Lord Rennard analysis: A battle between rules and political expediency

For anyone seeking to understand why the Liberal Democrats have got themselves into such a mess over the Rennard affair it is worth recalling a conversation between David Laws and William Hague during Coalition negotiations in 2010.

Low-income families in deprived areas are the ones feeling the cuts in council tax benefit the hardest
Ms Cooper said it we should not 'turn our backs' on the crisis

MPs revolt over failure to admit Syrian refugees as Yvette Cooper condemns minister's dismissal of 'token' impact

The Coalition is under mounting pressure from Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs to perform a U-turn to allow some Syrian refugees to come to Britain.

Chris Huhne was punched by Vicky Price after she found out about his affair with an aide

Vicky Pryce gave Chris Huhne a black eye after she found out about his affair, court hears

Chris Huhne, the disgraced former cabinet minister, was punched and dragged through a window by his wife when she discovered his affair with an aide, a jury was told yesterday.

Nick Clegg's attack on NHS mental health care: Fighting talk will only get us so far

While the Government is saying all the right things, the reality on the ground simply does not match up to the rhetoric

If they really want to help young people with mental health problems, Government must put their money where their mouth is

Spending on early intervention, preventative measures and a joined-up approach to treatment is the only option if we want to see a real improvement

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard has been asked to apologise over allegations of sexual harassment against female activists

Nick Clegg puts Lib Dem authority on the line, demanding Lord Rennard apology over 'sexual harassment' he never admitted

Row over allegations will see major challenge to leadership when House of Lords sits on Monday afternoon

Aiden McNulty, 18, became seriously depressed when he was 15 and taking his GCSEs, but recovered after receiving help and is now planning to study business at university

Mental health risk to children trapped in ‘toxic climate’ of dieting, pornography and school stress

Children are living in an “unprecedented toxic climate” in which they skip meals to stay thin, are bombarded by pornographic images and fear they will be failures amid a “continuous onslaught of stress at school”, according to research published today.

Immigrants who cannot speak English have no way of being a 'full member' of British society, Eric Pickles said

Non-English speakers may lose benefits, says Eric Pickles

Immigrants who cannot speak English have no way of being a “full member” of British society, Eric Pickles said on Sunday, amid suggestions benefits could be stripped from those who do not learn the language.

Bridget Harris, left, a former Clegg aide, has quit over the Lord Rennard affair

Lord Rennard will sue party if Lib Dems withdraw whip over sexual harassment allegations

The Liberal Democrats’ calamitous handling of the Lord Rennard sexual harassment allegations looks set to be arbitrated by the courts after the peer’s supporters indicated he would if necessary take legal action to retain his position in the House of Lords.

Office politics: Mr Ortikov’s troubles began as a British embassy employee

Man tortured for Britain finds asylum – in the US

Guard who refused to be a spy says UK turned its back on him

Mr Farage is favoured over Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg as a party leader, beaten only by David Cameron

Ukip tops Independent on Sunday poll as the nation’s favourite party

In a shock result for David Cameron and Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage’s ‘fruitcakes’ are in pole position

Michael Dugher condemned the publication of the “annual” Chequers guest list, which was over a year late when it was quietly released on Friday evening

David Cameron urged to reveal list of visitors entertained at Chequers

Shadow Cabinet Office ministercondems publication of “annual” guest list

A secret court of their own

The Lib Dems have an old-fashioned blind spot when it comes to sexism

The Lord Rennard issue is increasingly being seen as a test of Nick Clegg's leadership of the Liberal Democrat party

Nick Clegg calls on Lord Rennard to apologise over harassment claims

Nick Clegg has declared that former Liberal Democrat chief executive Lord Rennard should apologise over allegations of sexual harassment before rejoining the party's group in the House of Lords.

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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