David Cameron and his head of operations, Liz Suggs

Cameron calls for Liz after week from hell

Turmoil at No 10

Shaun Ryder, the PM’s ‘class advisor’

Shaun Ryder at Downing Street? Don't be a fool...

Some Sunday papers can be full of questionable stories at the best of times, so one could be forgiven for missing some of the yarns served up by the media for yesterday's April Fools' Day.

Out of touch: Osborne's granny tax

Out of touch. Out of control: The Tories in turmoil

The Conservatives' smooth PR mask slipped as scandal and silliness reigned

JJB Sports' Whelan cools off on pies as he sells Pooles of Wigan to ex-rival

JJB Sports' founder, Dave Whelan, has had his fill of pies, selling his Pooles of Wigan pies business to Neil Court-Johnston, the former boss of rival Holland's Pies, in a £5m deal.

Lamb and garlic pie

Serves 6-8

Crispy lamb salad

Feast day: Mark Hix cooks alternative cuts of lamb for Easter lunch

Easter is a really good excuse to invite some friends over for lunch and get a bit of spring lamb on the go. But spring lamb doesn't exactly flood the market and unfortunately you can end up paying extortionate amounts for the prime cuts.

Amol Rajan: Pastygate is exposing Osborne's difference from us all

Back in the day, miners used to take pasties down the mine. At one end they would have the meat, along with onions and vegetables; at the other, jam.

Simon Kelner: George's resemblance to Piers is the least of his worries

We've seen and heard a lot of George Osborne recently. The Chancellor has done the full round of TV and radio shows, not to mention the odd parliamentary appearance in the wake of his recent Budget.

Some like it hot: The Cornish pasty, cornerstone of the British politician's diet

Food wars as PM forgets where he bought his pasty – and Ed's on a roll

Not so long ago politicians were content to demonstrate their credentials as a likeable everyman by kissing babies and shaking hands.

Some like it hot: The Cornish pasty, cornerstone of the British politician's diet

How the humble Cornish pasty became a political hot potato

Crumbs! Labour goes to Greggs in row over VAT on hot food, but the trail of Cameron's pastry hit goes cold

David Cameron defends 'pasty tax'

Prime Minister David Cameron today defended the decision to charge VAT on hot food served by shops and supermarkets.

Osborne: 'No Chancellor can justify a deeply uncompetitive rate of tax that is raising next to nothing'

George Osborne feels the heat on 'pasty tax' and cut in 50p rate

When George Osborne wrote his Budget speech, he will have imagined and pre-empted countless probing questions the Opposition would ask of his tax policies. But what of his pie-eating habits?

La Maison's elegant salon,

B&B and beyond: La Maison Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

With just five rooms modelled on different corners of the globe, this guesthouse offers an intimate stay, says Graeme Green

The Cornish pasty has been awarded European protected status

Campaign launched over 'pasty tax'

A campaign has been launched to oppose a proposed "pasty tax" which could see the cost of Cornwall's favourite food rise by 20%.

Hot pasties and caravans hit by changes to VAT quirks

A bodybuilding, Cornish pasty-munching, caravan-driving hairdresser would be holding his head in his hands at the changes to VAT.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee