News Paul Sykes has promised to do 'whatever it takes' to help UKIP top the polls in the European elections according to the Daily Telegraph

One of the country's wealthiest businessmen has announced a multi-million pound boost to the UK Independence Party.

Tories accuse DFID of trying to usurp powers of Foreign Office

Conservatives would rein in aspirations of international development department

Cameron must show grittier leadership, activists warn

David Cameron needs to show "grittier leadership" this year and order his top team to work harder, Conservative activists have warned.

How Boris ditched the jokes and became a serious threat to Ken

The Tory candidate has refused to play the fool - and the strategy appears to be paying off, says Andrew Grice

Last Night's TV: Plenty of blues but not enough soul

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'Cameron effect' gives Tories seven-point lead

David Cameron's rejuvenated Conservative Party has opened a seven-point lead over Labour, according to The Independent's latest "poll of polls".

Blair attacked over 'secret nuclear agenda'

Tony Blair has come under a double attack from his allies for the way he introduced nuclear power to the political agenda. He was told that his announcement had aroused suspicions that there is a "secret agenda" behind government policy.

William Burroughs: Jungle fever

A new edition of William Burroughs' book 'The Yage Letters' reveals how the writer was transformed by a trip to South America in search of 'the ultimate fix'. Tim Cumming reports

Nanotechnology: A mini revolution

From cars that change colour to windows that clean themselves, the small world of nanotechnology is certain to dramatically alter our everyday lives

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Howe Gelb demands a little effort from the listener: imperfection is a glorious thing, and Gelb does it far better than most. Gelb made his name as frontman for Arizona heroes Giant Sand in the early Eighties. They almost single-handedly kick-started the alt.country revolution with their mix of stark, distorted, staccato guitar licks, self-deprecating lyrics, and delta-blues-meets-country undertones.

Bridget Jones and her creator united in travails of pregnancy

In her diary she complains about "bottom cleavage" pregnancy jeans, describes a new-found respect for toilets after weeks of morning sickness, and wonders why people feel they have the right to lay their hands on her pregnant stomach.

Broadcasting: The future is northern

The creation of a media city at Salford Quays - with the BBC among its potential residents - will transform the area and make it the biggest broadcasting and creative hub outside London. Raymond Snoddy reports.

Racing: Peeress proves peerless for Fallon

Filly gives Stoute a seventh Lockinge Stakes to lay early claim to the miling crown

British soldiers hurt in Basra bombing and attack by mob

It was another bloody day for British forces in Basra yesterday, with three soldiers injured when their armoured Land Rover was hit by a roadside bomb.

Turquoise Coast: Brian Patten takes to the water

Get off the road, get in a boat. The best way to see south-west Turkey is to cruise its coast in a gulet. It's a style of holiday that has got the poet Brian Patten hooked...
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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
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Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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