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It’s one of those awkward family photos that would be best gathering dust in an album, seen only by the eyes of one's nearest and dearest.

Cameron's Big Society grows by one

It was one job that Nick Clegg could not deputise for. In one of the more surprising interruptions to a family holiday, David Cameron was at his wife's side in a Cornish hospital last night after she gave birth to the couple's fourth child yesterday.

Mary Ann Sieghart: It was good timing for the parents, less so for the baby

Prime ministers and babies never used to mix – except on the campaign trail, perhaps, where a quick peck on the cheek or chuck under the chin was allowed. When the youthful Tony Blair brought children to No 10 in 1997, that was a novelty in itself, even though the youngest was nine. But the fashion for electing ever-younger party leaders has made the prospect of pushchairs by the Downing Street door a much likelier – as well as happier – prospect.

Sarah Sands: Why street art knocks spots off a bust of Churchill

One of David Cameron's natural advantages is a wife who understands non-essential shopping. Samantha Cameron's mother, Annabel Astor, packages taste to insecure Londoners through her home furnishing company OKA. Samantha designs for Smythson, which brilliantly worked out that what Sloanes love best in stationery is bright colours and jokes.

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Welcome at every garden party

Matthew Norman: Quit the carping and give volunteering a go

Get Pickles cleaning bins, Fox delivering babies, May counselling prostitutes, and Osborne wallpapering care homes in Tatton. We know they're busy. That's the point

Erdem Moralioglu: A man for all seasons

Erdem Moralioglu has transformed the girlish garden print into a modern fashion statement, beloved by everyone from Keira Knightley to Michelle Obama. He talks to Carola Long

Sex and drugs and priceless art

Born into poverty, Amedeo Modigliani died a disease-riddled alcoholic at just 35. In between, he created works of such beauty he's now the hottest name in the auction house

Gangs target historic homes for porcelain works of art

An Englishman's home has traditionally been his castle. But stately homeowners are under siege from gangs of thieves, who are breaking in and stealing valuable porcelain items, a criminal expert has said. The former senior Scotland Yard officer warned the owners of England's most beautiful houses to tighten security after the wave of thefts.

Sarah Sands: Moving to No 10 is the ultimate in social mobility

Lives can be measured in births, marriages and deaths but it is much more interesting to trace destiny and social history through house moves. Each one of them a drama of hope, progress, winding down or disappointment, bubble-wrapped and watched with critical scrutiny by the neighbours. The Camerons' move from Kensington to Downing Street is an intriguing conflict between political achievement and social descent.

Ed Miliband is expecting a happy event &ndash; but Alastair Campbell puts the boot in

Labour leadership candidate's partner gives him some good news, while Blair's old spin-doctor dishes out the dirt on him and his rivals

Sarah Sands: Toxic Bush's better half is his best advert

Laura Bush's old-world style will win us over

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Hunters outfoxed by team Cameron

Of all the Tories who did not make it into the coalition Cabinet, possibly the most surprising omission was Nick Herbert. He is minister for Police, an important job, but below Cabinet level.

A family imprisoned by the many privileges of office

Giving his first interview since becoming Prime Minister, David Cameron described a surreal moment that brought home the change that taken over his life. "The radio went off as I was just waking up in my own bed at home," he told The Sun. "I heard 'This morning, the Prime Minister will ...' and I thought 'Oh God, what's he doing now?' And then I thought, 'Oh no, hang on a second; it's me.'"

Mrs Cameron steps back from work after husband's promotion

When the Camerons arrived, three years ago, at their new North Kensington home, a "friendly" resident nodded to the removal van and said: "Next time, it'll be Downing Street."

Born to rule? The charmed life of a class act

David Cameron has long been spoken of as a future prime minister. His biographer, James Hanning, charts his relentless rise
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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