Arts and Entertainment Ed Miliband told Kirsty Young his relationship with brother David was 'healing'

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Politics: Campbell pulls out of leader race

CHARLES KENNEDY'S chances of succeeding Paddy Ashdown as Liberal Democrat leader were given a boost yesterday when Menzies Campbell announced he was withdrawing from the contest.

Letter: Europe's decline

Letter:

Blair accused of Scots meddling

TONY BLAIR telephoned Paddy Ashdown on Friday to ask him to get his Scottish politicians to stitch up a quick coalition deal with Labour, just hours after the election results were counted.

Britain votes: Liberal Democrats - Lib Dems sweep to power in Sheffield

THE LIBERAL Democrats were today celebrating a comprehensive victory in Sheffield that proved the party was breaking out of its traditional heartlands of the South West and Scotland.

Soho Bombing: Straw: `We are dealing with warped people'

THE CARNAGE wrought by the Soho bombing prompted widespread condemnation and renewed calls for the Government to bring in emergency curbs on extremist groups.

Local Elections: Voters' apathy is big test for Blair

TONY BLAIR will discover in 10 days' time whether his love affair with the traditional Tory heartlands in England is still alive or starting to wane.

Stars cite favourite things for museum

FOR DAME Judi Dench it was a safety pin, for the broadcaster John Humphrys a horse and plough and, for Sir Terence Conran, a Vespa scooter.

Blair backs Patten for EU job

CHRIS PATTEN, the former Tory party chairman and governor of Hong Kong, is being backed by ministers as the new British Commissioner in Brussels, writes Marie Woolf, Political Correspondent.

War In The Balkans: Cook: We won't fight our way in

Westminster

Budget 1999: Budget Quote of the Day

"It is extremely frustrating to hear someone else singing snatches of our song but doing it so completely out of tune."

Podium: Racism festering on my doorstep

Paddy Ashdown

Wave of anti-racist measures coming

THE MACPHERSON inquiry report into the death of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence will be used by the Government today to take Britain towards the historic goal of stamping out racism in this country.

Leading Article: A game too far

THE NEWS that Camelot is applying to run another National Lottery prize draw is as predictable as it is unwelcome. Camelot wants to make as much money as it can while it still has the licence to run the National Lottery. But this natural desire to maximise profit is no reason for Oflot, the regulator responsible, to grant Camelot's request. Oflot would do well to ponder the plethora of existing channels by which mug punters are exploited.

Podium: Paddy Ashdown - Britain has five political parties

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

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