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Ed Miliband attacks Sports Direct over zero-hours contracts

Ed Miliband will on Saturday launch an attack on what he calls the “Victorian” working practices of the retail giant Sports Direct over its use of zero-hours contracts.<p>It is the first time the Labour leader has named a company that he thinks needs to treat its workers better, after coming under …

The story of the millionaire Tory MP and the tenants facing homelessness

Lyndsey Garratt had never heard of Richard Benyon – until he wound up buying her home and those of her 92 neighbours. Now that the millionaire Tory MP and his business partners threaten to make them all homeless, the 35-year-old mother can’t stop talking about him.<p>Garratt lives on the fringes of …

Ed Miliband: genuine crisis or monstering campaign?

If Ed Miliband thought the Saturday headlines were inauspicious, then the Sunday front-page headlines were ghastly. “Labour voters say Miliband unfit to be PM,” trilled the Sunday Times. Shadow education minister “plunges in the dagger”, said the Mail on Sunday. “Labour push to axe Miliband”, …

Scottish referendum vote-rigging claims spark calls for recount

By mid-afternoon on Monday the number of names on change.org had topped 87,000. “We the undersigned demand a re-vote of the Scottish referendum, counted by impartial international parties,” reads the petition, which goes on to cite “countless evidences of fraud” documented during Thursday’s poll on …

Animal Rights: Undercover Footage Shows Monkey Brain Experiments In Germany

An undercover video showing the seldom seen conditions and treatment of monkeys being experimented on has caused a media and political storm in …

WikiHouse 4.0 'Printed' House Could Be The Answer To The Housing Crisis

On a London street on Friday a dwelling being billed as the answer to the capital's housing crisis has taken shape.<p>This, ladies and gents, is the …

Cary Elwes Talks About The Princess Bride and His New Book

Once upon a time, a father asked his two daughters what kind of a story they wanted. One said she wanted a story about a princess and the other wanted a story about a bride. That father was Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman, and so he wrote a story about a princess bride, a gallant hero, a …

Robin Williams: A Photo Gallery

Nine-year-old American girl accidentally kills shooting instructor with Uzi submachine gun

Instructor at Arizona shooting range dies after young girl loses control of powerful automatic weapon<p>A nine-year-old girl has accidentally shot dead a shooting instructor who was teaching her how to use a powerful Uzi submachine gun.<p>Charles Vacca was showing the unnamed youngster how to fire the …

Guns

Are tiny houses and micro-apartments the future of urban homes?

With an eye on urbanization, population growth and efficiency, tiny spaces were a big theme at this summer’s Dwell on Design conference in Los …

Scientists sniffing out the Western allergy epidemic

<b>One in three of us is allergic. From grass pollen to latex, peanuts to pets, allergies send 20,000 of people in England to hospital every year.</b><p>But generations before did not suffer from this epidemic, so what is it that's making us so allergic in our modern world?<p>Many theories have come and gone …

Biomedicine

Britain's richest MP claims £8,000 expenses to pay constituency office rent - to millionaire Tory donor

Loaded Tory MP Richard Benyon claims £8,000 in expenses to fund his office which he has been renting from a wealthy Conservative Party …

Housing

How taxpayers helped fund £1m home of minister who can't live on MP's pay

Foreign Office minister bought seven-bedroom 17th century abbey set in 15 acres of land after selling his taxpayer-funded home in London for £1.2 million<p>A foreign office minister who resigned from the Government after claiming his expenses were too meagre used a windfall from the sale of his …

MP expenses: Osborne claimed £45 for DVD of himself

Among the documents released today are details of how Shadow chancellor George Osborne claimed nearly £50 for DVDs of himself in a debate on “value …

Parliamentary Expenses - Westminster Gravy Train's return journey

Having been knocked back by public outrage over many of their brethren’s fraudulent expense claims over the years, Members of Parliament have just …

Secretive Tory cash pouring into 2015 battlegrounds – so why isn't Labour crying foul?

The Conservatives stand accused of trying to "buy the next general election", but Labour isn't accusing the Tories of breaking any rules.<p>Given the …

Polish internet addresses insert pro-Tory link spam on Wikipedia

Computers linked to <b>Polish internet addresses</b> have made <b>nearly 130</b> <b>spam edits to Wikipedia</b> in a blatant effort to promote the campaign websites of</b> …

The Cheesegrater – a tower of no small ambition

Overlook, if you can, its crass shape and enjoy instead the dazzling details that elevate Richard Rogers's Cheesegrater<p>Someone has told the bouncers to be nice. It is now standard for architectural anoraks like myself to find ourselves challenged by smile-less security as we go about our blameless …

Truck-A-Float, a Hotel in Rockaway

by Jenny Miller<p>While the end of summer is nearing in the Northern Hemisphere, there's still time to squeeze in a few more beach weekends. For a delightful overnight in Rockaway, Queens, there is a brand new kind of hotel called Truck-A-Float—a collection of four sleeping pods, each topped with the …

RVs

Impressive Game Of Thrones Interactive Map To Westeros

This is an interactive map (links to actual map) of Westeros and the surrounding lands created by Westeros.org user carpiediem. You can click on …

The Books You Need to Read If You Love Game of Thrones

Tonight's <b>Game of Thrones</b> episode is going to be show's best season finale ever, according to its producers. After "The Children" airs on HBO, the show will have covered book three <b>A Storm of Swords</b>, as well as parts of books four (<b>A Feast For Crows</b>) and five (<b>A Dance With Dragons</b>), of the A Song of …

Opinion

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Sheffield students: we can kick Clegg out of power

Young people have consistently topped the apathy charts when it comes to crossing boxes at polling stations. So here's a question: how do you get the group least likely to vote in an election to have the biggest turnout?<p>Here's one answer: Nick Clegg.<p>Every student remembers the great tuition-fees …

Zac Goldsmith: 'Politics? It’s childish, superficial and rotten’

Zac Goldsmith, the maverick MP on a mission to 'hold government to account’, discusses Nick Clegg, Iraq and whether he will run for mayor<p>Zac Goldsmith has been a Conservative MP for just over four years now but, try as he might, he can’t get used to it. Parliament, he says, is “weird”. “Every …

Tory MP Peter Bone's expenses under investigation by watchdog

Another Tory MP is facing an investigation into his second home expenses days after Maria Miller resigned as culture secretary after obstructing a parliamentary inquiry and overclaiming £5,800.<p>Peter Bone, a prominent backbench Eurosceptic, is being investigated by Kathryn Hudson, the independent …

Maria Miller's expenses claims referred to police by Labour MP

Maria Miller is facing growing political pressure after a Labour MP referred her to the police and the parliamentary committee which examined her expenses reissued correspondence which showed how she attempted to fight off an investigation by the standards watchdog.<p>As Nigel Farage accused David …