rescued from a barn in Cirencester

Mellor scorns `pyrrhic victory' on hand-guns

David Mellor, the former Home Office minister, led four Conservative rebel MPs last night in mounting a powerful attack on the Government's refusal to ban all handguns.

Cover Story: Flush Brush Flush!

This mantra to toilet-cleaning has been drummed into generations of debutantes at a posh school in Eastbourne, along with lessons in ironing, bed-making and dusting chairs. But after almost a century, Britain's finishing schools are reeling from social ch

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Handgun ban in sight

An almost complete ban on handguns, including semi-automatic weapons like those used in the Dunblane massacre, will be announced by the government today.

Newcomers display the survival instinct

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Obituary: Bruce Lidington

The actor Bruce Lidington packed a full and sadly short life with service to others, both in his work with the Liberal Democrats and, since 1995, as the National Chair of the charity Families Need Fathers, an organisation dedicated to keeping fathers in contact with their children. Had he lived, there is little doubt that he would have become a leading national figure in the field of child welfare.

lazing on a sunny afternoon - or any other come to that

It's 3pm on Thursday. You're hard at work. They're loafing around in a smart cafe. Who are they?

Laugh? We nearly dropped your drawers

Did you hear the one about the removals outfit that sent its workforce on a training course so they could learn to laugh? Everyone was tickled pink. By Andrew G Marshall

Speaker tells MPs to stop cheering leaders

In a clear sign that the Commons is becoming increasingly embarrassed about its "bear garden" image, the Speaker Betty Boothroyd yesterday ordered MPs to end the practice of cheering the entry to the chamber of John Major and Tony Blair for Question Time.

There ain't nothing like a Dame disturbed

She doesn't know it, but for some time now I have been carrying a torch for Dame Peggy Fenner. Twice a week, instead of attending to the mundane and drab business of argument about how the country is being run, I look down from my eyrie in the press gallery and watch her.

Letter: Arrest me

Sir: A spectator at a football match has been found guilty of using "threatening words and behaviour" for swearing and gesticulating at a Manchester United player (report, 3 May). I hope the legal system is able to cope with the workload which will follow this precedent. I await a visit from the authorities while asking for 3,264 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

Birth-error boy awarded pounds 800,000

A five-year-old boy who functions at the level of a three-month- old baby after a devastating introduction to life was yesterday awarded pounds 799,787 agreed High Court damages.

Letter: Leap-year bug

Sir: The suggested solution to the Millennium Bug, deducting 50 from the year (letter, 20 April), will put the computer user out of step with the sequence of leap years. Alignment can be restored by deducting 28 or 56 instead. Another illustration of the problems that can be caused by oversimplified fixes.

LETTER : BSE: science is doing all it can

Sir: The response from scientists and laymen to your leading article on BSE and science reminds me of the comment of that great cynic George Bernard Shaw: "Science is always wrong; it never solved a problem without creating ten more."

Alford enlivens quiet night at Rushden

Non-League notebook The two most valuable strikers in the non-League game enhanced their reputations with a goal each in the England semi-professional side's 3- 1 victory over the Netherlands at Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday.
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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

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But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence