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Ariel Sharon’s body lies in state outside Knesset as Israelis come to pay their respects

There will be a state memorial service for the former prime minister tomorrow before he is buried in a private ceremony at his ranch

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Labour MP claims former Manchester United manager would provide morale boost

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Voters will turn away if they keep hearing sneers and grumbles from Cameron and co

Ed Miliband has been warned the party cannot expect to win on the basis that cuts will continue to make the Coalition unpopular

Blair ally Patrick Diamond tells Ed Miliband: cost of living will not win Labour the 2015 election

There is a common belief Labour can somehow coast to victory

The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a portrait of Tony Blair by Alastair Adams

National Gallery unveils 'uncompromising' portrait of Tony Blair by Alastair Adams

Oil painting is a dramatic close-up of the former Labour leader

The Queen was upset by police officers eating nuts left around Buckingham Palace, the trial into alleged phone hacking at the News of the World has heard

Hacking trial: Police officers 'irritated' Queen by eating nuts left out at Buckingham Palace, court told

The hacking trial at the Old Bailey has heard how the Queen was “narked” that police were, she believed, eating snacks left out for her by Buckingham Palace staff.

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Former Labour minister Denis MacShane

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane pleads guilty to fraud over £13,000 Parliamentary expenses

Court hears how money was used to fund trips to Europe under banner of 'research and translation' work

John Major's comments on privilege are all very well – but was he asleep for Blair's decade in office?

“Education, education, education” wasn’t just the crappest tricolon ever

John Major slams private school privilege: What did he do to change the system while he was PM?

All Major did was allow a few high-performing schools serving the middle classes to opt out into grant-maintained status

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Volunteers top most wanted list for 'Britain's FBI' as National Crime Agency is launched

Britain's elite new police force launches today with appeal for private sector to fill its skills gap

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Ed Miliband promised a price freeze on heating bills at the conference

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The risk is that Tories and their newspapers will portray what he is doing as a return to the 1970s

Ed Miliband addresses a crowd in Brighton

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