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  • Westminster Times: Clegg and his Cojones, Farage and his Foreigners, Tory T …
    Westminster Times: Clegg and his Cojones, Farage and his Foreigners, Tory T … 2 hours 24 minutes ago

    Nick Clegg's wife Miriam Durantez is well know for her refusal to be treated as an add-on to her spouse or his political ambitions. The Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, and 40 campaigners attempted to deliver a letter to Cameron's constituency office urging him to do more to tackle poverty. More »

  • Gambaccini to host music awards
    Gambaccini to host music awards 4 hours ago

    DJ Paul Gambaccini will host a high-profile music awards this year more than six months after his arrest as part of Operation Yewtree. More »

  • Proms premiere for Turing tribute
    Proms premiere for Turing tribute 4 hours ago

    An orchestral work by the Pet Shop Boys based on the life of codebreaker Alan Turing - whose endeavours are said to have shortened the Second World War by up to two years - is to be given its world premiere at the BBC Proms. More »

  • Lady Chatterley in new TV version
    Lady Chatterley in new TV version 5 hours ago

    The man behind hit crime drama Line of Duty is adapting a new version of DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover for TV. More »

  • JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy HBO/BBC TV Series to Film Summer 2014
    JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy HBO/BBC TV Series to Film Summer 2014 5 hours ago

    JK Rowling's Harry Potter follow-up novel The Casual Vacancy is set to be turned into a television miniseries thanks to a joint production from the BBC and HBO. The BBC announced in 2012 that it would be adapting the novel but only now has confirmed that production, alongside US giants HBO, will take place this summer. EastEnders alumni Sarah Phelps is writing the script with Paul Trijbits, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Rowling herself on board as executive producers. More »

  • Who is Mark Shand, Camilla's Brother who Died in New York Accident?
    Who is Mark Shand, Camilla's Brother who Died in New York Accident? 5 hours ago

    The Duchess of Cornwall has been left "devastated" by the news of her brother's death, Clarence House has reported. Mark Shand, 62, died of a head injury sustained after a fall outside the Rose Bar in New York on Tuesday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are currently touring Australia and New Zealand, said they were "saddened" to hear of Shand's death. Who was Mark Shand? More »

  • Rise in reports of sex offences after Savile scandal
    Rise in reports of sex offences after Savile scandal 5 hours ago

    Reports of sexual offences have risen in the wake of the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal while overall crime levels have continued to fall, official figures showed Thursday. More »

  • Dave Lee Travis Denies Indecent Assault Charge
    Dave Lee Travis Denies Indecent Assault Charge 6 hours ago

    Veteran BBC broadcaster Dave Lee Travis denies a charge of indecent assault against  a woman, aged over 16, in January 1995, a court has heard. Travis, 68, entered his not-guilty plea at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London and was told to appear for a further hearing at Southwark Crown Court on 8 May. Police charged him after receiving authorisation by the Crown Prosecution Service last month. It comes after he was acquitted of 12 counts of indecent assault following a trial at Southwark Crown Court in February. More »

  • Bucket-list teen 'still fighting'
    Bucket-list teen 'still fighting' 6 hours ago

    A terminally-ill teenager who has raised more than £1.6 million for charity has said he is "still fighting" as donations from the public continue to roll in thanks to his fundraising efforts. More »

  • #ThumbsUpForStephen: Celebrities Join Appeal for Stephen Sutton Bucket List …
    #ThumbsUpForStephen: Celebrities Join Appeal for Stephen Sutton Bucket List … 6 hours ago

    Celebrities are appealing to increase the £1m charity money raised by a terminally ill teenager with a "thumbs up for Stephen" Twitter campaign. Stephen Sutton, who was diagnosed with incurable colorectal cancer when he was 15, managed to raise more than £1m for Teenage Cancer Trust after he posted what would be his final update on Facebook. Sutton, 19, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, has been keeping a blog on various social media sites where he ticks off as many of his 46 items on his 'bucket list' as possible. In many of the photos Sutton posted to his Twitter or Facebook account documenting his bucket list attemp, the teenager can be seen posing with both thumbs up. More »

  • Labour mulls moving loan from Co-op Bank - sources
    Labour mulls moving loan from Co-op Bank - sources 6 hours ago

    By Matt Scuffham and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Labour Party is considering moving a 1.2 million pound loan with the troubled Co-operative Bank to Unity Trust Bank, which is controlled by the country's trade unions, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The sources said discussions were at an early stage and emphasised Labour would continue to bank with the Co-op, a major lender to Britain's main opposition party. "We constantly review our financial arrangements and any decisions taken, including any consolidation of loans, are done for commercial reasons," a Labour party spokesman told Reuters. The BBC reported earlier that Labour would look to move all its current account facilities to the Unity Trust Bank once the loan had been moved. More »

  • 10 things we learned during John Waters’ RTÉ interview
    10 things we learned during John Waters’ RTÉ interview 7 hours ago

    The author and columnist covered a range of topics, including why he left the Irish Times, what he thinks of Twitter, depression and his dislike for Dublin. More »

  • EastEnder's Lee a murder suspect
    EastEnder's Lee a murder suspect 7 hours ago

    EastEnders' Lee Carter is set to be investigated by police in relation to Lucy Beale's murder. More »

  • DLT denies indecent assault charge
    DLT denies indecent assault charge 8 hours ago

    Dave Lee Travis has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting a woman. More »

  • Capaldi's Richelieu killed off
    Capaldi's Richelieu killed off 8 hours ago

    Peter Capaldi's character in The Musketeers, Cardinal Richelieu, is being killed off to explain his absence in the next series. More »

  • Ukip 'two-faced' on Europe - Clegg
    Ukip 'two-faced' on Europe - Clegg 8 hours ago

    Nick Clegg accused Ukip of running a campaign based on "false claims and fear" as he warned that millions of jobs would be put at risk if the UK left the European Union. More »

  • Adams refutes allegations he ordered IRA member to transport explosives
    Adams refutes allegations he ordered IRA member to transport explosives 10 hours ago

    The allegations were made by former IRA member Peter Rogers. More »

  • Royals 'saddened' at Shand death
    Royals 'saddened' at Shand death 11 hours ago

    William and Kate have sympathised with the Duchess of Cornwall after the sudden death of her brother, following a fall in New York. More »

  • Camilla 'Utterly Devastated' At Death Of Brother
    Camilla 'Utterly Devastated' At Death Of Brother 13 hours ago

    The Duchess of Cornwall's brother Mark Shand has died after suffering a serious head injury during a fall in New York. It has also been reported that Mr Shand was lighting a cigarette at the time. "Mark Shand was a man of extraordinary vitality, a tireless campaigner and conservationist whose incredible work through The Elephant Family and beyond remained his focus right up until his death." The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also released a statement. More »

  • Midwife shortages 'getting worse'
    Midwife shortages 'getting worse' 19 hours ago

    Hospital chiefs were accused of "burying their heads in the sand" over midwife shortages after figures suggested a quarter of NHS Trusts had not assessed their workforce needs for at least four years. More »

  • Tributes for Camilla's brother
    Tributes for Camilla's brother 21 hours ago

    The Duchess of Cornwall was left "utterly devastated" after her brother died from a s erious head injury sustained in a fall in New York. More »

  • It's strictly Claudia for Tonioli
    It's strictly Claudia for Tonioli Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli has revealed he would like the show's stand-in host Claudia Winkleman to replace Sir Bruce Forsyth. More »