News Dave Lee Travis, whose real name is David Patrick Griffin, arrives at Southwark Crown Court on 17 January 17 2014

Former Radio One disc jockey Dave Lee Travis has told his trial he is “astonished” at sex offence allegations against him and told jurors he is a “normal, decent human being”.

John Bercow's wife loses bid for council seat



The wife of the Commons speaker and former Tory MP John Bercow lost her bid to win a council seat for Labour today.

Speaker John Bercow fends off Nigel Farage

House of Commons speaker John Bercow has held his seat in Buckingham, beating off a challenge by Ukip's Nigel Farage.

Baby slings recalled amid safety fears

Two baby slings sold in the UK are being recalled in the US and Canada following claims linking them to three infant deaths.

Risk of further flooding in UK as Xynthia approaches

Flood warnings were issued across much of Britain last night as the tail end of the Atlantic storm that caused so many fatalities on mainland Europe threatened to batter the UK. The storm, nicknamed Xynthia, is expected to brush Britain en route to Scandinavia.

Half of councils fail to report bad teachers

Councils are failing to refer incompetent teachers to General Teaching Council disciplinary hearings, figures disclosed yesterday.

Skipton swallows Chesham amid squeeze on margins and deposits

Chesham Building Society yesterday became the latest casualty of the ongoing financial crisis as it agreed to be taken over by the much larger Skipton Building Society.

The Artichoke 9 Market Square, Old Amersham, Bucks

It may be tucked away in an olde-worlde small town, but The Artichoke has the Michelin inspectors in its sights

Tory MP Anne Main ordered to repay £7,100 after flat probe

A Conservative MP was ordered to repay £7,100 and apologise in writing today after a parliamentary investigation into her claims for second home allowances on a flat where her daughter was living.

Robert Westhead: Instead of just being lively, I was losing touch with reality

I was detained under section... but it took another decade and a suicide attempt before I got proper treatment

Judge approves £5.6m compensation package for disabled teenager

A High Court judge described being "humbled" today by the devoted care given by the family of a girl brain-damaged at birth as she gave her backing to a £5.6 million compensation package.

Britain's gritters: 'We've had to get used to the abuse'

A Slice of Britain: They are working flat out in appalling conditions, desperately trying to keep the traffic moving through the ice. But they aren't working fast enough for the public, and the salt is running low...

John Lewis organises sleepover for snowbound customers

More than 100 customers, staff and children spent the night in a department store after they were stranded by snow, it was revealed today.

Johnson sympathetic to jailed brothers

Home Secretary says he is 'uncomfortable' at sentence for burglary victims

Shakin' Stevens faces assault charge

Eighties pop idol Shakin' Stevens has appeared at a Ballymena court to explain how he allegedly left a Press photographer “all shook up” last December.

Heritage Oil sells Ugandan fields to Eni for $1.35bn and backs out of Genel deal

Shareholders set for special dividend payout
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