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

Children binge-drink 20 units a week

One in four underage alcohol drinkers consumes more than 20 units a week, a survey claimed today.

One success only for asylum seekers scheme

A £1 million Government scheme to help failed asylum seekers return home was "mismanaged from start to finish" and resulted in just one family leaving the UK, a report found today.

28,000 illegal attempts to enter UK foiled

New figures reveal the increasingly desperate battle to protect borders

The ministers appointed in the reshuffle

This is a list of the MPs and peers appointed as ministers of state by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the second wave of his Government reshuffle today:

How the Gurkhas' victory was sealed with a kiss from Lumley

They had held a vigil at Westminster for weeks, protesting against what they saw us betrayal by the British government. Yesterday the Gurkhas celebrated at a Downing Street garden party after winning the historic right for veterans to settle in this country.

Gurkhas win final victory to stay in Britain

All Gurkha veterans will today win the right to settle in Britain following an embarrassing climb-down by Gordon Brown.

Poles catch the first coach out of a Britain mired in slump

Steep fall predicted in numbers of immigrants from eastern Europe

Sarah Sands: Lumley for president? I'd keep the Queen

She is magnificent, but too risky to wield power

Leading article: A flipping sense of entitlement

It is the details that do the damage. To be blunt, none of the MPs whose expenses were exposed last week has benefited unfairly from the public purse to anything like the extent of Sir Fred Goodwin, the former boss of RBS. His pension fund, paid for by the taxpayers that now own the bank, is worth £17m.

Alan Watkins: He had no lines, yet he fluffed them

In the Gurkha revolt, Mr Brown was invoked as an all-powerful, off-stage presence. It didn't last 24 hours

Chaos reigns as Lumley leads Brown a merry dance

Actress meets with immigration minister over 'contradictory' letters

Rejected Gurkha cases to be reviewed

Legal letters written to five Gurkhas rejecting their applications to live in Britain have 'no practical effect', Gordon Brown's spokesman assured today.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Our unspoken debt to foreign soldiers

Brown preaches about 'Great British Values', Is the treatment of Gurkhas one of them?

Inside Yarl's Wood: Britain's shame over child detainees

Emily Dugan on the shocking treatment of families in immigration centres

Anger at decision on Gurkha veterans

The Government today loosened, but didn't eliminate, immigration restrictions for Nepalese veterans of the country's armed forces.

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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