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

Report reveals damning failings in Baby P case

More damning failings that led to Baby P's death will be revealed today with the publication of previously secret official reports.

Flexible working right to be extended

The right to request flexible working is to be extended to parents of children under 18 from next year, benefiting an estimated 300,000 people, the Government announced today.

Andreas Whittam Smith: The idea of Big Society is beyond left and right

Small interventions in local communities can have a major impact through contagion. This is pioneering work. There is nothing to go on. It has not been done before

Clegg to discuss same-sex marriages with Cameron

Liberal Democrat demands for gay marriage to be legalised opened up a fresh rift with the party's Tory coalition partners last night.

Lib Dems back gay marriage motion

The Government will "listen very carefully" to Liberal Democrat demands for gay marriage to be legalised, equalities minister Lynne Featherstone said today.

Private land wheel clampers to be banned

Wheel clampers will be banned from operating on private land to tackle rogue operators who exploit drivers by charging "exorbitant fees", Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone said today.

Carola Long: Joan Holloway and the ‘Mad Men’ effect remind us that cleavage is a better accessory than an ‘it’ bag'

Absurd fashion news flash No 99: breasts are back. Yes folks, even a part of one's body that can only be altered through dramatic changes in weight or surgery isn't immune to the trend mill. At the Prada show, the emphasis was firmly on the décolletage, as full-skirted, Fifties dresses with rows of mini ruffles at the bust were modelled by Victoria's Secret models with the requisite curves to show them off. Meanwhile at Louis Vuitton, Elle 'The Body' MacPherson (below) and Laetitia Casta wore dresses with New-Look style skirts, and structured bodices with moulded cups that, well, overflowed. Call it the 'Mad Men' effect, as the cantilevered charms of Joan Holloway remind everyone that cleavage is a better accessory than an 'it' bag.

Rob Hayward: The vulnerable MPs who are beginning to feel the heat

MPs who will be worried include 13 whose constituencies have been held by Labour in the past 10 years

Diary: What Katie didn't do

Having recently jumped ship from the ITV newsroom to the BBC, among Katie Derham's many tasks over the coming months will be winning over the traditionally conservative listenership of Radio 3, where she's been handed the main afternoon slot. Derham has long been hailed the perfect girl next door many a hopeful suitor would have been happy to take home to their maternal parent – although considering the now 40-year-old mother of two has been married for over a decade, perhaps High Street Ken is beginning to show his age.

Millions spent on doctor 'gagging orders' by NHS, investigation finds

A combination of pay-offs and fear is preventing whistleblowers going public with criticisms over care, reports Nigel Morris

Leading article: A fattist issue

What's in a name? The NHS should use the term fat instead of obese, a thinnish government health minister said yesterday. Some people, naturally, have been deeply offended, as would have been the minister, Anne Milton, if we had called her scrawny instead of thinnish. The overweight prefer more congenial terms: plump, chubby, tubby or big-boned. Or more politically correct notions; one local authority has been trying to introduce the idea of being "unhealthily weighted".

The Sketch: It's all sweetness and light now – but just you wait until October

Will they manage the 40 per cent cuts they're talking about? They'll end up with half what they aim for

Diary: Mad about the girl

Glamorous Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks graced many a newspaper page yesterday after being hailed as a perfect physical role model by Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone.

Margaret Thatcher: First among unequals

Britain's only female premier is back in vogue. Yet while her successors borrow her ideas, they'll never match Margaret Thatcher's audacity, says Andy McSmith

Matthew Norman: A step that should have been too far

What was Mr Clegg thinking in acquiescing in the promotion of the born-to-crush sneer of superiority on Mr Osborne's Bullingdon face to official coalition policy?
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