News In the frame: 'The Fighting Portsmouth'

Dave Brown is defending his title as winner of the Political Cartoon of the Year tomorrow. Kasia Kowalska meets the man behind the pictures

Market Report: Scottish independence hopes fire Babcock higher

When Scotland goes to the polls, don't be surprised to see Babcock International cheering on Alex Salmond. If the leader of the Scottish National Party gets his way and breaks up the union, then – according to City scribblers – the defence group could be one of the beneficiaries.

South Korean firm wins MoD deal

The Royal Navy's next generation of support tankers is to be built in South Korea, it was announced today.

Doug Parr: Why we must surf this wave of hope

As sure as the sun shines and the wind blows, marine renewable energy is part of our industrial future. This is a tide which no amount of nuclear nostalgia can turn back. Wave and tidal energy cuts carbon emissions and boosts energy security, and tidal power is highly dependable. But these technologies have big economic benefits too, and the race is on to be the industry leader.

Margareta Pagano: Government cannot ignore this demand to guide British industry

Midweek View: The Coalition has done far more than its predecessors to put manufacturing at the top of the agenda

What the Sunday papers said

The Independent on Sunday: 99p Stores family mulls sale with a £60m tag

Buchan's picture of herself with Nelson Mandela

Janey Buchan: MEP who fought for artistic and political causes

Janey Buchan, who died at the weekend, was not a professional politician as we now know them but an old-fashioned political activist of the kind who always had a cause to fight and never allowed herself to be put off by the possibility of defeat or failure. Those who knew her learned not to be surprised to receive a telephone call out of the blue, which would last a good long time as she unburdened herself of whatever had excited or angered since the last call. Alternatively, it could be a hastily written letter, sometimes containing an unexpected gift such as a book that she thought deserved a bigger readership. She held strong opinions, but not easily predicted, of everyone she met. She was a Scot but had no time for the late John Smith; a left-winger who held a low opinion of Tony Benn; a lover of political folk music who thoroughly despised Bob Dylan.

BAE reviews the future of its shipyards

Fears grow that consultants may recommend that defence group closes Glasgow or Portsmouth dock

Billie Jo Spears: Country singer who scored her biggest hit with 'Blanket on the Ground'

Many artists have a "career record", a song which becomes so well-known that it swamps anything else they do. With Billie Jo Spears, it was her 1975 single, "Blanket on the Ground", a song which suggested putting the romance back into a marriage. "It became controversial," said Spears, "as many of the listeners thought I was singing 'sleep around' instead of 'slip around'. The country fans thought it sounded like a cheating song, and they don't like girls who sing cheating songs." With a few more plays, everyone realised what the song was about and it became an international bestseller.

Titanic launch centenary celebrated

The 100th anniversary of the Titanic's launch has been marked at a commemorative event in Belfast.

Plunge into Chatham's naval history

“Best reinvention of a de-commissioned dockyard" – I’m not sure if there is such a prize, but if there is, then I have no doubt of the winner. One good reason that Britain ruled the waves (mostly) from Elizabethan times to the Second World War was Chatham Dockyard, a place of tremendous energy and innovation. HMS Victory was just one of the ships that was launched here.

A walk along the seafront from Southsea to the Historic Dockyard

Discover what Portsmouth is really all about on a walk along the seafront

Alex Salmond: A champion for Scotland – and the world

Jimmy Reid, a passionate advocate of important local and global causes, changed many lives for the better

Babcock reels in rival VT with higher offer

Babcock’s pursuit of rival defense servces group VT Group could come to a successful conclusion as soon as today, the Independent has learned. VT’s board is understood to have accepted a bid of around 735p a share, valuing the company at just over £1.35bn. VT - which was once a naval shipbuilder but is now a support services operation focussed on the defence sector - twice rebuffed approaches from Babock last month, the most recent being a cash and share offer at 715p a share.

VT's former boss and current investor critical of Babcock bid

Executives of support services group win support of Peter Usher in fight against takeover bid
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