Control of asylum advisers opposed escape control

Inside Parliament

Revenge of an odd couple

Mary Braid looks into the eccentric world of Labour's giant-killers

The battle for a principle

Advertisement in 'Tribune' led to a legal fight, write John Rentoul and Donald Macintyre

ANOTHER VIEW: Fair and firm on immigration

The proposed Asylum and Immigration Bill now before the Commons will be one of the most contentious to come before the House. The Labour Party, recognising that many of its supporters are in favour of the Bill, attempted without success to have it go to a Special Committee of the Commons, thereby obviating the need to vote against it.

Tory MP tells why he switched to Labour

JOHN RENTOUL

Boundary changes could give Blair election boost

COLIN BROWN

Governor's tale of life behind bars

'There is an enormous amount of shame involved - queueing up to get food, being locked in a cell'

LETTER: A film without sex and violence

From Mr David Elstein

It was nice weather for duckweed

Chelsea offered executive gardens, a blooming kitchen garden and a writer's garden, much envied by Anna Pavord

Letter: Nessie's diet

From Mr Peter R. J. Stanton

Flight of fancy

Flight of fancy

England's tour de force

"I HAVE played and lost too many games for France when we ought to have won," the French captain, Philippe Saint-Andre, said before the match. This was not one of them. By the end, the body language left no doubt which players were on the end of an eight-game losing streak. Whatever the coming months may hold, the history of England's 1995 World Cup campaign should have a special paragraph for the two minutes between 3.02 and 3.04pm yesterday. This was the time in which Jack Rowell's team blended the best of the old with the promise of the new.

Race fight at `harmony' college

Police and demonstrators were injured yesterday when fighting broke out between groups of Sikh and Muslim students at a college proud of its reputation for racial harmony.

Letter:Three cheers for privatisation

YOUR correspondent David L Seymour (Letters, 11 December) must live on another planet. A few years ago in our neck of the woods it was not unusual to wait 30 or 40 minutes for a bus. Then private buses appeared, regular as clockwork, and forced Lo ndon Transport to get its act together. Now your longest wait is about 10 minutes We also had a main post office. It had one open counter and three closed ones. The open one was manned by a surly, unhelpful person and there were queues into the street. Now we have a franchised post office, all four counters are open, service is friendly and queues have gone. Add to that the sterling service we get from BT and your positive article about the privatised mine in the Business section ("The private life of coal", 11 December) and we ask: why is privatisation a dirty word?

Sports Letter: Dish monopoly

Re: 'Sport on Television' (Independent, 25 August)
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Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

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Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links