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To contrast the attitudes of the US Congress and the British Parliament, start with Iran. Today, the palpable welcome by MPs for Tehran’s suspension of high-level  uranium enrichment was matched only by anxiety about the UN excluding Iran from the Syria talks that start today in Switzerland.

Viv Groskop: Finally, a woman's put in charge

They said it would never happen. They said to believe otherwise was crazy talk. They said their brains were weak, their minds blurred by lactational insanity, their bodies broken by the demands of their curious internal lady clocks. But rejoice, because right here right now a woman, yes, a real live woman who can speak and walk and think and everything, is in charge of the country.

Viv Groskop: Finally, a woman's been left in charge

Man the barricades! Grab your tin hats and gas masks! Adopt brace positions!

Camerons relax during holiday in Majorca

David and Samantha Cameron relax outside a Spanish cafe today on the first full day of their summer holiday.

Supporters hope a successful Olympics will help Boris Johnson win the next Tory leadership race

Boris Johnson favoured for Tory leader as George Osborne tumbles

Poll shows surprisingly lukewarm support for Cameron to lead party into next election

'No weakening' in Britain's resolve on Falklands

Britain's determination to defend the Falkland Islands was today enshrined in a Government White Paper which declared there would be “no weakening” in Britain's resolve.

Lord Maples: Politician who warned the Conservatives about the rise of Tony Blair

In 1994 John Maples was among the first senior Conservatives to identify Tony Blair, after a few months as leader of the Labour Party, as a figure who would prove a formidable adversary of the Tories. In a leaked internal memo Maples cautioned John Major that it would beunwise, as many Conservatives were doing, to dismiss the new Labour leader as a lightweight.

William Hague with Sergei Lavrov in Russia

Hague sent packing by Russia as Annan peace plan crumbles

Moscow backing of Assad leaves hopes for united front in tatters

People gather at a mass burial for the victims killed during an artillery barrage from Syrian forces in Houla

UK seeks to increase pressure on Syrian president

David Cameron and William Hague were today involved in high-level international talks to ratchet up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad in the wake of the massacre of more than 100 people, including women and small children.

International community should unite against Syria, says minister

A Foreign Office minister called for the international community to unite to take further action against Syria following the “revolting” massacre at Houla.

Video published on the internet shows bodies being prepared in Houla for a mass funeral

UN considers response to Houla massacre as bloodshed continues

An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council was convened last night to co-ordinate the international community's response to the growing bloodshed in Syria amid widespread condemnation of the Houla massacre, in which 116 people, including at least 34 children, were killed.

David Cameron set for tense meeting with business figures

David Cameron is meeting leading business figures today after ministers hit out at companies over their unwillingness to invest in the future.

Diary: Flowers finally lay to rest memory of assassinated PM

There was a brief ceremony at the House of Commons yesterday to mark the 200th anniversary of the murder of Spencer Perceval, the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated. In The Daily Telegraph that same morning there was a letter marking the event from Lord Lexden, formerly known as Alistair Cooke, historian of the Conservative Party.

The Queen enters Parliament with Prince Phillip

Steve Richards: The Queen's Speech had a little bit of everything to get headlines

Take a very close look at the Queen's Speech. Its contents will have as much impact on the fate of the Coalition as will the state of the economy. I am not referring to yesterday's Queen's Speech, a ragbag of measures. I refer to the first legislative programme announced soon after the general election, the most radical Queen's Speech in recent history. The proposals announced then are being implemented now or in the coming months. They contain unexploded landmines that could erupt at any time as David Cameron also faces a fragile economy and the revelatory Leveson Inquiry.

Argentina’s UK ambassador ambushes William Hague with questions on the Falklands

The occasion was today’s launch of the Foreign Office’s annual report on human rights, and William Hague was keen not to let the media monopolise the questioning. So he turned to a lady sitting on the front row, among the great and the good at Lancaster House

Hague denies Heywood was a secret agent

The Foreign Secretary has denied that Neil Heywood, the British businessman thought to have been murdered in China, was a British secret agent.

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