Arts and Entertainment Penny Mordaunt MP speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, 2013

The MP for Portsmouth said she would donate her participation fee to charity

France's 'First Lady' Valérie Trierweiler sends letter to her employer Paris Match threatening legal action if they print photos of her in a bikini

It was the snap that France’s celebrity glossies had been waiting for - the presidential couple in their smalls on their summer break.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha relax at a Majorcan cafe yesterday

You can take the politicians out of the office...

Work shoes in Majorca? Jeans when it's 30 degrees? It can mean only one thing - Parliament's in recess

Floral bikini top, £14, by Warehouse, warehouse.co.uk; tropical shorts, £12, by Topshop, topshop.com; Straw trilby, £25, by Topshop, as before

Little Miss Sunshine: Beachwear has a tropical flavour this summer

Think parrots, palm trees and pure white sand...

Harriet Walker: The Olympian epics of the everyday

I'm riding my bike again; I haven't cried for almost a month; I'm my own epic hero

Debenhams shakes off a soggy start with boost from Jubilee

Debenhams said yesterday the Diamond Jubilee had helped it deliver trading ahead of City expectations but the department store chain warned that the high street had not been able to recoup the clothing sales lost to the early summer's wet weather.

1. F&F: £7 tesco.com - A gaudy floral print on swimming shorts is never a good look. Vivid colours may clash with sunburnt skin so opt instead for something more tasteful and restrained.

The Ten Best swimming shorts

Whether you're packing for the beach or heading to the local lido, ditch the trunks and get something more substantial

Suits you: The search for the swimsuit

When you can try styles on in the comfort of your own home, is it any wonder that a host of online swimwear boutiques are flourishing? Rebecca Gonsalves asks the internet experts what to bring to the beach

We love: Jubilations - You can’t get far without encountering a Union Jack at the moment, but this Henry Holland number is The Audit’s favourite souvenir by far and will polish up one’s memorabilia a treat. £25, houseofholland.co.uk

The Fashion Audit: The Jubilee, Anti ant pants, Jo Malone cologne and bikini weather

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Scuba Chic: zip dress £60, jacket £165 and tights £8, topshop.com

In at the deep end: How to make a splash with your wardrobe

You may not be at one with the waves, but your wardrobe can still make a splash, says Gemma Hayward

We Love: Huggable pugs - Can't commit to a living, breathing, four-legged friend? Florentine boutique Luisa Via Roma's designer pug project may be the answer. Dolled-up Steiff critters, like this Versace pup, are being auctioned off in aid of UNICEF. luisaviaroma.com

The Fashion Audit: Pugs, KONY, Susustudio and bikini weather

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Christensen says: 'We live in a world of over-manufacturing. If I didn't buy any more clothes for the rest of my life, I'd still have way more than enough'

Helena Christensen: 'My clothing style was awesomely awful when I was growing up'

Anything that feels or looks forced on a woman doesn't make her look beautiful I would never buy something thinking who it might please around me. I wear things for my own pleasure and for feeling comfortable; inner beauty is usually nothing to do with trying to make an effort.

Search for Briton missing in the Cayman Islands halted

The search for a British man who went missing in the Cayman Islands more than two weeks ago has been called off.

Ian Thorpe has an outside chance of making the team

Ian Thorpe Olympic hopes on the line at Adelaide trials

Ian Thorpe's hopes of competing at a third Olympic Games are on the line this week at Australia's national swimming trials in Adelaide, where a number of local rivals are aiming to crush the five-times gold medallist's London dreams.

Eveden reviews its funding options to push up international sales

Eveden, the private equity-backed online lingerie firm, has hired advisers to explore its strategic options that could involve a sale of the busines for more than £150m.

Labour's Westminster women were offended by this beer

Jane Merrick: Mine's a pint of Everything in Proportion

Labour MPs' beer ban may have backfired

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there