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The EU divides opinion but whatever your views it is important to have your say — through voting in the May election and joining in the Citizens’ Dialogue events around Europe

Culture secretary Maria Miller is calling for the support of arts organisations to make the 'economic case' against further cuts

Andy McSmith's Diary: Give war a chance, says Maria Miller, how else would we have created a strong Europe?

Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary is going through a bad patch. She appeared on Today on Monday to talk about the Government’s plans to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the 1914-18 war.

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Labour lead smallest for a year as Ukip threatens all three parties

The Independent's "poll of polls" reveals Ed Miliband's fortunes waning since Febrary

Europe debate: David Cameron warned that EU will ignore Britain's demands for 'special treatment'

MPs urge Prime Minister to seek compromise in bid to return powers to London as PM hints he would campaign for Britain to remain in EU in the referendum promised by end of 2017

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said on ITV's Daybreak: 'I work an 18-hour day most days and I think I’m entitled at lunchtime to a pint'

From 'tired and emotional' to Nigel Farage's lunchtime pint: The wheels of Westminster democracy have always been well lubricated by booze

If the system of government in this country was not exactly built on the bottle, it has certainly been lubricated by it.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow under fire over migrant comments

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has come under fire after suggesting that eastern European immigrants have more "aptitude and commitment" to work than British people.

Al Murray, the comic behind the stand-up creation The Pub Landlord

Al Murray: Comedy’s role is to lampoon politics, not to champion it

Al Murray, the comic behind the stand-up creation The Pub Landlord, has criticised as “ridiculous” other comedians who embrace political views.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has said she cries every morning because she has started losing her hair

Tory MP Nadine Dorries speaks of hair loss on Daybreak

Former I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! star says it makes her 'cry every morning'

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown during the TV debate in 2010

Nigel Farage warns: Let Ukip into studio for TV election debates or I'll take you to court

Tories threaten to pull the plug on live broadcast if Ukip leader is included

SamCam is Tory secret weapon, says former party spin doctor Andy Coulson

David Cameron may not have realised it yet, but the secret to winning the next election is right there beside him.

Me, the daddy? Boris Johnson’s prospects of leading the Tories appear untouched by his 'recklessness'

He’s fathered a love child and had three affairs, but the British public still loves Boris Johnson

Poll shows three in four voters unfazed by London mayor’s antics

63% of Tory supporters still have confidence in Cameron's leadership

Exclusive: Tories now more divided than under John Major, voters believe

Large majority think David Cameron lacks leadership skills to deliver victory at next election, survey for The Independent shows

The News Matrix: Monday 27 May 2013

Pakistani lesbians marry in Britain

Lord Kalms has hinted that senior party figures could switch allegiance to Ukip unless Mr Cameron adopts a more Eurosceptic stance

Tory donor tells David Cameron: Change tack on Europe or I’m off to Ukip

PM ‘has a year’ to turn things round or face challenge for his job

Outspoken fund manager Andy Brough joins the ranks of UKIP

One of the City’s best-known fund managers has joined UKIP as the business world continues to pick sides over Europe.

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