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When did appliances and gadgets turn into "essentials"? Last Saturday's Information section carried a list of the "50 best bathroom essentials".

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Ed Miliband will do well to heed a new book warning politicians to stay positive to claw their way out of the wilderness

Diplomats 'kept in dark' about legal chief's doubts

Britain's most senior diplomats were never told that the Government's legal chief disagreed with Tony Blair's public statements about the legality of the Iraq war, it emerged last night.

Humiliation for 'Saint Vince' as he loses his halo

There were a lot of things Vince Cable could have got away with, but bragging that he had declared war on Rupert Murdoch was not one of them. That is not because Mr Murdoch is the country's biggest media baron, but because Mr Cable was supposed to be representing the national interest as the arbiter of Mr Murdoch's formal bid to be the sole owner of BSkyB.

Victory – but at what price?

Dateline Westminster: In the Commons, the vote is won. But outside, the tuition fee battle still rages.

Three Lib Dems threaten to quit posts over fees

Nick Clegg's attempts to hold his party together suffered another setback yesterday when three Liberal Democrats threatened to resign their government posts over plans to allow universities to charge £9,000 a year in tuition fees.

Cable gives contradictory views over raising student tuition fees

Vince Cable the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, disclosed last night that he would vote in favour of raising student tuition fees in next week's crucial Commons vote, only to backtrack in a later interview. Mr Cable, whose department has responsibility for universities, said: "Obviously I have a duty as a minister to vote for my own policy – and that is what will happen."

Rebellion fears as tuition fees rise to £9,000

Ministers gave the green light to the most radical shake-up of higher education finance in history yesterday, allowing universities to triple their fees to £9,000 a year.

Menzies Campbell: Nasty, brutish and refusing to go away

As leaked documents tell of 109,000 violent deaths in five years, will the war's supporters finally admit they were wrong?

Lib Dems made sure cuts were fair, Clegg tells party members

Nick Clegg sought to reassure Liberal Democrats worried by the depth of the cuts as he insisted that the party's values were written through the spending plans "like the message in a stick of rock".

Osborne attacks Labour over 'Cold War' weaponry

Chancellor George Osborne launched a searing attack on Labour today for leaving Britain's armed forces dangerously outdated.

Conference Diary: We're lovin' it

Vince Cable may have become the figurehead of the coalition's gloomy disposition, denying he was having "fun" but some of his colleagues obviously didn't get the memo about not appearing to be enjoying austerity government too much. "I'm bloody loving it," said one Lib Dem minister. "I would be lying if I said I wasn't having the best time of my life," added another.

Sir Menzies Campbell appointed to Olympic Board

Former Liberal Democrat leader and champion athlete Sir Menzies Campbell has been appointed to the Olympic Board, it was announced today.

Smiles all round after Nick Clegg's speech

Liberal Democrat ministers and MPs filed out of the conference hall with smiles on their faces following Nick Clegg's speech.

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