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Serious doubts have been cast over the reliability of NHS waiting times figures, after the Government’s financial watchdog identified “inconsistencies” in the way that hospital trusts measure and record data.

Statements from David Cameron that he had 'nothing to do' with the specifics of the bid are likely to be questioned at the Leveson Inquiry

Cameron knew Hunt would back BSkyB bid

Devastating memo shown to Leveson Inquiry puts PM in line of fire

Former Cabinet ministers to appear to Leveson

Former Cabinet ministers Lord Mandelson and Tessa Jowell will kick off a potentially dramatic week at the Leveson inquiry today.

Owen Jones: Hatred of those on benefits is dangerously out of control

Taking away support can only be achieved by demonising recipients as scroungers in mansions

David Cameron did not want Leveson Inquiry, says Alastair Campbell

The former Number 10 communications director Alastair Campbell said today that David Cameron did not want to set up the Leveson Inquiry.

Matthew Norman on Monday: Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and a strange outbreak of mass amnesia

Amnesia has many potential causes, and some are more obvious than others. In the 1945 noir classic The Lost Weekend, for example, alcoholism robs Ray Milland of recall, but with the 2010 remake shot at Dorneywood, the memory loss is harder to explain.

Former NI chief Rebekah Brooks will testify at Leveson next week

Downing Street panics as Brooks and Coulson prepare to face Leveson

Downing Street has reacted to increasing panic that the Conservative leadership is being damaged by revelations at the Leveson Inquiry about its dealings with the Murdoch empire. Yesterday it demanded that senior ministers be allowed to see potentially incendiary evidence from Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson.

Ben Swift

Cycling: Swift forced out of Giro by crash

Great Britain's Ben Swift has suffered a major setback to his Olympic hopes after sustaining a fractured right shoulder in a crash during a training ride.

The PM must account for his links to Murdoch at the Leveson Inquiry

Cameron faces showdown over News Corp

David Cameron is facing a showdown over News Corporation which could see Conservative MPs forced to vote on whether to censure three of Rupert Murdoch's senior lieutenants accused of misleading Parliament.

The PM appeared to express surprise at being called by the Speaker

Matthew Norman: The Prime Minister has been exposed as a cocky whippersnapper

I write in a state of high anticipation a few hours before a scheduled trip, with an officially adolescent family member, to see Avengers Assemble. In this warmly reviewed film, an alliance of Marvel superheroes is formed to save the world from a malevolent Norse god. Iron Man leads an all-star team featuring Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and the Black Widow, but the figure I expect to find most intriguing is the Hulk. Any character who instantly metamorphoses from a placid, genial man into a raging maniac must have special resonance for the student of Westminster life.

Matthew Norman on Monday: Who's just
the man to replace Jeremy Hunt? Why, it's
John Whittingdale, of course!

The allegedly respected Thatcherite knows a thing or two about the media

The most generous philanthropist was artist David Hockney, who gave away more than twice his residual wealth of £34m by donating works valued at £78.1m,
together with £730,000 in cash through the David Hockney Foundation

Hockney tops list of givers – but charities warn of tougher times

UK's richest give highest proportion of wealth in a decade but philanthropic trend may be at risk

Margareta Pagano: Did Murdoch give the game away over BSkyB?

The media mogul's evidence to the Leveson inquiry on his move for the TV company showed reform is vital if future takeovers are to get a fair hearing

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes calls for Jeremy Hunt inquiry

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes has joined calls for an inquiry into whether Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt breached the ministerial code of conduct.

Jeremy Hunt gives a wry smile as he sits next to David Cameron in the Commons

Steve Richards: Cameron can't easily dismiss the toxic trail to Murdoch's BSkyB bid

We are living through a very British revolution. In the messy transition from one era to the next, the old familiar policies and strategies do not work any longer. David Cameron and George Osborne are struggling to stay afloat not because they are suddenly useless, but because they are trapped by the past. In spite of their flimsy claims to be forward-looking modernisers they are, in reality, two young politicians with no previous experience of power, caught in a situation that calls for titanic insights and fresh thinking.

Gordon Brown 'not of balanced mind' says Rupert Murdoch

Former prime minister Gordon Brown was not in a "balanced state of mind" when he called Rupert Murdoch to "declare war" on his company, the media tycoon told the Leveson Inquiry today.

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