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

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

Pink List 2013: Friends to LGBT people

Tilda Swinton

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which disappeared from the wall of a north London shop last year but resurfaced  in an auction in Miami – only  to be withdrawn at the last minute – has gone on sale in London and was on Sunday evening expected to raise £900,000.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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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas