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

Swinton flew a rainbow flag in the Red Square earlier this year to show her solidarity with the LGBT community

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Graham Badman wrote a report on Baby P but another case of neglect later occurred on his watch

Baby P report author forced to apologise for fresh Haringey council scandal

The man who commissioned second report into the case of Baby P is facing questions tonight over his role as chair of Haringey’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board after apologising for yet another child abuse case in the London borough.

Banksy’s Slave Labour should be ‘returned to its rightful place’ in north London, says the local MP

'Disappeared' Banksy set to sell for £900,000

A mural which disappeared from the wall of a north London shop last year but resurfaced  in an auction in Miami – only  to be withdrawn at the last minute – has gone on sale in London and was on Sunday evening expected to raise £900,000.

'The abuse has become a daily thing': punks and goths hail overdue recognition

Manchester Police to classify as hate crimes attacks against subculture members

Nick Clegg’s ratings amongst Liberal Democrat activists have slumped

Nick Clegg suffers further popularity slump among Liberal Democrat members

Poll found half of members are dissatisfied with performance as leader, while Vince Cable is their favourite of the party's ministers

Tackling FGM, violence against women and forced marriage around the world

High on the agenda was women’s political participation, ending female genital cutting, early and forced marriage, trafficking, and violence against women

Victims of FGM and charities that fight against it must be involved in Government eradication efforts

Decades of activism underpin this new drive against female circumcision

Have the years mellowed Julie Burchill's other great enmities?

The world has gone mad if Julie Burchill can’t stir things up and cause offence

This row shows the sensitivity police are ever more powerful and vigilant

‘Chuggers’ can no longer operate within three metres of a cashpoint

If charities are going to survive in the 21st century, they can't rely on government alone

Only genuinely voluntary donations provide charities with funding that is sustainable over the long term. In times of austerity, charities find out the hard way

Laurie Penny: That's enough politeness – women need to rise up in anger

The men who run the world have become too used to not being afraid. Let's make them afraid

Teenager sex attack figures 'shocking' says Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg told a group of teenage girls today that he found it "shocking" that a third of their peers have reported they have experienced some form of sexual violence from a boyfriend.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, claimed the proposals are “madness”, it was reported today.

Cardinal attacks government gay marriage plans

David Cameron faces fresh pressure from church leaders over the Government's plans for gay marriage.

Archbishop of Canterbury backs campaign against same-sex marriages

David Cameron is to face a mass petition opposing plans to launch a "hostile strike" on the traditional view of marriage, campaigners said today.

Premier League pledge to tackle homophobia

Premier League football clubs today showed homophobia the red card as they pledged to eradicate it from the game.

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