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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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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.

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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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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

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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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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

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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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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
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Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
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The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
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Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape