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A Ugandan man who was jailed for three years for arranging a sham marriage in Essex faces deportation on his release, it emerged today.

Conservative council votes to evict travellers

A Conservative-controlled council has voted to spend millions of pounds of public money evicting travellers from an unauthorised site.

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.

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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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The BBC presenter Fiona Bruce was harassed by a viewer who sent her flowers and cards which he signed "your kingfisher and loving husband", a court heard.

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One day, they were the nation's representatives. The next, they were back on civvy street. Six recent ex-MPs tell Charlotte Philby about life after Parliament

Peers cheer for Lord Prescott

Watched by his wife Pauline, who sat in one of the viewing galleries wearing a black hat, the former deputy prime minister swore his allegiance to the Queen in a traditional ceremony of introduction.

Woman accused of stealing soldier son's payout dies

A mother accused of stealing thousands of pounds of compensation money awarded to her soldier son when he lost a leg has died, police confirmed today.

Basildon University Hospital trust fined £50,000 over patient's death

A judge today imposed a "lenient" £50,000 fine on a hospital's governing trust after a court heard how health and safety failings were a "significant cause" of the death of a severely disabled patient.

Workers set to sue for 'robbed' pensions

Thousands of workers at a former car parts firm are close to taking legal action to recover pensions worth millions of pounds "robbed" from them when the company went into administration, it was learned today.

'Essex Man' returns to the Tory fold

The Conservatives scored a crucial victory over Labour as "Basildon man" flocked back into the Tory fold, electing Stephen Metcalfe.

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