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Farage refused to back down when he was told the remarks were made in 1968 speech which has haunted the politics of race ever since

David Cameron in 2006, with candidates for the 2010 election, announcing a drive for more women to be selected

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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

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

The National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers have warned they plan to resume strike action by mid-February if there is no sign of 'significant progress' in talks with Education Secretary Michael Gove

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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

In September, police forces launched a campaign to highlight problems with excessive alcohol consumption

Number of areas blighted by drink-related violence and crime has risen by nearly 150 per cent since 2007

The number of areas blighted by drink-related violence and crime has risen by nearly 150 per cent since 2007.

Voting for Ukip in European elections could damage economic recovery, warns Nick Clegg

The Deputy PM says that 'the Liberal Democrats are Britain's Party of In' when it comes to the EU

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Health Minister Norman Lamb pledges action on rural ambulance response times after death of young chef Peter Nelson

Norfolk chef’s death from brain haemorrhage may be linked to long wait for transport to hospital

Chris Grayling has furthered angered the Lib Dems by announcing plans to draft new laws to curtail the impact of European human rights legislation on Britain

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A new Coalition split has opened after Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, suggested that the Liberal Democrats had thwarted Tory plans to close Britain’s borders to Romanians and Bulgarians.

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