Charity boss lobbied Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, over NHS privatisation, documents show

A charity boss who got members of his organisation to help pay for his birthday party at the House of Lords has been lobbying the Health Secretary for measures that would increase privatisation in the NHS, documents show.

Government should pay for long-term healthcare, say 87 per cent of people in poll

Raise taxes to fund NHS, say patients

Government should pay for long-term healthcare, say 87 per cent of people in poll

Ed Miliband returned from holiday to growing complaints that the Opposition has been virtually invisible in recent weeks

Analysis: Welcome back... Ed Miliband faces growing criticism after holiday

Ed Miliband has vowed not to be panicked into a knee-jerk response to disquiet in Labour ranks over its summer performance and the slow slide in the party's opinion poll lead over the Conservatives.

Margaret Thatcher Day idea won little support

Not a vote winner: Only one in eight would support 'Margaret Thatcher' bank holiday

Proposal was among raft of parliamentary Bills tabled by Tory backbenchers' group in 'Alternative Queen's Speech'

One Briton in 20 says they have paid a bribe for services

Britain's bribery boom: One in 20 has bribed a public official as corruption rises

Creeping levels of corruption in Britain have resulted in a worrying increase in the bribery of public officials, according to a major new report released on Tuesday.

Confederations Cup final marred by violent clashes between protesters and riot police after Brazil beat Spain 3-0 in Rio

Officers quickly quashed the unrest, unleashing a barrage of tear gas canisters

Spending Review: Whoever wins 2015 general election faces more economic pain

Experts warn that all parties will make deeper cuts after election as the only way to tackle the deficit

Belu will be supplying water to the Commons and Lords from September

Ethical water, Belu, bound for Parliament

Belu, the social enterprise bottled water company which hands all of its profits to the charity Water Aid, has won a £100,000 contract to supply dining rooms, canteens and select committee meetings at the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff breaks silence over unrest, promising reforms

In a televised address, she also referenced her own struggles against the country's former military junta

Neymar; protesters

Brazil protests: Fifa insist Confederations Cup will continue despite widening World Cup demonstrations

A million people have taken to the streets in anti-government demonstrations

Margaret Hodge described some of the payments as 'obscene'

£28m bill for ‘gagging’ ex-public officials

Civil servants receive large severance payments for signing ‘compromise agreements’ on exit

Liv Nicolsky Lagerblad de Oliveira who had pepper spray fired into her face by a police officer

I was Brazil woman pepper-sprayed in face, says protester

23-year-old says she faced 'psychological torture' from military police after being arrested

Installation image of Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace at the V&A

Art review: Memory Palace, V&A Museum, London

The visitor to this sensational new exhibition is greeted with the words: “My fellow Londoners, can’t you see how we are diminished?” 

Let's capitalise on the social enterprise boom

Businesses and organisations that use profit to help to find better social solutions are really important

The Chancellor says ministers may be forced to justify their budgets

Short-term cuts won’t produce lasting savings, watchdog warns

Only radical reform will make public services sustainable in the long term, Treasury is told

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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