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Group ‘good at bidding but not  at delivery’ says PAC chairman Margaret Hodge

Couple in chemical suicide pact named

Police investigating the deaths of a man and a woman in an apparent chemical suicide pact named them today.

Suicide pact couple left toxic warning signs on car

A man and a woman found dead in a car in an apparent suicide pact left signs on the vehicle warning of toxic chemicals inside.

Cycling: Albasini in lead as Tour of Britain hits London

The gradient took its toll in the Tour of Britain yesterday as the Vacansoleil team took their second stage win. Borut Bozic sprinted to victory on East Hill in Colchester, and only the New Zealander Greg Henderson could stay with the impressive Slovenian as they hit the line.

Teenager and father died of stab wounds

A troubled teenager and her father found fatally injured at their home both died after suffering stab wounds, detectives said today.

Friends tell of dead girl's relationship with father

Friends of a teenage girl who died after being found in a house with her fatally injured father said today she had been "sorting her life out" after a "tough few months".

John Rentoul: Is this Braintree's next MP?

Tory Bear makes fun of a precocious press release from a 16- (or possibly 17-) year-old, Stephen Canning, who intends to be the next MP for Braintree and later prime minister.

Why pulling pints is for business whizz-kids

Greene King is seeking graduates to run their pubs in the third year of training

Total pleads guilty over Buncefield oil depot blast

Oil giant Total UK today admitted health and safety breaches in connection with the massive Buncefield oil depot explosion.

Postal strikes hit 44 depots

Postal strikes will hit large areas of London and southern England this week. Postal workers will stage one-day strikes at 44 depots across south-west London, Essex and Bristol today, with further strikes expected later.

Missing girl, 13, found with man

A 13-year-old girl from Devon who went missing with a man she met over the internet has been found.

Police appeal to man missing with internet girl, 13

Police today appealed to a man believed to be with a missing 13-year-old girl he met on the internet to let them know she is safe.

Council salaries hit by bank collapses

Treasury urged to defer £1bn business-tax demand as this month's payroll for hundreds of thousands of workers is frozen in Icelandic accounts

On The Road: Nobody drives for fun, so how are we managing to cut back our car use?

It is official. We are all mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Or, at least, a little put out and not going to take the Astra to Bluewater 'just to have a scratch around and maybe get a new bath mat'.

Second runway at Stansted 'would put unbearable strain on services'

Plans to double the size of the UK's third busiest airport are to face opposition from six local authorities representing 3.2 million people.

Spackman unveiled as the new manager of Millwall

Nigel Spackman has been appointed the new manager of Millwall.

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

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