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Schoolgirl politician: Emily Benn explains why she's standing for parliament

Emily Benn, 18, is sitting her A-levels – and standing for Labour at the next General Election. She talks to Toby Green about why she wants to follow her grandfather into the Commons

Matthew Norman: Whose eco-disaster is it, anyway?

At the risk of boring my dwindling and treacherous army of readers beyond endurance, I must return to the climate-change warriors of the tabloid press. Of all the myriad subjects that engage columnists on right-leaning red tops, this is the great unifier. Every single one has no shred of doubt that it's a giant global conspiracy conceived by lefty governments – not least the Bush White House – to diddle the taxpayer. I will not regurgitate the all-time favourite. Far too often have you read how Tom Utley, the Daily Mail's resident Archimedes, assuaged fears of rising water levels by explaining that when the ice in his G&T melts, the liquid doesn't spill over the side.

Gwyneth Dunwoody MP dies aged 77 after surgery

Gwyneth Dunwoody, the Labour veteran and "Mother of the House of Commons" as its longest serving female MP, has died suddenly at the age of 77.

House music: Tony Benn's debut solo album

Political firebrand Tony Benn is about to mount an assault on the pop charts – in the debut solo album of Mull Historical Society's Colin MacIntyre

Steve Richards: Referendums are crude, cynical devices that have nothing to do with the will of the people

The offer of a referendum at a later date is made in order to postpone an awkward debate

Album: Colin MacIntyre

The Water (Pebble Beach)

The visit: How a German Pope's tour of Auschwitz reopened old wounds

He appeared to do what was necessary. He stood in the drizzle while the wind tugged at his skull-cap. He trudged alone in his long white cassock under that sign that gives a jolly little jump in the middle, the one that reads "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work is Liberty). He went there, he said, as "a son of Germany," and to hammer home the point, he spoke while he was there in German (for most of his Polish trip he spoke either Italian or the Polish he has taken such trouble to master).

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