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

Forget policy proposals, it is the choices made by political leaders on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that really give the public a chance to see into both their souls and their desire to be seen as accessible.

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

From a lecture to the Royal Society of Arts on proportional representat ion given by the leader of the Liberal Democrats
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee