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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.

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They appear on Channel 4 News or Newsnight most evenings and every morning on the Today programme. They are often articulate, confident, even charming, as they explain what they will do next as senior broadcasters, politicians or policemen. What they lack, almost without exception, is the most important quality of all: the style of a leader.

Caroline Thomson: The BBC’s former chief operating officer narrowly missed out to Mr Entwistle and subsequently left the corporation in September when her post was axed. The 58-year-old was a BBC journalism trainee and went on to produce Panorama before leaving to become head of corporate affairs at Channel 4. She returned to the BBC as deputy director of the World Service before eventually rising to the role of chief operating officer in 2006.

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Who will succeed George Entwistle at the top of the beleaguered Corporation?

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David Cameron praises initiative by Microsoft to help unemployed young people

Prime Minister David Cameron today welcomed an initiative by computing giants Microsoft to help 300,000 jobless young people in the UK take steps towards work over the next three years.

Michael Gove's tougher teacher training tests won't solve the problem of teachers who can't spell

Michael Gove has announced that trainee teachers are to face tougher tests, after branding current exams too easy.

Tests for trainee teachers to be revamped to raise status of profession

Would-be teachers will have to complete English essays and answer questions on maths topics including algebra before they can start training, it has been announced.

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William Hague is aiming to recruit a new generation of James Bonds

Britain needs spies: William Hague searches for the next James Bond

The Foreign Secretary William Hague today launched a scheme aimed at recruiting the next generation of British spies.

'Neet' teenager levels show rise

The number of teenagers who are not in school, work or training has risen in the last year, according to new figures.

Scott Sinclair scored eight league goals for Swansea last season

Swansea midfielder Scott Sinclair set for £5m move to Manchester City

Scott Sinclair could soon be on his way to Manchester City, following reports that the Premier League champions have made a £5m bid for the 23-year-old goalscorer.

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Results day: what's next?

After getting your results you may have to change your plan of action - you could go to university, head off on a gap year to warmer climes, or become an apprentice

Blade runner: Great Britain's Ed McKeever powers to victory in the 200m men's final

Canoeing: Ed 'The Cleaver' McKeever cuts up field like Usain Bolt

Ed McKeever is quickly labelled the Usain Bolt of sprint canoeing after powering away and holding lead to win gold

Sergio Garcia played his first Open, in 1996, at Royal Lytham

Garcia channels spirit of Seve in bid to break major duck

The spirit of Seve Ballesteros is everywhere at Royal Lytham. It was here in 1979 that his legend began, winning his first of three Open Championships. He triumphed again on this beautifully rugged Lancashire links in 1988, and the R&A unveiled a portrait of Seve early this week, which will hang in the clubhouse. Members and visitors will for ever be able to raise a glass and look up to him, resplendent in that trademark navy blue Slazenger sweater cradling his beloved Claret Jug.

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Simon Kelner: Passing of a true pioneer who led me from the start

He would surely have appreciated the irony. The death at 76 of Dudley Stephens, the personification of an old-school journalist, was announced via Twitter.

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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