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The party would also add more than £100 a week to match the minimum wage

MP John Hemming has been suspended from Mumsnet after he posted a transcript of Italian court proceedings which identified some of the protagonists in the case

MP John Hemming suspended from Mumsnet after flouting anonymity guidelines

It might be regarded as a happy hunting ground for the crucial female votes of Middle England but Mumsnet has again proved it can be a jungle for politicians hoping to reach out beyond the confines of Westminster.

Margaret Thatcher at No. 10, checking her hair in the mirror - She has been voted by politicians of all parties as the most successful prime minister since the Second World War

MPs vote Margaret Thatcher ‘best modern prime minister’

The Iron Lady scores particularly highly for decisiveness, as she just beats Clement Attlee into second place

Electricity pylons in the Languedoc, France in Villejust, near Paris

Exclusive: A giant European network of electricity interconnectors is solution to high energy prices, says climate change minister

Ed Davey believes a continent-wide network of underground electricity cables could slash bills

Labour claim energy companies paid nearly £4bn above the average market rate for electricity over a three year period... and passed the costs on to the consumer

Energy companies paid nearly £4bn above the average market rate for their electricity and charged customers about £150 extra over three years as a result, the Labour party has claimed.

Ed Davey has dismissed Labour leader Ed Miliband’s suggestion that a two-year price freeze would solve the issue of soaring energy bills

Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze a big ‘con’, says Energy Secretary Ed Davey

Mr Davey said that the Labour leader's plan would hit the small, independent, gas and electricity companies much harder than the Big Six suppliers

How Ed Miliband can harness the right's tactics to bring in a wave of left-wing populism in 2014

Simple messages must be repeated ad infinitum, hammered into the electorate’s skulls

The paper raises the question of whether alien races could have used the gravity of stars to “slingshot” probes in order to gain speed: a technique humans already use for probes, such as the Voyager.

Questions to which the answer is still no

I have regretted ending my collection on more than one occasion

The Independent's survey shows it has not been a good year for the three main Westminster parties

No winners in poll of polls as Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats fail to seize initiative

The Independent’s survey shows it has not been a good year for the three main Westminster parties

A pint with Alex Salmond? ‘I’d check my wallet,’ says David Cameron

The PM’s comments came when he was asked who he’d rather head down to the local boozer with: Nick Clegg, Ed Milliband or Alex Salmond

Afghan residents walk to receive winter blankets during a relief distribution programme in Herat. Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan with one of the highest internally displaced populations in the world

There is deep foreboding in Afghanistan over the West’s departure

The history of Afghanistan's last ten years is the history of the West walking away

Nicolas Anelka appears to make the 'la quenelle' gesture after scoring the first goal for West Brom in the 3-3 draw against West Ham

Nicolas Anelka gesture: With great footballing prowess comes great responsibility

The hearts of many are easily swayed by the actions of just a few talented athletes

What’s wrong with the Tories? Why aren’t they being more optimistic?

Voters will turn away if they keep hearing sneers and grumbles from Cameron and co

What price honours? Year after year, large party donors appear on the New Year honours list

Honours list: The short journey from political donor to a seat in the House of Lords

The relation between big donors and parties is mutually beneficial, and a tendency to reward them with gongs inevitable

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has called on the Government to start allowing Syrian refugees into the country

Nigel Farage calls on Government to let Syrian refugees into UK

UKIP leader said those displaced by conflict are in a very different position to economic migrants

2013 - the year in review: Politics as usual, though we lost Margaret Thatcher and gained Adam Afriyie

At Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, Osborne shed a tear, as if a human being lurked below that calculating exterior

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