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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.

'Telephone tax': Government departments investigated over use of premium-rate phone lines

Department for Transport earned £2.5 million from calls in two years

Glastonbury romance? Revellers watch the sunrise from the stone circle during the festival

Glastonbury Festival 2013 all of a twitter as blue tits nest near Left Field tower

The erection of a steel tower which stands at the head of one of the music areas at the Glastonbury Festival has been delayed after wild birds were discovered in the structure.

The Independent backs media trainee scheme

The Independent is supporting a scheme which aims to increase diversity in journalism by assisting young people who do not have a university degree to pursue a career in the media.

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Record 370,000 want to join apprenticeships

With almost 1 million youngsters looking for work, every vacancy attracts 11 applications

Leon Osman (l) of Everton celebrates scoring the opening goal with team-mate Leighton Baines

Leon Osman agrees new Everton contract

The 32-year-old England midfielder is a regular in the side

The cast and crew of E4's 'Made In Chelsea' who scooped the award for best reality and constructed factual programme (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Bafta TV awards 2013: Lord Sugar miffed that Young Apprentice missed out to Made in Chelsea

Lord Sugar evidently isn’t used to missing out on the big prizes in life. When his reality show Young Apprentice lost out to reality show Made in Chelsea at the British Academy Television Awards last night he might have clapped politely but soon made his displeasure felt elsewhere.

Carlos Tevez with the FA Cup trophy lid upon his head in 2011

The FA Cup: The most accident-prone trophy in football

The oldest piece of silverware in football has been on quite a ride

The Apprentice: Series 9 - Nick Hewer, Lord Alan Sugar and Karren Brady

Apprentice 2013 gets straight to the finger point: Hundreds of the thousands tune in just to see Lord Sugar say 'You're Fired!'

Forget the preamble, let's get straight to the pointed finger. This appears to be the consensus among viewers of the new series of The Apprentice. This week hundreds of thousands tuned in only to watch the bit when Lord Sugar fires someone, rather than sit through the preceding 55 minutes.

Nick Hewer, Lord Alan Sugar, Karren Brady from this year's BBC programme, The Apprentice.

Sir Alan Sugar says 'I've not fired any Mark Zuckerbergs' as The Apprentice returns

“I’m not perfect. There are occasions I may have got it wrong,” Lord Sugar declared, in a rare display of humility. “But I haven’t seen anyone who’s become a new Branson or Zuckerberg that I’ve let go.”

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, has warned there are “lots of abuses” of the minimum wage

Scandal of firms that dodge paying the minimum wage

Although it is supposed to be illegal to pay staff below those levels, employers are using a variety of ruses to sidestep the rates

Graeme Smith of Surrey makes his way back to the pavilion having been dismissed for two

Amid great expectations at the Oval... Graeme Smith makes just 2 on his debut innings for Surrey

South African great had kept the faithful waiting

Toni Pearce: she flunked her exams – but fought her way to the top to become President of the NUS

Toni Pearce tells Richard Garner how her background will help her fight for students

Government rejects 'freeze' calls and raises national minimum wage by nearly two per cent, with a new adult rate of £6.31

Calls from business leaders to freeze the national minimum wage were rejected today by the Government which raised its level by nearly two per cent.

Jack Thornell helped make history with his photographs

Jack Thornell: 'I was thinking my career is over. I will resign. Or be fired'

The AP photographer managed to take just one picture of James Meredith. It won him a Pulitzer

Anthony Hilton: Trading up - Michael Heseltine’s brainchild matures

Heseltine set up the forum in the 1990s to help trade associations to raise their game
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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