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Coffee Shots: Nigel Farage caught in the ladies’ loos

29 July 2015 15:52
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Although Ukip is said to have a ‘women problem’ thanks to low ratings from females in comparison to other parties, their leader does at least seem keen to reach out to… Continue reading

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Lembit Öpik comes to Lord Sewel’s defence: ‘He can help to clean up Parliament’

29 July 2015 14:09
Lord Sewel in the House of Lords. From BBC Parliament recording.

Yesterday Lord Sewel stepped down from the Lords after the Sun on Sunday published photos of the former deputy speaker snorting cocaine through a five pound note in the company of… Continue reading

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Ivan Massow: Was Section 28 the reason the Tories did not pick me for mayor?

29 July 2015 11:59
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Over the weekend, CCHQ selected the four Tory candidates for London mayor who will proceed to an open primary in September. Playing it safe they opted for experience over celebrity, with… Continue reading

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There’s only one person who can save the Queen’s corgis

29 July 2015 11:16
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The Queen, we learnt earlier this month, has decided not to take on any more corgi pups as, at the age of 89, she is worried about leaving any young… Continue reading

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Labour: Derek Hatton’s membership application has been rejected

28 July 2015 17:19
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Last night Derek Hatton claimed that he has successfully rejoined the Labour Party 29 years after they expelled him. Hatton — who joined Labour with the Trotskyist group Militant — boasted about… Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn takes part in Mumsnet chat: ‘I do not have a rare skin condition’

28 July 2015 14:02
Liz Kendall and Jeremy Corbyn take part in a Mumsnet chat (Credit: Mumsnet)

This morning Jeremy Corbyn told Radio 4′s Women’s Hour that a thread on Mumsnet in which he was described by one user as being ‘attractive in a world weary old… Continue reading

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Friends reunited: how George Galloway hopes to ‘work closely’ with Jeremy Corbyn

28 July 2015 11:45
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Things could start to get very strange indeed if Jeremy Corbyn is successful in his bid to be the next Labour leader. Corbyn’s old chum George Galloway has today voiced his… Continue reading

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Is another referendum on Scottish independence actually inevitable?

28 July 2015 10:52
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So here we go again. Alex Salmond, popping up on the Andrew Marr show while Nicola Sturgeon is in China, makes news without saying anything new about the circumstances in… Continue reading

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Revealed: the Andy Coulson joke that Nick Clegg cut from his conference speech

28 July 2015 10:46
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Although Nick Clegg is under increasing pressure in some quarters to write a tell-all book about his time in coalition, the closest he has got to this so far is… Continue reading

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‘Prosecco socialist’ Charlotte Church backs Jeremy Corbyn

26 July 2015 9:17
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As Jeremy Corbyn edges closer to victory in the Labour leadership race, his critics grow more vocal with both Tony Blair and John McTernan attempting to thwart his campaign this… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: ‘Come friendly bombs, and fall on those/ Who clip their nails or pick their nose…’ (plus: pets dish the dirt on their owners)

25 July 2015 9:30
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Transport for London’s efforts to use verse to encourage Tube users to mind their manners produced poems whose rhyme and scansion would have made William McGonagall blush. So it was… Continue reading

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Financial Times staff live blog the sale of their paper: ‘we’ll be sent to Canary Wharf’

23 July 2015 15:38
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After much speculation, the Financial Times has today been purchased by Nikkei, the Japanese media group, for £844 million. Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei is buying Financial Times from U.K. publishing group… Continue reading

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Slash at 50: why is this rock god so underappreciated?

23 July 2015 15:27
Slash in full flow. Photo: Jure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images

Saul Hudson, more commonly known by his childhood nickname ‘Slash’, turns 50 today. It is safe to say that the next 50 years of his life are unlikely to be quite as hectic… Continue reading

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Tony Hall: the BBC is like James Bond

23 July 2015 13:24
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As staff at the BBC face cuts and budget tightening following the Government’s plans to reform the Corporation, their director-general Tony Hall has offered his own defence of the licence fee.… Continue reading

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Was Yvette Cooper ‘inspired’ by Mhairi Black’s maiden speech?

23 July 2015 12:13
Taking a leaf out of the SNP's book? (Photo: Getty)

Last week the SNP MP Mhairi Black gave her maiden speech to Parliament. The young politician inspired the nation with her story of a man in her constituency who came to her crying… Continue reading

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Swedish nationalists plan a gay pride march through a Muslim area, hoping for trouble

23 July 2015 10:57
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I haven’t seen this reported in the press anywhere, but in Sweden the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats are staging a gay pride march featuring men kissing each other. Why? Simple: the… Continue reading

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Who is to blame for the rise of Jeremy Corbyn? Ed Miliband

22 July 2015 17:23
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Well, look, it’s Ed Miliband’s fault isn’t it? Thrice over in fact. First for winning the Labour leadership, then for leading the party in the way he did and, finally,… Continue reading

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Laura Kuenssberg is appointed as the BBC’s new political editor

22 July 2015 16:41
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After weeks of speculation over who will be the BBC’s next political editor, a senior BBC employee today announced on Twitter that Laura Kuenssberg is to be Nick Robinson’s successor. However, just… Continue reading

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Margaret Beckett: I’m a ‘moron’ for nominating Jeremy Corbyn

22 July 2015 14:39
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Last night Tony Blair’s former adviser John McTernan said MPs who offered their nominations to Jeremy Corbyn to ‘broaden the debate’ in the Labour leadership race were ‘morons’ after a poll… Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn wins a celebrity backer

22 July 2015 13:20
Arqiva British Academy Television Awards

Although the majority of the MPs who helped to get Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper have remained mysteriously silent since a poll predicted that he is on course to… Continue reading

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Tragedy on the American Left as liberals discover that Bernie Sanders isn’t awesome

22 July 2015 11:50
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For the last few months, young American liberals have been writing love letters to a white-haired 73-year-old former mayor from Vermont who supports gun owners and worries about the threat posed by… Continue reading

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Wanted: Christian Lib Dem to aid party interaction

22 July 2015 11:14
Tim Farron said it like it is when he assessed the Lib Dems' poor performance in South Shields. Picture: Getty

Tim Farron has come under fire this week over concerns that he is prejudiced against gay rights as a result of his evangelical Christian beliefs. His opponents have suggested that… Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn reunites with his old ‘comrade’ Gerry Adams in Parliament

21 July 2015 18:04
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Jeremy Corbyn just can’t help making friends wherever he goes. He previously described Hamas operatives as ‘friends’ and now he has found time out of his Labour leadership campaign to… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: David Miliband bids Britain farewell

21 July 2015 14:19
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Last week David Miliband flew all the way from America to Britain to celebrate his birthday. However, the former New Labour sweetheart made sure not to invite his brother Ed Miliband… Continue reading

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Bill Turnbull joins the BBC’s C-word hall of fame

21 July 2015 12:57
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Bill Turnbull has achieved online fame after he mispronounced a word on the BBC Breakfast sofa earlier today. During the programme, the presenter mistook the word ‘client’ for the word… Continue reading

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