Clutching victory from the jaws defeat: Salmond plays the long game

Pick of the Week: Salmond clutches victory from the jaws of defeat

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Ed Miliband alongside his close ally Sadiq Khan

Labour 'stitching-up' London mayoral race

Plans to charge supporters £10 causes fury from candidates

Ricky Reel's family will hold a vigil outside New Scotland Yard tonight

Police spying

They wouldn't look for her son, but they would spy on her

Call to justice? UK human rights attack observed overseas

Cameron's human rights example

Kenyan leader facing charges of crimes against humanity cites Tory policy

Comment & Analysis

  • PMQs Verdict: Losing our marbles

    Today's session was like a cross between the Two Ronnies Mastermind sketch and the American gameshow Jeopardy!

  • The final death of meritocratic Britain

    Reports don't get much scarier than this. Britain, according to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, is on the brink of stepping over an event horizon of doom and becoming a "permanently divided society".

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    Prison book ban

    Authors and prison reform campaigners join forces to get Chris Grayling to think again on his ban on sending books to prisoners.

  • Turning up the temperature: Standard of living and action on  climate change don't make easy bedfellows

    Britain's great energy debate

    Can you tackle climate change without ruining our quality of life? takes an in-depth look at an issue with no easy solutions.