We never promised you a Rose Garden

Their political marriage was unveiled in the grounds of No 10. The second anniversary was celebrated – if that's the right word – in an Essex factory

Parents claim cover-up after fatal Network Rail safety lapse

The parents of two teenage girls killed at a level crossing six years ago have said that the individuals responsible for safety failures must be brought to justice, after Network Rail pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws yesterday.

Council counts cost as Dale Farm travellers win latest court battle

Travellers faced with eviction from Dale Farm have called on the local council to reopen negotiations after winning another High Court victory, causing more costly delays to the operation to remove them from their homes. The residents and their supporters said continuing with the evictions was "senseless" because of the likelihood that parts of the site will have to be left alone or rebuilt by the council after the evictions, meaning it could never be fully returned to Green Belt status.

Snooker: Selby sets record to leave Hendry clinging on

Stephen Hendry, the seven-times world champion, avoided the ignominy of defeat with a session to spare at the World Championship. But the sport's greatest player must climb a mountain to keep his hopes of a record eighth Crucible crown alive, having slipped within one frame of being knocked out at the last 16 stage by Mark Selby, the 2007 finalist.

Gypsies braced for 'war' as bulldozers move in

Britain's gypsies and travellers are bracing themselves for "a state of war" as council chiefs, encouraged by the Coalition government, move to bulldoze the homes of hundreds of people who live on the largest traveller site in the country.

Essex Man: The bonds of Basildon

Twenty years ago tomorrow, the term ‘Essex Man’ entered the language to describe a brash new figure on thecultural horizon. But that was just the beginning of the story, argues Pete May

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