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Conservative councils build only half as much affordable and social housing

Letter: Fight against Aids

Sir: Dr Alan Stone is right about the importance of research into microbicides to help protect women from the HIV virus (letter, 3 February)

Blow to Chancellor as US snubs his `Marshall Plan' for Africa

The United States dealt a damaging blow to Gordon Brown yesterday, rejecting one of his key proposals to tackle African poverty.

Blow to Chancellor as US snubs his plan for Africa

The United States dealt a damaging blow to Gordon Brown yesterday, rejecting one of his key proposals to tackle African poverty.

Britain asks UN to stop Darfur raids

Britain is pressing for the UN Security Council to take action to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's Darfur region, despite resistance from other council members, the Secretary of State for International Development said yesterday.

The Week In Westminster: Jonathan Aitken was my legal adviser

WHEN I had to resign as a junior government whip in 1994, Jonathan Aitken wrote to me: "However much outward support you get, it is your own inner soul and strength that will win the comeback battle for you." Sadly, Aitken's ability to give good advice to others was not matched by his willingness to apply it to himself. In the same letter, he continued: "Don't rush into legal proceedings. You can hold a position for months with the line that you are taking legal advice. Suing could be worse than not suing."

Benn Jnr joins father in the House

HILARY BENN is bound for Westminster and a backbench seat alongside his father Tony after winning the Leeds Central by-election early today. But it was the lowest turn-out in by-election history which delivered him there, with a vastly reduced majority.

Benn Jr may join father in House

A HISTORIC father-and-son partnership in the Commons looked certain last night after Hilary Benn was selected as Labour candidate for the Leeds Central constituency.

Election '97: Labour to impose candidates

Labour will impose candidates on three seats where sitting MPs have stood down in the last five days. A panel of the party's National Executive Committee will choose replacements for the members despite claims earlier this week that local branches would be allowed to decide.

Election '97: Dromey off safe seat shortlist

Jack Dromey, an official with the Transport & General Workers' Union and husband of Labour frontbencher Harriet Harman, last night failed to make the shortlist for the safe Labour seat of Castleford and Pontefract, which is vacant following the retirement of Sir Geoffrey Lofthouse.
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