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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Letters: The Independent Christmas Appeal

Christmas appeal holds out hope to the dispossessed

Mary Dejevsky: It is not only the young who suffer

The plight of innocent children is used as a way to infiltrate hearts – and wallets

Stop abusing child refugees (says illegal immigrant from Darkest Peru)

Paddington creator and other authors and actors send letter to Downing Street

Duffel standards: There's only one coat to be seen in this winter

Styling by Lee Holmes

The mother of all rows breaks out over doulas

Doctor questions benefit of female supporters at births

Bunny and the Bull (15)

Contrary to what you might think, a lot of films get made in this country – three of them released just this week; but most of them are terrible.

Consultant who tried to poison pregnant lover 'a liar and a cheat'

Judge delivers damning verdict as he sentences doctor to six years in jail

Ready to Wear: Celine is synonymous with a rigorous, metropolitan aesthetic

When Tom Ford parted company with the Gucci Group back in 2004, fashion pundits predicted the end of an era for the "superstar designer". Henceforth, it was argued, anonymous teams would be the order of the day, the types who did most of the work anyway – at least so the story went at the time.

The Sketch: So what if Gordon had his flat done six times a week? He's messy

There was Elliot Morley in the cafe queue looking as cheerful as always. No mean feat, what with those claims he was making for a mortgage he didn't have and the subsequent investigations into it, and them and him. "Had your letter, Elliott? Anything in it?"

Doctor spiked girlfriend’s tea to induce miscarriage, court hears

A medical secretary has told a court that her doctor lover spiked her Earl Grey tea to make her have a miscarriage.

Wisteria-print pinafores... was Stella inspired by The Good Life?

Stella McCartney kicked off proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday with a show that appeared to reference childhood memories of her mother's wardrobe with easy denim separates, fine-gauge knitwear and relaxed tailoring in summery shades straight out of the 1970s.

Mandy leaves hospital all smiles

Peter Mandelson left hospital in good spirits yesterday after undergoing an operation for an enlarged prostate gland.

Mandelson recovering after 'routine operation'

Lord Mandelson is tonight recovering in hospital after undergoing an operation on his prostate.

Swine flu GP died from natural causes

Swine flu sufferer Dr Michael Day died from natural causes, a spokeswoman for Bedfordshire Police said today.

£490,000 to make Paddington Green habitable

Terror suspects held in cells will be able to watch films and listen to music
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