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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

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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.

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