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

Deborah Ross: 'A dog will love you unconditionally and will continue to love you unconditionally unless someone else feeds it'

If you ask me, it is about time someone told the truth about dogs and this "unconditional love" business. In fact, let me tell you a story about a woman who knows a bit about it, and even though this woman is me, let's pretend it isn't, because it would just be too distressing otherwise.

Deborah Ross: 'It's time to get your bikini body orders in'

If you ask me, now that newspapers and magazines are giving tips on "how to get a bikini body in 14 days", it is time you put in your order, which may take 14 days but does not have to. If you pay extra, most companies will send out a bikini body by special delivery, and some even offer a next-day service.

Anthea Turner describes financial 'agony'

Anthea Turner cannot face waking up in the morning because of the stress of her financial woes, she said today.

Arab-American crowned 2010 Miss USA

Lebanese immigrant Rima Fakih says it was a certain look from Donald Trump that tipped her off that she had won the 2010 Miss USA title.

Clock is ticking for Australia's bikini-clad Meter Maids

For decades women in gold lycra bikinis have patrolled the streets of Surfers Paradise, the popular resort on Queensland's Gold Coast, feeding meters to save motorists from parking fines.

Bikini Babe shapes up nicely for the Oaks

Front-running filly could be installed as favourite for Epsom if she delivers trial victory at York today

Business Diary: Healthy eats from the man from the Pru

Time was when Prudential greeted the world with a snarl, but things have changed since the ascension of Tidjane Thiam to the top job: hacks attending his first results briefing will be sent away with a packed lunch. Just one question – will the Pru, which, after all, offers health cover, come over all politically correct with some "five-a-day" healthy food or will we actually get food someone might want to eat?

Mark Steel: You can teach birth control but you'll end in hell if you do it

There's no other subject schools can teach with their version of the truth

It was an altar boy thing, says paedophile priest

A former Irish priest who told gardai he was sexually attracted to altar boys was jailed for one year for indecently assaulting a child.

Shower row over school groups at pool

Gym users at a popular pool have been asked to shower in their trunks and costumes when schoolchildren are around, it was revealed today.

Fears for mother as police issue picture of abandoned girl

Police have issued pictures of a baby girl found abandoned in Buckinghamshire as they continue to search for her mother. The baby, named Rosie by nurses caring for her in hospital, is believed to have been two days old when she was found in bushes in High Wycombe on Tuesday.

Michael Clark Company, Playhouse, Edinburgh

Despite the loud music and light nudity, Clark's company fails to launch

Australians rediscover the 'million dollar mermaid'

Annette Kellerman's design gave women the freedom to swim – but not without controversy. Kathy Marks reports

'Tycoon' hunted as Playboy model's body found in bin

A self-proclaimed reality TV “millionaire” is bring sought by police after the dead body of a Playboy model believed to be his wife was found hacked to pieces inside a rubbish bin on a suburban street in Los Angeles.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links