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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brown pushes EU to allow more modified animal feeds

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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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