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

Darts: Taylor's perfect finish

Addicted son of minister `could have been saved'

THE DEATH this week of Hugh McCartney, son of the Cabinet Office minister Ian McCartney, seemed inevitable. The black sheep of the family, he had been a heroin user for several years. Typically, one in a hundred users dies annually.

Parliament & Politics: Blair pressed to give Mandelson poll job

TONY BLAIR is being urged to give Peter Mandelson a behind-the-scenes role at Labour's Millbank headquarters later this month as right-hand man to a new party campaigns chief.

Mandelson set for new party role

TONY BLAIR is being urged to give Peter Mandelson a key behind- the-scenes role at Labour's Millbank headquarters later this month as right-hand man to a new party campaigns chief.

Labour donor inquiry call

THE GOVERNMENT will be urged today to order an inquiry into the activities into one of Britain's most prominent Asian businessmen, who has given money to the Labour Party.

Hague link to fraud investigation firm

LABOUR is seeking to implicate William Hague, the Conservative leader, in a failure to declare an interest in the MPs' parliamentary register.

Thomas Creevey His Diary: Madam Speaker to stand down

It is discreetly bruited at Westminster that Madam Speaker will stand down "some time in the next two years". Betty Boothroyd, the first woman Speaker, hates people talking about her age, but she will be 70 in October 1999, and even High Court judges have to retire then. No doubt she will find ways of maintaining her famous sun-tan, even in retirement. Betty on the lecture circuit would be a great deal more entertaining that Margaret Thatcher.

Irish footsteps in Westminster

Sinn Fein will be taking its place at Westminster tomorrow. Sort of. They are rolling out the red carpet for a "Shinner" MP. He will be given the right-royal tour of the House of Commons during the annual Anglo-Irish parliamentary bash, which this year takes place in the QE2 conference centre in Parliament Square, in the shadow of Sir Winston Churchill's statue. (He is looking the other way.)

Animal welfare: Ministers rally to the call of Bill to ban hunting

A Cabinet minister last night was among more than 20 ministers who gave their backing to a Labour backbencher's anti-hunting Bill. Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, discovered the supporters with their tails up.

Hindley painting prompts outcry

The mother of one of the Moors murder victims yesterday said she was seeking legal advice about the possibility of taking action to stop a "disgusting" portrait of Myra Hindley going on show.

Letter: Britain's digital TV victory

Sir: Polly Toynbee asks "Who really won the battle?" for the future of digital broadcasting (25 June). The answer is that Britain won.

A pounds 3,000 degree fee

Full-time undergraduates could be facing the end of free tuition. As the Dearing Committee gears up to recommend a pounds 1,000 a year charge, experts warn of a missed opportunity. Lucy Hodges reports

Student firebrands come of age

Thatcher's children hoping to graduate to the Commons
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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

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Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin