A lifebelt is almost submerged after the River Thames flooded in Chersey

Owen Paterson at odds with David Cameron over claims winter storm Hercules was linked to climate change

Environment Secretary sidesteps issue on whether global warming to partly blame for recent flooding

Ed Balls hints at possible Labour-Lib Dem coalition after 'friendly chat' with Nick Clegg

Ed Balls has hinted at a possible coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats after having a “friendly chat” with Nick Clegg.

Racist bullying is the price of the furore over immigration

Social cohesion and the welfare of our children must, most certainly, be a priority

51 per cent of the net takings in betting shops came from fixed-odds betting terminals

David Cameron vows to curb 'problem' of betting shops on high streets

The number of high-stakes machines is limited to four in each betting shop, but Labour claims bookmakers have got round the rule by opening more branches – often in deprived areas

Norman Baker is at the top of the members' list of good performers

Norman Baker singled out as Lib Dems' new rising star

Home Office Minister has joined Vince Cable at the top of the members’ list of good performers

Santander will offer a range of fee-free Help to Buy mortgage products

Santander unveils help to buy mortgage deal

The battle to offer low-deposit mortgages stepped up today after a lender unveiled new deals under the Government's Help to Buy scheme and another announced plans to join the initiative.

PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) use a water cannon during riots on the Crumlin Road in 2005 in north Belfast

Met police will have water cannon by this summer if Boris Johnson has his way

If deployed, it would e the first time the controversial crowd dispersal weapon has been used in mainland Britain

Bolton science teacher arrested by counter-terrorism officers over Syria links

Jamshed Javeed is alleged to have been planning to travel to the country

Andy McSmith's Diary: ‘Prophylactic’ Nick Clegg is no protection against Boris Johnson

Nick Clegg is David Cameron’s condom, according to the latest insult directed at the Deputy Prime Minister by London’s irrepressible Mayor, Boris Johnson.

Chancellor George Osborne. According to opinion polls, only 16 per cent of low paid voters think that the Conservative Party is on their side

Lib Dems accuse Tories of 'stealing' their policy as George Osborne prepares to approve above-inflation rise in minimum wage

The Conservatives opposed Labour's decision to bring in the minimum wage in 1999, predicting wrongly that it could cost two million jobs

Sherlock Holmes portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series

Boris Johnson on ‘hairbrained’ Sherlock barb: ‘The BBC’s raison d’etre is to attack Conservative politicians’

The Mayor of London has responded to the television show after it portrayed him as an 'incoherent' politician responsible for 'hair-brained' schemes

Johnson's attack on Clegg is the latest in an ongoing spat between the two men

'Poor old Cleggers': Nick Clegg is David Cameron's condom, says Boris Johnson

The mayor described 'poor old Cleggers' as a 'lapdog-cum-prophylactic protection device' used to shield the Prime Minister

Mayor of London Boris Johnson expresses his views on LBC

Boris Johnson calls for two-year wait before migrants can claim benefits

David Cameron faces renewed pressure to increase the three-month ban on new arrivals claiming social security

The Sketch: General Gove discovers the brotherhood of man

What are so-called Topical Questions for if not to address the great controversies of the day?

People stand next to a bus departing from Sofia's central bus station headed to London. Hostility to the current scale of immigration is increasing among the British public

Anti-immigrant feeling in Britain is on the rise as more than half want cut in numbers, according to major new research

Survey suggests that attitudes were hardening even before Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants hit the news

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own