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I'm a Celebrity 2014: Edwina Currie is right to enter the jungle — There was only one person who would be able to explain this to me: Nadine Dorries (who lasted four minutes being buried with those 15,000 bugs). The Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire caused a storm when she entered the jungle in 2012 - even though, as Nadine points out to me, Parliament was in recess so she didn't miss a single vote.

UKIP Tipped For Second Historic By-Election Win — When the Prime Minister visits a constituency five times, you know this is not just any by-election. According to the polls, UKIP's candidate Mark Reckless is set to cause a political earthquake on Thursday. The rise of UKIP, along with the resurgent SNP and a reinvigorated Green Party, is part of a wider splintering of British politics.

The painful truth about the next generation of MPs. (Warning: It's pretty hard to stomach) — With six months to go until the election, political parties are busy selecting their candidates for 2015. The results so far make for depressing reading. I've number crunched the available data to get the latest breakdown of the new faces selected by the main parties.

Oi George Osborne - what about mums who don't want to work? — George has gone on tour Putting aside the rights and wrongs of Mr Osborne's PR tour, it's worth delving into the figures that the Treasury are highlighting to go with it. According to the Government, there are more women in work than ever before and the female employment rate is at a record high.

Why the Ministry of Defence desperately needs more 'tough old birds' — A YPG Kurdish fighter stands near their flag on a hill after fighting with Islamic State near Kobane, Syria But when it comes to the people giving the orders, it's a different story. Military decision making is an almost exclusively male domain.

Ukip Douglas Carswell Farage victory: Ukip need women more than ever — Alex Phillips, the party's Head of Media, is the opposite of the Ukip stereotype - young and female with some self-proclaimed "left wing values". She argues: "Being a woman in Ukip is all about twenty first century, post-modern feminism - treat us the same as men, don't single us out as different.

The By-Election Campaigns Told In Tweets — By-elections aren't usually big business on social networking sites - but this time it's different. The Clacton count is UKIP's best chance yet of getting a seat in Parliament, and their supporters have been out in force.

Henning Murder: How Will The Govt Respond? — The words spoken by the masked man were sickening: "The blood of David Haines was on your hands, Cameron. Alan Henning will also be slaughtered, but his blood is on the hands of the British parliament." Alan Henning was a taxi driver who was inspired to travel hundreds of miles in an aid convoy to try to help the suffering of people in Syria.

White Dee interview: what I really thought of Conservative Party conference and all those Tories — White Dee at Tory Party Conference Needless to say, Dee (real name Deirdre Kelly) was baffled by what she saw, when I caught up with her. "It's like an enormous board meeting. I've never seen so many people in suits and ties in such a small space!" she tells me.

Back In Conflict, But This Time It's Different — It has begun. Eleven years after the invasion that marked the beginning of the Iraq War, Britain is again involved in a conflict in the region. The Government is (rightly) quick to point out why this time, it is different.
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Nov 28, 2014

This is what the Czech State Sec for European Affairs makes of David Cameron's speech...…

Nov 28, 2014

@jimwaterson @Hanna_Jameson It was a challenge to say "shouty shouty shooty shoot shhh" live on air without bursting into fits of giggles

Nov 28, 2014

@michelledrage Thanks... it's more about not getting chance to go to hairdresser! ;-)

Nov 28, 2014

Alarm goes off where David Cameron speaking. PM turns around - "How are we getting on?"

Nov 28, 2014

@MarkTyrrellUKIP I do own research. This is v telling precedent… (Can need agreement without treaty change)

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