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People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds account for more than half of those strip-searched by the Metropolitan Police in the past three years, according to “extremely alarming” figures collected by the force.

Clegg suffers double blow and faces party backlash

Defeat looms in AV and council polls while Lib Dems vow to hit back at Tories

Diary: Cuts affect celebrities too

Tony Blair and Fergie doubtless bridled at news that Guy Ritchie had made the royal wedding guest list ahead of them, but – his friendship with the happy couple aside – Ritchie is an expert in the trials of married life, and amply qualified to advise Kate and Wills on the way to wedded bliss. Not only did dear Guy nobly spend eight years putting up with Madonna, but he also, it has been claimed, made a significant physical sacrifice to satisfy his Kabbalah-observing former wife. According to New York magazine, Karen Berg, a spiritual adviser to Madonna at New York's Kabbalah Centre, claims the star "keeps a kosher home, she observes Shabbat, she circumcised her son and had her [ex-] husband circumcised". Adult circumcision is a painful procedure with a surprisingly lengthy recovery period, and may go some way to explaining Ritchie's sometime fondness for sweatpants.

Baroness Warsi under fire for invoking BNP in anti-AV speech

Baroness Warsi, the Conservative Party chairman, was accused of scoring a spectacular own goal last night in a speech about the British National Party, provoking calls from some Tory MPs for David Cameron to move her in a summer reshuffle.

Shadow Cabinet revolt as Miliband launches AV bid

Ed Miliband has been hit by a growing Labour revolt against his support for a change in the voting system as more than 200 Labour MPs and peers back the existing first-past-the-post process.

John Rentoul: Mr Osborne's hand of trumps

Points won by Labour when the coalition falters count for little while the Chancellor holds the Budget cards

John Rentoul: A pincer movement on No 10

The PM is caught between Kenneth Clarke, Nick Clegg, and the legal establishment on one hand, and the Tory party on the other

Cameron 'livid' after multiculturalism speech comes under fire

David Cameron was forced yesterday to defend his controversial claim that multiculturalism can foster Islamic extremism, after attacks from Muslim groups and Labour MPs. The shadow Justice secretary Sadiq Khan accused Mr Cameron of "writing propaganda for the English Defence League", while Muslim groups said he was attempting to "rip communities apart".

Posters declare 'Fatwa' on May

Scotland Yard was investigating today after several posters declared a "fatwa" against Home Secretary Theresa May.

Minimum number of inmates to have vote, says No 10

Downing Street has insisted the "minimum number" of prisoners will be given the vote amid signs of a Government U-turn on the controversial issue.

Labour joins fight against prisoners' votes

The Coalition Government could be forced to water down controversial plans to allow prisoners to vote in elections as Conservative MPs prepare to join forces with Labour to sabotage the proposal.

Leaked cable reveals US fears over UK extremists

US concerns that the UK was struggling to cope with homegrown extremism are revealed in a secret cable released through WikiLeaks today, which said that the government made "little progress" in engaging with the UK's Muslim community in the year after the July 7 bomb attacks in London.

'Secretly' resolved MP expenses cases revealed

Details of dozens of complaints against MPs that have been "secretly" resolved over recent years were finally published today.

Miliband vows to make Labour 'party of aspirations'

Ed Miliband today promised to make Labour the party of people's "hopes and aspirations" as he launched a full-scale review of its policies.

Government confirms payout to ex-Guantanamo detainees

The Government will make payments to former detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to settle High Court actions and help pave the way for an inquiry into allegations of British complicity in torture, the Justice Secretary said today.

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