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As if the police had not already inflicted enough trouble on themselves with the plebgate saga, a Chief Constable had to ‘fess up that his force did not understand the law that protects an MP’s right to speak freely.

If only Lance Armstrong had given Alastair Campbell warning about his drug-taking past

Our diarist notes that Tony Blair's former spin doctor was a particularly devoted worshipper of the disgraced former Tour de France winner. Funny, that

New Times editor may oversee merger

News International has paved the way for the merger of The Times and The Sunday Times by announcing that the Independent National Directors of the two papers support the idea.

Toddler Alexandra Lucy Hoegh was strangled by blind cord, inquest hears

The wife of one of Britain’s richest men told an inquest of her desperate attempt to save her two-year-old daughter who had become fatally entangled in a window blind cord.

David Cameron’s official 'blue sky' thinker Steve Hilton

Cameron’s Mr Blue Sky: how we found out our own policies from the papers

On sabbatical in California, Steve Hilton reveals ‘horror’ at how No 10 really works

The hidden evil in Kate's new portrait

Tales from the Water Cooler

Journalist and presenter Robert Kee dies

The broadcaster and writer Robert Kee, whose television career spanned four decades, has died aged 93.

The figures mean more than one in 10 officers in England and Wales earn a second income from non-police work, according to an investigation by the Mail on Sunday.

Record numbers of police officers doing second jobs

Police watchdog found staff also working as driving instructors or mystery shoppers

Mitchell: I was stitched-up in smear campaign

The Police Federation launched a smear campaign designed to "toxify" the Conservative Party and destroy his political career, Andrew Mitchell has claimed.

Thompson: MPs believe there is a disparity in his account of events

Thompson to be questioned again on Savile

The former director general of the BBC is being asked to clarify exactly what he knew when

Paul Dacre heads the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee, reviewing the journalists’ code

Press plans to give readers a new voice in
hope of heading off Leveson proposals

Public invited to make submissions defining what is in its interest as part of new media code

James Harding steps down as editor of The Times

'It has been made clear to me that News Corporation would like to appoint a new editor'

Now Microsoft comes under the tax spotlight

Microsoft has become the latest multinational firm to be accused of avoiding millions of pounds of corporation tax by channelling its revenues abroad.

Fleet Street’s editors summoned to Downing Street over Leveson’s recommendations

Fleet Street’s editors were told today that the Government wishes to appoint an “unimpeachable, impartial verifier” to oversee a new press regulation system and ensure Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations are implemented in full.

Media: It's a right royal knock-up!

The announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant caused huge levels of excitement… among newspaper editors. Luke Blackall rates their Kate levels

Murdoch splitting News Corp as he rejigs top jobs

Rupert Murdoch has split his publishing and TV businesses sooner than expected, making a string of sweeping changes across his media empire, including at his troubled London newspapers arm News International.

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...