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David Cameron has been accused of being a 'Nimby' and deliberately suppressing a plan of building garden cities in a Conservative heartland

David Cameron accused of being a 'Nimby' over garden cities plan

Lib Dems say PM deliberately suppressed a plan which could see development in a Conservative heartland

House of Lords warned not to 'ignore the public's wishes' on EU referendum debate

The House of Lords has been warned that it would be “ignoring” the wishes of ordinary people if it blocks a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

Marine Le Pen believes her party and Ukip share a common set of values

France's Marine Le Pen wants her far-right party to join forces with Ukip and destroy 'European Soviet Union'

But Ukip leader Nigel Farage says the suggestion of an alliance was a non-starter

Racist bullying is the price of the furore over immigration

Social cohesion and the welfare of our children must, most certainly, be a priority

The News Matrix: Wednesday 8 January 2014

Make people work longer, urges report

Nigel Farage on the Andrew Marr show

Nigel Farage: 'Ban immigrants from claiming benefits for five years'

Ukip leader said there should also be a five-year ban on immigrants settling in the UK

Waves hit the seafront at Brighton

Government warned to cancel flood specialists job cuts as storms continue to batter UK

More than 1,600 posts are due to go at the Environment Agency by October

As if working for a far right political party wasn’t tough enough, head press officer Simon Darby thought he’d make his life just that little bit more difficult when tackling the difficult to defend news that its leader, Nick Griffin, had been declared bankrupt

‘Nick Griffin might be bankrupt, but at least he’s not Michael Schumacher,’ says BNP head of press, Simon Darby

As if working for a far right political party wasn't tough enough, head press officer Simon Darby thought he'd make his life a bit more difficult

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Back to reality: The news you missed over Christmas

Did Christmas presents take precedent over world events during the festive period? Here is a quick round up of the top news stories from the past week

Dr Fox said doctors and nurses were partly responsible for incidences of poor care, referring to the Stafford Hospital scandal

Liam Fox calls for end to ring-fencing of finances for 'wasteful NHS'

Former Shadow Health Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, says an obsession with targets and spending was 'killing patients'

Voting for Ukip in European elections could damage economic recovery, warns Nick Clegg

The Deputy PM says that 'the Liberal Democrats are Britain's Party of In' when it comes to the EU

Nigel Farage smokes a cigarette and drinks a pint of beer as he takes a break in a pub during the by-election campaign for Eastleigh, Hampshire

Editor's Letter: In which I defend giving Mr Farage a weekly column

The Independent's founders were determined that we should be of no party or faction

Chancellor George Osborne has repeatedly insisted that the task of clearing the deficit is not completed

Voters prefer growth to higher wages: Poll suggests Conservatives have won the argument over the economy

The competing visions of the two main parties will be a crucial battleground at the 2015 election

Michael Adebolajo during an interview with the police

Lee Rigby trial: Michael Adebolajo says decpitating soldier was ‘most humane way to kill him’

Soldier’s alleged murderer tells court: ‘We did not wish to give him much pain... he was still alive’

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