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

Leading article: A proposal that would make a bad immigration policy worse

There is something jarring about the intervention over the weekend by the junior minister Phil Woolas. The global financial system remains in the grip of a dangerous crisis. Politics in Britain is in flux. And, in this febrile environment, Mr Woolas has decided to poke a stick into perhaps the most sensitive area of the British political brain: immigration.

Game on: Brown recovery cuts Tory lead to single figures

IoS poll Brown slashes Tory lead as voters back PM's handling of economic crisis, but Conservatives can draw some comfort from survey

The truth about Brown and Mandelson

<b>Donald Macintyre: </b>Their relationship has always been more complex than the caricatures suggest

Labour is finished and only we can deliver a fairer Britain, says Clegg

Nick Clegg declared Labour was "finished" as a political force and insisted that the Liberal Democrats had replaced it as the natural party of "social justice", in his first speech to the party's annual conference.

Prince warns of GM crops 'disaster'

The Prince of Wales has warned the development of genetically modified crops risked creating "the biggest disaster environmentally of all time".

UK accused over greenhouse gases

Britain's CO2 emissions are increasing, contrary to government claims, according to two new reports.

Deal rescues home-owners at peril from floods

The insurance industry and the Government have come to an agreement to ensure that householders are able to obtain protection against flooding, it was revealed today.

Brown pushes EU to allow more modified animal feeds

Gordon Brown is calling on the European Union to relax its rules on importing genetically modified animal feed in a further sign of the Government's willingness to embrace the controversial technology. Mr Brown believes GM crops are vital to the attempt to cut spiralling food prices.

GM crops needed in Britain, says minister

Government seeks to relax restrictions to tackle the worsening global food crisis

Boris challenges carbon omission

London Mayor Boris Johnson, the telecoms group BT and 40 MPs have demanded that Gordon Brown introduces legislation to make big companies report their carbon emissions.

Rebellion grows against abolition of 10p tax rate

Five ministerial aides have joined the Labour rebellion against Gordon Brown's decision to abolish the 10p starting rate of income tax.

Dominic Lawson: Bottled or tap, we drink far too much water

There is a new commandment in the land: "Thou shalt not drink bottled water." The Environment minister, Phil Woolas, says that it is "morally unacceptable to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on bottled water when we have pure drinking water, and at the same time one of the crises that is facing the world is the supply of water."

Race row over birth defects claim

A government minister has provoked a backlash by warning about birth defects among children of first- cousin marriages in Britain's Pakistani community.

Bruce Anderson: The Chancellor's desperate reinvention will fool nobody - he remains a control freak

Instead of rummaging through Tony's desk for a tin of stardust he should revel in austerity
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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence