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Mrs Neil Hamilton for Ukip MP?

Like a bad smell, Neil Hamilton continues to linger around Westminster. The disgraced MP, who came to embody Tory sleaze by the time he lost his seat in 1997, has reinvented himself as Mr Ukip, with first a seat on the party’s powerful National Executive Committee before scaling the dizzy heights …

Watch: Douglas Carswell re-enters the House of Commons as a Ukip MP

Douglas Carswell has just re-entered the House of Commons as a Ukip MP. Nigel Farage was in the peers’ gallery to watch his first elected MP take his seat. So were many Tory MPs, who watched Carswell walk through the Chamber in deadly silence.<p>If Mark Reckless does win the Rochester by-election, how …

What’s the ideal background for an MP?

Andrew Marr says people should only be able to become MPs after reaching 40. Tell us what life experience would set you up to be a politician<p>It’s a common complaint that not enough politicians have proper jobs before entering parliament. Now Andrew Marr has suggested that people shouldn’t be able …

UK devolution: Could the House of York rise again?

What could David Cameron's promise of a new UK constitution mean for the north of England?<p>Politicians, campaigners and business leaders were meeting at a convention in Leeds on Thursday looking at the future of the region.<p>In Yorkshire, some campaigners are calling for more devolved power.<p>The BBC's …

The Scottish constitution shows what the UK is missing

With popular sovereignty at it core, Scotland's draft constitution offers a mature, democratic contrast to Downing Street's obsessions<p>"In Scotland, the people are sovereign". This is the foundation of the interim constitution that has been published in a draft bill by the Scottish government. In …

UK court rulings show move away from European to common law

Supreme court deputy president questions whether return to constitutionalism is response to rise in anti-European sentiment<p>Leading judges are putting "renewed emphasis" on British constitutional principles after years of concentrating on European legislation as a source of rights and obligations, …

David Cameron ‘playing fast and loose’ with constitution, says Gordon Brown

Former PM says Conservative plans to hand 100% of income tax-raising powers to Scottish parliament are gift to separatists<p>David Cameron is playing fast and loose with the UK constitution, the former prime minister Gordon Brown has said as he warned the Conservatives were wrong to suggest that …

Written UK constitution would limit influence of Strasbourg court, says top judge

Proposal by Lord Neuberger, president of the supreme court, comes amid Tory calls to limit powers of court of human rights<p>The United Kingdom might benefit from developing a written constitution that would prevent European courts from having too much influence and help adjust to further devolution, …

World War One diaries reveal new methods of warfare

William Spencer, military records specialist at The National Archives, says a new batch of First World War diaries reveal new techniques of warfare<p>A new batch of <b>World War one diaries reveals new warfare techniques</b>, including the use of flame-throwers, dummy soldiers and cats and dogs.<p>According to …

British Army honours Sikh role in World War One

The British army has honoured the contribution made by Sikh soldiers during World War One.<p>Thousands of Sikhs from the Indian sub-continent fought and died for Britain during the conflict.<p>The commemoration at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst featured a re-enactment by 36 Sikh …

History

World War One in numbers: the shocking figures behind the slaughter

Ahead of the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, The Telegraph counts the cost of one of the bloodiest wars in history<p>As <b>World War One</b> Centenary commemorations get underway, the Telegraph takes a look at the conflict in figures.<p>The human cost of the War is laid bare in the massive numbers of …

World War One exhibition opens in Berlin

The head of the exhibition speaks about the significance of the exhibition for all sides of the Great War, and its "unmovable place in the collective mind"<p>Almost 100 years ago, millions of lives were lost as nations from around the world came to fight in the fields of Europe during <b>World War One</b>.<p>A …

History

In 2014, countries are still paying off debt from World War One

It has been 100 years since the start of the First World War, which was fought for four years and claimed the lives of more than 6000 soldiers a day. Countries in Europe began marking the centenary earlier this year and the Tower of London, pictured above, is awash in poppies in beautiful tribute …

Remembrance Day

What would the Tower of London poppy exhibition look like if it included the global dead of world war one?

The Quakers have created a map showing how much of London the Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red art installation would cover if it represented those from all nations killed in the first world war<p>The hugely popular Tower of London art installation Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red by Paul Cummins and …

World War One sculpture unveiled in Trafalgar Square

Mark Humphrey, who created the Every Man Remembered sculpture in Trafalgar Square, says it was partly inspired by a brass bombshell his great-grandfather decorated while he was in the trenches in the Somme in 1916<p><b>World War One</b> sculpture was unveiled today in London's Trafalgar Square to promote the …

Mao Badges For The Billions? British Museum Shows The Persuasive Power Of Vintage Asian Propaganda

During the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Communist Party was strong enough to move mountains. In 1969, the government manufactured aluminum badges showing Chairman Mao standing triumphantly in front of Tiananmen Square flanked by Yan’an and Jinggangshan, compressing thousands of miles of …

Diasporic Dining: Did Mao Order in Chinese?

Did Mao order in Chinese? Did Chairman Mao like General Tso's chicken? You read about The Long March, The Hundred Flowers Campaign and The Cultural Revolution, but it's hard to find documentation on what dishes Mao liked. Zhou Enlai, Jiang Zemin and other leaders of the Communist Party obviously …

My Mao, on His Hundred-and-Twentieth Birthday

In 1991, fifteen years after Mao Zedong’s death, I met the Great Helmsman for the first time. It was not the most dignified of encounters. At the time, I knew his face better than that of my own father, who had moved to the other side of the world, to a place called Boston, when I was two. In …

China's senior dancers and their 'red songs' would do Mao proud

The Raffles City mall is the kind of temple to globalized capitalist consumerism that might drive Mao Tse-tung to apoplexy if he were still alive. Inside, Chinese shoppers toss down credit cards at Sephora and chomp on Kentucky Fried Chicken. Outside, a Jumbotron beams highlights of the World …

China

The American Who Gave His Life to Chairman Mao

On the dictator's 120th birthday, Sidney Rittenberg—whose life story entwines with the turbulent history of the People's Republic—describes his interactions with the man who still dominates China 37 years after his death.<p>From 1944, when the 23-year-old Sidney Rittenberg first arrived in China with …

Retracing Mao Zedong's Long March—by Motorcycle

Drunk officials, texting teens, and the decline of China’s creation myth<p>BEIJING — At the Luding Bridge, the site of the single most celebrated event on China’s Long March, I was the lone foreigner in a group of boisterous, chain-smoking government officials. They reeked of <i>baijiu</i>, a fiery grain …

The Wars of the Roses

• <b>Author:</b> Dan Jones<p><b>The author of the New York Times bestseller The Plantagenets and The Templars chronicles the next chapter in British history—the historical backdrop for</b> <i>Game of Thrones</i><p><b>The inspiration for the Channel 5 series Britain's Bloody Crown</b><p>The crown of England changed hands five times over …

The Berlin Wall and the return of Charles II

Hester Vaizey explores how the fall of the Berlin Wall affected East Germans, while Ronald Hutton visits an important site from the Restoration<p>As we …