Boardwalk Empire, Sky Atlantic, Tuesday<br/>Louis Theroux: Ultra Zionists, BBC2, Thursday

Sky Atlantic opened with a Prohibition mobster drama that looked great but failed to grip

First Night: Boardwalk Empire, Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Scorsese remakes history &ndash; but it's no vintage drama

Tories fear 'betrayal' by Cameron over electoral reform

Senior Conservative MPs fear that David Cameron is diluting their party's opposition to electoral reform in an attempt to boost Nick Clegg's chances of winning a Yes vote in the referendum due in May.

Australia imposes flood tax to aid recovery

Australia imposed a temporary new tax today to help fund a multi-billion-dollar rebuilding programme after floods devastated infrastructure and ruined thousands of homes and businesses across the eastern seaboard over the past month.

City Index fined for faulty reporting

The Financial Services Authority has fined City Index, the spread-betting firm owned by the financier and former Conservative Party treasurer Michael Spencer, £490,000 for failing to provide accurate transaction reports.

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He's the charming Old Etonian who made a fortune spread-betting, and gave &#163;5m of it to the Tories. Now, he's snubbed them over Europe, and has switched loyalties to Ukip. Matthew Bell meets Stuart Wheeler

Woman swept away drowns in Australian floodwaters

A woman drowned after trying to cross a flooded causeway in Australia, becoming the first victim of relentless flooding that one official has described as reaching "biblical proportions," police said.

Tony's cronies to Dave's faves: Cameron repays some old debts

Close allies of David Cameron will be rewarded with peerages tomorrow when Downing Street issues a long-awaited list of more than 50 new working peers, The Independent has learned.

Hastings pier blaze quiz teenagers bailed

Two teenagers being quizzed after a suspected arson attack on a landmark Victoria pier were released on bail by police today.

Tommy Sheridan 'asked colleague to lie about sex club visit'

The outspoken former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) asked a party colleague to lie for him after he admitted twice visiting a swingers' club, a court heard yesterday.

Labour 'on track to be debt free by 2015'

The Labour Party is on a "sound financial footing" despite an increase in staff pension fund liabilities to £6 million, treasurer Jack Dromey said today.

MS Society's plan to close care homes angers membership

A bitter row has engulfed a leading charity over plans to close its respite centres for people with multiple sclerosis. The dispute will culminate tomorrow in a vote of no confidence in the trustees of the MS Society after campaigners collected more than 30,000 signatures opposing the closure of the four centres which currently provide respite for nearly 1,400 people a year.

Mob rule: Gangsters are back in Martin Scorsese's lavish TV series Boardwalk Empire

Gangsters were supposed to have had their day. In the three years since The Sopranos faded to black, we've embraced a parade of new American anti-heroes from Mad Men's world-weary advertising executives to the campy bloodsuckers of True Blood. We no longer care about Mob bosses, the mooks who work for them or the molls who turn a blind eye to their crimes. The guns, the girls, the gambling, we've seen it all before. Or so the perceived wisdom goes.

Labour almost bankrupt says Prescott

Lord Prescott warned the Labour Party was almost bankrupt and must get a grip of its finances.

Cameron's new treasurer quits before he starts

David Cameron faced embarrassment last night after a multimillionaire former tax exile recruited to raise money for the Conservative Party resigned before even starting the job.

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