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The big idea that's tough on crime. And if you're poor, tough

That's New Behaviourism, the theory of social responsibility that New Labour is taking to its heart. Vanessa Thorpe reports

Profile: Tony Benn is history

Every time he thrills a student or infuriates New Labour, the old charmer of the Left not only records the moment in his diary but films it, too. It all adds up to one of the great archives of late twentieth- century life. By Ann Treneman. Photographs by David Modell

Prescott targets hereditary peers after vote on London mayor stalled

Tory peers inflicted a defeat on the Government last night to put off for over a year a referendum on plans to give London a mayor with an assembly. Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, says John Prescott sees it as another nail in the coffin for the hereditary peers.

Politics: Peers halt London mayor referendum

Tory peers inflicted a defeat on the Government last night to put off for over a year a referendum on plans to give London a mayor with an assembly. Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, says John Prescott sees it as another nail in the coffin for the hereditary peers.

Hereditary peers could stand as MPs

The historic bar on hereditary peers sitting in the Commons is likely to be lifted under the Government's reforms for the House of Lords. As a Cabinet committee gets down to business, Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent, says hereditary peers could be allowed to stand for election for the first time.

Blair warns angry MPs that he won't bend on welfare reform

Tony Blair appealed to backbench MPs for unity yesterday as anger persisted over planned benefit cuts. But he shows no sign of applying the brakes on welfare reform.

Anyone with dangerous opinions, keep out

Be quiet, please, class, and pay attention, because we have a lot to get through in the 35 minutes we have at our disposal since Miss Harman rearranged the timetable in the interests, so she claims, of greater efficiency. I will confess to you freely that I do not share her view. No, Jason, that is not confidential, although thank you for asking all the same. What I have said, I have said. I have long ago relinquished worldly ambition and have no desire to ingratiate myself with Mr Blair, still less with Miss Harman.

There is no party like Carole Stone's Christmas party

A pirate, a pioneer, a punk princess

Weather: Making meteorological conversation

The English, said Dr Johnson, like to talk about the weather. Here are some useful quotes to chip into the conversation.

Labour Conference: From the Floor: A rebel after all these years

My life seems to have become the story of the Labour Party in reverse, over 20 years as a supporter I've moved from the "rich bitch" to the new loony left - and all this without changing a single ideal or principle. By the end of my first day in Brighton I was beginning to think it was true what they said about mobile phones and absent-mindedness - all these be-suited young delegates around me must be Tories at the wrong conference.

Labour's new left flexes its muscles

Labour's new left has broken cover for the first time with a hard- hitting call on the Government to "negotiate away" Britain's nuclear weapons, ditch Nato expansion and scrap the Eurofighter project.

Record rise in hospital waiting lists

Figures due out this week are expected to show a record 13 per cent increase in hospital waiting list figures, likely to be the biggest single increase since the National Health Service began.

Teachers enter realm of knighthoods

An honours list revolution is being promised by Tony Blair, with top-class teachers being awarded knighthoods for services to education.

Family ready to exhume body to solve 11-year-old murder riddle

The saga of Edward "Ebby" Walsh, an Irishman stabbed to death in west London, is as complex, convoluted and controversial as any Inspector Morse inquiry. It is a story of murder, the alleged disappearance of the victim's body and claims of a cover-up. His family have been fighting for 11 years to discover just what happened in the hours and days after his death in Notting Hill.

Letter: Weak links in the political chain

Sir: As an MEP for a single-member constituency, Michael Elliott (Letters, 29 May) understandably defends the close link that MPs and MEPs supposedly have with their constituents.
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