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Politics seems abstract, completely removed from everyday life

Baron McAlpine of West Green was best known for his role as advisor to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Ofcom report shows children can easily bypass internet filters

The introduction of opt-out filters by the four major ISPs has been controversial, with reports of legitimate content being blocked

Dee and Caitlin; Dee Roberts told the Birmingham Mail 'they said they wanted to film for a TV show about how great community spirit is in the street'

Benefits Street: Channel 4 boss denies show's residents were duped

Commissioning editor said residents knew the nature and title of the show

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Jeremy Paxman shaves off beard after claiming it's 'so 2013'

Paxman makes a clean start to the year on Newsnight

Jeremy Paxman announced what he thought the internet was really for during a segment on Wednesday night’s show

When Newsnight became Brass Eye: Jeremy Paxman claims internet used to facilitate masturbation ‘or worse’

Jeremy Paxman announced what he thought the internet was really for during a segment on Wednesday night’s show

Matthew Perry sparks furious drug debate with Peter Hitchens on Newsnight

The pair formed part of a discussion on specialist drugs courts, in which former addicts will sit as lay magistrates

Comedian Russell Brand is determined to spark a

Russell Brand calls David Cameron a 'filthy, dirty, posh w***er'

The comedian lashed out at the prime minster on Alan Carr's chat show

Jeremy Paxman has taken issue the plans to 'celebrate' next year's centenary of the First World War

Downing Street demands apology after Jeremy Paxman calls David Cameron 'complete idiot'

The Newsnight veteran is unhappy at Cameron's take on next year's first world war centenary

Perhaps a film is needed to show the real victims of payday lenders like Wonga

Is Wonga simply trying to deflect accusations and whitewash its true colours?

Donald Macintyre’s Sketch: Rachel Reeves is riveting – compared with IDS that is

Esther McVey all  but ran to the dispatch box, like a schoolgirl  late for class

High Court rules sisters must have MMR jab against their and their mother's wishes

The decision came after the father of the girls brought the case to the High Court in September

Video: Alastair Campbell rages at Daily Mail deputy editor Jon Steafel over Ralph Miliband article

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell accused Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre of being a "bully and a coward" last night, during a heated discussion of an article that described Ed Miliband's father as "the man who hated Britain".

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5 Epic Twitter Fails: Ian Katz certainly isn't alone

We’ve all sent a message to the wrong person at one point or another… but what happens when the text is a tweet, and you have millions of followers?

Alan Davies, Stephen Fry on BBC panel show QI

BBC rejects claim Stephen Fry 'trivialised' child abuse on QI

The BBC Trust has rejected a complaint that Stephen Fry “trivialised” child abuse during an episode of QI in which he recited a limerick about a chaplain’s desire for a choir boy.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
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In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit