Boris Johnson has called for an amnesty for illegal immigrants

Boris Johnson backs illegal immigrants amnesty as he hints he may run for third term as London mayor

Boris Johnson put himself at odds with the Conservative leadership today as he backed giving an amnesty to illegal immigrants who have been in Britain for 12 years.

An enterprising vendor in east London has given their bedroom a boudoir feel by leaving a racy fuchsia negligee, complete with bottle of red and two glasses on the bed for the estate agent’s snapper to capture

Who lives in a house like this? Some vendors will go to great lengths to sell their property

What’s the best way to sell your house to a potential buyer? Put a pot of coffee on to brew before they arrive or make sure there are fresh flowers in every room when your estate agent comes around to take some pictures for its online listing? Well, one enterprising vendor in east London has given their bedroom a boudoir feel by leaving a racy fuchsia negligee, complete with bottle of red and two glasses on the bed for the estate agent’s snapper to capture.

More than a quarter of 'second-steppers' are stuck in negative equity

Around 28 per cent of second-time buyers could be stuck on the first rung of the property ladder because they are in negative equity or their home hasn't increased enough in value for them to buy their second home, according to research from Post Office.

Nadhim Zahawi said illegal immigrants should be given a one-off amnesty allowing them to remain in Britain

Grant all illegal immigrants an amnesty, says Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi

One-off gesture designed to make Tories more attractive to ethnic minorities

UKBA failed to pursue more than 3,000 leads on missing asylum seekers

Border officials failed to pursue more than 3,000 leads identified on police databases when attempting to track down missing asylum seekers, an inspector has found.

The investigation into Stephen Lawrence's murder in 1993 was dogged by mistakes by police officers

Former officer claims police hoped to ‘smear’ family of Stephen Lawrence

Video credit: Channel 4 Dispatches/Guardian

A former undercover police officer has alleged that he was instructed to spy on and “smear” the family of Stephen Lawrence in the aftermath of the black teenager’s murder in south-east London.

From left: Martin Hutson (Sam Hunt), Jamie Glover (Peter Greatorex) and Charlotte Lucas (Jo Lambert) in 'If Only'

Theatre review: If Only, Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre

The best play to date about the tragicomic compromises and ignominious ironies of coalition politics is Michael Frayn's Democracy (2003) about the unstable, ill-natured, ideologically bizarre groupings on which power depended in post-war Germany.

A young Myanmar Muslim Rohingya refugee looks on behind a wired fence

Muslim refugees in Burma will be forced to remain in squalid emergency camps for at least 12 months, warns minister Alan Duncan

A British minister who visited tens of thousands of Muslim refugees in Burma said he believes they will be forced to remain in squalid emergency camps for at least another 12 months as there is no quick-fix solution to the crisis.

Fabricio Coloccini tells Alan Pardew he'll stay at Newcastle next season

Fabricio Coloccini has told the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew that he will stay at the club next season.

Bercows 'did not put Parliamentary security at risk' when Speaker's wife Sally sold furniture from apartment on eBay before McAlpine court battle

There were concerns when Mrs Bercow invited winning bidders to collect items from their Westminster flat

O2 cutting 400 more jobs, says union

Union leaders today claimed that mobile phone giant O2 plans to make a further 400 workers redundant.

International students denied study visas - even though they were sponsored by the Government

Six international students sponsored by the Department for International Development had their visas refused by the Home Office because the system does not work, a Labour MP has claimed in the Commons.

Nigel Farage (left) has branded John Bercow (right)

Tory MP Patrick Mercer: Glittering army career stalled in Parliament

Patrick Mercer arrived in Parliament on the back of a decorated army record including an award for gallantry.

The Round House, By Louise Erdrich

This coming-of-age story of trauma and survival among the Ojibwe never veers into polemic

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

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Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

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