London Midland rail company warned over poor performance as it cancels hundreds of services

A train company which has been forced to cancel hundreds of services due to a shortage of crew could face action from the Department for Transport (DfT), MPs were told.

Terror cell accused 'lacked courage to admit their plot'

A group of men accused of plotting eight suicide bombings in Britain did not have the courage to admit their actions, a court heard.

Crime prevention cash cut by £35m since 2010

Spending on crime prevention work – including street lights, closed-circuit television and police visits to schools – has been cut by almost 60 per cent because of Government austerity measures.

Birmingham triumphed thanks to a remarkable goal powered in by Leroy Lita (pictured) from a distance of more than 30 yards in the 76th minute

Lita sparks Clark's party while Bates moves nearer exit

Leeds United 0 Birmingham City 1

Simon English: Number crunchers' 1% isn't too obvious down in Dagenham

Outlook: The double-dip is over, so the number-crunchers tell us. Over in Dagenham – a part of the world perhaps not regularly frequented by David Cameron unless there's a photo-op involved – there weren't too many champagne corks popping yesterday. The good folks of Dagenham have the sense to prefer Babycham anyway.

Fiona Phillips told former pupils, governors and teachers tales of how she and her classmates threw one teacher over a bush and locked another in a cupboard.

Fiona Phillips accuses former school of being 'rampant with hormones' and turning her into a 'vile teenager' in extraordinary rant

TV presenter Fiona Phillips hardly delivered the speech that was expected of her when she turned up at her old school to deliver the address to celebrate its reopening.

Current and former Birmingham Council workers celebrate after yesterday's Court judgement

Ruling allows equal-pay claims up to six years

Employers face the prospect of battling discrimination claims years after an employee has left their company following a landmark Supreme Court ruling yesterday.

Current and former Birmingham Council workers celebrate after yesterday's Court judgement

Equal pay ruling opens door for women to take employers to court

Employers face the prospect of battling discrimination claims years after an employee has left their company following a landmark Supreme Court ruling yesterday.

Editorial: The battle for equal pay begins on the shopfloor

For most women, the pay packet matters more than who’s in the boardroom

The Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai pictured in her Birmingham hospital bed

Taliban victim Malala making 'steady progress'

A 15-year-old schoolgirl who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman is making steady progress after a week in hospital, medical staff have said.

Matt Butler: Bring out the parachutes, there's a bloke in an orange wig lost in the fog

View From The Sofa: Great Birmingham Run, Channel 5

Runner dies taking part in half marathon in Birmingham

A runner died taking part in a half marathon today.

Malala Yousafzai faces ‘weeks if not months’ of therapy for head injuries sustained in attack

Vigil held for shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai

Women's rights campaigners have staged a candlelit vigil in support of the 14-year-old schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan.

Of the 2,500 fans that travelled to Poland to see the match on Tuesday, 600 stayed for the rescheduled fixture yesterday

England team to play part in refunding fans who travelled to Poland

England supporters in Warsaw who stayed on an extra day to watch the game against Poland will have their ticket cost reimbursed by the Football Association and the England Footballers' Foundation, the charity supported by the players. Steven Gerrard and Co will therefore part-fund the £50,000 money-back scheme.

Malala Yousafzai faces ‘weeks if not months’ of therapy for head injuries sustained in attack

Reconstructive operations planned for shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai

Doctors treating Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, are planning the reconstructive operations to treat her horrific injuries.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee