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Senior News Writer — Guardian
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Senior news writer at The Guardian.

Eurovision: flexible geography, high camp and 'the world's biggest party' — It is, of course, as observed by Graham Norton, "a nonsense". But then this is the Eurovision Song Contest, so who was expecting anything else? On Saturday night in Vienna, performers from 27 European countries will square up for the continent's annual carnival of kitsch national stereotypes, caterwauling balladeers, fist-pumping bombast and mildly shocking gender ambiguity.

Ex-No 10 guru Steve Hilton provides David Cameron with food for thought — If Steve Hilton objects to being the occasional subject of parody, it might be argued that he doesn't always help himself. The man employed as David Cameron's personal blue sky thinker until he departed Downing Street for Silicon Valley in 2012, arrives at the Guardian offices in orange jeans, orange trainers and a neon yellow T-shirt.

'We need to think radically': Stephen Kinnock on Labour’s woes and following in his father’s footsteps — Stephen Kinnock was having "a pint and a few sandwiches" in the Aberavon Wizards rugby club when the exit poll came through at 10pm on election night, to be met with a gasp, as in so many places around the country.

Song thrush bursts with soul — As if at the flick of a switch bird song fills the lane. So loud and powerful is it that I am disoriented, my senses blurred to everything else. Lambs running in gangs across the field, buzzards soaring through the sky, a breeze spitting rain: everything goes out of focus.

Science minister? I don't think Jo knows a thing about science, says Johnson Sr — In contrast to her predecessor Helen Grant, who was unable to name either England's rugby captain or the FA Cup holders, the new minister for sport does at least know something about her new brief. Tracey Crouch is a sports devotee and qualified FA coach who has managed a girls' football team in Kent for almost a decade.

The punk, the shop steward and the friend of aristocrats - meet the cabinet — One is an ex-punk and passionate heavy metal fan who believes the BBC licence fee is worse than the poll tax. One is a former daytime TV presenter who has reportedly advocated legalising cannabis. A number have supported parliamentary motions in favour of homeopathy.

General election 2015: the winners and losers — It was a night of shocks and - for a number of well-known political faces - particularly painful defeats, as Labour was crushed in Scotland and the Liberal Democrats, too, lost a number of their star players across the UK, alongside other high profile surprises.

Winners and losers of the 2015 general election campaign — All those focus groups, all those polls, all those handsomely rewarded columnists parsing each tortured speech and jargon-choked manifesto sentence - and no need for any of it. The final word on this election campaign had already been delivered by a six-year-old from the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic primary school in Westhoughton near Bolton, during a strangulated photo opportunity with the prime minister early in the campaign.

UK election: the next British government may be decided in Scotland — After last September's referendum - when Scotland voted convincingly to remain part of the UK - the leaders of Britain's main political parties in London might have thought their Scottish troubles were over for a while. They were wrong.

Who is winning the election battle on social media? — On the evening of Thursday 2 April, as the seven-way debate between the party leaders was drawing to a close, a Twitter user calling himself @cam____b posted a photograph on the social media platform.
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May 27, 2015

RT @owen_g: Fifa spokesman on Blatter: "His stress levels are a little higher than they were yesterday."

May 26, 2015

Brilliantly bonkers interview with David Hasselhoff in the Times (£) today by @MarshStefanie…

May 24, 2015

Meanwhile, worth remembering that same sex marriage remains illegal in Northern Ireland #MarRef…

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