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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.

The speech should have been made by David Cameron. Revealingly, it was made by Nick Clegg
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links