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Ambassador Dimitrov was very, very cross with Ukip’s “unacceptable” and “extremely serious” “propaganda leaflets” suggesting that millions of Bulgarians were about to flood into Britain. He would have been much more cross if it had been at a lunch at which Ukip’s leader was regaling reporters with his full-on cheeky chappie routine worthy of the man he himself described as “that late, great comedian Bob Monkhouse”: stand-up with an electoral twist.

Peter Stringfellow has hinted that he may 'take on' Nick Clegg at the next General Election in 2015

From poles to polls: Peter Stringfellow may take on Nick Clegg in next general election

Hint comes after Deputy Prime Minister said the nightclub owner did not deserve a state pension

Ms Quashie worked as a table-side dancer at the Stringfellows and Angels clubs in London

Lapdancer loses sacking claim

A lapdancer who wants to make an unfair dismissal claim lost a legal fight today with a firm that runs “gentlemen's clubs”.

Lap dancer wins landmark employment ruling

A lap dancer has won the right to be considered an employee in a decision that could affect thousands of performers in the industry.

From lost boy to man: Sutherland in Berlin earlier this month

Sutherland's sensitive side

The star of 24 was planning a break from TV but a new supernatural family drama from the creator of Heroes lured him back, he tells Sarah Hughes

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Women without any rights know all about 'erotic capital'

Hakim attacks feminists for devaluing the sexual currency held by British women. I can only thank them for freeing us from lives endured by millions

24-hour room service: Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow

A modern classic that looks to the future

High Street Ken takes a trip down memory lane

From the pathos of David Miliband to the pluck of Lembit Opik, 'The Independent's' diarist recalls his highlights of 2010

Diary: Gwyneth's recipes for life

Like a latter-day Linda McCartney, health-food-loving rock-star spouse and sometime actor Gwyneth Paltrow publishes her debut cookbook next year. The press has been issued with extracts from the tome, with the food-free title My Father's Daughter (sickly subtitle: "Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness").

Peter Stringfellow tries to return winter fuel allowance

Peter Stringfellow has written to the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith asking him to halt his "totally unnecessary" pensioner's winter fuel allowance.

Stringfellow wants to pay back winter fuel cash

Peter Stringfellow has written to Work And Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith asking him to halt his "totally unnecessary" pensioner's winter fuel allowance.

Sacked lap dancer loses case

A lap dancer who attempted to bring an unfair dismissal case against Stringfellows has lost her case, a lawyer for the club said today.

Unfair dismissal bid Stringfellows lap dancer a 'tax exile'

A lap dancer who is attempting to bring an unfair dismissal case against Stringfellows has been living as a "tax exile" within her own country, it was claimed today.

Stringfellows dancer was women's rights student

A topless dancer attempting to sue Stringfellows for unfair dismissal was once a women's officer responsible for promoting the rights of female university students, a tribunal heard today.

Comedy Lab, Channel 4

Seven shows in the Comedy Lab strand have mixed appeal, but there are enough laughs to make it all worthwhile
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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes