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Even the room somewhere in Westminster where the historic meeting was to take place was kept secret until the last minute. Once “C”, Sir John Sawers, and his two colleagues arrived, the Intelligence and Security Committee chairman Sir Malcolm Rifkind announced a time delay on the TV broadcast lest anything endangering national security should be said. Mysteriously, the man sitting immediately behind MI5’s Andrew Parker bore a passing resemblance to Nikita Khrushchev. We were, in short, all keyed up.

Pandora: 'Pumping party' plans for Tory conference

David Cameron has nailed his colours firmly to the middle-of-the-road mast, confessing a love for crowd-pleasing guitar band The Killers. Meanwhile, the party core's affection for Tony Hadley is already well documented (so fond are they of the paunchy crooner that they invited him to perform at last year's party conference gala dinner).

Blears bid to rebuild trust starts to show cracks

Former Communities Secretary has car window smashed while on campaign trail

Vandals attack Hazel Blears' car

Former cabinet minister Hazel Blears's car was attacked last night while she canvassed voters.

Brown fails to punish rebellion in the ranks

Defence Secretary's aide attacks 'bonkers' opposition to soldiers' compensation

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Something strange is happening in the theatre this year. With unprecedented intensity, new plays are telling us about our lives in styles ranging from documentary socio-drama to great apocalyptic statements. Our fears are transformed into hopes in that process of joyful recognition peculiar to the experience of live theatre.

Ministers get 20-page guide to 140-character Twitter

It took a fastidious government document spanning 20 pages to inform ministers how to use Twitter, the microblogging tool with a limit of 140 characters.

Pandora: Blears to get serious with former Blair babe

Safely assured of her spot as Salford's Labour candidate, Hazel Blears appears poised for reinvention.

Simon Carr: Can we forget expenses and talk about something else?

Rules are a rotten way to regulate MPs' behaviour

McBride in frame for £22,000 school job

Gordon Brown's former media adviser, Damian McBride, is planning to take a job working for his old school.

The Great <i>IoS</i> Expenses Quiz: Have you been paying attention?

We know it's hard, as we hit Day 45 of the expenses saga, to follow it all. As a catch-up service, John Rentoul provides his guide to what has been learned last week, in the form of a GCSE multiple-choice test (answers at bottom of page)

Brown annoyed by Flint's 'window dressing' claims

Gordon Brown has admitted he was annoyed by former Europe minister Caroline Flint's barb that women were used as "window dressing" in his Cabinet.

Blears vows to 'rebuild' after foiling deselection bid

Hazel Blears welcomed "sensible discussions" with party members after she survived a deselection vote.

Blears faces wrath of party activists &ndash; but holds on to her job

Former communities secretary faces protests over expenses claims

Airport runway public inquiry delayed again

A public inquiry into whether a second runway should be built at Stansted Airport was today delayed for a second time, the Communities and Local Government Secretary revealed.

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