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Labour backbencher Marsha Singh is to step down as an MP, triggering a by-election in his Bradford West constituency.

Cameron urged to sign EU ban on slave trafficking

Victim of enforced labour in Britain speaks out as thousands back <i>IoS</i> petition's call on coalition to act

'I sense an appetite for student action': The latest NUS president is ready to do battle

Aaron Porter is more canny politician than long-haired revolutionary. But with funding cuts looming, he's ready for a fight.

Diary: Wahlberg's curtain call

Mark Wahlberg says he's never been much interested in treading the boards. "I've learned from Jeremy Piven," he says of his Entourage co-star, who was forced to abandon a Broadway run of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow in 2008, claiming excessive sushi consumption had given him mercury poisoning. Couldn't one just stay away from raw fish? "I played an Oompa Loompa in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory in fifth grade, and it was a lot of work," Wahlberg admitted at the premiere of his new film comedy, The Other Guys. "But if I ever did a play again, it would be A Streetcar Named Desire." In fact, Stanley Kowalski's not a bad fit – ladies, you remember how Marky Mark looks in a vest, right? In the meantime, Wahlberg and pals are hoping to make an Entourage film after the HBO dramedy's eighth and final series. The actor's early years in Hollywood were the inspiration for the show, which he still co-produces. "The plan is to make a movie," he maintains, "and we're doing everything in our power to make it happen."

Southend-on-Sea: The land of eastern promise

For generations, Nick Coleman's family have visited the Thames estuary town. Now, with his own children in tow, he finds it is getting a facelift

Mary Ann Sieghart: Mandelson's vanity came before the party interest

His mistake was overlooking the possibility of a coalition with the Lib Dems

Child asylum-seekers 'split from their families by force'

Report on immigration centre reveals heavy-handed treatment of young detainees

&pound;120m of taxpayers' money to fund new tram services

Tram services are to be extended across Greater Manchester with £120 million of taxpayers' cash funding two new extensions to the Metrolink system, it was announced today.

Kidnap boy's family angry at 'inside job' claim

The family of a five-year-old British boy snatched by gun-wielding raiders in Pakistan angrily insisted today the kidnap was no "inside job".

Charity boss Christine Pratt seeks help from Max Clifford

Woman at centre of Brown bullying row tries to combat damaging revelations

Bullying row charity chief 'a prat'

The charity boss at the centre of the Gordon Brown bullying row was dismissed today as "this prat of a woman" by a Government minister.

Pandora: Westwood Jnr plans his fashion week debut

Gentlemen, get ready. We have news of a surprising addition to the London Fashion Week schedule: Ben Westwood, son of doyenne designer Dame Vivienne, hopes to debut his menswear collection in the forthcoming February shows.

Great British Weather Disasters, By Philip Eden

The recent cold snap may have been unusual, but this book reminds us that very few meteorological surprises merit the cliché "unprecedented". In January 1881, heavy snow combined with one of the strongest gales on record to kill approximately 600 in London.

Detaining children in Britain: No place for the innocent

What kind of country drags vulnerable children from their beds at daybreak, puts them behind bars and fills them with terror? Paul Vallely meets a family who have endured this horror &ndash; in Britain. And they're not alone

Sharp rise in sham marriages

The number of suspected sham marriages has leapt by more than half in the past year, according to new figures.

The Big Moment: A diehard ultra-Blairite could be heard: 'What have we done? We'll miss him'

A series of articles from The Independent archive recalling key events of the past decade: Gordon Brown succeeds Tony Blair, 27 June 2007
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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
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Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
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Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

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Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

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Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'