Paul Merton: the comedian’s grandfather James Power was a British soldier turned revolutionary. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty

PAUL MERTON ON HIS IRISH REVOLUTIONARY GRANDFATHER, 30 YEARS OF HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, AND HIS NEW BOOK OF 80 FUNNY STORIES, SKETCHES AND SCRIPTS(...)

Cecil Parkinson in 1982: he “would have been the most natural candidate to succeed Margaret Thatcher”, according to former minister Malcolm Rifkind. Photograph: PA Wire

Former British cabinet minister Cecil Parkinson has died aged 84 after a long battle with cancer, his family has announced. The Tory grandee served i(...)