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A long-serving Conservative MP is standing down at the general election. John Horam, who represents Orpington, in Kent, has spent more than 30 years as an MP, serving as a minister in both Tory and Labour governments. The resignation of the 70-year-old, who was untouched by the expenses scandal, brings the number of Commons retirees to 108.

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Former England striker Teddy Sheringham has signed for Beckenham Town after coming out of retirement.

Tory council plan to fund private schools

David Cameron was embarrassed yesterday when a Conservative-controlled council admitted it was considering plans to subsidise the fees of children attending private schools if their parents lose their jobs.

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A Kent landowner could lose out on a huge pay-cheque as a result of Michael Jackson's death. Jackson had booked up to stay in Foxbury Manor in Chislehurst, moving its owners out to a pad in Orpington.

Police fear 'night stalker' has struck again

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£7.2m of Lottery winnings unclaimed

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The remaining two members of a motorcycle gang were found guilty today of the murder of a Hell's Angel.

Education under fire: fears over teaching standards push parents to private sector

More parents than ever before would send their children to private schools if they could afford it, research suggests.

Five injured in pub brawl in south-east London

Five men suffered stab and slash wounds in a brawl at a south-east London pub, police said today.

Private jet crashes into homes in 'ball of fire'

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Leukaemia breakthrough: 'It's good if we can help other families'

Sarah Murphy and her husband, Justin, a site manager in Bromley, Kent, have been through the pain of seeing one of their twin daughters diagnosed and treated for leukaemia. They are just one of about 500 couples whose children are diagnosed with the disease each year.

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