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Geoff Hoon: You Ask The Questions

The Secretary of State for Transport answers your questions, such as 'What's green about enlarging Stansted?' and 'What will you do about train fares?'

PM in talks with Bank of England Governor

The Governor of the Bank of England held breakfast talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown today as stock markets around the world plunged.

Kelly stirs up tensions with Miliband praise

Departing Transport Secretary warns Brown not to sideline Blairites

Andrew Grice: The fight is not yet won – and Cameron knows it

The week in politics: “The tide of events flowing the Tories’ way has become a dangerous whirlpool”

Sophie Morris: We can't all be Ruth Kellys

Is Ruth Kelly proof that women can have it all? Haircut notwithstanding, Ms Kelly is in an enviable position. Aged just 40 she has clocked up 11 years as an MP and five as a minister. She also has an apparently happy marriage and four young children. There is much healthy speculation about the real reason behind her decision to quit but, for now, let's just assume that her given reason, that she wants to spend more time with her family, is true.

Quotes of the day - 25 September

"Without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic" - President George Bush, in his televised broadcast to the American people.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/today-in-pol-19.html" target="_blank">Today in Politics: The Ruth Kelly mystery</a>

Lots of theories in today's papers about why Ruth Kelly's resignation was rushed out in the early hours of yesterday, only hours after Gordon Brown's speech to the Labour conference.

Kelly's shock resignation stalls Brown's revival

Mysterious 3am briefing to deny minister was part of an anti-Brown cabal

Kelly: Rapid rise led to eventful career

Ruth Kelly's decision to stand down as Transport Secretary at the next reshuffle heralds the imminent end of a short but eventful Cabinet career.

Cameron upsets Shadow Cabinet with reshuffle

David Cameron has upset members of his frontbench team by preparing to promote more women to the Shadow Cabinet in a reshuffle expected this week.

Julian Knight: No happy ending in sight for the victims of Equitable Life

This week will bring the latest twist in the seemingly never-ending saga of Equitable Life, the mutual life insurer that came to the brink of bankruptcy around the turn of the millennium. Ann Abraham, the Parliamentary Ombudsman, will release her long-delayed report on whether the Government was partly to blame for what happened.

&pound;1.5bn for Manchester congestion charge

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly told the Commons a £2.8 billion transport scheme for Manchester had been given the provisional go-ahead by the Government, with £1.5 billion coming from central government funding.

The Sketch: Politics for entertainment only

Incredibly, new member Edward Timpson wasn't in the House for Transport questions, even though his constituency was mentioned. You're right if you think his colleagues have decided to put him through the By-Member Procedure. Erskine May requires that he now stands up after the Speaker has called the first question tomorrow and says, " Soit Crewe, la reine se dit elle veut" and takes off his hat three times. If he fails to do this... well, it will be worth watching is all I'll say for now.

Campaigners bid to preserve abortion limit

MPs on both sides of the abortion divide are embarking on a frantic final day of lobbying as the Commons prepares for crucial votes tonight that could cut the time limit on terminations for the first time in 18 years.

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Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable