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Yesterday the Environment Secretary said Somerset Levels residents were ‘right to be angry’

Page 3 not right for 21st century, says Harman

Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, has criticised the continuing use of photographs of topless women in some newspapers. Ms Harman said yesterday she did not think it was the right thing for women in the 21st century to be seen as sex objects "posing in their knickers to be leered at by men".

Ed Balls fears Alistair Darling memoirs damage

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has acknowledged that Alistair Darling's memoir of life in 11 Downing Street has handed the Conservatives an opportunity to divert attention from the economic difficulties facing the UK.

Labour attacks 'gimmicky' new work scheme

The government has been accused of using "gimmicky" policies over a scheme to get families into work.

Deborah Ross: Here's how to make the streets safer

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Deborah Ross: Stop the news, please, I want to get off

If you ask me...

BSkyB deal gets the go-ahead amid outburst of anger from Labour

News Corp guarantees independence of Sky News as a condition

Chief prosecutor backs idea of televised trials

The director of Public Prosecutions has backed calls for some court proceeding to be televised.

Hague: Gaddafi regime 'weakening'

Foreign Secretary William Hague today insisted that Muammar Gaddafi's regime was "weakening all the time" in the face of Nato's military campaign.

Teenagers shot dead in council estate alleyway

A gunman killed two teenagers with shots to the head after ambushing them in a darkened alleyway on a council estate.

BSkyB buyout delayed amid widespread public concern for media

Rupert Murdoch's controversial buyout of BSkyB has been delayed after the Government received some 40,000 responses to a consultation process on planned purchase.

Ken Clarke survives after offering clarification

Justice Secretary defies calls for his resignation after unguarded remarks provoke a storm of recrimination

BSkyB takeover would boost diversity, says Hunt

Jeremy Hunt defended his decision to approve News Corporation's takeover of BSkyB, claiming the deal would boost the diversity of British media.

Culture Secretary defends News Corp plans

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has defended his handling of News Corp's plans to spin off Sky News to address concerns over its planned takeover of BSkyB.

Letters: BSkyB ownership

If not Murdoch, then who?

Stephen Glover: Annual profits of £878m – and now they're all his

Where Rupert Murdoch is concerned, it is hard to have a rational debate. There are many in politics and the media who have made up their minds that he is a force for evil. They will quickly conclude that the deal on BSkyB unveiled yesterday will significantly increase his media power and the sway he has over British politics.

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