The big names of a 'big society'

David Cameron, backed by Nick Clegg, promised a new era of people power as he outlined plans to turn his vision of a "big society" into a reality.

Father jailed for trying to kill baby son

A father was jailed today for 10 years for trying to kill his weeks-old baby by smothering him and poisoning him with powerful painkillers.

Election 2010 Home Front: 'Who will I vote for? Same as my mum, I suppose'

<i>The Independent</i> has sent its writers back to their home towns to test the pre-election mood. Paul Vallely is struck by the prevailing apathy in his native North-east

How to turn election night into a money-maker

Amid coverage of televised leaders' debates and party political posters, people often don't realise that elections have another side: an opportunity to earn money. Elections are labour intensive, requiring thousands of poll clerks, all of whom can earn a tidy sum on election night.

Paul Rodgers: He will rock you

He is best known for singing the lead vocals on Free's 1970 hit All Right Now and Paul Rodgers tells John Walsh that he still enjoys being in the spotlight 40 years on

Man in court over divorce party murder

A man was facing trial today accused of killing his ex-wife who was stabbed to death as she prepared to host her divorce party.

Doctor Ashok Kumar: Scientist and MP whose specialist knowledge proved invaluable in Parliament

Ashok Kumar was first and foremost a scientist and secondly a politician. In fact, with the arguable exception of Dr Ernest (Nick) Davies, the Manchester University physicist who represented Manchester Stretford between 1966 and 1970, I cannot think of any MP in my time (1962-2005) as qualified in science – or, indeed, since the distinguished fellow of the Royal Society, Professor A.V. Hill, who represented the University of Cambridge and won a Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1922, and quit the Commons in 1945.

Ashok Kumar 'died from natural causes'

Labour MP Ashok Kumar, who was found dead in his home, died from natural causes, police said today.

MP Ashok Kumar found dead

Tributes were paid to the Labour MP Ashok Kumar today after he was found dead at his constituency home. Anxious staff raised the alarm after being unable to contact Dr Kumar, 53, who was only the fifth Asian to be elected to Parliament since the Second World War.

Woman jailed for 32 years for torture murder

A mother of four, who tortured her partner to death with the help of both her brother and boyfriend, was jailed for life today and told she must serve a minimum term of 32 years.

Primary colours: Ellsworth Kelly's unseen early drawings

An exhibition of Ellsworth Kelly's unseen early drawings shows one of America's finest abstract artists taking his first steps on the road to greatness.

Bail hostel firm could be axed in wake of murder

A company which runs bail hostels has been put on probation after a resident was brutally murdered.

Boy, 10, is found hanging in woods

The death of a 10-year-old boy who was found hanging in woods appeared to be a "tragic accident", police said.

Alex McRae

Following Ivan Ponting's excellent obituary of Alex McCrae (17 October), writes Tam Dalyell, could I add that during National Service basic training at Catterick camp, the first time we were allowed out after our six weeks' call-up was to go to Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough, where we saw Middlesbrough 3 Burnley 3 in December 1950? That afternoon McCrae was on the same level as Wilf Mannion and Burnley's Jimmy McIlroy.

Third academy declared 'inadequate' by Ofsted

A £30m school created under the Government's flagship academy scheme has been given an "inadequate" rating by Ofsted following a visit by inspectors in July, making it the third such school to be placed in special measures. The verdict will come as a significant blow to Labour, particularly given that the school it replaced was not said to have been failing.

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