Ed Miliband says Labour can copy Obama and Bob the Builder in New Year message
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The Labour leader seems to be echoing the US President’s famous ‘Yes we can’ slogan as he insists Labour can turn Britain around, saying: ”Can we do it? Of course we can.’

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey asked to be tested SEVEN TIMES
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Other volunteers returning from Sierra Leone were allowed to board crowded buses and trains instead of being taken into quarantine.

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Under wraps, PM's Chequers wine bill: Officials refuse to reveal cost of hosting celebrities and politicians at grace-and-favour country home
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The Cabinet Office insists ‘centralised’ records mean it would be too expensive to provide details of the Prime Minister’s spending at Chequers, and that of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at Chevening.

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'Conveyor-belt' baby wards eject mums in just 36 hours: Maternity stays are the shortest in Europe due to shortage of midwives and beds 
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The average stay in hospital for a normal birth in Britain is just 1.5 days compared to Romanian and Slovakian mothers who stay in hospital for up to five days after giving birth.

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Champers? Pah! Pass the Prosecco: JILLY GOOLDEN'S last-minute guide to the most fashionable fizz on the High Street
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Wine expert JILLY GOOLDEN taste-tests a spectrum of supermarket proseccos and gives her verdict on which bottles to buy.

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EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: The real honours belong to those who politely decline them
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The real honours belong to those who politely decline them, such as John Freeman, who has died aged 99, writes EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE

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NHS 'safer with David Cameron': Poll reveals voters trust Prime Minister more than Ed Miliband when it comes to the Health Service 
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The surprising result comes after Labour has spent months focusing on the Health Service as the centrepiece of its election strategy.

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Countryside 'to swell by half a million in ten years' as more people opt to leave the city for a rural idyll 
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The rural population is set to swell by 6 per cent by 2025 leading to a boom in the countryside economy, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs predicted.

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Lessons in leadership: As those newly released papers reveal, even when wrong, Mrs T had conviction and courage says ROBIN HARRIS 
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Margaret Thatcher, pictured, was correct to introduce the Poll Tax which, according to Robin Harris, former director of the conservative party’s research department, ‘was an excellent idea in principle.’

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Parents who move house and hire tutors pay as much as those who send their children to private school, says top headmaster 
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Alun Jones, the new president of the Girls’ Schools Association has said that referring to independent schools as bastions of ‘elite and privilege’ is outdated these days.

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Happy Pugh Year: Our inimitable cartoonist's rib-tickling take on 2014 
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From Luis Suarez and Jeremy Paxman to the Downton dog and Aldi, Pugh has covered all of the year’s biggest stories in his hilarious cartoons. Here’s our pick of the best which kept us laughing in 2014.

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Rail fat cats paid millions as fares soar
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While passengers struggle with ever-rising fares, senior rail executives enjoyed generous salaries, bonuses and perks such as car allowances and private healthcare.

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Parents outraged after Hasbro made phallic kids' toy for Play Doh cake decorating set
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The toymaker has been attacked by moms and dads who bought the $20 Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset for their loved ones – and were shocked at the toy’s risqué connotations.

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