Christopher Hitchens in pictures

A selection of videos of the late writer.

Following George Eaton's moving tribute to Christopher Hitchens, here are five videos of the author, critic and journalist discussing torture, religion and the disease that claimed his life.

Hitchens smoking and drinking in 2006 talking about Mother Teresa:

Given his support for the invasion of Iraq, Hitchens is asked whether he still considers himself a leftist:

The Hitchens brothers face off. Christopher and Peter Hitchens debate whether civilisation can survive without God:

Hitchens submits himself to waterboarding in an effort to understand the human cost of America's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" at Guantánamo and elsewhere:

Hitchens talks to Anderson Cooper about discovering he had cancer:

 

 

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Labour slumps to fourth place in North Hykeham and Sleaford by-election

Conservative candidate Caroline Johnson eased to victory as Labour tumbled from second to fourth place.

Caroline Johnson was elected as the Conservative MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, while Labour slumped from second to fourth behind Ukip and the Liberal Democrats, who finished second and third respectively. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Stephen Philips.

The seat, which has been safely Conservative since its creation, backed Brexit by a 20-point margin on 23 June. The Tory victory, with 53.5 per cent of the vote, is one of the party’s all-time best by-election performances while in government. 

Johnson won with 17,570 votes. In second was Ukip's Victoria Ayling, with 4,426 votes. Ross Pepper recieved 3,606 votes, while Labour's Jim Clarke got 3,363 votes.

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.