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”.

The new Marks & Spencer advertising campaign featuring 'outspoken women'

This isn’t just any grumpy picture... Tracey Emin features in new M&S advert advertising campaign

Tracey Emin's transformation from establishment-shaking rebel to middle England treasure appears complete after the artist was chosen to feature in a new Marks & Spencer advertising campaign featuring “outspoken women”.

The HS2 project is bitterly opposed by some MPs

Government denies HS2 will be over budget

Department for Transport insists scheme will stay within its £42bn estimate

Student finance advice: Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are discretionary awards which are given by universities themselves and targeted at specific types of student. When a student is making decisions about which universities to apply to at Clearing, it is worth checking whether they are eligible for financial support. Information about what support is available can be found on the university website.

The Last Word: Why women's game must be judged on performance only

Cricket and football teams need to reject patronising praise and face the scrutiny of results

Stepping out: England at Wormsley, the venue for the Test match today

10 reasons to watch the women's Ashes

The Test starts today and you should tune in, says England's Sarah Taylor

Ian John McLoughlin, also know as Ian John Baker, was arrested this morning

Day release prisoner Ian John McLoughlin arrested over murder of pensioner who went to neighbour's aid

A man was arrested today over the murder of a pensioner who was stabbed after going to the aid of his neighbour - a convicted paedophile - during a robbery.

Sir Bruce Keogh’s report: The 14 NHS trusts and their failings

Of the 14 trusts investigated by Sir Bruce Keogh’s team, all but Colchester, Dudley and Blackpool are now under special measures. However, the report outlined specific failings at all 14 trusts.

All signs point to a topical treat in play about HS2

Production chronicles the story of a divisive new toll road scheduled to slice through a village

A Wetherspoon's on the motorway? I'll have a curry, a few pints, and a breath mint for the drive

Whether the chain serves food, or the belief that most people would stick to a lemonade, I think it’s only prodding that susceptible someone to take a risk

Nigel Farage (left) has branded John Bercow (right)
The glorious Wormsley cricket ground in beautiful Bucks

Amol Rajan: The loveliest place to play the game

Rajan's Wrong 'Un

Sarah Houston, 23, who was was found dead in her bedroom after taking dinitrophenol, known as DNP
David Laws, the schools minister

Schools in well-off areas 'are failing' poorer pupils - who get better exam results in deprived areas

Minister says schools with more affluent pupils have disgraceful record for helping disadvantaged children

Man bailed over Lanzarote 'kidnap bid' on girl, 3

A 62-year-old man arrested in connection with the alleged abduction of a three-year-old girl in the Canary Islands has been released on bail.

Cycling in Lanzarote

Man held in connection with alleged attempted abduction of three-year-old girl in Lanzarote

Police in London have arrested a man in connection with the alleged attempted abduction of a three-year-old girl in the Canary Islands.

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