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The report, Low Pay Britain 2014, reveals that 5.2 million workers earn less than £7.70 an hour

A generation of Britons is destined to spend years languishing in low-paid jobs barely above the minimum wage, with the number in poorly paid work at a historic high, a major report will reveal this week.

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Tory party chairman Grant Shapps campaigns with candidate Kelly Tolhurst, left, and party activists in Rochester

The threat from Ukip over Europe and immigration has forced the Conservatives to divert their election war chest towards seats that they are defending more than at their target seats, new figures revealed last night.

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Rumours that Jo Swinson could become Scottish Secretary were dashed

Nick Clegg’s decision not to reshuffle his Liberal Democrat ministers before the general election – and thereby finally promote a woman to the Cabinet – has been criticised by a leading candidate for the party presidency.

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Greg Orman could be a sign of voters tiring of the two parties

First-time visitors to Stanley, Kansas, might not instantly discern its more distinctive curiosities.

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The race to stabilise the Earth’s climate was always going to be long, slow one.

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Tesco must adapt or go under, but it’s hard for a super-tanker to change course

Companies can rise faster now than ever before: think of Facebook, just 10 years old, or Google founded 16 years ago. But they can also fall faster.

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The real legacy of “punk” was to open up a space for artists who drew briefly on its energy levels and minimalist arrangements

The idea of the "revolt into style" was first given formal expression by Thom Gunn in a not entirely complimentary 1950s poem about Elvis Presley (“Distorting hackneyed words in hackneyed songs/He turns revolt into a style ...”).

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Did you remember to put your clocks back by an hour? It seems slightly arcane in the age of automatically updating smartphones and digital clock-radios, but there’s always one (usually the one on the oven, or in the bathroom) that trips me up.

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Isis with Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)

The question of how to deal with an embarrassing Labrador has hounded English families for decades.

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Filing a divorce petition under Chris Grayling’s plan would have cost £750

The Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, has quietly shelved plans to nearly double the fee for filing a divorce petition.

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Ed Miliband and Johann Lamont

Ed Miliband’s leadership faced further turmoil yesterday when two former Labour first ministers accused him of contributing to the resignation of Johann Lamont.

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The £21.4bn-budget first phase, between London and Birmingham, reduces the journey time to 49 minutes, and is due for completion by 2026

Sir David Higgins, the mastermind behind the High Speed 2 railway, believes that an equivalent track in France would come in at one-third of the cost.

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Aldi admitted its latest luxury product is in fact a hybrid caviar and does not come from the Beluga Huso huso at all

Shoppers looking for a festive treat this year could be forgiven for thinking Christmas had come early when they saw retailer Aldi’s offer to sell “Beluga” caviar for only £9.99 a tin – more than £130 less than Fortnum & Mason charges for the same sized product of the world’s most expensive caviar.

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Gap announced its same-store sales were down 6 per cent in August, and 3 per cent in September

Mind yourself, Gap.

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John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, whose hotel is a byword for poor service

With “rundown” hotels that are “well past their best-by-dates”, Britannia Hotels’ accommodation is said to be more Fawlty Towers than first class.

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Blue and gold of the national flag adorned Kiev buildings on Saturday

Ukraine votes in parliamentary elections today against a backdrop of conflict between government troops and pro-Russian separatist forces in its eastern regions.

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Under existing legislation, drone operators must seek Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permission and demonstrate basic flying skills

Remotely piloted drones flying in British airspace should be operated by fully qualified pilots and meet the same safety standards as commercial aircraft, according to the national body of airline pilots.

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Voluminous silk drawers were worn by Queen Victoria

They were, by any standards, very big royal pants. Measuring 52 inches round and accompanied by a 66in chemise that could accommodate the most regal bust, a pair of Queen Victoria’s bloomers has been auctioned for more than £6,000.

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General Sir Richard Shirreff has dismissed Britain’s involvement in air strikes and aid drops as “futile gestures”

One of Britain’s most senior military figures has accused the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary of running scared over a fresh military intervention in Iraq.

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More than 7,000 greyhounds were registered to race last year

Every year, one in eight greyhounds “disappears” at the end of its racing career, with some dogs being sold for research and dissection, a leading animal welfare charity claims.