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

Letter: Labour hopefuls have own minds

Sir: We write having read your survey of Labour prospective parliamentary candidates (30 September).

Revenge of an odd couple

Mary Braid looks into the eccentric world of Labour's giant-killers

Labour faces court over election expenses

A court case could decide the legality of indirect spending to promote election candidates, after the Crown Prosecution Service yesterday confirmed that it had passed on to police a complaint about a special edition of the Daily Mirror which was distributed free in the Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election, writes John Rentoul.

Fabian uproar as research chief says: 'bring back selection in schools'

THE Fabians have fallen out. Labour's own think-tank, founded 110 years ago by George Bernard Shaw and Sidney and Beatrice Webb, has been locked in heady conflict over Labour's last great sacred cow: education.

Mawhinney spurns Labour TV challenge

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Parties contest meaning of victory

John Rentoul assesses the aftermath of Thursday's by-election and finds the vote has bred further squabbling

Lib Dems defy Labour surge in by-election

Tories' Commons majority down to single figures

Labour claims playing to win gave party a moral victory

Littleborough & Saddleworth: Liberal Democrats defy national political gravity

Undecided keep parties guessing to the end

By-election: Labour hopes for late swing to overhaul Liberal Democrats. John Rentoul reports

Ashdown 'to fight on as Lib Dem leader'

Paddy Ashdown's leadership of the Liberal Democrats was at the centre of speculation yesterday as his party traded insults over dirty tricks in the Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election.

Blair's local hero takes cue in Pennine poll drama

Paul Routledge on Labour's hopes of a box-office hit in Littleborough

Labour launches twin attacks in Littleborough

Former Tories and tactical voters are targeted, writes John Rentoul reports

New parties, old politics

When New Labour's leader, Tony Blair, talks of the new politics grown columnists swoon, blind men throw off their crutches and tough women weep. His earnest promises of honesty, openness, fair debate and pluralism sound like the most attractive aspects of the old SDP, except now linked to the chance of power. Paddy Ashdown too always gives the impression that he understands the popular desire for a less confrontational, less tribal political discourse.

Lib Dems find attack the best form of defence

'Someone has changed tactics and pressed the panic button'

Narrow poll lead for the Lib Dems

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