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News Max Mosley explained why he gave financial help to victims of hacking to sue papers

If Monday’s Commons debate was post-Leveson showdown lite, today’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing was the real thing. We had Max Mosley, who famously won a 2008 court action against the (late) News of the World after it turned over his private life. And we had at least three Tory MPs who could barely contain their fury at Hacked Off’s starring role in the Ed Miliband-hosted talks which secured the cross-party regulation deal with David Cameron.

John Rentoul: Daylight robbery at the library of rhetoric

Another raid on Labour's terms of reference shows a Tory party becoming ever more brazen in its theft of left-wing idea

Mandaric set for Foxes deal

Milan Mandaric has said he is finally on the verge of completing his takeover of Leicester. The Championship club have arranged a press conference for noon today and it is thought Mandaric will be announced as the new owner.

Rowan Pelling: So Heather posed topless. So? So?

I've done it, and I've persuaded other women to do it. And plenty of men have done a lot worse

Jemima Lewis: Why did the British disown Benny Hill?

His demise was painful to behold: like watching an elderly uncle being kicked to death by young thugs

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.

Pay gap widest in wealthiest parts of country, says ONS

The pay gap between the richest and poorest is widest in the wealthiest parts of the UK, official research showed today.

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.

Boxing: Storey gives peace fighting chance

Belfast celebrates the man who uses boxing to bridge religious divide

Dein to Henry: 'You're king. You might only be a prince elsewhere'

What David Dein told Thierry Henry as Arsenal still feared their captain would leave the club where he is adored and join the European champions

Rank outsiders

When Will Self stepped inside the world of the taxi driver to research his latest novel, he expected to find a cynical trade, fuelled by frustration and cruising on contempt. But while the bigotry and intolerance are for real, he argues, the face in the mirror has a more interesting story to tell

Bruce Anderson: The rich, the poor and the Tories

Like Cameron, Letwin finds it intolerable that Britain should have such a large underclass

Banks face call for credit card curbs

Griffiths Commission urges new laws to protect borrowers * £1 trillion debt 'time bomb' threatens millions
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Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
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