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

Lynne Featherstone: 'If you won't work with us, you won’t have our money'

Minister warns hardline regimes: respect your women or aid ceases

In Afghanistan, two million girls are now at school as a result of foreign aid donations

Leading article: No room for naivety in aid policy

It is admirable that the Equalities Minister should be pressing to keep the treatment of women at the forefront of the Government's discussions with foreign nations. So should Foreign Office ministers, and those from the Department for International Development. But more important still is to show a more sophisticated understand of political realities on the ground.

Anglicans opt out of 'gay weddings' in church

Same-sex couples will not be able to hold civil partnership ceremonies within Church of England buildings despite the Government giving the go ahead for such celebrations to be held in places of worship for the first time.

Beagle 'factory' plan to test coalition's pledge on animals

Activists say vow to cut experiments will be broken

London riots spiral out of control

Rioters were rampaging across Britain's capital again tonight as politicians and police chiefs tried desperately to curb the "sheer criminality".

Nick Clegg is chasing women

The Liberal Democrat leader wants to kickstart his party by emphasising its distinctive appeal and by targeting female voters. Matt Chorley outlines his strategy, while three commentators offer advice on how he might win them over

Experts warn over humanising apes

Action is needed now to prevent nightmarish "Planet Of The Apes" science ever turning from fiction to fact, according to a group of eminent experts.

Great Ormond Street board hits out at Baby Peter claims

A public row has broken out between the editor of the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, and Great Ormond Street Hospital's (Gosh) management team after it published a number of articles criticising the trust's handling of Baby Peter Connelly's death.

Great Ormond Street faces new attack on alleged Baby P cover-up

A report which said a doctor at the Haringey clinic should not have been hired was cut before it was shown to the official review

Ministers move to block debate on circus animals

The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, is being urged by MPs not to allow the Government to block demands for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

Goodbye, size zero. Hello, normality

Student designers will have to use models who actually resemble the average British woman

Warning over cost of Baby P case to taxpayers

Sharon Shoesmith's lengthy legal fight against her sacking could leave taxpayers facing a hefty bill, campaigners warned.

Letters: The pointless 'war on drugs'

I hope Matthew Norman is wrong ("Rule by the right-wing press dooms sensible debate", 30 March) . Will it really take more than seven generations before we are finally shocked and sickened by the "war against drugs?"

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