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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.

Terence Blacker: Where have all of the leaders gone? sdfghsdfgh

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.

Now casting: The candidates to take over as BBC Director-General

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

A brand new way into teaching

School Direct is a fantastic new teacher training opportunity that combines on-the-job experience with high quality training

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.

The Emperor's New Clothes (21/10/12)

Surely His Majesty Elect is entitled to confide in our ministers? No, says David Randall – there's jam to bottle
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.

Amber Clabburn, left, Amika Ezer-Christie, centre, and Sadie Hawkins

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.

A Trick I Learned from Dead Men, by Kitty Aldridge

Beneath a young undertaker's lyrical voice lies a lament for our loss of the land and its riches

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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine