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Manchester is the laziest place in Britain while Wokingham is the most active, according to a new study.

Broncos set to pitch Soward straight into vital dogfight with Salford

The London Broncos’ new short-term signing, Jamie Soward, could jump straight off the plane from Australia and into the side to play Salford this afternoon.

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Just in case David Cameron has been weighing up whether to call Nadine Dorries to offer her a place in the government, he need not bother. In a wide-ranging interview with Total Politics magazine, the wayward, Ukip-friendly Tory MP has said that she would “absolutely hate” to be a minister. That is not her only hate. Female journalists, she says, are “so vitriolic [about] other women [that] they do women politicians no favours whatsoever”.

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George Osborne tackled over museum closure

A group representing 11 local authorities has written to Chancellor George Osborne expressing its serious concerns about the possible closure of a major museum in the north of England.

Henry Angest is one of the Conservative Party’s largest financial backers

Top Tory funder runs high-cost loans company

Conservative party grandee controls firm which charges interest at 75 per cent APR

We must nip this museum scandal in the bud

First they took the trains. Now they want to take away the museum that celebrates them. What a way to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beeching report, which did for a third of Britain’s railway lines. One suspects that even the old axeman would be outraged.

The National Railway Museum in York

Three national museums face prospect of charging for entry - and they're all in the north

National Rail Museum at York and Shildon, Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry (MoSI), and Bradford's National Media Museum warned to brace themselves

Fireworks explode from the stadium roof during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Danny Boyle's 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony wins award for raising religious awareness

The 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, which incorporated the Sex Pistols, the NHS and the Industrial Revolution in a historical mash-up, has won a prestigious award for raising religious awareness in Britain.

Make Bradford British wins international documentary award

A documentary series about integration in multi-cultural Britain has won a prestigious international television award.

Housing authorities have reported large numbers of tenants simply unable to pay the extra rent

Tenants face eviction over controversial ‘bedroom tax’

Thousands could lose their homes as councils and housing associations begin a clampdown on those in rent arrears

Hartlepool appoint Colin Cooper as new manager

Pools were relegated to npower League Two last season

Sir Alex Ferguson was named the LMA's Premier League manager of the year

Sir Alex Ferguson signs off with LMA's Premier League manager of the year award

Sir Alex Ferguson was named the LMA's Premier League manager of the year.

A Bradford fan watches as his team goes on to get promoted

Bradford City 3 Northampton Town 0: Cup kings triumph in League Two play-off final on return to Wembley to win promotion

Three months after their 5-0 defeat by Swansea City in the Capital One Cup final, Bradford City enjoyed a very different Wembley experience. They dominated the League Two play-off final to erase memories of that previous appearance under the arch and could even have won 5-0 themselves.

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