News Nick Clegg opposes smoking ban in cars with children

Deputy PM said the ban would not be enforceable in practice

Nick Clegg delivers his speech in east London

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: We heard Nick Clegg’s apocalyptic rhetoric on Europe loud and clear

Nick Clegg’s first words were “I hope you can all hear me”; puzzlingly, since he was speaking through a microphone and there were only a couple of dozen of us in the audience.

Nick Clegg: The Deputy Prime Minister is worried that young parents will be affected by the measure

David Cameron’s benefits crackdown ‘will hit single parents hardest’

Critics warn that Tory ‘earn or learn’ policy  could leave 160,000  with nowhere to live

Clegg and Miliband, may join forces over reform of the House of Lords

At last, Clegg is making the case for Britain in the EU - just the corrective needed to Tory Europhobia

But it will be interesting to see where the Deputy PM's speech leaves Labour

An exit from Brussels would be “economic suicide”, Mr Clegg will say in a speech tomorrow

Tories’ plans on EU referendum are ‘flawed and bound to unravel’, says Nick Clegg

Downing Street insists Conservative backbench attempt to bring forward vote would not be allowed to pass 'in any circumstances'

George Osborne to slow drive to tackle global warming

George Osborne is expected to reject the recommendations of the Government’s independent advisers on climate change by slowing its drive to tackle global warming.

Ed Miliband with his father Ralph in 1989

'A man who hated Britain': Ed Miliband accuses Daily Mail of 'appalling lie' about his father Ralph

Newspaper stands behind its attack as Nick Clegg and David Cameron rally to support their political rival

Most Tories oppose future coalition with Lib Dems

David Cameron faces a grassroots rebellion by Conservative Party members if he tries to form a second coalition with the Liberal Democrats after the 2015 election.

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown during TV debates in 2010

Time for David Cameron to stop 'ducking and diving' and agree to TV election debates, says Ed Miliband

Three televised debates during the course of the campaign would exclude both Ukip and the SNP from participating

Ed Balls was in conversation with our columnist Steve Richards

Ed Balls in conversation with Steve Richards: The highlights

Yesterday our political columnist interviewed Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls in the wake of his conference speech. Here are the key lines:

Sexual education is a basic right, Gove. So let's stop thinking of it as a fruity optional extra

It’s vital that we make SRE – including a proper education about women’s autonomy, rape, and consent – a statutory part of the curriculum

The college ban on veils sparked a backlash from students and student groups

Principal to quit role in 'planned change' just days after Birmingham Metropolitan College forced into U-turn over Muslim veil ban

Dame Christine Braddock is set to leave her post at the end of the current academic year

Firms face political pressure on Scotland independence debate

Major employers that work in both England and Scotland are being “reverse lobbied” by politicians to reveal their position on independence, according to a senior director at aerospace defence giant Eurocopter.

Labour's shadow chancellor, Ed Balls

Ed Balls’ position on spending is a vote winner but we must be ready for the inevitable Tory attacks

Labour was right to warn that this Budget went “too far, too fast”

'The best analysis of the free-school-meals policy came from Mark Pack, the Lib Dem blogger: 'The Lib Dems may not be promising motherhood, but they are promising apple pie.''

John Rentoul's Diary: Scottish lavatories, adverb evolution, and some topping gossip

What percentage of Scottish secondary school children avoid using their school toilets? The best quiz of last week was set by Professor Philip Cowley for the annual conference of the Elections, Public Opinion and Parties group, known as Epop. The questions were all based on opinion polls, and this was one of them. My guess was out by a lot more than the permitted margin of error, plus or minus three points. The answer is at the end of this page.

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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?