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Passengers disembark a flight shortly after landing at Gibraltar International Airport

Gibraltar row: Ukip's Nigel Farage demands Rock representative in Commons as Peter Hain calls for joint sovereignty

UKIP leader says Britain should send the message that the UK will not negotiate

Critics say Mr Miliband, pictured during the disastrous Eastleigh campaign this year is 'hesitant and confused'

Miliband leadership under fire as Conservatives close gap on Labour in the polls

Party insiders express fears over lack  of direction under embattled leader

A controversial advertising campaign urging illegal immigrants to go home is causing rows among the coalition

Theresa May under pressure to scale back crackdown on suspected illegal immigrants amid mounting criticism of 'racist' spot checks

Tories fear spot checks and billboards are a political gift to Ukip

The immigration raids have angered Doreen Lawrence

Home Office may have broken the law in 'racist' spot checks on suspected illegal immigrants – and may have questioned domestic violence victims

Government department faces investigation into ‘racial profiling’ of stop-and-search as Equality and Human Rights Commission demands explanation for the random operations

The Metropolitan Police has introduced a ‘satisfaction survey’ for those stopped and searched

Theresa May's Stop and Search for illegal immigrants is only a tactic to win votes

For black British citizens who were born and raised in this land, to be stopped indiscriminately when going about their daily business is the ultimate humiliation

The Coalition is at a crossroads – and Nick Clegg is being watched closely

Inside Westminster: The Deputy PM sees the Home Office campaign as a sign Tories have vacated the ‘decent centre ground’ of politics

The current figures would give Ed Miliband a majority of 32 at a general election

Labour poll lead cut to just three points but voters are tiring of Coalition

ComRes poll for The Independent are a setback to the Lib Dems, who hope country's first coalition since the Second World War will make voters more open to the idea

Firms have a 'social duty' to hire British workers, says Conservative minister Matthew Hancock

Companies have a "social duty" to employ young British workers rather than better-qualified immigrants, a Conservative minister said today.

Genetically modified maize in Shropshire

GM crops: Public fears over 'Frankenstein food' may be easing, Independent poll reveals

But pressure groups warn they will maintain their strong opposition

Female Ukip activist alleges assault after ‘drink spiked’ at party conference

Internal investigation by party general secretary reveals details of accusations, while recommending police are not involved

David Cameron and Nick Clegg were all smiles back in 2010, but a survey has revealed that grassroots Liberal Democrat members would have preferred a minority Tory government

Grassroots Tories call on PM to reject Coalition 2.0 after 2015 election

Survey reveals grassroots members would have preferred a minority Tory government or immediate second general election

The wedding industry makes a mockery of us all

Tax breaks for married couples? It seems to me singletons deserve something back

George Osborne is expected to confirm that pensioners’ benefits will be kept under review

Most pensioners happy to have their benefits cut by Chancellor George Osborne

The majority of pensioners do not want special protection from the impact of public spending cuts, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.

Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader

Ukip thoughts of pact with Eurosceptic Tories leaves Nigel Farage facing revolt

'In my area there are plenty of Ukip activists who used to campaign for Labour'

From left: Martin Hutson (Sam Hunt), Jamie Glover (Peter Greatorex) and Charlotte Lucas (Jo Lambert) in 'If Only'

Theatre review: If Only, Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre

The best play to date about the tragicomic compromises and ignominious ironies of coalition politics is Michael Frayn's Democracy (2003) about the unstable, ill-natured, ideologically bizarre groupings on which power depended in post-war Germany.

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