News High-street retail guru Mary Portas

An underwear factory championed by Mary Portas, the retail guru and government advisor, has gone bust – in a blow to her attempts to revive UK manufacturing.

Gadgets not included: Two-year training programme will cover issues such as cyber threats, espionage, organised crime and terrorism

Now recruiting teen Bonds: Security services target school leavers for next generation of 'trainee spies'

Radical plans created by Britain’s security services will see school leavers recruited as “trainee spies” to form a new generation of espionage experts.

New figures suggest Help to Buy is driving the building of new homes

But critics say that more needs to be done to tackle national housing crisis

Another rider many punters have latched on to this season is Oisin Murphy

Bell a sound proposition to ring out the Flat season on a November Handicap Hi

A jockey from Northern Ireland may be the toast of Town Moor today, but this time the rider in question is not Tony McCoy, but a young woman making her way in the racing world whom few casual followers of the sport will have yet heard of.

Broken Homes, By Ben Aaronovitch. Gollancz, £14.99

London is, like all cities, made up of layer upon layer of story, and not all of those stories are about the real and mundane. The Matter of London has for a long time been a staple of the literature of the fantastic. Among the hipsters and banksters, the rich and the poor, it is a city where shamans and wizards seem plausibly our neighbours.

Oisin Murphy rides Silver Rime to victory on Saturday, one of four wins

Murphy strikes Highland gold with Ayr Fantastic Four

Apprentice sensation rides 9,260-1 sequence while veteran trainer Easterby bows out

Labour has asked the Government’s independent tax and spending watchdog to audit its 2015 election manifesto in an attempt to head off Conservative attacks that the party would spend recklessly

Labour conference: Ed Balls to call in spending watchdog to audit 2015 election manifesto

Poll reveals Labour’s plans for greater infrastructure spending could propel party to election victory

Labour Party conference: Ed Miliband says he would force firms that hire foreign workers to take on British apprentices

Ed Miliband also pledges to 'crack down' on companies that fail to pay the minimum wage.

Indyplus videos: Jerry Brickheimer misses

Jerry Bruckheimer revealed he is splitting from Disney to focus on more 'mature' films after The Lone Ranger flopped. He made some great hits in the past, such as Topgun, but he also had his misses. Watch trailers for his key three misses below:

Brickies secure huge pay rises on back of new homes demand

Bricklayers' pay has surged 20% in the past six months as housebuilders struggle to keep up with a surge in demand for homes driven by the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, an industry boss said today.

Clifford Chance trainee lawyer faces sack after describing his work as 'f***ing people over for money'

A trainee with City law firm Clifford Chance faces the sack after a video has emerged of him drunk and describing his work as “f***ing people over for money”.

Dangerous Mexican Saul Alvarez ‘never wastes any punches’

Floyd Mayweather v Saul Alvarez preivew: How ginger kid went from Mexico's streets to the MGM in Las Vegas

Humble Alvarez grew up the hard way with underage fights that have shaped him into a ruthless boxer

Carol Vorderman is planning to follow in the flight path of Amelia Earhart.

Carol Vorderman to fly solo on This Morning

Presenter Carol Vorderman is aiming for a TV first by making her debut solo flight during a live broadcast on This Morning.

Persimmon on growth path: housebuilder set to open another 85 sites as demand soars

Housebuilder Persimmon is set to open another 85 sites this year to match soaring demand from new buyers, the firm said today.

Apprenticeships are the answer to youth unemployment - as long as we do them properly

I left school at 16, but was in a better position than many of my school friends after they graduated from university. Why? Because I did an apprenticeship

Students sitting an A-level maths exam

The age of apprenticeships: Increasing numbers of high-flying students are shunning going to university

As anxious teenagers check their A-level results to see if they have made the grade for university, the value of degrees is increasingly being questioned

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk