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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

David Potts: 'Alcoholism is ugly and pernicious'

'Take a lesson from my book': David Potts, Private Eye 'Socialite of the Year' and councillor who laid bare his alcoholism, dies aged 30

Council leader pays tribute to 'immensely talented and highly educated young man'

The News Matrix: Saturday 27 April 2013

Badger cull protest enlists squatter help

Andy McSmith's Diary: Jemima Khan vs Peter Mandelson, Nigel Farage's UKIP fruitcake hangover and Christine Hamilton's 'enthusiastic' young friend goes it alone for the Tories

Jemima Khan, daughter of Sir James Goldsmith, who was arguably the stroppiest multi-millionaire of his generation, has met a lot of characters, from Nick Clegg to Julian Assange, but her encounter with Peter Mandelson, the old Labour spin master, was evidently of a different order.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Nigel Farage is easy to laugh at… that means he’s dangerous

Ambassador Dimitrov was very, very cross with Ukip’s “unacceptable” and “extremely serious” “propaganda leaflets” suggesting that millions of Bulgarians were about to flood into Britain. He would have been much more cross if it had been at a lunch at which Ukip’s leader was regaling reporters with his full-on cheeky chappie routine worthy of the man he himself described as “that late, great comedian Bob Monkhouse”: stand-up with an electoral twist.

UK immigration queue for members of the EU

Thousands of Romanians and Bulgarians could head to Britain in 2014 to look for work

Between 23,000 and 35,000 Romanians and Bulgarians could seek work in Britain next year after access restrictions are lifted, ambassadors from the two countries have told MPs.

Health minister Anna Soubry

Andy McSmith's Diary: A potty mouth in politics? Personally, I blame the kids

When David Cameron said in a radio interview that he did not use Twitter because “too many twits might make a twat”, at least he had the excuse that he did not know what the word meant. It was explained to him afterwards by his press secretary Gabby Bertin, and he duly apologised.

David Cameron speaks with workers during his visit to the Ocado distribution centre near Nuneaton

Never be ashamed of doing right! Cameron launches attack on Labour 'profligacy' - and ignores Lib Dems

David Cameron evoked the spirit of Baroness Thatcher today as he launched the Conservative local election campaign by mounting a withering attack on Labour profligacy - and ignoring his Liberal Democrat coalition partners.

Lord Heseltine

Andy McSmith's Diary: Dry eyes for Lord Heseltine?

The news that Margaret Thatcher’s old nemesis, Michael Heseltine, will be at her funeral is an excuse to replay the story that the Tory MP Conor Burns told the Commons a couple of years ago.

UKIP leader, Nigel Farage says no thanks to the EDL

English Defence League backs Ukip in local elections

Currently third in UK polls, Nigel Farage's party rejects new supporters as 'abhorrent and stupid'

Flood of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants 'unlikely', says report

Analysis also casts doubt on estimates from Ukip and Tories suggesting hundreds of thousands will be on their way to Britain

Despite what UKIP might say, EU migration is a two-way street

Instead of banging the anti-immigration drum, politicians should extol the opportunities for Brits to live and work freely across the continent

An opinion poll found that Boris Johnson would demolish Labour's lead in the polls if he replaced David Cameron

Boris Johnson would destroy Labour opinion poll lead if he were leader

Boris Johnson would demolish Labour’s opinion poll lead if he replaced David Cameron as Conservative leader, an opinion poll found today.

An immigrant’s perspective on immigration

It wouldn't be wrong to call London the immigrant capital of the world

One in three Labour voters does not trust party on economy

Labour has made no progress in  winning the economic argument in the past year despite the Government’s failure to secure growth, according to a new poll for The Independent.

Rowan Atkinson in his Comic Relief sketch as Archbishop of Canterbury

Rowan Atkinson's brother slams 'adolescent' comic relief sketch

Rowan Atkinson’s Archbishop of Canterbury sketch for Comic Relief has received another complaint-this time from his own brother.

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Apple still the coolest brand

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

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Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

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New leading ladies of dance fight back

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