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Labour Conference Diary: The spin doctor, the BBC and the leader who didn't lead the news

Tom Baldwin, who does for Ed Miliband what Alastair Campbell did for Tony Blair, was the victim of the revenge of the BBC. On Tuesday evening he rang the corporation to discuss its coverage of the Labour leader's big conference speech, which the BBC judged to be a less important story than the disappearance of five-year-old April Jones. Baldwin would say he made a routine call to emphasise the importance of his boss's speech. At the BBC, they seem to think he was trying to harangue them into attaching more importance to a politician's words than to fears for the life of a young child.

Some saw Miliband's speech as an imitation of Tony Blair

Ed Miliband denies playing class war

Labour leader Ed Miliband today denied he was trying to play the class card by highlighting his education at a north London comprehensive.

Miliband's speech was ok on argument, good on delivery, and bad on Labour's atonement

The party leader was surprisingly funny and confident in Manchester. But predictably enough he addressed the party faithful rather than the country at large

Labour borrows one nation idea from Benjamin Disraeli

Ed Miliband borrowed a political philosophy from the Tories as he sought to position Labour as an inclusive “one nation” party.

At Labour conference, brother David (Miliband) is anxious to sing from the same hymn sheet

Roaming among the delegates and fringe meetings, our diarist discovers that the elder son of Ralph Miliband has plenty of political mileage in him yet

Labour to embrace David Cameron's 'big society'

Ed Miliband has described it as a “failure” while his Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said it was just a “big con”.

Labour Conference Diary: All eyes are on Chuka – the bright young thing who can blather

The political graveyard is littered with ex-future leaders who have risen too fast only to wilt in the heat of too much exposure. With that caveat, let it be noted that Chuka Umunna, Labour's shadow Business Secretary, is acquiring the kind of aura that Tony Blair or Gordon Brown had 27 years ago, when the Tory diarist Alan Clark singled them out as Labour's "two bright boys".

Television choices: Insights into the reasons behind the riots

TV pick of the week: The Riots: In Their Own Words

Archie Bland: Cameron would do better not to take sides in future

It's embarrassing enough to be overheard being rude about your neighbour if it's just the guy from down the road when you're mouthing off in the pub. Consider how much worse for David Cameron.

Leading article: This country must have an army it can afford

In the next round of army cuts, the first place to look must be the officers' mess

Pearson to fund '$3 a month' private schools

The education giant Pearson will today launch a $15m (£10m) fund that will invest in low-cost private schools in Africa and Asia, offering lessons for as little as $3 a month per pupil.

The Sketch: Michael Gove muscles in with a daring ambition

He's looking bigger these days, Michael Gove. Deeper chest, broader shoulders. Maybe he's been through a Charles Atlas course in muscular Conservatism.

Leading article: No quick fix for broken families

Public money will be wasted if troubleshooters are assigned to families that do not need help

Robin Gibb 'reunited with twin': Brother Barry's emotional tribute at Bee Gee's funeral

Bee Gee Barry Gibb paid an emotional tribute to his brother Robin's “magnificent mind and his beautiful heart” at his funeral today - saying he had finally been reunited with his twin.

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea