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The MP for Tottenham spoke to The Independent about a short film project on social housing in the capital

The Week Ahead: Phoenix reports as analysts back boss

It is not the busiest start to the week, but one company reporting today is Phoenix IT, the scandal-hit computing firm which last year admitted it had uncovered accounting irregularities. There was more bad news in February when the group warned that earnings for the full-year would be about 10 per cent lower than the market was expecting, but Numis Securities's Will Wallis says the "lack of any year-end statement implied continuing comfort with this guidance" so he isn't expecting any more surprises with its preliminary results. Meanwhile, analysts at Panmure Gordon note that Peter Bertram – who stepped up from chairman to executive chairman in October – "has a great track record in turnarounds" and have decided to stick to their "hold" recommendation.

Warnings about interest-only mortgages should not force first time buyers or potential landlords out of the market

New home loans at three-month high

Mortgage approvals to home buyers edged up to a three-month high in April, in further signs of a housing market pick-up.

House prices are racing ahead as stimulus for the market kicks in

House prices are rising at the fastest annual pace for 18 months as the Government's steroid boost for the property market kicks in, Nationwide said yesterday.

Land Registry releases its House Price Index as open data

Meanwhile its latest report shows a big drop in home repossessions

'Pick up' in house prices recorded in sign of market confidence, says Nationwide

House prices have recorded their strongest year-on-year growth in 18 months, in further signs that the market is gathering momentum, Nationwide has reported.

Strong US data sparks talk of Fed stimulus slowdown

Data showing multi-year highs for both house prices and consumer confidence in the US pointed to strength in the world's largest economy yesterday, with the improved outlook refocusing attention on the possibility that the Federal Reserve might soon begin rolling back the stimulus measures that have been supporting activity across the country.

New house price figures show London continues to be a driving force

Annual house price increases in England were driven by a 7.6% rise in London and a 3.3% increase in the South East

Homeowners increasingly optimistic about price rises

Twenty and thirtysomethings are the strongest believers in house price rises in 2013

Conservative MP Stewart Jackson was one of 29 MPs told to hand over a total of almost £500,000 to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa)

Expenses watchdog takes action against Tory MP Stewart Jackson in £54,000 dispute over taxpayer-funded homes

The MPs' expenses watchdog has launched legal action to recover £54,000 from an MP who claimed taxpayer cash to pay mortgage interest on a property in his constituency.

Housing prices leaping, says the Halifax

House prices rose 1.1 per cent in April, according to the Halifax, taking the average price to £166,094. This is the highest level of the index since August 2010. However, prices are still 16.8 per cent below their peak in August 2007, when average prices were £199,612.

House prices up 1.3%, says Halifax

Significant regional differences around the UK still apparent

House prices pick up, according to Nationwide survey

The 0.9 per cent year-on-year rise takes average prices to £165,586

House prices rose for the third month in a row in April as market conditions in London improved to levels not seen since 2007

North-south property divide widens as London house prices rise at fastest rate since recession and north of England market stagnates

The north-south divide in house prices is widening further as prices in London continue to rise at a rate not seen since the recession, in contrast to a stagnating market in north of England.

Homeowners believe house prices will rise 4.5% over the next six months

Owners in Yorkshire and the Humber are the least bullish

ONS says past decade has seen the first rise in the percentage of households renting in almost a century

Proportion of home-owning Britons falls to 30-year low

ONS says past decade has seen the first rise in the percentage of households renting in almost a century

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee