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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.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup adds Kristian O'Leary to backroom staff

New Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has added club stalwart Kristian O'Leary to his backroom staff.

Tom Sutcliffe: From William Hogarth to Martin Amis, it's hard to resist an amoral monster

My question this week: which did Hogarth enjoy drawing more – Gin Lane or Beer Street? Or to put it a different way, which panel do you think he drew first?

Persistent rain could not dampen the Jubilee spirit yesterday as more than one million people gathered in London to cheer on the 1,000-boat flotilla

Under-fire Jubilee steward firm to supply fire marshalls for Olympics

The security company embroiled in the row over unpaid workers at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations has been given a leading role in fire safety at the London Olympics, i has learnt.

The Sports minister, Hugh Robertson, said the problems 'were completely unacceptable'

Firm in row over unpaid stewards for Jubilee to have Olympic fire safety role

The security company embroiled in the row over unpaid workers at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations has been given a leading role in fire safety at the London Olympics, The Independent has learnt.

Jobseekers 'slept rough' then staffed royal pageant for free

Calls for inquiry into claims that jobless spent 14 hours on duty without access to toilets

Gary Lewin talks to England midfielder Steven Gerrard in training

Gary Lewin: Players need winter break

The England physio tells Patrick Barclay that this spate of injuries is due to the non-stop demands of the Premier League

Referee Andre Marriner steps in as Suarez and Evra clash

PFA want racist abuse punishments increased

The Professional Footballers Association want to make racist abuse on the field a sackable offence next season.

BAE signs £1.6bn Saudi jets deal

Defence giant BAE Systems has won a £1.6 billion contract to supply Hawk aircraft to Saudi Arabia, preventing more than 200 potential job losses at one of its factories.

Railsea, By China Miéville

All aboard the Medes to hunt moldywarpes

'No benefit' to short apprenticeships

Apprenticeships of less than six months provide "no real benefit" to trainees or their employers, a parliamentary report warned today.

Sam Hallam

Sam Hallam released on unconditional bail as prosecution announces no opposition to murder conviction appeal

A young man who spent seven years in jail for murder has been freed on unconditional bail today after the prosecution announced it would not oppose the appeal against his conviction.

Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (29/04/12)

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Portsmouth relegated from Championship after 2-1 loss against Derby

Portsmouth will compete in the third tier of English football for the first time in 30 years after their spell in the npower Championship came to a disappointing end against Derby.

Chloe Nightingale, pictured next to a statue of namesake Florence, says the standard of hospital care today is 'generally appalling'

Reforms in the 1990s were supposed to make nursing care better. Instead, there's a widely shared sense that this was how today's compassion deficit began. How did we come to this?

The second part of our week-long series on the crisis of caring in British nursing addresses the question of what, precisely, has gone wrong

Mr Cameron was wrong to compare gardening with activities such as litterpicking, says Titchmarsh

Titchmarsh: PM wrong to scorn gardening skills

Cameron criticised for comparing horticulture to purely manual labour

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

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Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

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The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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